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Mazda5 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    +1, any opinion is too late :D, just drive and have fun
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  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    We were shopping for a replacement for our 10 year old Odyssey, and wanted to downsize and looked at the M5. We liked the M5 sport and wanted to deal with the dealer, hoping to get an OTD price of about $18k. They are holding firm to their offer of $18,700. So we went to the Scion dealer just out of interest, and the xB really blew us away for the value. Yeah, we'll miss the 3rd row seats, but for $15,400 we get everything we want (power everything, AC, traction control, ABS, VSC), and with the manual tranny we save $1k. That price includes freight. OTD is about $16k including tax.
  • prosendprosend Posts: 7
    We just picked up our new car last week. It has been raining steadily since then, but driving it in the rain is great. We got the GT pkg b/c I wanted leather seats. I didn't really care about the auto on lights and wipers but using them in the rain this week has been fantastic. I am totally spoiled.

    We actually used the Edmunds dealer link at the TMV page. We got great response and pricing. I do think the dealers are suffering for sales and that helped us get a great price. We got one response from a dealer in Annapolis that was willing to drive a car to us to test drive and check out. That is 60 miles each way. We went with our local dealer.

    We got a price of $20,290 from Brown's in Alexandria for the GT version. No other options. Tags, taxes fees etc. added another grand back to the cost.

    We took the price to the local Brown's Fairfax Mazda and they matched it for us. Great service. They called all around and got us a vehicle the next day. Even threw in the mats, the bumper protector and wheel locks that were already on the unit.

    They did play the trade-in game, but they came close and we gave on that.

    We went with the Mazda financing.

    The car is fantastic. It fits me, small mom, perfect and the kids love it. The seats are a dream to fold up and down. The dog loves the center aisle to get to the back. It is the same length as the Passatt wagon we traded in. It has a taller roof line.

    It is so cute. We parked it next to a "real van" at McDonald's and it looks like a baby van. I am super happy with my mini-mini van!
  • coolmazda5coolmazda5 Posts: 525
    Yikes, a Scion would never be on my list of Mazda5 potential runner-ups but the most important part is that you really seem happy with your purchase and the deal, enjoy the car!
  • dave594dave594 Posts: 218
    I know it may seem strange to you, but $3k in savings, plus getting TC and VSC. On the downside we lost the third row (which we rarely ever use). I can be happy with it.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    If you went down to 2 rows, there's the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit, Toyota Matrix, and a lot of others to compare against too if you don't need a 3rd row, but you don't want a small sedan.
  • I got Mazda 5 Sport manual in Massachusetts.
    I paid $17,499 plus $239 doc fees = OTP of $17,738
    On top of that I had to pay $1059 for tax and registration (you don't pay tax on the trade in value in my state).
    It's silver with black seats.
    I bought cargo cover and net on mazdastuff website. They haven't arrived yet. I'm annoyed that it doesn't have center console cover (what's up with that) so I can't keep money there.
  • bbork10002bbork10002 Posts: 6
    I just called a Mazda dealer in NJ and was given a quote of $17200 for a Mazda5 Sport Automatic color gray. According to the person I spoke to, MSRP is $19,645. I didn't see that MSRP figure in for Mazda5 Sport Automatic. I saw instead MSRP $18,945, INVOICE $17,734, and TMV $18,174 for "2008 Mazda MAZDA5 Sport 4dr Minivan (2.3L 4cyl 5A)".

    So with a TMV of $18,174, I think the price quote of $17,200 is very good.

    My question is, is quote over the phone any good? Will they change the number once I visit? I made sure they won't but it's all verbal.

    I called another Mazda dealer in the same NJ area who told me phone quotes are no good. They just want me in the store then change the quote. He said if I go to him, he'll give me a quote that won't change. But he won't give a quote over the phone, though.

    Who do I believe? Thanks!
  • prosendprosend Posts: 7
    I agree with that salesman that quotes over the phone are no good. :cry:

    GET YOUR QUOTES IN EMAIL. This will list all options, taxes fees etc. Take it to the closest dealer or the one you are most likley to use for service and I bet they will match no problem.
  • bbork10002bbork10002 Posts: 6
    Thanks, prosend. I left a message on his voicemail to e-mail me the quote. If he doesn't call back or e-mail, that's it for that dealer :).
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,692
    Edmunds adds the destination fee on the 2nd page, where you choose the options..

    I haven't checked your numbers, but make sure you click through to the 2nd pricing page..


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  • bbork10002bbork10002 Posts: 6
    Yes, thanks, kyfdx, I did go to page 2. All the prices I mentioned in my post (MSRP, INVOICE, and TMV) are Edmund's "National Base Price". After "regional adj" and "dest. charge", Edmund's TMV comes to $18,939.

