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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#649 of 903 Re: grantlu.... [vroom7]
Apr 16, 2005 (1:05 pm)
I am fully satisfied with the deal that I got, since I contacted all five major dealers in the Atlanta area and generally, nobody seems to be selling the base car below $23,500 (invoice of course is about $24000). The only way that I see to get a lower payment would be to wait for lower interest rates or other incentive from Mazda. As far as financing vs lease, it should arguably work out the same. It's roughly the same payment for a 3.5 year lease and a 6 year loan. After a 3.5 year lease, you own nothing. But after paying on a loan for 3.5 year, you probably also own nothing (say you sold the car and paid off the loan at that point). It's just that I feel more comfortable with leases; I've leased my last 7 cars without any problems: never went over mileage and never owed any wear and tear on the car.
I got my 2005 car at Rick Case Mazda in Duluth, GA. I hadn't seen any 2004 RX8s in Atlanta although I hadn't specifically been looking. Therefore, I don't have any comparison for 2004 cars, although the deal you're describing sounds reasonable given what others have said about a $4000 dealer "close out incentive" for 04 models.
Other comment: although we complain about the poor residual on RX8s, I didn't find any lower monthly payments when shopping for a Mustang coupe V6 or a Nissan 350Z (anything with auto). I was quoted about $425 per month for these.
#650 of 903 I got mine at...
Apr 16, 2005 (1:18 pm)
Raines Imports in Charleston, WV. That's doesn't seem like a bad deal and you're getting a better rate than I did. My invoice was $27,846 - mine did not have the appearance package, but it did have the navigation. I had some equity in my trade to the tune of $2,500 so you're selling price is lower than mine. I financed 21,4?? and paid my TTL out of pocket. Sounds good - if you like the car and are comfortable with the payment, go for it!! PS You have checked the insurance? Mine is about 1200 per yr here in WV.
I should apologize to grantlu - i'm not the car-dealing guru, but I looked at leasing an 05, buying a used 04 and buying a new 04. The lease numbers were just not pretty on this car and I really don't like worrying about mileage every time you wantonly drive the car. And, you will want to wantonly drive this car. As audio8q said, you'll love it!!
#651 of 903 Re: I got mine at... [lhess]
Apr 16, 2005 (1:31 pm)
What color did you get?
Shout to all;
Just to get a general idea, what colors do people like? My choice is between Silver, Green, Red and (maybe) Black.
At this point I am so confused I feel I need a vacation!
#652 of 903 OK, i'm not in the moral majority....
Apr 16, 2005 (1:38 pm)
#653 of 903 OK, i'm not in the moral majority....
Apr 16, 2005 (1:52 pm)
LIGHTNING YELLOW!! Actually, the color led me to buying a leftover 04. Not making yellow for 05, very few used yellows available out there and most seemed to be autos, and my mazda dealer had one leftover yellow on the lot that met my specs (really nothing beyond wanting a 6 spd and anything else on it was ok). A fellow poster did advice me not to buy one without the Sport package because it gives the stability control, the xenons, and some nice little extras. Mine has the Sport and I would advise going for that. My too-tall boyfriend knocked me out of a sunroof - it takes too much headroom to put it in and he didn't fit with one. I was gonna cut his head off, but was told that wasn't very nice (not to mention blood on my cloth seats, not leather!!) haha
I test drove a silver and think that is very sharp in the brochure photos. Red would have been my choice had i started looking at 05's - love that metallic shine in the red, but I traded a red car that I'd had for 4 years. I admire black but do not want to maintain one. I owned a black car for 9 months and that was enough for me. I'm not a big green fan, but when i was shopping for my 8 there were certain times and in certain lights, that I had to look at the sticker to see if some of the cars were nordic green or black - almost impossible to see. I think the white ones look pretty good too.
#654 of 903 Re: OK, i'm not in the moral majority.... [lhess]
Apr 17, 2005 (5:07 am)
My wife wanted Titanium gray (or possibly blue); both seemed less common on the dealer lots, especially compared to white or silver. Personally, I would have gone for white and saved a couple thousand dollars by buying the car that had a teaser rate on it at another dealership.
As a general comment, it seems to me that color is a more important factor to women than it is to men
#655 of 903 Maybe Next Time
Apr 17, 2005 (5:29 am)
Well... good, bad or otherwise, I made my purchase and it wasn't an RX-8. As much as I love the car and was looking forward to a change, it isn't the right car for me at this point in time. I worked out a great deal on a new 2004 that had everything I wanted on it, but I needed a car that would be able to comfortably haul my wife and children around too. Coming out of a DeVille, we just felt too tight in the 8. Even though the RX-8 would be a second car, I need something bigger. I ended up with a new Avalon. By the time the Avalon is paid for, the kids will be heading off to college and it will be only my wife and I at home (if she stays with me that long ... hee, hee). Maybe I'll get my RX-8 then! In the meantime, I'll have to "live" through all you proud 8 owners and your experiences with the car! Enjoy and keep the posts coming. My time will come!
#656 of 903 I just refueled...
Apr 17, 2005 (9:26 am)
and with all in-town driving, i got a little over 16 mpg. I can live with that. Also, need to add oil to it now. My gas mileage and the oil usage are not as bad as i had expected. Folks made it sound like you had to have a petroleum IV hooked up to keep oil in it!!
I have added a spoiler to mine and just this past week i ordered the front and rear rotary accents along with the 6 disc changer. That's about all the accessories i'm interested in for it. I do like the fender strakes but think the price is way too high. As of tomorrow, I've had it one month!!
#657 of 903 Re: Corporate Pay Off [cappy4103]
Apr 20, 2005 (12:15 am)
Cappy, or anyone. Where in the countryare there still 2004 RX-8s for 5000 off invoice or 8000 off MSRP? They dont seem to have any 2004s here in Oregon at all. I am willing to drive one back from California or to have one shipped to oregon from wherever if I can find one. Thanks