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2013 and Earlier - Mazda3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • metsjetsmetsjets Posts: 12
    hey guys... im just wondering what you think of the warrenty on the 2010 mazda 3
    I have no idea what the terms are but do you think that it is worth buying or should i take my chances and pay the fees myself

    Thank you for sharing
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 796
    Here are the figures for a 2010 Mazda3 i Touring with Automatic, Fog Lights and Remote Starting-
    MSRP- $19,695
    Invoice- $18,400
    Edmunds TMV (in NJ)- $19,207

    I'd offer $18,900 ($500 over invoice) and NOT go over $19,200! That doesn't include sales tax or tag/title/registration fees (which vary by location).

    FYI- they are offering low APR financing for qualified buyers- 2.9% for 36-months or 4.9% for 60-months.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 796
    Extended warranties are THE highest profit margin item/service that a car dealer sells! They are very rarely in the customer's best interest.

    The factory warranty covers this car for 3yrs/36k miles (bumpter-to-bumper) and 5yrs/60k miles powertrain (engine/transmission). Defects typically show up early in the life of the car and are repaired long before the warranty expires.

    Instead of buying an extended warranty (which often cost as much as $1500-$2000), open a 'car repair' savings account. Deposit $50 per month into it and you'll have $1800 at the end of the 3-year warranty. And $3000 at the end of the 5-year powertrain warranty.

    If something goes wrong with the car when it's out of warranty, pay for it out of this savings account. If nothing goes wrong, you'll end up with a few thousand bucks in the bank rather than in a dealer's pocket! ;)
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    My personal take is that extended warranties are a scam (even if the warranty company doesn't go bankrupt, something that most of them seem to do).

    In my case, I got suckered into buying an extended warranty (that went to 100,000 miles) on a car I bought in 1988 (which I happened to drive almost exactly 100,000 miles), and between the cost of the warranty and the $100 cap on a per service visit, the warranty ended up costing me more than twice what it would have if I had paid for the repairs. Since that time my wife and I have purchased eight cars, all of which were offered with an extended warranty (and all of which expired at no more than 100,000 miles), and we took a pass on every one.

    Taking the total of the warranty contracts that I didn't purchase (which doesn't count the per service visit charges), I come up with a figure of about $18,000. Against that, those eight cars have required about $4,500 in maintenance making for a savings of at least $13,500. Or does it? Of those repair charges, about $3,800 came when the vehicles had well over 100,000 miles on them which means that the repairs wouldn't have been covered anyway, and that means that over the last fifteen years I've saved over $17,000, enough to buy a new car.

    Long story short, an extended warranty may work out to the owner's advantage on any one car, however, I'm betting that over 99% of the driving public would make out better over their driving life if they simply self-insured.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    Well said.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    If one gets taken in the finance office for $2000 or more for the factory 7/100 or 8yr/120k mi extended warranties, they are indeed a poor investment.

    Others have paid in the $800 range for these on the avg sedan $17000+ purchase price, or perhaps $1200 for a complex 4wd vehicle, loaded with nav, auto sliding doors, etc. At these prices they are worthwhile. All with no deductable. Some seem to have generous pro-rating and refund terms.

    Honda sells theirs online thru several dealers, and others may be able to canvas dealers finance offices last week of the month to see if it can be done, if not at time of purchase.

    Of course avoid non manufactruer 3rd party warranties like the plague.

    Good luck
    --jjf
  • mars168mars168 Posts: 10
    Among 1 week, a couple things did not feel that good:
    1. the sound system, (standard), is not as clear as my old Honda, seems Base is pretty loud, even I set it at 0;
    2. The ride on rain day, and so so city street is kind of bumpy, specially for long drive, but i did not feel it during my test drive, maybe I need adjust myself to use to it;
    3. Lack of storage, I mean around driver, it is small thing, sure, it is a compact car;

    Overall, I like my hatchback, fun to drive. :)
  • usf813usf813 Posts: 8
    May I ask why you suggest avoiding 3rd party extended warranties? I bought mine through my credit union years ago. It's long expired but I used it 3 times w/out hassle on my civic, at the Honda dealership.