    Another dealer I just spoke to would only give an estimate over the phone, not a quote. His estimate is $19,000 (which is close to TMV $18,939) + NY taxes and fees would be about $21,200. I forgot to ask if dest. charge is alread included. He agrees the first dealer I spoke is just trying to "wake" me up with his low $17,200 quote.
  • bbork10002bbork10002 Posts: 6
    I received e-mail (and message on my home answering machine) with the quoted $17200 for the Mazda5 sport auto. The e-mail doesn't list any options -- I didn't ask for any options other than what comes standard. But the e-mail states what was quoted on the phone, that is, "2008 Mazda5 sport auto" with an "e-price" of $17200 "valid ONLY on purchases made directly through our Internet Department". Destination fee not yet included. The price quote also expires after "48 hours".

    The e-mail also has what I feel are "come ons" like btw-we-have-other-similar-but-less-expensive-models-to-choose-from and a-five-minute-phone-call-from-you-would-prevent-days-and-days-of-e-mail and we-are-the-largest-mazda-dealer-in-the-nation which I think are all meant to generate excitement.

    The third dealer I called yesterday said (with a tone of disbelief IMO) that if I can get it at that price, go for it.

    I'm planning to visit the store on Saturday which is about an hour's drive away. I know the quote would be over 48 hours by then but I'd call before I go also to ask what is meant by "Internet purchase".

    It sounds too good to be true -- 17,200 is 2,445 below MSRP of 19,645 -- and it may well be especially since I know he's trying to make money and not save me money so if anyone knows (or smells) any gotchas please I'd appreciate knowing. Thanks!
  • x5savx5sav Posts: 44
    Are you going for the special 1.9 APR financing? Make sure your dealer knows that. Some will say, "oh since the price is so low, we can't do MAZDA financing. blah, blah, blah." And force you on their own financing.
  • jfritschjfritsch Posts: 958
    An 07 mazda5 sport auto wholesales used for about 13000 or so with average miles on it. This is about the same as the 07 Toyota Matrix and Pontiac Vibe (same cars) both with msrp's of about 19000 and change. The 08 vibes and matrixes were sold in the last few months for the low to mid 15000's. Your target on the mazda should be in the high 15000's. ( eating 2500-3000 1st year in depreciation for a common auto in this price range is enough)

    You could probably get a well equipped -09 Vibe or Matrix now in the low 17000's, even lower in the next few months.

    Good luck
  • jschnerjschner Posts: 4
    GTs seem to be getting tough to find in California. We really wanted Pearl White but there were no white GTs within 600 miles of us, except a fully loaded one and the crazy dealer in Modesto wanted $31K for it.

    Mid City Mazda in Eureka had no 08 GTs but had a Black 07 and they offered it to us with Nav and Sat radio and a bunch of other smaller oiptions for 22K.

    Mazda of Oakland came right out and offered 22k for an 08 GT with no other options.

    Team Mazda of Vellajo offered $21500 for a white GT w/Homelink but did not have a delivery date for the vehicle.

    Autowest of Roseville matched Oakland and tossed in wheel locks, cargo net, rear step, dealer tint, full tank of gas. We ended up taking this deal with a blue GT and getting the 3.9% financing as they gave us an ok price on our trade too. Great expereince there especially with their top salesman but my only gripe with them is the whole car buying process should not take 5 hours long.
  • case1936case1936 Posts: 2
    what have been your experiences dealing with carsdirect .Are they on the level? Good or bad ? Thanks.
  • mrs_tmrs_t Posts: 7
    Yesterday dh and I finally made the decision between the Kia Rondo and the Mazda5 and we are getting a Mazda!!! We had been working with Morrie's Mazda of Minnetonka, Minnesota because they had the ONLY 2008 Mazda5 to test drive in the state. The other three Mazda dealerships in the Twin Cities area are expecting shipments in the next two weeks but we wanted to test drive it, obviously. They gave us a quote of $1555 off of the msrp of the Sport automatic. After test driving the Kia Rondo one last time and being offered a not-so-fabulous price, we decided to call up the saleswoman we were working with at Morries Mazda in Minnetonka and tell her we wanted to reserve one of the Sport automatics she was expecting to get in next week. She had been amazing- taking us for a nice long test drive on Tuesday, bringing it 30 miles to our house on Thursday so we could try putting our carseats and stroller in it and see the fit in our smaller garage, etc. She and I were emailing all day Friday. But when I called to set up a meeting for yesterday afternoon, they told me she "no longer works at Morries Mazda"!!! SO... instead of driving 30 miles south to that dealership, we went to the Luther Brookdale Mazda and I told the internet manager who had emailed me a price quote (but didn't have one for us to test drive) what happened with Morries. He said he'd give us $1600 off msrp so we sat down and looked at what he had coming in. We settled on a Brilliant Black Mazda5 Sport automatic with the popular equipment package. The vehicle was $18,485 after our $1600 off. We opted for the crystal fusion window treatment, the 7 year / 75,000 mile extended warranty, and the Midwest Protection Plan (anti-rust coating, interior protection, etc) and with all that plus taxes and licensing fees, we paid $20,600. We went with Mazda's financing at 3.9% for 60 months. We really ended up liking our experience at Luther Brookdale Mazda more than the Morries Minnetonka Mazda- it was far more relaxed and laid back than the salespeople at Morries. We did like the woman we were working closely with at Morries but the other salespeople were really uptight so when she suddenly "disappeared", we decided to take our business to Luther. We expect our new Mazda5 to arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday! Very excited!
  • mommytu2mommytu2 Posts: 1
    Purchased a new 08 Mazda GT today. Submitted about 8 requests for dealer quotes via the Edmunds website. Also researched the dealer inventory on the Mazda website, so I already knew who had what. My local dealer had virtually nothing at all - one Sport model. The dealer I purchased from, who was about a 90 mile road trip up the interstate was the most responsive and informative AND the only dealer anywhere near here with a GT on the lot, which just happened to be in the color I wanted (Copper Red) and had the features I wanted AND on top of that, he quoted me the invoice price right off the bat (which I confirmed via Edmunds, of course). Of note, he only had one other Mazda 5 on the lot & none of the other dealers in the area had more than 3 or 4, most of which were the sport version with a Touring package here & there.

