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Mazda RX-8 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    That makes sense...give an incentive to people who have not bought from you and not give ones to people who have. Sounds like Ford alright.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,323
    I've seen many manufacturers offer some sort of "conquest rebate."

    That makes me think of some ads I've seen in the paper. I love the screamer ads where the fine print says the ad price includes both "customer loyalty rebate" and "conquest rebate." LOL

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    Program Period:

    ·1 March 3, 2004 through July 5, 2004
    Vehicles must be sold and delivered within this program period to be eligible.

    Eligible Vehicles/Cash Incentive:

    ·1 All new and unused 2004 and 2005 Mazdas: $ 1,000 customer cash bonus.

    Eligible Customers:
    ·1 The $1,000 conquest can be transferred within the household. The Mazda Credit pre-approval cannot be transferred, and is only valid for the person named on the certificate.

    Proof of Eligibility:

    At least one set of qualifying documents is required for redemption per purchase/lease. Acceptable proof for eligibility is original direct mail certificate (copies will not be accepted).
    If conquest offer is transferred within the household, proof of residence is required.

    Ineligible Vehicles:
    ·1 RDR type F (Fleet)
    ·2 Vehicles intended for export,
    ·3 Brokered units.
    ·4 Units acquired at auction
    ·5 All vehicles originally ordered by or shipped to non-United States dealers.
    ·6 Rental service units
    ·7 2002 & 2003 MY Vehicles

     
    Restrictions/Other Rules:
    ·1 Mazda reserves the right to cancel, amend, or revoke the program at any time without written notice.
    ·2 The customer is not required to finance or lease through Mazda Credit to be eligible for the $1,000 conquest incentive
    ·3 There is a limit of one Competitive Lease Conquest direct mail certificate per customer, per vehicle.
    ·4 If vehicle is specially ordered, the customer must take delivery by July 5, 2004. Vehicles delivered after July 5, 2004 are not eligible for the incentive (no order protection).
    ·5 US residency restrictions apply/ultimate consumer must live in the United States.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    Every time I hear of these promotions, I always hear/see the tag line "residency restrictions apply".

    First question...what's a residency restriction?
    2nd....why is their such a restriction?

    Just curious....
  • svoricksvorick Posts: 2
    I emailed Mazda about receiving the $1000 incentive. Their response was:

    In regards to your question, that particular incentive is ONLY by
    direct mail to pre-determined participation. Unfortunately, we can not
    add you to this mailing list.

    Just my .02
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    I just wish incentives and rebates didn't exist. Just give me the lower price...and do away with all the double talk. If you can sell me a car for $19K instead of $24K, then just do it. Otherwise, there really isn't an incentive.
  • Red w Red/black interior with GT package. 31200 msrp. I stole it for 27775. No trade in or any funny business in that price either. It comes out to a little over 800 under invoice. I had to drive 275 miles each way to get it. I am in Green Bay, Wi, I bought it in Rochester, MN. BTW I love it. I had a hugh tailwind most of the drive back, and I got just over 21 mpg.
  • hophop Posts: 2
    I am getting close to pulling the trigger with the RX-8. I've done the research and test driven the cars and love the feel and look as well as the growing reputation. question though: I like the Grand Touring Package but at almost 6 ft tall, find it difficult to drive w/out my head against the roof...due I presume both to the lower roof (moonroof) and the higher seat (electric)...anybody else my size in a fully loaded model...what is your experience...any thoughts? I also checked out the sport package, but so much other stuff is missing from the car that I don't feel like I'm getting all I want (even tho the headroom is demonstrably better). I am loath to try and load up on options at the dealership and likely wouldn't want to stomach either the cost or the potential loss in bargaining power by not getting a car "off the lot". any advice welcome.
  • wh9wh9 Posts: 32
    I've been finding used RX8s on Car Max for the last 3 months with very low miles on them and all different packages.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    I'm 6' also and have the GT 6-speed. I've had no problems once I got the seat adjusted correctly. I can't think of too many "wants" I'd put in the car as equipped the way mine is. I've even got the NAV, which I didn't think I'd use all that much initially, but now absolutely love.

