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2013 and Earlier - Mazda3 Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • "It is also worth pointing out that a 2005 Mazda 6i Sport Sedan, Sports Model with incentives ($3000) and coupons ($1000) that I priced in comparison came close to the 3i Touring I configured at $18302 after incentives and coupons. I think I am still getting the 3. Any opinions on that?"

    That's a tough call. Personally, I love the 3 and will probably own one here in a few more weeks. My best friend bought a 6 s a few weeks back and he loves it.

    You'll get better fuel economy with the 3 (the 3 i auto is rated at 26/34 and the 6 i auto is rated at 23/28). Most reviews of both cars have been the higher performance "s" models, but Consumer Reports has tested both a 3 i and a 6 i automatic. Interestinly, they both did 0-60 in 9.6 seconds. So either way the acceleration is about the same. I personally think the 3 is more fun to drive.

    Thanks for all your shopping info. Very good common sense stuff that some may not have thought about. It is appreciated.

    Good luck! Let us know what you decide.
  • girmanngirmann Posts: 26
    Whoops! Automatic, too!
  • pete22pete22 Posts: 80
    If your thinking of the 6i I see in ads over the weekend that you can get a Toyota Camry LE with auto for 16300 in Southern California. And they also get somewhere around 26 - 34. I myself will get the mazda 3 but either the 6 or Toyota is tempting.
  • I have the pin code but I dont know if there is anyways I can find the pricing online. Can any one guide me to it?
    Thanks
  • Unfortunately, it seems all the SP23 models (4- and 5-door) are long gone (at least in the Atlanta area). The '06 Grand Touring model replaces the SP23 and offer the features of that model as either standard or optional.

    There is no direct way to search nationally on the Mazda website, 150 mile radius is the max it will allow. The way around this would be to use a zip code from other cities to do your inventory search. For instance, I live in Atlanta but could enter the zip for Nashville, Charlotte and Birmingham to see what inventory those cities have. It's kinda clunky, but it works.

    Who knows, there might be one or two SP23s out there.
  • wizpopwizpop Posts: 1
    I figured I got a pretty good deal in CA. Paid $12995 for the car (plus the 10%tax etc)
    Love the car
  • caylancaylan Posts: 19
    Thanks for the info. I tried that...just guess I have to broaden the search.
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    Saw one in the Tacoma Washington showroom today.

    56th and Pacific Hwy. Probably 98422 zip.
  • Hello. I've been quoted $17122 for an 06 3i Touring with AT and ABS/SAC package. Does this sound like a good deal? Also, what fees should I expect to pay (other than sales tax obviously), for title and license fees in CA? Anything I should look out for? After getting this quote, I contacted another dealer, who said they would match but not beat, the price. This configuration seems to be difficult to find in this area.
  • pete22pete22 Posts: 80
    I've been told that the s-plan and invoice for the Mazda3 are exactly the same. One dealer showed me an invoice and it was true on that one. Anyway it's easy to figure out the invoice since this seems true.
  • caylancaylan Posts: 19
    A little far off from the other Washington...DC.

    But thanks for info!!
  • Just wondering- if you can't find an sp23, will an '06 Grand Touring 5-door be an option?
  • caylancaylan Posts: 19
    Yes.
    I'm just beginning my research on it.
    Not sure what the main differences for the '06 vs. '05 M3's except ABS is standard.

    I didn't really need the leather but that brown saddle looked really nice on the sp23.

    Any insights would be great thanks!
  • I agree that the saddle leather looked nice and I'm usually not a fan of any beige/brown interior. I just thought it was an odd choice for the gray exterior. Just my personal taste.

    Anyway, the saddle leather doesn't look like it will be available for '06. The Grand Touring model has ABS, side curtain airbags, Xenon headlamps, tire pressure monitoring and security system which were all optional on the SP23. The one feature missing is the 7-speaker Bose sound system, but it is optional on the Grand Touring. Also, it has automatic climate control trip computer and outside temp gauge that is new for '06.

    If leather isn't a must, you can save a good bit by going for the s Touring 5-door. The main features you can't get on it are the Xenon headlamps and Bose stereo. Neither are deal breakers for me, so the s Touring 4-door is the model I want.

    Hope this helps you out.
  • caylancaylan Posts: 19
    I agree that the saddle leather looked nice and I'm usually not a fan of any beige/brown interior. I just thought it was an odd choice for the gray exterior. Just my personal taste.

    Well since I never saw 1 in broad daylight, the charcoal actually looked pretty dark in the corporate website & the saddle brown looked striking vs. the charcoal...but that's just my taste!


