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Mazda RX-8 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    Sorry, we didn't attack you just wanted to STOP you from overpaying :-)

    How about this one:

    Silver auto w/GT and only 8k miles. The buy it now is just $22,900. That is enough savings to pay for a plane ticket or car transport - and only has 8k on the clock.

    I went to

    and did a search for 2004 or 2005 RX-8 with AUTO within any distance of me with a price from $1 to $25,000 and miles under 30k and found 113 cars. Surely one of those would suit you? BTW, I filtered it down further to black cars and it shows 14 black. I know one of the has GT since the pictures have the black/brown interior ($24,589 asking price with 13k on it).

  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    just so many used ones out there and new ones on the lot that paying too much just isn't an option right now!! Even if you look at used ones (nothing wrong with that), I'd go less than 10K miles (and hopefully better than that), remember that the leftover 04's have $4K off sticker automatically and probably another $2K or $3K (at least) just to move them. You'll need to pay considerably less than those numbers on a used one to get "a good deal." So, if you find a used car that would have stickered for $30K, you're looking at about $7K off that price ($23K) if that car were a leftover 04 on a lot. Therefore, I would pay no more than $19K, $20K to allow for the mileage.
  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    on e-bay is a nice car. The listing says they lease too. It was a $30,300 car, low miles, buy it now for 22,900 or, I'd make them an offer of about 21,500. the worst that can happen is they say NO. If you are serious, I wouldn't wait too long.
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I would use the Mazda dealer locator and get on the phone and call around looking for a new 04 as well as look for used ones.

    Invoice on a new 04 automatic with just GT (if you find one) is $27,751. There is $503 in hold back on the car and Mazda gave the dealers $4,000 as a final buy down to sell the left over 04s.

    So $27,751 - $4,000 = $23,751 and if you get the hold back too $23,248. This would be for a new car with full warranty. So I would call around and see if you can find an AT car still on a lot some place. That is less that you are looking at for a used car IF you find the right one. I would not want to pay more than invoice - $4k for the left over and would prefer to get into the hold back as well. These are going to be 2yr old cars in a couple of months and they need to move them.

  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    in South Charleston, WV. They are 6 spds, Grand Touring with leather, bose...., they have the spare tire, and navigation. No rotary accents or spoilers. Not demos, less than 50 miles on them, MSRP of $33,595, selling for $26,200. is the web site for phone numbers and hours.
  • yandrsyandrs Posts: 3
    Thanks for the post. This is their main site and I can't seem to get to their Mazda inventory. Which site did you find this pricing on?
  • yandrsyandrs Posts: 3
    I appretiate the post from Ihess as it runs right into my question. I'm looking at '05, 6-speed, GT. Would LOVE the Shinka (great color), but could live without it. The sales guy left a message to see where I am after 2 test drives and mentioned "end of month". I know Edmunds provides TMV, but what's a realistic end of month, summer price? Given Ihess post on '04, are we at invoice yet on '05? Under? I'm not pulling the trigger until I can buy under.
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    $100-500 under invoice seems to be the norm. Supposed to be $1,000 rebate for MAC financing available and $2,000 in MAC lease help as well. Some dealers seem to have "Specials" advertised that seem to be well below these prices - but there is no KNOWN additional dealer money.

  • Joe Myers Mazda in houston is offering 4000 off all remaining 05 rx-8s. I found an ad in the newspaper today. They have a wide range still left in their inventory online. I'm going to investigate on monday. I don't think it's a rebate offered by mazda, but maybe i'm wrong. Fingers crossed that the truly rebated 05's are startin to pop up. That'll make me a happy man
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    The first $2k of that is the difference between invoice and MSRP - the other could just be the known rebates. That said, I have seen prices that made no sense - folks getting cars with cash or credit union loans that were "too low" to be true - but they got the deal anyway.

    Some tricky dealers will advertise prices like these and in the fine print it will say "uses all available rebates, buyer must qualify" or words like that. So they will include recent grad rebates, loyalty rebates, captive finance rebates, etc. Some of these are rebates that 99% of the customer will not qualify for.

    Let us know what you find out!

