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#240 of 265 Need some advices on buying 2002 Mazda with a high milage
Aug 16, 2005 (5:08 pm)
I have looked around Edmunds and townhall for awhile and finally decided to join (and asking for help )
I am looking for a RELIABLE (that's really the most important factor i'm looking at) small sedan/coupe/hatchback/wagon. and it comes down to Civic, Corolla, Sentra and Protege. And surely civic and corolla seem to be more expensive than other two. but i can live with a little uncomfortable seat and whatnot. Therefore my first question (yet has already discussed alot) is does Protege last as long as Civic? (simply i have not seen a Protege or Mazda with 150k)
Anyway, i found this dark green 2002 Protege DX (no power option, which i dont really mind) with wooping 60k miles on. it was priced 7000 but i lowered to 6000 dollars. a car looked pretty clean and well. would it be a good deal??
i mean u all guys seem to get a NEW protege for so low prices, i dont know if i am doing a right thing. (i mean i can just downpay what i have and go on to a payment plan. what u think?) let me know what you think about that 2002 protege dx!!!
Thanks so much.
p.s : i will need to make a long trip (700 miles one way) once in a while since i'll go to a college out of my state. (so yeah.. a lack of cruise system is not good, but i thought it wouldnt be that bad.. hehe)
#241 of 265 protege over civic any day
Aug 30, 2005 (9:41 am)
to answer your first question i owned both a 97 civic 2dr 5spd and i now own a 03 protege lx.
i rolled my honda about 6 months ago and then bought the mazda.
the protege has the civic beat in every aspect as far as im concerned. its faster looks better and parts are not as expensive. like a 450 dollar o2 sensor for my honda. the only thing is mine runs a slightly higher rpm at 65 70 mph. but mine had 19k miles when i bought it for 11.7k so i would say its about average. if you could i would suggest trying to get the price down to 5.5k
#242 of 265 Resonable price for 2002 Protege LX
Oct 15, 2005 (12:57 am)
I'm searching for a Protege and found a 2002 LX, auto, ABS w/ cruise control w/ 29k, very clean w/ minor scratches at rear. The asked price is $9500. I have lowered it down to $8300. Is this a good deal?
#243 of 265 Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying
Nov 15, 2005 (10:21 pm)
I am interested in buying my first car and I found a 2002 Mazda Protege LX and I would like your opinion on it.
The dealer asks $8,485. It is a certified pre-owned, 5-speed manual, sold "as-is" (no extra warranty) and comes with bucket seats, power locks/driver mirror/steering, sunroof, alloy wheels, driver/passenger airbag, A/C, radio + single CD player, Cruise Control, bucket seats but -no- ABS. They told me that for their inspection they changed oil and filter, did some work on the breaks (something about rotors), new wiper blades, fluids, installed newer tires (Toyo, with pretty good tread depth, but not brand new) and also did alignement.
I was wondering what do you think about this car? Is it worth the $8.5K? I intend to use this car for the next 3 years as my only car so I am looking for something reliable. Also, I am a graduate student, which means I do not want to spend a fortune in servicing the car (although I am thinking of byuing an extended warranty).
All info, comments and help is appreciated! Thank you!
#244 of 265 Re: Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying [mythrant
Nov 16, 2005 (4:54 am)
Why not use Edmunds Used Cars section for information about this car, including its TMV (true market value)? You'll need to know its mileage. Assuming 15,000 miles per year a 2002 vehicle will be averaging about 60,000 miles at this point; a car with less mileage than this average is valued more and vice versa.
Before buying any used car it is wise to have it checked / certified by an independent garage that you trust or that a friend recommends. What you want to avoid is a car that's been involved in a serious accident.
It is also wise to ask for all the service records to get an idea how well the car was maintained. Unfortunately, not every driver keeps track of these.
An extended warranty can be pricey but may bring you peace of mind.
#245 of 265 Re: Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying [mythrant [autonomous]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 16, 2005 (6:41 am)
That is all very good advice...
Also, if there is no extended warranty, then how is the car CPO? That is pretty much the whole point of the certification process... so that you get an extended warranty... otherwise, it's just salesmanship..
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Nov 16, 2005 (7:59 am)
CPO = Certified Pre-Owned?
#247 of 265 Re: Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying [kyfdx]
Nov 16, 2005 (10:11 am)
I forgot to add the milage: 66.4K miles.
As for the certifiaction, they certify that they did the 150-odd point inspection that the manufacturer reccomends, and that they have corrected any problems found during that inspection. They do have extended warranty plans, but at additional cost. I guess my question is whether I should look more into this car, or I should keep looking around for something better, even if it would cost a bit more.
#248 of 265 Re: Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying [mythrantar]
Nov 16, 2005 (12:20 pm)
whether I should look more into this car, or I should keep looking around for something better, even if it would cost a bit more.
The Protege is a good reliable car but the question is: Is the price fair? Have you tried the Edmunds Used Car section? The site uses Autotrader to show the prices of similarly equipped used cars selling in your area. You could use this information to guage if the price you're being asked to pay is fair.
#249 of 265 Re: Advice needed about a Mazda Protege I am interested in buying [mythrantar]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Nov 16, 2005 (7:17 pm)
I think if I were looking for an '02 Protege (one of my favorite buys in a used car), I'd want one with lower miles than this one..
I'm pretty sure you could get an '03 ES with manual and 50K miles or less for under $10K...
The price on the one you've found doesn't seem too bad, but there should be plenty of 35K-50K mile Proteges to pick from..
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