    The car I purchased had extra options as follows: Navigation system, DVD player, compass auto dim mirror with homelink, cargo cover, cargo net & rear bumper step plate. The MSRP was $25,880 & the invoice price was $24,805 (includes the destination charge), which was below Edmunds TMV! There was an additional cost for sales tax, tag fee & an "administration" fee to process and file the registration with the DMV, but the salesman told me about it up front and there were no hidden costs.

    Now, we wanted the DVD for our kids, but my husband really wanted the navigation system, which I thought was a waste of money and something I (who will be driving the car on a daily basis) would never use. I was wrong! The dealer programmed it to lead me home and it took me on the shortest route in the shortest time (my husband drove our other car home the long way)! The navigation system is based on a DVD program, but operates off of a built-in GPS system. IT IS AWESOME! It tells you when your turn is coming up (how many miles) reminds you before you get there & tells you at the moment you need to turn. It tells you the street you're turning on to and you could use it in the dark and get to where you were going without ever having to look for a road sign AND it will show you all of the restaurants in the area, etc.,etc. Also FYI - the DVD comes with "2" infrared head phones that work without cords, so your kids can listen to the DVD and you can still enjoy the radio, your i Pod or any of the 6 CD's you can load.

    Also, another cool standard feature on the GT is the blue tooth - if your cell phone is compatible. The salesman programmed it for us and the car knows which phone is in the car!! If it just me, just my husband or both. When an incoming call comes in, the phone number comes up on the CAR display and you mash a button on the steering wheel to answer. You can hear and talk to the caller over the car speakers/mic without having to touch your phone!!!

    Because I had read some of the Edmunds reviews, I was concerned about the oil change issue and asked the salesman about it. He told us that it is best to let a dealership change the oil, due to the special oil filter (you can only buy them from Mazda), but the owners manual recommends that you only change the oil every 7500 miles (regular driving in normal conditions), so that may make it a little more tolerable. He also suggested that you may be able to purchase the filters from Mazda and take them to another reputable service to do the oil change. Otherwise, he said that you risk the fast lube places not replacing the filter (possibly unbeknownst to you) and only changing the oil.

    I didn't calculate my gas mileage home, but the car rode very smoothly and I have to say, downsizing from a 5.3 liter Tahoe, the power is actually pretty good and I didn't feel like I was sitting as low to the ground as I thought I would. When we got home, we took the kids for a short road trip to test everything. The car seats (one baby seat, one booster seat) fit pretty well, although with the baby seat behind you (rear-facing), the driver and/or passenger can't really move their seat back very far - not an issue for us, but would be for someone taller. Also of note, with the rear seats up - there is NO cargo space, which is also not an issue for us, but may be for someone who regularly needs seating for six.

    It would be nice if the side slider doors opened automatically with the key, but they area easy to open. It would also be nice if there were safety door controls at the drivers fingertips, like the safety window controls. Our 4 year old opened the slider door while we were going about 60 mph (it unlatched, but didn't actually come open)! The safety door controls are where you can't get to them from inside the car - you have to open the door & manually set them, so if you have them set for your kids and adults travel with you (like to lunch), you will have to either remember to manually unlatch the door or let them out when you reach your destination.

    In all, for the money this is a GREAT car! A new, large SUV with all of these features would have cost $50K and this car still meets the space needs of our family, will get much better gas mileage, is very sporty looking and with the back seats down has a lot of cargo space. Given that I did all the research on the car via internet, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the car met up to my expectations. I'm really looking forward to driving the car and using all of the "toys."
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