    I got one of the ones from the first batch that hit U.S. shores. I don't know how long it would take to order one from Hiroshima.

    They are starting to get a little scarce again around my 'burg since Spring is here. This past winter, I saw 6-10 on the lot at my dealer. For the last month or so, that number has dwindled to about 2 or 3.

    As you've probably read, the RX8 has been picked by just about every trade rag (and here at Edmunds) as the best of the bunch when compared to the 350Z/G35c/Cobra.

    You can't go wrong no matter how you get yours equipped.

    My only "nit" is it's hard to locate the remote trunk opener on the right side of the dash. In all honesty, that's it.
  • I just purchased my RX8. A 6-speed with the SP package only. I bought it for invoice at Bob Boyd Mazda in Lancaster Ohio!!!!
    I paid 26,211 (plus tax and the $120 title fee) because it was an in-stock vehicle. The internet sales manager was a very honest and A+ salesperson.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    Welcome to the ever increasing RX8 fan base.

    Please let us know your impressions once you've had a chance to live with it for a while.
  • wh9wh9 Posts: 32
    The local Mazada dealer in my area has 15 on his lot. One has been there for 2 months...it was in th show room and now out on the lot. The dealer's son was driving one as a demo last Augusta - October. Fully loaded, it has been out on the lot for some time now and still hasn't sold. I think there are deals to be had out there, at least in my town.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    There are lots of deals. Those who sell, 350Zs, G35Cs, S2000s, Corvettes, Boxters, etc have stock now. I saw an Infiniti dealer (dealership right next to my Mazda dealer) with about 20 G35Cs on the lot. He had a sign in front of the dealership that offered $3K off MSRP any G35C in stock. I've seen 'vettes advertised for $7K off MSRP. Local newspaper had a Nissan dealer offering a "coupon" for "thousands" off any 350Z in stock (listed 15 in stock....I think they were all $35K Touring models, though). Same page, same newspaper had Mini dealer offering hefty discounts.

    I don't expect this to be the case a month from now as most dealers are swinging into the sports car season when all these models become more in demand.

    Most surprizing is the deals on Corvettes. I've never seen those kinds of deals ever on those cars. With the new Vette about to be released, The C5 (which I like a lot), would be mighty tempting if I was in the market. I wouldn't remotely consider getting rid of my RX8, though.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    last month the RX-8 out sold the TT, Z3/Z4, crossfire, corvette, thunderbird, s2000, slk, boxter.....Infiniti reports all the G35 versions as one car, so I don't know how it did against the G35c...the 350 outsold the RX-8 but only by a small amount.

    The past few months with the reasonable weather has produced a huge increase in RX-8 sales. Our selling prices have jumped with the increased demand also.
  • danwpbdanwpb Posts: 1
    Paid invoice (25,676) +tax,tag for my Velocity Red 6 speed +spoiler in Florida. Thanks to Edmunds for a great site and to the forum members for their input! Couldn't be happier with the decision to go with the RX8.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    I kind of suspected that the good weather would bring a large jump in RX8 sales. I'm not surprized it outsold all the others. The Corvette has incentives and is in the last year of the C5 version, so I'm a bit surprized that the 8 outsold it. From what I've heard, Corvette sales were "sizzling".