  • lhesslhess Posts: 379
    with their web site as far as inventory. I can't post a phone number for them here, so the "almost" web site is the only way I know to get info to folks looking for these 04's. I know about the inventory because I took my 8 in on Friday for an oil change, checked on the remaining 04's...that's the scoop.

    My dealer said they really have nothing special going on to move the 05's (other than the lease incentives Dennis mentioned), but, of course, this dealer is interested in moving the remaining 04's as opposed to the 05 inventory right now!!
  • yandrsyandrs Posts: 3
    Thanks for the clarification! The hunt for sub-invoice pricing on '05's continues.............
  • audia8qaudia8q Posts: 3,138
    ...Supposed to be $1,000 rebate for MAC financing available and $2,000 in MAC lease help as well.

    In the northeast region there is NO incentive for financing. The only incentive on the 2005 RX-8 is for lease or AVP only.
  • So is a 2005, White, GT ,automatic, black leather, 6 disc, spare tire, 12k miles for $23,000 a good deal?
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I posted this elsewhere, but thought I would post it here too. Thanks to those who gave me leads to the various cars here or other places!

    Forum rules say no contact info, so that has been removed.

    I am getting a new 05, so I am no longer in the market for a new 04 so I thought I would share the ones I know about with others who may be looking. If your dealer has a new 04, you might do the same. Since Mazda removed the 04s from the inventory search it makes it a lot harder to find them.

    These are the ones I know about and all are 6mt cars:

    2004 sunlight silver GT w/appearance, changer, wind deflector, spoiler, accents, spare. Invoice should be around $30,461 including destination. Dealer offered it to me for invoice - $4,000 - 100% of hold back ($534) - doc fee (the doc fee is added back on). Should be around $25,925 if I did my math right. The car has about 500 miles on it and is in good shape. I test drove it and drove really nice. It is at Mike Creque Mazda in Franklin, TN. Ask for ____ _____ (Internet sales manager) (615) xxx-xxxx . As of this morning still available.

    2004 red GT w/NAV. This dealer has 3 of them (last time I talked to them) all the same, just GT and NAV. Asking $26,200 + $50 doc fee. Invoice is around $30,255 so that price is right at invoice and they keep the $534 hold back. The dealer is Raines Mazda in Charleston, WV. (304) xxx-xxxx . I talked with ____ ____. All the cars are supposed to have "just a few" miles on them.

    2004 red GT w/NAV. Loaded up with every option. MSRP of $35,819, offered at $29,716 (too high, I thought). Irwin Lincoln Mercury Mazda Freehold, NJ (732) xxx-xxxx

    2004 gray touring w/NAV - MSRP of $33,609. Has the touring pack (cloth seats) and NAV I know - not sure about the other options. Offered to me for $26,095. I talked to ____ ____ at Kempthorn Motors Canton, Oh (800) xxx-xxxx .

    2004 yellow GT w/NAV - MSRP of $35,499. Has about every option: NAV, appearance, changer, etc. Asking $28,500. ____ ____ (210) xxx-xxxx Northpark Mazda in San Antonio, TX.

    Go get 'em!

  • I went to the Mazda dealer today and really like the Rx-8. Still considering the Infiniti G35 among others. The salespeople were not real clear but can anyone out there tell me the actual differences between a Shinka and a fully loaded standard Rx8? Also, they said they have not seen any Shinka's with Nav. Any help would be appreciated. Also, pricing. Should I be at or below invoice on a Shinka?
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    The info on the Shinka should be here.

    Bright finish wheels, black cherry paint (does nothing for me, and is even a standard color on a Miata!), GT pack but with parchment leather (nice), CD changer, Sirius sat radio (1yr sub included), piano-black interior trim, satin finish interior trim bits, and a couple of (minor?) suspension changes.

    Some dealers are treating these as a "rare limited edition" and not dealing, others it is just another car and should be available around invoice.

    To me, it is some stuff I would want and a lot that I don't (like the paint) for a price a lot higher than I can get for a GT.

    NAV is not available in the Shinka for some reason. Any other color GT w/NAV is about the same price as a Shinka w/o NAV.

