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#3709 of 5141 Please help - 2008 Mazda3 I touring value edition 4dr ( auto)
Nov 15, 2008 (10:35 pm)
I am buying my first car. After some research, I have decied to buy 2008 Mazda3 I touring value edition 4dr ( auto) standard. I have no experience about buying a car. Hope some of you can help.
The MSRP is 17155. I've read some posts on this board. Someone said for this model, should be able to get it 2500-3000 below the MSRP. Is it true?
I also want to get 0% APR (36 months) Mazda is offering. SO how much I should set for as my target price.
can someone advice? thank you very much in advance!
#3710 of 5141 Just priced out a 2009 Mazda3 i Touring Value
Nov 15, 2008 (10:48 pm)
The MSRP is $17,643, and the offer I got was $16,776 with either 0.0% financing for 3 years or 3.9% financing for 4 or 5 years.
luckyforever1: If the dealership is telling you that you need to pay MSRP to get the low financing, tell them "No deal" and walk out. I think you'll find that before you can drive to the next closest Mazda dealership, they'll call you. I mean, think about it, given our current economic times, cars aren't exactly flying off the dealership lots these days.
Stick to your guns, it's a buyers market out there.
Learn to drive a stick and save yourself $900, the 5-Speed in the Mazda3 is a pretty sweet shifting transmission.
#3711 of 5141 Pricing Information
Nov 16, 2008 (4:54 pm)
I'm looking to get a 5-door HB, 5-speed, Grand Touring with the Bose/Sunroof package. MSRP for this car is 22,600. Some posts above reference 2500-3000 off these cars right now, but the Edmunds TMV says people are paying 22,005 for the car optioned out this way.
Does anyone know what I can realistically expect to pay? I'm located in Southern NH if that makes any difference.
Thanks in advance for any help.
#3712 of 5141 Re: Just priced out a 2009 Mazda3 i Touring Value [shipo]
Nov 16, 2008 (5:20 pm)
Thankso much for the reply Shipo. Is it very difficult to learn to drive with manual transmission. I have many males friends like manual transmission. They say it is fun.
how can I start?any tips?
#3713 of 5141 Re: Pricing Information [hakky]
Nov 16, 2008 (5:59 pm)
Hey Hakky, I live in southern NH as well, and there are plenty of Mazda dealerships around here to play one off against the other. That said, I didn't even need to try as I was offered "Invoice" or "S-Plan" when I walked in the door last Monday. Said another way, I don't see any reason why you cannot get a dealer to sell you that car for $21,312 ($21,101 invoice plus the "Boston Adjustment" of $211 which is apparently mandatory).
Keep us posted.
#3714 of 5141 Re: Just priced out a 2009 Mazda3 i Touring Value [luckyforever1]
Nov 16, 2008 (6:08 pm)
"Thank so much for the reply Shipo. Is it very difficult to learn to drive with manual transmission. I have many males friends like manual transmission. They say it is fun.
how can I start?any tips?"
Is it very difficult to learn to drive a stick? Hmmm, I don't remember it being all that difficult to get the basics of driving a stick; granted I learned how to do that some three decades ago and my memory of the process may be a bit fuzzy.
As for learning, the basic start-stop process is best learned in an empty parking lot with an experienced stick-shift driver as copilot. Once you get the hang of starting and stopping, you will graduate to the streets where your education will continue. I've found that if you are at all in tune with mechanical devices, learning a stick is easier, however, I've taught many folks over the years, and even the most non-mechanically inclined people can get the hang of it and then eventually master it
Before you take the plunge and buy a car one way or another, you might want to tag one of your friends and ask them to give you a couple of lessons. You should know within an hour or two how easily it will come to you.
Keep us posted,
#3715 of 5141 Re: Pricing Information [shipo]
Nov 16, 2008 (6:58 pm)
Thanks for the info, Shipo. I wasn't aware of any "Boston Adjustment"...that's interesting, I wonder what the reason for that is.
I might hold out for some kind of cash incentive from Mazda to bring down the price a bit, as I was thinking that these cars were selling for less than they apparently are. Maybe I'll swing through Werner this week and feel them out a bit.
And to the other poster considering learning to drive standard transmission, my advice is this: watch someone else do it. Ride as a passenger and watch their feet, their hand on the gear shift, the tachometer. Listen to the motor. This is mainly how I picked up the skill, as I used to watch my sister in her '82 Mazda GLC as we drove to school. You'd be surprised hopw much you'll learn when you're really paying attention.
#3716 of 5141 Learning to drive with a manual transmission [luckyforever1]
Nov 17, 2008 (2:35 pm)
Is it very difficult to learn to drive with manual transmission...how can I start?any tips?
You can also consider a driving school; it would likely take a couple of lessons. The advantage is that you are learning on the school's car and not your own (or that of a friend).
#3717 of 5141 Re: Pricing Information [hakky]
Nov 18, 2008 (6:51 am)
Sent me an E-Mail, I have a couple of very specific suggestions as to how and where to get S-Plan numbers on a new Mazda3 here in New Hamster.
#3718 of 5141 Well, I have a Mazda3...
Nov 18, 2008 (6:35 pm)
First off, my buying experience was, well, delightful.
I had decided upon buying a new Rabbit, however, given that the MK5 Rabbits are no longer being produced and dealers are simply selling off the remaining inventory, finding a black one with a 5-Speed proved to be virtually impossible. Annoying. The Mazda3 had slotted in a close second in my list of cars, and after my local VW dealer asked me one too many times, "Are you sure I cannot interest you in a Rabbit with an automatic?", I headed over to a Mazda dealership near where I now work (I just started there) and went for another test drive, this time in a Mazda3 i Touring Value 5-Speed (my previous test drive at the dealership closer to where I live had been in a Mazda3 s Sport 5-Speed).
I was really torn between the s Sport and the i Touring, the "s" had slightly better acceleration (although the difference isn't all that great), slightly better looking 16" wheels (the s wheels are uninspired, however, the i wheels are just plane fugly, IMHO) and better brakes, however, the "i" gets over 10% better fuel economy (important as I'm now driving at the rate of about 25,000 miles pre year), was much easier to find in a stick in the colors that I wanted, and cost about $1,000 less.
That was last Monday (the 10th). I exchanged E-Mails with the Sales Associate a few times last week, and then decided this weekend to opt for a "Stormy Blue Mica" (a color that I hadn't even seen in the daylight until this morning) Mazda3 i Touring. I called her yesterday, drove over there in the old minivan (that I hadn't planned on trading in), and from the time I started filling out the credit app to the time I drove out of the lot (including the time it took them to appraise the old van and offer about 60% more than the TMV "Trade-In" price) was not even two hours.
So, I liked pretty much everything about the dealership, the SA and the car.