    If you keep a car at least till 5yr/50k then i'd suggest getting an extended for that extra 2 years. I'd never buy the overpriced offering from the dealership, but i'd gladly buy it from my credit union in a heart beat.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    For every one of you there are 4 people who either go through an extended hassle, have coverage denied/not covered, $100 deductables, have the company fold, or pay $800 or more for a measly 2 extra years or 20 k mi.

    I have seen some intriguing posts about $180 cost $100 deductable insurance from Geico and such but I don't know much about the terms.

    In general I would want to pay about $800 or so for a 7yr/100kmi or more factory extended warranty on an average sedan or just nix it. Definitely not anywhere near $2k.

    --jjf

    May I ask why you suggest avoiding 3rd party extended warranties? I bought mine through my credit union years ago. It's long expired but I used it 3 times w/out hassle on my civic, at the Honda dealership.

    If you keep a car at least till 5yr/50k then i'd suggest getting an extended for that extra 2 years. I'd never buy the overpriced offering from the dealership, but i'd gladly buy it from my credit union in a heart beat.
  • lasmithlasmith Posts: 2
    Just purchased a 2010 Mazda3 GT Hatchback with the Moonroof/Bose package and M/T for $200 over invoice from Hiley Mazda in Arlington, TX. MSRP $23,565; sales price $22,222; OTD price $23,840. Very easy buying experience. Test drove the car one night before going to a Rangers game and the salesman wrote the price on his card; went back and purchased it the next week. Since I live in Dallas I wanted to purchase from a local dealer but no one else had the GT with a M/T in Black Mica with Black interior. As a matter of fact, the dealership 1 mile from my home tried to get the same car from Hiley and couldn't. They were trying to sell it to me for $23,065; about $1000 over invoice! :shades:
  • llumedllumed Posts: 3
    Seems like most people have moved on to the 2010 model. I still prefer the 2009. I have found this site very helpful in the past. Wanted to post my recent purchase.

    2009 Mazdaspeed3 GT white, only option: wheel locks. MRSP: $25375 price paid $21888 before tax, title and license. Quite cheaper than what they were selling for before. But then again: the 2010 speed3 is just around the corner.

    Awesome car for the money.

    I had trouble finding what I wanted in the greater LA area. Bought it at Capital Mazda in San Jose, CA.
  • metsjetsmetsjets Posts: 12
    Thanks for the advice
    One more quick question
    do you think that by August Mazda might be offering any cash to customer rebates on this car??
  • lovemlslovemls Posts: 2
    I work for a used car dealership out of Canada and we have a site for MSRP that is the true distributers MSRP. Keep in mind the price is in Canadian dollars, I'll try to get an exchange rate accounted for price for all of you guys very shortly.

    $14,895 - $22,045
    With the 14 K price being the base 4 dr Sedan GX and the 22K price being for the 4dr Sedan Auto GT.

    I don't have the Mazdaspeed3 listed unfortunatly.

    I love the Mazda3. I'll buy one once I'm out of school haha such a value.
  • lovemlslovemls Posts: 2
    American MSRP is 13,488.59 USD - 19,954.82 USD.
    I also found the Mazdaspeed3 MSRP and i'll post it in American dollars. It's 26,579.06 USD.

    There you go, hope it was helpful.

    :)
  • metsjetsmetsjets Posts: 12
    Wow thats pretty cool... thank you

    can you tell me the true msrp for spicificly a 2010 i touring (i will be getting it with a remote engine start and fog lights)
    thanks alot
  • slowerslower Posts: 1
    Listed at about 13000.
    Assuming It's in good, clean condition.
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    Mars168.....

    What trim did you get for $20600 OTD?
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    Getting some quotes for both of these.. as I haven't decided yet. I want the Hatchback... but don't know if I want to pay extra for it.

    It's either better fuel economy with the i Touring... or...
    more fun plus more room with the HB. :)

    Has anyone used the www.zag.com group purchasing program?
  • mars168mars168 Posts: 10
    Hatchback s

    after first 1000miles, it is really fun to drive.
  • metsjetsmetsjets Posts: 12
    What is the deal with this "break in time" for the Mazdas
    I would think that the car would be at its best brand new
    It seems as if people are saying that it takes time to get more fuel efficiency and more fun to drive
    i dont understand why this is the situation
  • mars168mars168 Posts: 10
    I think most cars need some time to get its best, just like you move in a new construction.

