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Mazda Protege Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    I'm sure that's a very base DX, with auto show discount and probably some dealer cash thrown in. When they use an invoice #, it's probably just that one.

    However, I think you can probably get DX for around $13k or so. Check Edmund's TMV guide for an indication of what's been reported in your area.

    And Meade's right. For a couple to few thousand more, you get more features. Check the LX too. I think it's an easy step from the DX, but I don't know your financial situation (nor do I want don't speak a word about it). The DX is a very nice car for its price.
  • bliss187bliss187 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the responses!!

    I want the DX because I plan on buying 2 new cars. I'm about to pick up the cars and able to get the automtic DX for $12,500 and a manual DX for $12,159 (not including tax and other fees). Each one has a/c, but nothing else.

    Hopefully I'm getting a good deal.

    Oh, and the Mazda Protege Discussion under sedans has too many threads/posts....I can't read all that :)
  • p5heavenp5heaven Posts: 2
    A local dealer was advertising new 2003 P5 for $4000 discount off MSRP. I got exactly what I wanted. My P5 is classic red with leather, auto dimming mirrors, abs, side air bags, moonroof,polished rims, six cd player. I paid 16,300 for the car. It is about 1200 less than dealer invoice with factory rebate.
  • arb_16arb_16 Posts: 9
    Hi p5heaven,

    May I ask at which dealer or location you got such a great deal?
    We want the same car you have but can only get $100 over invoice.

  • p5heavenp5heaven Posts: 2
    Hello arb 16

    I live in Portland Oregon and a dealership near me in Hillsboro (Royal Moore Mazda) had the special. I checked the car ads yesterday and noticed they are still running the same promotion but now it's only on four 2003 P5's.

    I see you live in California you may want to check it out depending where you live.

    Hope this helps.
  • Hey Bliss, I hope you didn't yet pick up your DX. Because for the same exact price, 12,5., I got the LX.

    It's an automatic. Power of course, but no AB. It did come with wheel locks. I didn't get the fog lights but I know they would have thrown that in.

    It's a beautiful car, beautiful lines and interior.
  • bliss187bliss187 Posts: 3
    Yeah..we did pick up our dx's. Where are you located? I'm from Buffalo and there are only 2 mazda dealers here and they were both giving me the same price. I even contacted dealers in Rochester.

    I suspected we weren't getting a good deal on our end, given the $2000 rebate they were offering...and the fact that they were willing to give me $600 for my p.o.s trade. And I made them give us floor mats for both our cars. That's no consolation though.

  • on 4/25 took delivery of a vivid yellow P5 with Moonroof/CD, ABS/Side Air Bags, Roof Rack, Rear Bumper Guard, Moonroof Deflector, and Wheel Locks for $16,500 (car price only...with everything else the total came to $17,610) from Balise Mazda in W. Springfield, MA. Got financing from (excellent service so far), no trade (giving my '97 Escort to my son). Folks at Balise were EXCELLENT.

    AND I LOVE IT...there's a photo in the gallery.
  • zebraheadzebrahead Posts: 7
    I paid 16,700 after 1500 rebate but before taxes, dealer fee, etc for a red PR5 with AT, 6 disc changer, moonroof, leather, roof rack, wheel locks, and polished rims. No trade in and financed through my credit union (2.4 % for 60 mths). I called about 10 different dealers that had the car according to mazdas web site and told them who ever gave me the best price would get my business. I played the top 3 dealers against each other, the cheapest beat the #2 dealer by $200 but was about 2 hours away. I went with the #2 dealer who was only 45 mins away. The best part was I walked in and signed the papers, about 30 mins and I was out the door.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    I've never been in and out in 30 minutes. When I purchased my Miata, it took 3 hours! You probably saved yourself a lot of time by setting up the financing yourself. Nice Car!
  • protojasonprotojason Posts: 13
    $13,708.23 + ttl

    For that sum I drove away with a new 2003 Pro-5.
    Considered the Matrix of course, but I couldnt pass up the deal. (seemed like one to me anyhow!)

    No leather interior, but did get the in dash 6disc cd and a sunroof. Doesnt seem overly noisy as per the reviews either...course I've been accustomed to an F-150.

    Seems like I got more than most civic owners would at that price level. I'm pleased. Now to learn the proper way to "break 'er in".

    PS. this is my first post, please forgive the lack of lingo etc etc other errors.

