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Mazda Protege, Mazda Protege5, Mazda MAZDASPEED Protege, Hatchback, Sedan
#199 of 265 Mazdaspeed Purchase
Jan 04, 2004 (7:19 am)
Starting New Year's Day I sent out emails to 6 Ohio Mazda stores seeking quotes on a 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege. At the time, Mazda's website showed that about 20 such units were still available in the state.
All of the contacted dealers responded and quoted initial prices ranging from a high of $18,263.00 (Byers in Columbus) to a low of $16,847.00 (Brown in Toledo). There are no options available on the Mazdaspeed so this almost $1400 spread was quite surprising.
I had not originally intended to play dealers off against each other but, as things developed, it worked out that way. My target price was $16,447.00 ($19,447.00 less $2500.00 rebate less $500.00 factory to dealer cash).
Yesterday I bought a silver unit from Brown Mazda in Toledo for $16,074.00 (plus $100.00 "document fee"). It was a new vehicle with 15 miles on it.
I would highly recommend this store to anyone in the market as they were highly professional and extremely courteous.
Interestingly, their price was NOT the best quote I got. As I was on my way to Toledo from my home in Columbus, I got a call from Wagner Mazda in Fostoria (a small city NW Ohio) offering to sell a yellow one (not my preferred color) for $15,900.00. At that time, I had not ever seen (in person or by photo) a silver Mazdaspeed. Upon arriving in Toledo the silver color seemed much better suited to the car (and me, lol) than the yellow.
If the best price for a Mazdaspeed had been around $17,000.00, I believe I would have ended up with a Protege5. While I never got any quotes on a P5, the prices documented on this board (and local advertising here) made clear I could buy one equipped as wanted for $13,000.00 to
$13,500.00). Either vehicle is a tremendous value.
#200 of 265 New Incentives
Jan 06, 2004 (11:40 am)
Per the dealer that I am working with in Ohio, he said the new incentives are the same as the recently expired ones (2500 rebate, 1000 dealer assistance.) and they will be good until March. By then, I would imagine the P5 inventory could be down enough that they won't have to issue anymore incentives.
Jan 26, 2004 (6:12 pm)
I finalized the deal on my P5 today, which was $5100 off list. Not the greatest deal, but suits me fine. I got the options, or lack of, that I wanted; abs and side airbags only. It took a lot of work and effort to swing this. As an added bonus, the dealer throws in a 7 year 100k mile engine/drive train warranty on top of the Mazda's warranty. What a great deal on a great car!
#202 of 265 New ProES !!!
Feb 28, 2004 (11:10 am)
Bought a new emerald mica ProtegeES automatic with moon roof and 6 CD changer. Paid US$14150 out the door including dest., taxes (6%) and new tag. List was US$18355 inluding dest. fee, but before any other charges. Going to pick it up Monday.
Offered US$13000 OTD for a silver automatic Pro5 no options, at another dealer and they did not even counter offer.
Maybe could have gotten a better deal, but the experience was painless and enjoyable (had been in contact with dealer for over a month).
Not many Pros left in South Florida and incentives expire next Monday 03/01/2004.
#203 of 265 leftover 2002 and 2003 Proteges
Mar 04, 2004 (9:25 pm)
There are several cars at a local Mazda dealer, leftover 02-03 models. The one I'm interested in is a DX sedan, automatic, black mica, AC, CD, with 20 miles. Sticker is $15,850. Supposed to be a $2000 rebate according to dealer. Edmunds no longer has pricing for a 2003 Protege listed, and used cars comes up to $13,112 certified used, $12,562 retail, and $10,800 private party.
Where do I find 2003 model list/invoice pricing and where should I start on this car, considering it is last year's model?
#204 of 265 Rebates !!!
Mar 04, 2004 (10:29 pm)
Customer cash = US$2500
Factory to dealer = US$1000 or more
A good price at this point would be US$5000 to US$6500 off list.
Check past posts !!!
Go to MazdaUSA website.
#205 of 265 advice on PR5 purchase
Apr 06, 2004 (12:08 pm)
I'm new to the board, just found it. Seems like a great resource. I'm in the process of looking for a car to replace my bimmer I just sold and the PR5 is on the top of the list. I found a great car, red, auto, 15k miles, asking $12,900 for it. Book value is around $12k for it.
Can you guys give me any advice on negotiating for it? Has anyone recently purchased a pre-owned protege? What kind of deals did you get?
#206 of 265 Good deal on a DX?
Apr 11, 2004 (11:14 am)
Just got a local dealer offer of $12K on a new DX model with AC, auto trans, and spoiler. From reading the posts on this board, this doesn't look like a really good deal. I'd prefer an LX with moonroof, but I think this may be the only new model left in the St. Louis area. Thoughts?
Apr 11, 2004 (10:25 pm)
As a for instance, I bought my 2003 Pro ES - 6 cd, moonroof, 5 speed - for 11,300 in november. Its sticker was over 17k.
Look at it this way, if you check the edmunds trade-in value of a 2003 Pro and it's lower than what you're paying, you might want to keep negotiating.
#208 of 265 Looking for leftover Proteges in Midwest
Apr 12, 2004 (9:58 am)
Anyone have any leads on where I could locate an unsold LX or ES in the Midwest? I live in the St Louis area. Thanks!