    Anyway, the saddle leather doesn't look like it will be available for '06. The Grand Touring model has ABS, side curtain airbags, Xenon headlamps, tire pressure monitoring and security system which were all optional on the SP23. The one feature missing is the 7-speaker Bose sound system, but it is optional on the Grand Touring. Also, it has automatic climate control trip computer and outside temp gauge that is new for '06.

    Thanks for the data points!


    If leather isn't a must, you can save a good bit by going for the s Touring 5-door. The main features you can't get on it are the Xenon headlamps and Bose stereo. Neither are deal breakers for me, so the s Touring 4-door is the model I want.


    Yes, my thoughts exactly after some recent research. The Xenon just cause unwanted attnetion by law enforcement should i "accidentally" drive beond the posted limits.

    The Bose Stereo while nice...but if I want to listen to every bit of detail from a Miles Davis CD, I can do it @ home. It's like watching TV in the car. I still don't get it. :confuse:


    Hope this helps you out.


    Yes, it crystallized a few things I had thought about so thanks again for chiming in. BTW, do you know if the '06 gets some of the aero body add-ons that was extra cost in the past?

    I'm just waiting for Ford/Mazda to cave in & start offering rebates so I can pounce! ;)
  • While dealing with a dealer over email, I mentioned to him that his invoice price was higher than the price he says. His response was that I was missing a $150 assessment fee... Is that true? Eitherways as I said I am getting a 2006 Mazda3 I Touring with the ABS package for 16,300. Is it a good deal? I think its under invoice. I just though I will ask views here to reassure that its a good deal.

    Also what color do you guys like the most? I liked the Strato Blue but others can mention their choice and pros and cons.

    Thanks
  • BTW, do you know if the '06 gets some of the aero body add-ons that was extra cost in the past?

    The only thing I know of is the '05 Sport Package (17" wheels/tires and side sill extensions) that was optional on s 4-doors is standard on s Touring and Grand Touring models. I didn't think much about this until I saw an '05 with and one without the package. It's a must have!

    I'm just waiting for Ford/Mazda to cave in & start offering rebates so I can pounce!

    That would be great. I was crossing my fingers back when the Ford Family Plan first started that Mazda would be included, but they're not that foolish.

    My hope is that the success of the new Honda Civic might help Mazda3 prices go down (or even encourage them to offer incentives). I'll try to hold out for a while longer.
  • Yes... it's true. Most of these websites are great tools and offer as much accurate info possible. Unfortunately, not everything can be accounted for with the possibility of variances, in different areas of the country.

    MNAO(Mazda North American Operations) assessment is a dealer co-operative to assist with advertising costs. If an area is assessed this charge it will be listed on the factory invoice. It is a cost factor for the dealership and is part of the invoice amount.

    Our Dallas/Fort Worth assessment is currently $176 on 2006 Mazda 3 models. My invoice on the same car you're looking at would be $16,037(14,961/BASE INV+340/ABS,SAB,SAC INV+560/DEST+176/DFW ASSESS=$16,037).

    The price you've been quoted appears to be $289 over the invoice on that particular car, if equipped the way you listed and I reiterated. That is a good deal for yourself and a reluctantly agreeable deal for the dealer. Take advantage if the car you actually want is available. I know that Mazda 3 models, at my dealership, have an average "lot" time from off the truck to sold of 48 to 72 hours.

    Keep in mind that the Mazda 3 is one of the best values when it comes to price vs product... just ask Edmunds. ;)
  • Thanks for your response. Based on your response, it seems like that even edmunds invoice pricing is then incorrect. I was under the impression that I was getting below invoice. However, no other dealer was even agreeable to the deal. BTW, was the base price you quoated inclusive ot Automatic Transmission?

    I do have the pin code for the S-pricing. I just did not know if I should bother to ask that price if I was getting below invoice. I think the best would be to go to a different deal with the PIN to get the correct pricing.
    Thanks for all tbe inputs. Finally I am just curious, which is the most demanded/sought color?
  • My daughter just bought a Mazda 3S (10/5) to replace her Toyota Matrix that was recently totaled.

    I got the invoice price through edmunds and searched inventory in my area thru the Mazda website. I found one at Putnam Mazda in Burlingame, CA. They gave me a no hassle price of $17367 plus T & L. Price included the 5 speed auto, floor mats and the side air bag package. It was $50 under invoice. They also threw in the wheel locks at no cost.They wouldn't go any lower on the price. I checked with a few other dealers in the area.. lowest price was 17500. We got the color she wanted, titanium.

    It was easy and they didnt try to add any additional fees or costs. We looked at the civics and the corolla S.. both were nice, but I feel the mazda is a step ahead of both. I hope this helps others trying to find a mazda 3.... I am waiting to see how she like it... and may trade my 02 CRV for a 5 door 3S.
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