  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Congrats on your purchase. Looks like you got an excellent price.

    I agree with your assessment of the noise levels in the P5. It is not like we are driving Lexuses, so I am not sure why people expect that level of quiet. Personally, I like to hear the noises my cars make.

    Not much involved with breaking in a P5. The owners manual mentions some precautions for the first 600 miles or so. If you want to be really anal, you can follow this guide to breaking in Miatas, but I really doubt it will make any difference:
  • mdaffronmdaffron Posts: 4,421
    Too bad we live so far away from each other ... my wife drives a white 2002 Protege5.

    (My car's an Emerald Mica 2000 Protege ES.)

    Meade in Virginia
  • md_rocksmd_rocks Posts: 41
    Best I've been getting is $15,700 + ttl

    6 dash CD, moonroof, yellow, auto, polished wheels. Is the regional difference that great as to where Proto scores one for $13,800?

    Sorry but a $2K difference on a car with a low price to begin with seems crazy to me.

    Looking very hard at a yellow or laser blue one with auto.
  • salc1salc1 Posts: 12
    Hi all:

    Just put made a deal on an ES w/ auto, moonroof, 6cd, abs, side airbags. Got a price of $16350 + tax. This a $0 down, 0% finance. Dealer has to locate my color (laser blue), otherwise I think I could have done a little better. Any thoughts on this price?
  • loolalaloolala Posts: 19
    I helped my friend on getting a Laser Blue P5 today. The options are: Moonroof w/ 6 disc CD, Auto Transmission, Rear Bumper Guard, and Alarm. Other items listed as STD are: 16" Alloy wheel and Roof Rack. She paid $16,500 out the door (approximately $15,000 + 8.25% CA tax and fees) with 0 down and 3.9% for 60 months. Tell me it's worth my time spending 5 hours at the dealership! We were new at this, but we did our homework.
    They have about 20 P5's on the lot, and with our color choices (Blue, yellow, silver), only one had the ABS/side airbag, but it was a 5 speed, which was out of the question for my friend. I am quite happy with her purchase, and hope I'll get to zoom ZOOM once in a while!
  • morphx22morphx22 Posts: 5
    The MSRP was like 17000 for a LX with moonroof/6-cd changer. He put it down to 14000. Then with tax + the other junk it was 15000, then since i was a recent graduate i got 500 off. So total was 14500 out the door. Pretty good deal. I could of went without the 6cd changer cause im installing my mp3 player, which i heard taking out the stock radio is REAL annoying, but oh well.
  • boggseboggse Posts: 1,048
    Congrats on your new Protege!

    Taking out the stock radio is a breeze. All you need is 2 pairs of the Mazda/Ford radio puller tools and a flat head screwdriver wrapped with tape.

    Putting something else in could be less easy, but with the right installation kit, it shouldn't be too difficult. Just be sure you don't get something too deep. I think the max depth receiver you can put in a Protege is around 6.5". When you are finished with the install make sure you post about it in the Accessories and Modifications forum. Also, I would recommend replacing the speakers while you are at it. A nice head unit deserves some nice speakers. The stock speakers are the same crap almost all auto manufacturers put in their cars. I recommend the Kenwood 6x8s and 6x9s that Mazda sells. The price is good and they are pre-wired to go in your car. A good place to buy them is Good Luck!

    Drop me an email at There is something else I would like to talk to you about. Thanks!
  • morphx22morphx22 Posts: 5
    Hi, thanks for the tips. Why do I need tape around the screwdriver, is it to get the sidings out and not scratch the car?

    I think I am going to use the stock speakers right now, im used to a 1985 oldsmobile speakers, so I think anything better will do, even if its stock right now :) I am pretty sure my receiver will fit; its a JVC KDSH99 mp3 player thingie and it fit in the oldsmobile. Now to order the kit and wiring harness, which is about 17 bucks. Not that bad. My local audio car place wanted to charge 60 for labor and 90!! for the parts. I dont think i will be going there for it; ill just give it a shot on my own :)

    Ill tell ya how it turns out, thanks!

    Oh yeah, where can I buy those puller things to uninstall it? I found a webpage where I can make it out of hangers, but I think i would rather have real stuff :)
  • mazdafunmazdafun Posts: 2,322
    They cost $3-5 at any auto parts store. I got a pair from Wal-Mart.
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