    I love the looks of the G35 and the motor is very powerful. I don't think the interior is as nice as the 8 and to be honest the 8 looks better from the outside to me, but not by much. The G should get better gas mileage and have much higher resale value. The 8 combines sharp, tossible handling with livable daily driving comfort. The G is not as a nice handling car, but the extra power and torque make it "better" for most drivers. You should be able to get a MUCH better deal on an 8 than a G, but if you lease the high residual on the G may make it close ot the same to lease or even less (though your price is higher). The 8's rear seat is much more usable by real people.

    Drive both (or all 3 counting the non-Shinka 8) and see which speaks to you. Try to find a used 8 and used G to drive so you can wind them up to redline to get a real feel for how it will be after your nw one is broken in.

    For me the 8 is the one, despite all the "obvious" advantages of the G or Z over the 8. But I also sold a 'vette convertible and got an S2000, so I may just be not normal :-)

  • Thanks Dennis. That was very good info. Funny, but it was much better than anything I got today from guys actually selling those cars for a living! Went back to look at the G tonight and am leaning toward it. Just a bit nicer and at the moment I am thinking it's worth the money. THANK YOU!
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    If you really don't need a backseat, then you can cross shop the 350z - but I think the G looks better (and hold value better too). Also, see if you can find a Mustang GT to test drive. About the same price, has the retro look (looks a lot my first car, a '67 Mustang) and big V-8 power. Is not going to handle like the 8, but will take off when you romp on the go pedal. About the same price too.

  • mex8mex8 Posts: 3
    We love the Rx8, even though it has been tougher than my wife thought to learn a stick. My first car was a Mazda 1800 station wagon, so both the maker and I have come a long way. My only complaint is that the Nav desparately needs an update as many of the newer roads and POI are missing. Does anyone have connections with Mazda to get them to support a very expensive option? It would have been cheaper to buy an after market GPS system and had more control on updates. :cry:
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    The new 2005 8s are coming with the 2003 (I think) maps still. If you go to the map-makers home page and try to buy an updated map set you get:

    How to Get This Map

    New updates are not currently available.

    To order replacement discs, get Canadian prices, or for any other questions, call 1-888-NAV-MAPS ( 628-6277) for assistance.

    Call Center
    Phone: 1-888-628-6277

    Why not call and ask them what the scoop is?

  • I am also looking at the RX8 and the G35. I want the standard trans and after optioning both cars out the way I want them the G MSRP is almost $5,000 more. The G may be a slightly better car overall, but the zoom-zoom looks of the 8 make it my choice at the price difference.

    I think the NAV is way overpriced and I'm looking for an aftermarket one.

    Can you really get $ 5,000 off a 05 RX8? I finally got a list of every option and package and the Shinka is not appealing to me at all. The problem is finding exactly what you want with the GT package and some line item options, colors and interiors.

    Does anyone know anything about changes to the 06? Minor? None?

    I have loved cars since the 64 'stang (I was 14) It is nice to see so many of you out there.

    Jim : :D
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I have not seen or heard the latest offers from Mazda (the lease special expired Tuesday). You should be able to get an 05 for invoice or below, and there was $2k in MAC lease rebates and then you might try for the $500 Geber rebate. With discounts, freebies, and rebates mine was about $3,400 under INVOICE.

    I am sure Mazda will have some cash or lease or dealer promo for July as well, we will just have to see what it is. If you can find a new 04 like you want, you are looking at $4,000 - $4,500 or more under invoice.

  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    The new special are posted now on the MazdaUSA web page. They may vary by region, so put in your ZIP code to check. For most the 24 month lease has carried over from last month:

    2005 RX-8 6-Speed $299/Month, 24-Month Lease, $2,599 due at Lease Signing after $2,000 cash back*. Includes 1st Month’s Payment and Security Deposit. Excludes taxes, title and fees.**

    * The Amount due at Lease Signing is higher in the following states: Connecticut ($3,257); Massachusetts ($3,356); Rhode Island ($3,422); Virginia ($2,994); and West Virginia ($3,011).

    ** Dealer participation required. Not all lessees will qualify for lowest payment through Mazda American Credit. Some payments higher, some lower based on residency and other factors. Not available for NY residents. Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 24,000 at $0.15/mile. Total payments of $7,176. Purchase option at lease end for $15,364. Take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 8/01/05. See participating dealer for qualifications.