    The RX8 has been neck and neck with 350Z sales since its introduction.
  • ltabaltaba Posts: 2
    Paid 24,750 for base model with a couple of extras (spoiler and cassette tape deck)a few weeks ago in Wis...Went by dealer yesterday and counted 13 on the lot..Rarely seen around town so far, but I expect this will change.
  • buckeye3dbuckeye3d Posts: 5
    I bought my new RX8 yesterday. Got the 6 speed, GT, rotory accents, all black leather, velocity red mica. I paid exactly invoice (before tax/title). Took very little negotiating that was all done via email. Went out and met the internet manager (nice guy) and checked out the cars that met my requirements. Picked one and drove it home the next afternoon. I bought at Byers Mazda Suburu in Columbus, OH. Very easy to deal with and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
  • rogerazrogeraz Posts: 3
    Has anyone have any infromation on the $1500 lease incentive that Mazda is offering on the RX8. I've been hedging between the WRX and the RX8 waiting to see which I can get the better deal on. I hadn't considered a lease up to this point but if I can get in on a 3yr lease at the right price I just might go that way. I owned a 79 RX7 back in 82 before the kids came along. They're all just about out of the house and I'd like to retire the from the SUV life.
  • buckeye3dbuckeye3d Posts: 5
    Well when I met with the financing guy he did ask if I was interested in leasing and mentioned an incentive ($1500 sounds right) but I had no interest in a lease so I just said no without getting into the details.
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    Most of the vehicles (Crossfire, Thunderbird, S2000, G35 Coupes) you compared the RX-8 sales too are limited in their production so obviously they won't out sell on numbers. I believe the Corvette is the only vehicle you mentioned that actually produces 30K cars annually - matching the number of the RX-8s. The rest of the cars had a much lower number of vehicles to be produced. Of course,the C6s are coming out and even with incentives, most enthusiasts want to wait. That explains the Corvettes' lag in sales.
     
    Judging by buckeye3d's invoice purchase price in Ohio, the RX-8s are not selling so well that dealers don't have to discount it. To be fair to the 350Z, I've seen a lot more of those on the road (or parked) than I have RX-8s...at least in my area (even though the RX-8 is a better vehicle). However, I did see a nice blue one this weekend for the first time. It will be interesting to see the bottom line when Mazda comes out with the 2005 version of the RX-8 so you can get a better idea about the direction they are headed.
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    so what comparable vehicles should we compare sales to? buick? lol

    I don't think mazda is planning on building 30K RX-8's for the US market....I believe the US number was around 18K units for 2004. Jan-April they have sold 8234.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    That's the number I remember for North America....18K. They are just getting into the "hot sales" months of Spring/Summer. From what I've read, Mazda considers the RX8 a smashing success.
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    If you are going to make any comparision at all, just make it with competitors that have relatively the same production output of vehicles. It's rather meaningless to say they have more total sales when they produce at least 4000 to 8000 more vehicles than a Thunderbird, Crossfire, S2000, unless you are doing it on a percentage basis. Plus, most of the vehicles you mentioned aren't going to have as wide of a market since they are less practical (being two-seat convertibles) than what the RX-8 offers. I just don't see the sense in comparing total sales to prove the RX-8 is a competitive car.

    Anyway, maybe 30K was North America. I saw the number in a few articles but they never specfied. However, the number you state is 8,234 just in one quarter. Is that U.S. sales? That sure seems like an annual production of 30K vehicles if it is.
  • danmizdanmiz Posts: 11
    I'm interested in leasing an RX-8 with the following specs:

    - Grand Touring Package
    - Appearance Package
    - Rear Spolier
    - 36 month lease
    - 12,000 miles per year
    - $0 down

    What do you think would be a fair monthly payment?
  • dcsouthdcsouth Posts: 3
    K, so I'm about to finally get my new 8. Best price I have thus far is 26990 for a black 6 speed with sport package, appearance package, rotary accent package, and 6-disc changer. The dealer claims this is invoice. Anyone live in an area of the country where I could do better? Thanks in advance guys (and, of course, gals).
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,235
    Jump on it......
  • mysteriomysterio Posts: 5
    I just got mine - same as what you want - with $7,000 down and will pay $386 a month. I live in Maryland.
  • carlikercarliker Posts: 285
    Are you buying or leasing? With $7000.00 down, I sure hope you are buying the vehicle.
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