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Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege, Hatchback, Sedan
Oct 18, 2003 (2:38 pm)
I've been looking at the Mazda 6 and the Mazda Protege..I loved the 6 (and was willing to shell out the extra..), but the recent rust pblm has made me skeptical to buy it. I decided to shop around for a Protege...mainly I liked the looks. For a 2003 Protege with AT, ABS package and moon roof package, a dealer has quoted me
$16782 - $2500(rebate) = $14282 (without tax and licensing fees)
Do you think its a fair deal?
Also, the disc brakes made a grating noise in the model car that I test-drove..the dealer said tht cars collect rust in the porous pads while sitting at the dealership and this shld go away. Is that true? Any of you experienced it?
Right now I'm deciding between a civic and a Protege...any insights from you folks would be apprecaited. This is my firs time buying a car...and I may not have it for > 3yrs (could leave the country).
Thanks a lot!
#116 of 265 Fair price? by wa_carshopper
Oct 18, 2003 (5:13 pm)
Depends on which model Protege he's quoting. LX, ES? (Or Pro5?) Any other options . . . ?
#117 of 265 Price re #114
Oct 19, 2003 (8:06 am)
Price is too high. See my earlier post moparbad Sep 29, 2003 7:03pm
I paid $13155 for $18115 MSRP 03 LX with auto, airbag/abs, moonroof/6CD, and cassette. No trade and no other rebate other than the $2500 so $13155 was the "real" price. There is additional money to dealer as marketing assistance that was not available when I purchased so you should be able to do at least as well as I did.
#118 of 265 What price can I go for?
Oct 19, 2003 (11:47 am)
It was a 2003 Pro ES. I didn't haggle cos it was 700$+ below invoice...Now I see that below invoice is the norm for the Pro now. How much do u think I should shoot for?
Its a 2003 Pro EX with AT, ABS, moon-roof + 6cd. Price quoted is $14282 (with rebate..no taxes) Edmunds says $14935
Also, can I go in for a LX with same options for cheaper..what other advantages for the ES?
Thanks for your input..I am planning to also visit another dealer.
Oct 19, 2003 (11:29 pm)
Just got one for my little sis in N. CA today:
Moonroof/6 disk CD
$15,800 + TTL + $45 doc fee. Only took me 45 min in the dealership...Thanks Edmuns.com, your info was very helpful!
#120 of 265 first time buyer negotiating: good deal?
Oct 23, 2003 (9:47 pm)
I just signed for a '03 protege lx with manual transmission, I like the control you have over the automatic, plus I've had a '95 civic dx for 8 yrs. , offered 12,500, they countered 13,000, offered 12700, out the door price to pay, $13600. It has 186 miles on it. I looked at this site and Consumer Reports. I tried the Corolla and thought the style was to funky and the body style was to short, and it seems like you get more for your money on the Protege than on a honda civic. Any opinions? Greatly appreciated,
#121 of 265 DC area buyer
Oct 26, 2003 (2:12 pm)
Went to Brown's Fairfax and they wanted nearly 20k and started playing pricing games. Is there a reputable DC area dealership that won't play games and give me a good deal? Money is a huge issue so I'm willing to to go 100 miles to get a good price. I'm driving a Sentra w/ a MT but I'm thinking of switching to AT.
#122 of 265 Have you tried Rosenthal?
Oct 26, 2003 (2:15 pm)
They are up near Tyson's Corner. I can't speak for the sales experience, but their parts department is excellent.
Oct 28, 2003 (8:02 am)
Sorry, but everybody I have talked to says that Rosenthal is the slimiest bunch in the area.
Thanks for the advice but I think I'm going to end-up with one of the Koons dealerships.