    Nothing wrong with brand NEW, just for all parts sit for their best among each other.
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    Here's the response I got from Mazda when asking for a Preferred Buyer's Card.

    MazdaCustomerAssistance@mazdausa.com
    to me


    Thanks for contacting Mazda.

    We appreciate you taking the time out to e-mail us with your inquiry. Unfortunately Mazda North American Operations is no longer disbursing the Preferred Buyer’s Card as we are completely out of stock. In addition, we cannot speculate if such a promotion will be available again in the near future. We do apologize for the inconvenience.

    Again, thank you for contacting Mazda.

    Regards,

    Erik A.
    Customer Assistance Specialist, E-Business
  • relldonrelldon Posts: 8
    I would recommend Britt Mazda in Fredericksburg, VA. I just bought a 2010 Mazda 3 there. They spent a lot of time helping me to locate the precise car that I wanted with the features that I wanted, ultimately locating one in the Philadelphia area. I like the no haggling sales philosophy. The salesmen don't work on commission so they were working for me, not for increased profits through unnecessary add ons. There was no hard sell for extended warranty plans. The salesmen were knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. I'd shop there again.
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    I think I've got a good quote.. finally. This is for the:

    2010 Mazda 3 s Hatchback with Bose/Moonroof option. It's about $350 below invoice plus TTL.

    $19,536
    1758 Tax
    342 Title and License and doc fee

    $21,636 Total Out the Door

    Good quote right?
  • ee74ee74 Posts: 13
    Hello,

    I was just starting my new car search, and the Mazda3 was at the top of my list. So, I sent out some email quote requests for a 3i Touring, manual transmission. The first quotes I received were around invoice to a couple hundred dollars less ($16994+TTL to $17292+TTL). Then, the dealer at 16994 dropped his price to 16300, plus $500 in free gas. I was just starting my search, and haven't even looked at any other cars (was going to at least try to drive a Civic), but this seems too good to pass up. I'm ready to go make the deal without looking at anything else. Does anyone think I could possibly do better than this deal on a Mazda3 or any other make that is comparable? BTW, my last two cars have been Mazdas (1991 MX-6, 2001 Protege), so I have been a Mazda fan for a while, which also makes this easier for me. Thanks.
  • mohan12mohan12 Posts: 2
    All,

    Would like to get your thoughts on the following quote:

    2009 Mazda 3- iTouring Value
    -Blue
    -Auto
    -Cargo net
    -Wheel locks
    -CD/Moonroof (didn't ask for this, but "its all they have")

    $20,645 retail price
    $18,072 dealer "sale price"
    ($2,000) rebate (national, I believe)
    $16,072 car "sale price"
    $1,103.52 VA tax/tags/fees
    -----------------------------------
    $17,175.52 "out the door"
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    ee74...

    That's a fantastic price. It's much lower than I have found so far. I don't think you'll find it for any less. I'd take it. I'm assuming it's the 3i Touring Manual with no additional options. What city, state is this deal from?
  • ee74ee74 Posts: 13
    Thanks for the advice. This quote is from a dealer in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area (Texas). The salesman stated that his boss was trying to meet a Mazda3 objective this month. The quote is good until next Tuesday (end of June). I'm planning to go get it Thursday. For this price, I don't think any competing car can touch it.
  • jbbeveljbbevel Posts: 25
    >>>>>For this price, I don't think any competing car can touch it.

    I totally agree. I've had my 2003 Mazda Protege since I bought it brand new... and it still drives trouble free.... 142,000 miles and still going strong. I'm looking to pass it along to my daughter so that I can get the new 2010. I'm leaning towards the Hatchback this time... but the i Touring will get you better gas mileage.

    Good luck... keep us posted.
  • ee74ee74 Posts: 13
    jbbevel - your story is amazingly similar to mine. My 2001 Protege has ~148000 miles on it, still runs great. I am currently teaching my daughter to drive it (manual transmission). She will be getting her license in November, and it will be her car. I'm getting the 2010 Mazda3 now so the Protege will be around the house more for her to practice on with my wife.

    I considered the hatchback this time, too, but the rest of the family likes the looks of the sedan better. And, the i Touring is cheaper with better gas mileage.
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