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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
#761 of 903 Fire at Mazda assembly plant
Jun 18, 2005 (8:52 am)
I read recently that there was a fire at a Mazda assembly plant in Japan, which means that about 15,000 vehicles (all kinds: Tributes, RX-8's, etc.) will be late in shipping to the U.S.
Has anyone had any experience on this affecting price and buying yet?
Overall, how are the RX-8's selling, and is there a 2006 model coming out? I'm just wondering because I'm trying to time my buy as best I can to get a good deal.
Jake in Orlando FL
Jun 18, 2005 (9:56 am)
your a little late to the party....This happened in December and things are back on schedule....but some versions of some models were cenceled for the remaineder of the year.. SP-23, Miata, MPV, shinka rx-8
#763 of 903 Re: Fire at Mazda assembly plant [jakebebber]
Jun 18, 2005 (12:16 pm)
As was pointed out, this was a long way back. In a way it was lucky for Mazda and a lot of the dealers - since the 8 is a really SLOW seller. Some dealers still have 2004 8s on the lot! If the plant had been at full production and they did not shut it down the dealers and Mazda would be swimming in 8s by now.
I think there is $2k worth of lease incentive on 8s right now and MAC has a below prime lease money factor. So it might be a good time to lease one now. Otherwise, you can expect to pay right at invoice for a new 8. If you find a new 2004 8 on the lot, Mazda gave the dealers $4,000-4,500 to get rid of them so most are going for $5k or so under invoice - which is a heck of a deal.
If they do more than just minor tweaks to the 06 models then there will be a lot more dealing right away on the 05s left overs. If it is minor stuff, Mazda will probably put some MAC based money on them first and keep raising it and finally put some customer money on them. That is what they have done in the past. Today is the best day to buy an 04 new, but most have already been sold (but not all). It will be like that with the 05s - best selection = higher prices, better prices = less to choose from.
I love the car, but slow sales and big incentives equal really bad resale values in the future. But if you love the car, don't worry about it - just get one
Jun 18, 2005 (1:19 pm)
actually the RX-8 production remained almost consistant during the fire situation....only the special edition rx-8 was pulled.
Jun 21, 2005 (9:09 am)
Okay.. I found this deal.. can anyone tell me if it's worth it?
Used Black AT Rx-8, black/red leather
Sunroof, spoiler, fully loaded (no nav)
with 26k miles on it
Any input would be appreciated
#766 of 903 baptistandy
Jun 21, 2005 (10:19 am)
Didn't you have an automatic equipped RX-8 Grand Touring (leather,sunroof,spoiler,etc.) with FEWER miles located last month for right at $22K? I don't think that's very out of line but $24,500 is just too much.
#767 of 903 Re: Good price? [baptistandy]
Jun 21, 2005 (2:50 pm)
Way too much. If you can find a left over new 04 w/just GT that would be about what you could get it for. AT cars seems to be slow sellers and I thought I saw a bunch cheap over on ebay.....
#768 of 903 Re: Good price? [baptistandy]
Jun 22, 2005 (6:05 am)
I noticed this one on fleabay this morning:
2005 (yep an 05) with auto, wing, and NAV for $23,900 on buy it now. Only 3,174 miles on it! Also has chrome wheels. It does not have have a moonroof so it is either a base or sports pack car. It is offered by a Mazda dealer in Texas. They probably sold it and someone's financing fell through or something and they took it back.
Don't know what the reserve is, but it might could be had for less. There are lots of other low mile autos on there as well. Not many are private party sales, most are dealers using fleabay as a cheap way to advertise cars.
#769 of 903 baptistandy....with 04's still on the lot...
Jun 22, 2005 (6:38 am)
unsold and untitled and plenty of 05's coming up OLD, why would you even look at used ones that have half the warranty miles eaten up? As Dennis pointed out, use E-bay or autotrader to hunt down these untitled or used with very low miles and make an offer on one. The autos should really be had cheap. My Mazda dealer won't get them unless someone specifically asks for one because they are slow movers - drops the hps too much. I love my 8, but the reality is that folks are not buying them up as fast as they can make them and prices are way down on them.
#770 of 903 Re: baptistandy....with 04's still on the lot... [lhess]
Jun 22, 2005 (9:29 am)
Okay, okay.. ha.. I feel like I got attacked. I guess there is a price to pay to get what you want from a used car. It's just that it has the features i want. Unless there is a new black 04/05 GT (w/ leater) floating around out there for around 25k, IS there??? ha, please tell me. He's down to 24k. What would be a fair price for this car? 22k? 21k? I dont' want to have to "settle" for a cheaper car with less options, i think i'd rather get what i want.