    They also show $1k in MAC cash. You could already get $2k in money on a lease, looks like now you can get $1k if you purchase with a MAC loan. Watch the rates, though. While the MAC lease special is below market value - and MAC loan may be over market value. So compare the payment with your own financing and not $1k rebate VS getting $1k off and doing the MAC loan.

  • Thanks Dennis,

    The inventory I see on the net is all 05 models. I have read that 04's are no longer listed on the internet inventories. Is that true?

    There are four or five dealers within 75 miles listing 4 to 6 05's in stock. I'm paying cash. For MSRP's around $33,000 should I be looking at a final price of less than 30 grand?

    There seem to be a lot of choices around my area and too many G35's on the road. I'm definetly going RX8! :shades:
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    Yes, when Mazda made the final "here, you sell them" buy down on the 04s they pulled them from the search. I posted a message here with the ones I knew about, and others have done the same. Sort of slim pickings, but if one is like you want then it would be a good deal.

    You might want to "finance" some of the 05 with MAC to get the $1,000 rebate off the price. Then just pay it off in a month or two, the little interest would not come close to the $1,000 you would save off of your best price.

    Go to and see if there is a pre-done deal in your area. If not expand your area by putting in nearby ZIPs for large cities. Also, will let you see MSRP and invoice as you add and remove options. You should look for something under INVOICE - without any rebates - as your goal. $100 minimum,down to $500-600 under invoice if you can get it.

  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    I had a good dealership experience picking up my new RX-8 from Mazda Knoxville. I mentioned to my salesman that I "knew" some folks looking for deals on the 8. He said $500 under invoice for any of his remaining RX-8s - they have a pretty good selection, 24 last time I looked on their web page.

    So if Knoxville, TN is within your travel radius I recommend you look them up and see if they have something you like.

    I can't post the salesman's name or a link to the dealership, but if you Google Mazda Knoxville the link will come up - and the salesman is the Internet sales manager and his name is all over the web page.

    BTW, they took my Gerber rebate but did require the original Gerber card.

    Good luck!
  • oga2oga2 Posts: 4
    Just wanted to let you guy's know i checked out the 04 TI gray at Kempthron today. It drove great and was offered to me at $26,000 before TTL with a $95 doc fee (sales manager told me they had to charge the doc fee, was standard). They also agreed to pick up my final payment on my lease ($470). When all is said and done, before TTL I paid $25,640 for a 04 with 250 miles on it. I put a deposit on it that is refundable..what do you guys think about the deal.

    And Dennis thanks for the heads up on the 04's :)
  • dwynnedwynne Posts: 4,018
    If it is equipped like you want, I don't see how you can go wrong at that price. I like the color and it has the NAV, some of the other options were not things I would have chosen if I were "ordering one" - but if that is good for you then go for it.

    There just is not a lot of choices in left over 04s right now. You can get a bit of a deal on an 05, but not as good and it is tied to MAC financing. As their 06s come out they will get cheaper with more incentives, but will likely still be tied to a MAC deal. By getting the 04 you can pay cash/use your own financing and pay less money.

    Ask them to flash you to the latest PCM "load" (should be "R" or "N" if they don't have "R" yet) before you take delivery. It is likely this car has really old software on it.

    BTW, someone went to pick up another 04 I mentioned and found out that Mazda has put a hold on ALL RX-8 sales! Under certain conditions and in hot climates sitting at a prolonged, high RPM idle can cause heat build up to damage certain parts - including the plastic gas tank. Sometime next week MazdaUSA will provide the dealers with a instructions and parts (?) to do the recall/repair/inspection. Once your new car has been inspected, you can take delivery.

  • oga2oga2 Posts: 4
    I forgot to mention that thanks for letting everyone know.

    What do you mean by flash? I've been reading this forum for a while and have seen that term used a few times.

    I would have prefered the 8 to have the GT package but Kempthron was he furthest I was willing to go for a car (I live in MI;about a 3hr drive from Canton, OH). I learned that with my last car purchase, 65' Lincoln Continental convertable. I had to drive 6hrs to Madison, wi. but I still love the car!

    I want to thank you again Dennis, your advice and information has been priceless in purchasing this car.
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