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Mazda RX-8, Coupe
Aug 04, 2003 (2:12 pm)
I definately think so. I expected this car to be a hot seller and anticipating that, I pre-ordered on 1/20 at MSRP from Ferman Mazda in Tampa. With all my port options, my car came in at $34,600 without tax & license.
I see quite of few dealers now charging up to $5000 over MSRP for the cars they already received. I'm glad I got mine right at MSRP.
Graphicguy is right. If you can shop around, and get this car at MSRP, you got yourself a deal. You won't find this car selling for less than MSRP until next year.
Here is a link to pictures of my car. http://web.tampabay.rr.com/mbarto/images/My_RX-8/
Aug 04, 2003 (2:31 pm)
gotta question.....believe it or not, I can't remember if the A/C was on when I test drove mine or not (too busy grinning, I suppose). How's the A/C work? If it works well in FLA, I know it'll work well in Ohio.
Aug 04, 2003 (3:31 pm)
Since I'm here in Qatar right now, I personally can't answer that. However, I did ask my wife about it earlier, when some people felt that it is an issue. She found no problem with it. It cooled fine. Seemed powerful enough for her. She also commented that with the tinting, the AC cools the car faster than before.
#6 of 903 sticker
Aug 04, 2003 (9:08 pm)
i paid MSRP for mine. grand touring, appearance pkg, spoiler and spare tire pkg, etc. zoomster i think i recall you saying you didnt opt for the spare tire pkg not only because of the price but because it would affect the 50/50 ratio. what about passengers wouldn't they affect the ratio too and by a bigger margin? i have no desire for the spare tire either but i'm only picking what comes in from the port and i was told the spare tire pkg is not removable other than the tire itself.
#7 of 903 If you're in Texas.....
Aug 05, 2003 (5:01 am)
...and trying to find one in stock, try Roger Beasley Mazda in Austin. They've got 4 dealerships in the area. They list 16 in inventory at their main store, 9 at their south store, and 11 at their Georgetown store. Apparantly their Bastrop store got shafted. I have NO IDEA what they are going for but with that many units on the ground, I doubt they are going for much, if any, over MSRP.
#8 of 903 graphicguy
Aug 05, 2003 (9:14 am)
Free oil changes for life? Nice, but what's the frequency -- as stipulated in the service chart, or every 3mos./3K miles?
Aug 05, 2003 (9:58 am)
I don't think the dealer is putting out all that much for oil changes.
"Severe" intervals are every 5,000 miles.
"Normal" intervals are 7,500 miles.
So, If I keep it for 100K miles, which is what I normally keep my cars for, and I use the "severe" schedule (which the service manager recommended) then I'm looking at 20 oil changes for my ownership time.
If I pay $20 (which is being conservative) for every oil change and I do 20 oil changes, then I've saved $400. They also kicked in free tire rotations every 5,000 miles. If I put rotations at $10 per (again, conservative), that's another $200 I saved.
Better than a "stick in the eye" as they say around here.
Aug 05, 2003 (10:28 am)
You might be doing better than you think. My Honda dealer charges a cool $30 to rotate the tires, even if they've already pulled the wheels to service the brakes (well...duh!), and an online coupon gets you a $24.95 oil&filter swap. For me, it would work out to $1,100 saved, and keep in mind that there would be tax on top (another $80).
Around here, it's "sure beats a sharp stick in the eye." Love those colloquialisms!
#11 of 903 rxgreat - 50/50 weight ratio
Aug 05, 2003 (10:30 am)
True, passengers would effect the ratio to a bigger margin, but I figured why add more, by getting the spare tire kit. Bigger factors for me not getting it was it taking up space, the added OVERALL weight, and cost.
The important thing is that you got a car, even though you didn't plan on getting the spare tire kit originally. You probably won't notice the ratio being thrown off by the spare, unless you are driving it hard (cornering).
The spare tire kit is available for those that feel comfortable having a spare, rather than totally rely on the patch kit & roadside assistance. If someone feels more "at peace" by getting that option, then its a wise buy for them.
#12 of 903 himiler and spare tire
Aug 05, 2003 (10:46 am)
himiler....you're right....the oil changes and tire rotations would probably cost more than I stated. $25 seems to be the going rate for oil changes and $20 seems to be the going rate for tire rotations (both using coupons). Figure in tax and the savings will be somewhere around a grand, as you stated. Now that I look at it, that's a pretty good savings. Figure the dealer's cost on all of that is somewhere around $600. They just bought a lot of "good will" for that $600. Of course, they are still making $2K on the car. That's probably the reason the dealer is only offeing it to RX8 buyers. It's also probably the reason they've sold more RX8s in my 'burg than any other Mazda dealer in the state (of OH). They are all sold out of their allotment for this year and are now taking orders for next year.
I can't even remember the last time I had a flat tire...it has to be over 20 years ago, so the issue of no spare wasn't a "biggy" to me. I'd rather have the trunk room and deal with the "inflata-flat" stuff, if it ever happens. Moreover, with the roadside assistance offered as part of the warranty, it shouldn't be an issue for at least 50,000 miles, in which case, I'll need new tires anyway.