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Mazda Protege Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • cej22cej22 Posts: 2
    We were able to do even better than you did. Royal Mazda in SF advertised all of their P5s for $6750 in Sunday's paper. That included the college grad rebate, but it's been too long since graduation. My girlfriend picked up her loaded P5 tonight from Marina Mazda with them matching the discount of $6250 off MSRP, no trade-in. I still can't believe what a deal it was. I'm pretty sure they lost money on it. Even a salesman who bought his two months ago came over and lamented that he paid quite a bit more and it took him a lot more than 30 minutes to do it.

    2003.5 Silver P5
    ABS and side air bag package
    Moonroof and 6 CD package
    roof rack
  • Hi,

    I've now got the price of a 03 lx down to $11,900. Is this a good deal? I was the one who posted an earlier message saying I had been offered $12,500...after waiting a few days, the dealer called back and reduced the price.
    The lx is an automatic has the abs/air bag and moonroof/6-cd package.
    Tax is $873 and doc fees are $160. They're also charging me something called govt. fees at $15.
    So the total out the door price is $12, 956.
    Should i go for it?

    Thanks for any advice...appreciate your time.
  • The ABS package is worth about $500 and the LX costs a $1000 premium over the DX, which makes me rather jealous as your are getting LX trim for only $200 more than I paid for DX trim.

    Regardless of equipment, this is a terrific car and I'm sure you will enjoy it. For 12 grand, nothing else comes close.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    At $12,500 it was a great price. At $11,900 I'll buy it if you do not. Do they have more? Invoice is about $16,600 and minus the $2500 rebate is still $14,100. Even with manufacturer to dealer cash that the price you were quoted is the lowest I've ever heard of. I called the dealer I worked with and they said that was an impossible price and money is being lost.
  • I picked up an ES 5 speed with moon, 6 CD changer for $11, 390. Sticker was $17,090.
  • Dealer in atlanta area offered 12.2 for auto/casette/fog lights. Seems pretty fair, just not sure about protege yet.
  • thanks for the advice...the $11,900 price doesn't include the $500 college rebate. do you know who qualifies for that? i graduated 7 years ago, but i'm taking 1 college class now. would that make me qualify? also, do i handle the grad rebate after i buy the protege? or should i get it now, assuming i qualify.

    thanks for any help...i think i'm going to get the lx today...

  • The dealer is supposed to handle the mazda rebate - they send in the info and you get a check.

    The following comes from offersGraduate

    Get $500 Customer Cash¹ when you purchase a new and unused 2003 or 2004 Mazda vehicle².

    When you buy any new and unused 2003 or 2004 Mazda you can get $500 Customer Cash¹ ²! Isn't it time you found out what upward mobility is really about? Need more information? Call 1-800-639-1000

    Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 1/5/2004 (for 2004 MAZDA3, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 3/1/2004).

    ¹ $500 College Graduate cash back available on purchase or lease of any new and unused 2003 or 2004 Mazda vehicles (Offer excludes Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles).

    ² $500 College graduate cash back on 2004 MAZDA3 cannot be combined with Owner Loyalty cash offer. Offer expires 3/1/2004.

    Limit one per customer. Qualified customers must be within six months of graduation (except Juniors and Seniors, see note below*) or have graduated within the last two years from one of the following: accredited junior or community college with an associates degree, an accredited college or university with a bachelors degree, an accredited nursing school with a bachelors in nursing degree, an accredited graduate school with a masters degree, doctorate degree or are currently enrolled in graduate school. Mazda reserves the right to discontinue this promotion for any reason at any time. *For students enrolled in a 4-year accredited college or university, Junior and Seniors can be within 2 years of graduation to qualify for this program.
  • Got a loaded AT P5 today for $6000 under MSRP (incl grad rebate). Can't believe how much it was discounted. I had been looking at Totota Matrix, but for the price of a very austere matrix, I got a lot of perks: leather, ABS/side air bags, moonroof/6CD, cruise control, power doors/windows, etc. The main trade off for me was the cargo space--smaller than matrix and several (don't know how reliable) comments I've read that the P5 will depreciate quickly. If you want one, hurry--inventory is very low, and the mazda site's numbers are lagging behind actual sales.
  • "P5 will depreciate quickly" ?? I have been considering a P5 very seriously with the discounts out there. I found a dealer who offered me $5100 off list; this all being done over the internet. This brings a base unit down about 12. Looking on-line, used ones seem to be going for a couple grand more than that with a good 20k miles on them! I would think that the P5s hold their value.
  • Do you think Mazda will issue another, similar round of incentives when this round expires? Do you think these $5000 disounts will continue? One dealer, wanting to make a sale by today, told me yesterday that at some point in time the manufacturers actually penalize dealers with old stock. I assume he meant that the incentives would dry up. What do you think?
  • I can tell you that I bought a heavily rebated Nissan Sentra 6 yrs ago (they were discontinuing the SER 4 door). Resale value on used ones dropped pretty dramatically. But once all the new stock was sold & some time passed, resale values recovered. So, in my experience, when there is a one time rebate (not like some cars that are on continual rebate), there is a temporary drop in resale but the values rise to more normal levels over time. Hope this helps.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Starting New Year's Day I sent out emails to 6 Ohio Mazda stores seeking quotes on a 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege. At the time, Mazda's website showed that about 20 such units were still available in the state.

