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#795 of 903 Lease special continued and $1k in MAC finance money
Jul 07, 2005 (7:48 pm)
The new special are posted now on the MazdaUSA web page. They may vary by region, so put in your ZIP code to check. For most the 24 month lease has carried over from last month:
2005 RX-8 6-Speed $299/Month, 24-Month Lease, $2,599 due at Lease Signing after $2,000 cash back*. Includes 1st Month’s Payment and Security Deposit. Excludes taxes, title and fees.**
* The Amount due at Lease Signing is higher in the following states: Connecticut ($3,257); Massachusetts ($3,356); Rhode Island ($3,422); Virginia ($2,994); and West Virginia ($3,011).
** Dealer participation required. Not all lessees will qualify for lowest payment through Mazda American Credit. Some payments higher, some lower based on residency and other factors. Not available for NY residents. Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 24,000 at $0.15/mile. Total payments of $7,176. Purchase option at lease end for $15,364. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 8/01/05. See participating dealer for qualifications.
They also show $1k in MAC cash. You could already get $2k in money on a lease, looks like now you can get $1k if you purchase with a MAC loan. Watch the rates, though. While the MAC lease special is below market value - and MAC loan may be over market value. So compare the payment with your own financing and not $1k rebate VS getting $1k off and doing the MAC loan.
#796 of 903 Re: Lease special continued and $1k in MAC finance money [dwynne]
Jul 11, 2005 (6:17 am)
The inventory I see on the net is all 05 models. I have read that 04's are no longer listed on the internet inventories. Is that true?
There are four or five dealers within 75 miles listing 4 to 6 05's in stock. I'm paying cash. For MSRP's around $33,000 should I be looking at a final price of less than 30 grand?
There seem to be a lot of choices around my area and too many G35's on the road. I'm definetly going RX8!
#797 of 903 Re: Lease special continued and $1k in MAC finance money [jimstack41]
Jul 11, 2005 (8:15 am)
Yes, when Mazda made the final "here, you sell them" buy down on the 04s they pulled them from the search. I posted a message here with the ones I knew about, and others have done the same. Sort of slim pickings, but if one is like you want then it would be a good deal.
You might want to "finance" some of the 05 with MAC to get the $1,000 rebate off the price. Then just pay it off in a month or two, the little interest would not come close to the $1,000 you would save off of your best price.
Go to carsdirect.com and see if there is a pre-done deal in your area. If not expand your area by putting in nearby ZIPs for large cities. Also, carsdirect.com will let you see MSRP and invoice as you add and remove options. You should look for something under INVOICE - without any rebates - as your goal. $100 minimum,down to $500-600 under invoice if you can get it.
#798 of 903 Good dealership experience - and they have lots more 8's
Jul 11, 2005 (2:40 pm)
I had a good dealership experience picking up my new RX-8 from Mazda Knoxville. I mentioned to my salesman that I "knew" some folks looking for deals on the 8. He said $500 under invoice for any of his remaining RX-8s - they have a pretty good selection, 24 last time I looked on their web page.
So if Knoxville, TN is within your travel radius I recommend you look them up and see if they have something you like.
I can't post the salesman's name or a link to the dealership, but if you Google Mazda Knoxville the link will come up - and the salesman is the Internet sales manager and his name is all over the web page.
BTW, they took my Gerber rebate but did require the original Gerber card.
#799 of 903 Re: Available 2004 NEW RX-8s [dwynne]
Jul 12, 2005 (12:50 pm)
Just wanted to let you guy's know i checked out the 04 TI gray at Kempthron today. It drove great and was offered to me at $26,000 before TTL with a $95 doc fee (sales manager told me they had to charge the doc fee, was standard). They also agreed to pick up my final payment on my lease ($470). When all is said and done, before TTL I paid $25,640 for a 04 with 250 miles on it. I put a deposit on it that is refundable..what do you guys think about the deal.
And Dennis thanks for the heads up on the 04's
#800 of 903 Re: Available 2004 NEW RX-8s [oga2]
Jul 12, 2005 (6:21 pm)
If it is equipped like you want, I don't see how you can go wrong at that price. I like the color and it has the NAV, some of the other options were not things I would have chosen if I were "ordering one" - but if that is good for you then go for it.
There just is not a lot of choices in left over 04s right now. You can get a bit of a deal on an 05, but not as good and it is tied to MAC financing. As their 06s come out they will get cheaper with more incentives, but will likely still be tied to a MAC deal. By getting the 04 you can pay cash/use your own financing and pay less money.
Ask them to flash you to the latest PCM "load" (should be "R" or "N" if they don't have "R" yet) before you take delivery. It is likely this car has really old software on it.
BTW, someone went to pick up another 04 I mentioned and found out that Mazda has put a hold on ALL RX-8 sales! Under certain conditions and in hot climates sitting at a prolonged, high RPM idle can cause heat build up to damage certain parts - including the plastic gas tank. Sometime next week MazdaUSA will provide the dealers with a instructions and parts (?) to do the recall/repair/inspection. Once your new car has been inspected, you can take delivery.
#801 of 903 Re: Available 2004 NEW RX-8s [dwynne]
Jul 12, 2005 (9:16 pm)
I forgot to mention that thanks for letting everyone know.
What do you mean by flash? I've been reading this forum for a while and have seen that term used a few times.
I would have prefered the 8 to have the GT package but Kempthron was he furthest I was willing to go for a car (I live in MI;about a 3hr drive from Canton, OH). I learned that with my last car purchase, 65' Lincoln Continental convertable. I had to drive 6hrs to Madison, wi. but I still love the car!
I want to thank you again Dennis, your advice and information has been priceless in purchasing this car.
#802 of 903 Re: Available 2004 NEW RX-8s [oga2]
Jul 13, 2005 (5:30 am)
All cars now have computers in them to control everything. The RX-8 seems to have an unusually powerful/flexible computer. The "flash" is just a software update for the computer (I think it is called the PTC or Power Train Controller).
They can adjust air/fuel mix for any RPM (improve mileage/cut pollution/make more power) and change any number of things. One thing I read about was originally the a/c compressor would cut off when the revs hit 5k - to enhance acceleration by taking the load of the compressor off the motor. Starting in one of the flash loads that took this out of the code, so after the flash the compressor will stay on past 5k rpm.
One part of the fixes for the new recall may be another new software load - and probably some heat shielding for under the car.
Kinda of like Microsoft - three new patches for XP/Win2k/Win2k3 came out this morning.
#803 of 903 rx-8 in LA area...
Jul 14, 2005 (3:55 pm)
anyone recently buy an 8 in the Los Angeles Area? i'm getting pretty serious about getting one soon and am curious about what i should be paying here. i know a lot of folks here are saying i should be able to get one at or under invoice. does that hold true in car happy LA? i'm also diggin the new lease incentive that's valid till the end of july. thoughts?
also, what is the best way to approach buying/leasing. should i get dealer quotes through the internet first (eg. edmunds/mazda website) and then go to them or should i just go to a dealer with knowledge of their invoice pricing etc... any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
#804 of 903 Re: rx-8 in LA area... [mattzen]
Jul 14, 2005 (5:39 pm)
I always start at carsdirect.com . Put in your ZIP and see what no haggle price comes up. If you don't get invoice or below widen your search by using other ZIPs in your area.
Also, you might check on the other Mazda forums here. Not a lot of 8 activity here, but there is more on the 3's or 5's or maybe MPVs. Someone over there may know which dealers deal easy and which do not.
I would shoot for invoice or below AND then the $2k MAC lease rebate.