    All of the contacted dealers responded and quoted initial prices ranging from a high of $18,263.00 (Byers in Columbus) to a low of $16,847.00 (Brown in Toledo). There are no options available on the Mazdaspeed so this almost $1400 spread was quite surprising.

    I had not originally intended to play dealers off against each other but, as things developed, it worked out that way. My target price was $16,447.00 ($19,447.00 less $2500.00 rebate less $500.00 factory to dealer cash).

    Yesterday I bought a silver unit from Brown Mazda in Toledo for $16,074.00 (plus $100.00 "document fee"). It was a new vehicle with 15 miles on it.
    I would highly recommend this store to anyone in the market as they were highly professional and extremely courteous.

    Interestingly, their price was NOT the best quote I got. As I was on my way to Toledo from my home in Columbus, I got a call from Wagner Mazda in Fostoria (a small city NW Ohio) offering to sell a yellow one (not my preferred color) for $15,900.00. At that time, I had not ever seen (in person or by photo) a silver Mazdaspeed. Upon arriving in Toledo the silver color seemed much better suited to the car (and me, lol) than the yellow.

    If the best price for a Mazdaspeed had been around $17,000.00, I believe I would have ended up with a Protege5. While I never got any quotes on a P5, the prices documented on this board (and local advertising here) made clear I could buy one equipped as wanted for $13,000.00 to
    $13,500.00). Either vehicle is a tremendous value.
  • andrewkandrewk Posts: 59
    Per the dealer that I am working with in Ohio, he said the new incentives are the same as the recently expired ones (2500 rebate, 1000 dealer assistance.) and they will be good until March. By then, I would imagine the P5 inventory could be down enough that they won't have to issue anymore incentives.
  • andrewkandrewk Posts: 59
    I finalized the deal on my P5 today, which was $5100 off list. Not the greatest deal, but suits me fine. I got the options, or lack of, that I wanted; abs and side airbags only. It took a lot of work and effort to swing this. As an added bonus, the dealer throws in a 7 year 100k mile engine/drive train warranty on top of the Mazda's warranty. What a great deal on a great car!
  • jjj321jjj321 Posts: 11
    Bought a new emerald mica ProtegeES automatic with moon roof and 6 CD changer. Paid US$14150 out the door including dest., taxes (6%) and new tag. List was US$18355 inluding dest. fee, but before any other charges. Going to pick it up Monday.
    Offered US$13000 OTD for a silver automatic Pro5 no options, at another dealer and they did not even counter offer.
    Maybe could have gotten a better deal, but the experience was painless and enjoyable (had been in contact with dealer for over a month).
    Not many Pros left in South Florida and incentives expire next Monday 03/01/2004.
  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 412
    There are several cars at a local Mazda dealer, leftover 02-03 models. The one I'm interested in is a DX sedan, automatic, black mica, AC, CD, with 20 miles. Sticker is $15,850. Supposed to be a $2000 rebate according to dealer. Edmunds no longer has pricing for a 2003 Protege listed, and used cars comes up to $13,112 certified used, $12,562 retail, and $10,800 private party.

    Where do I find 2003 model list/invoice pricing and where should I start on this car, considering it is last year's model?
  • jjj321jjj321 Posts: 11
    Customer cash = US$2500
    Factory to dealer = US$1000 or more
    A good price at this point would be US$5000 to US$6500 off list.
    Check past posts !!!
    Go to MazdaUSA website.
    Good Luck
  • njhokienjhokie Posts: 1
    Hello all,
    I'm new to the board, just found it. Seems like a great resource. I'm in the process of looking for a car to replace my bimmer I just sold and the PR5 is on the top of the list. I found a great car, red, auto, 15k miles, asking $12,900 for it. Book value is around $12k for it.

    Can you guys give me any advice on negotiating for it? Has anyone recently purchased a pre-owned protege? What kind of deals did you get?

  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    Just got a local dealer offer of $12K on a new DX model with AC, auto trans, and spoiler. From reading the posts on this board, this doesn't look like a really good deal. I'd prefer an LX with moonroof, but I think this may be the only new model left in the St. Louis area. Thoughts?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    As a for instance, I bought my 2003 Pro ES - 6 cd, moonroof, 5 speed - for 11,300 in november. Its sticker was over 17k.

    Look at it this way, if you check the edmunds trade-in value of a 2003 Pro and it's lower than what you're paying, you might want to keep negotiating.
  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    Anyone have any leads on where I could locate an unsold LX or ES in the Midwest? I live in the St Louis area. Thanks!
  • oskwioskwi Posts: 88
    I just got back from vacation and saw your post from last week...blueguydotcom is right, keep negotiating. I bought a 2001 Protege ES in early September for about $10,500. Car was loaded with CD, fog lamps, sunroof, alloys, side air bags, spoiler, etc. It only had 19,000 miles on it. List price was $13,599 but purchased for $10,500. I would not have paid almost $14,000 for the car BUT $10,500 was reasonable. I had originally wanted a new one with all the rebates, but there were none to be had (that were fully loaded) anywhere in WNY and I needed a newer car fast!

    Good luck with your buying!
  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    After 3 days of negotiating, I currently have a deal on the table for $11K for a leftover 2003 blue DX with 5 spd, fog lights, 6-CD, AC, spoiler. Sales manager says they're already taking a bath on this car at $11K--thoughts?

    Also, a local dealer just picked up a blue LX automatic with 9,750 miles. Great condition even though it's lean on accessories (no 6-CD, no fogs, no spoiler). Kelly blue book trade-in is $9K even, while Edmunds prices out trade-in at $9.8K. Any guesses on what a reasonable offer should be?
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    You should be able to get it a bit cheaper than that. I got a DX AUTOMATIC with 6-disc CD for $11,200 way back in November, so a manual after 5 months should be cheaper.

    It is a terrific car. A blast to drive and with probably the best driving position of any car I've ever owned, and thats without height adjustable seats.
  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    But did your model have fog lights and a rear spoiler? While an automatic trans adds $720 to the base price, fog lights add $213 and the spoiler as $247. If yours came equipped without these, I'm only $260 higher than your final negotiated price.

    Also, are the manual windows a pain? I found the position of the crank on the driver's door to be poorly positioned...hand keeps bumping into the dashboard.
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    No foglights or spoiler, but my 6-disc CD changer was the same price as both of those, or close to it. I actually had to look long and hard for a car WITHOUT a spoiler, as I just don't like them.
  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    Actually the DX model I'm looking at has as options/accessories: fog lights, spoiler, AC, and 6 cd-in dash audio system.

    Just worried that I may later regret not landing an LX that would have the power features.
  • lawman1967lawman1967 Posts: 314
    I was worried about it too, and I'm still not sure I made the right choice. The LX has all of the luxury goodies and of course those things are nice to have, BUT.....

    For me, when I drove the cars the DX seemed more right. I don't know, the luxury goodies were just not in character with the rest of the car, which to me feels very much like a modern-day Datsun 510 or BMW 2002, and thus, should have manual locks and crank windows.

    Of course, buying a new car close to $11 grand is its own reward.
  • lonestarlonestar Posts: 15
    Thanks to those who gave me feedback on earlier posts... Bit the bullet and bought a leftover 2003 Protege DX 5-spd this past Wednesday. Lovin' life, as they say. After a decade of SUVs and family vans it's sooo nice to ride in a small car that's so much fun to drive. Just can't believe how underrated Mazda is...can't imagine riding around in a plain Corolla or Civic right now.
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