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2013 and earlier Mazda CX-9 Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Regards
    Just wondering if your 2008 GT has Blind Spot Monitoring System yet? According to the brochure, it's available in the fall. I am also in the market for 2008 CX-9 GT AWD w/ RSES & Navigation.
  • regardsregards Posts: 3
    In reply to our new CX-9 colleagues:

    Warever: As to "model" vs. "trim": I was passing on what was on the first line of the manufacturer's sticker on the car we bought, which read: "Model: 2008 CX-9 Grand Touring All Wheel Drive". Don't know where your "trim" comes from (but I know where I get mine; see following paragraph). ;-)

    Concur; it would've been great if a "fit like a glove" 2007 at a lower sticker/bigger discount had been on the lot, but it wasn't. So I had two options: compromise to save a few shekels, or pay a little more for exactly the car my wife wanted. I've learned a thing or two having been happily married for 24 years, and the choice there is a "no brainer".

    Warever/Nastacio: We are aware of the Ford/Mazda ownership. Note that I (carefully) used the term "U.S. badged." My wife's old car was an Odyssey built in Ohio, and I drive a Toyota Tundra built in Indiana, both of which we love(d). We believe the Japanese badged companies still do a better job overall in their assembly process, whether in the U.S. or Japan, than the U.S. badged cars, and overall have a higher level of commitment to quality yet to be equaled by the U.S. badged vehicles. But that is a discussion for another forum...

    Smartgroup: We've yet to discover all the goodies on our new car, but aren't aware of a Blind Spot Monitoring System, other than the time-tested turning of the head (we're not yet old enough to have done away w/ it), or a Pep Boys fish eye lens stuck to the side mirrors. If I discover a BSMS while going through the owners manual, I'll let you know.

    As to the RSES, you probably know the CX-9 comes with either the sunroof OR the DVD RSES. We figured it'd be easier to aftermarket install the latter rather than the former.

  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    I have pre-ordered am 08' CX-9 in our local dealer using the S-Plan (Ford Suppliers Plan.) Now the dealer wants to charge a $435 "assessment fee" on top of the S-Plan, which is already on top of $397 in doc fees and $38 for an "electronic filing fee".

    I am getting a good price anyway (near invoice) for an 08 model, but what bothered me is that the dealer claimed that the "assessment fee" was part of the invoice, as in, charged by the factory. They insist very strongly in this point because they did not list the charge in the original estimate and now want to include it in the "S-Plan" item in the pre-order.

    I can always walk from the deal and buy it somewhere else, but can anyone confirm?
  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    If I discover a BSMS while going through the owners manual, I'll let you know.

    Just read the MSRP sheet, BSMS is a $200 option.
  • I did exactly what you are saying - I ordered an '08 from Ramsey Mazda using S-plan. Got invoice + doc fees + etching. No assessment. They NEED to show you the invoice and show you the Splan price at the bottom. They can get in major trouble if the screw around with you. There are some fees on the invoice but they should show you the invoice you will see something in the lower left like SPLAN0036005 <--- where 36005 is invoice $. Its that plus doc, etch, etc. Maybe tops $700?
  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    I called the Ford rep for the plan and he pointed at least two problems with this dealer's approach: (1) they did not present the S-Plan price breakdown, instead listing the 'total' invoice price for the car and (2) claiming that the *factory* is including an "assessment fee" on the cars invoice.

    This is sounding like a fee included by the network of distributors for our area, which pretty much acts as an intermediary between the factory and the dealer. Much like the maligned Toyota Southeast admin fee of ~$700.

    Just to be sure, I asked two other local dealers for an out-of-the-door quote before I walk on these guys. It has been two days and these other dealers seem to be more interested in pushing whatever 07' they have in the lot. I understand no one wants to provide quotes and instead having the customer come to the lot for the royal pressure treatment, but I am not sure people understand the new reality of Internet shopping.

    On 2005, I bought a Honda through their Internet department and it was a dream-experience, with an out-of-the-door quote over e-mail in a few hours, a scheduled appointment to order the vehicle, and a schedule delivery date.

    I can't get any of this from any of the three Mazda dealers in the Raleigh NC area.
  • cmunizcmuniz Posts: 604
    I am not sure how the Ford "S" plan for Mazda compares to their "A" plan for Fords, but I got my "A" plan pin thru the internet and made a copy of the conditions of sale that were listed when I went to the dealer. There are 2 things that stick out about the process. First is that the dealer must show you an invoice with the "A"plan price clearly shown. Secondly, they are NOT allowed to charge any additional fees such as doc fees, inventory fees, etc, They tried to charge me doc fees and said they do that on all cars they sell. I gave them a copy of the sheet I printed with the Ford rules for "A" plan purchases and they took the doc fees off the sales contract.

    I would double check your sources. With new and/or popular models dealers are not often willing to sell at "discount" prices so thet tack on all kinds of conditions or make low ball offers on your trade-ins.
  • dashbbdashbb Posts: 119
    S-Plans blow away regular dealer & customer incentives, however, for the mere mortals, here's a newer dealer ad:

  • The Mazda S-Plan allows the *dealer* to charge reasonable fees, but they did not list this one "assessment fee" outside the "S-plan" item in the order.

    The plan states "Mazda dealerships may charge reasonable and customary document preparation and/or administrative service fees for S-Plan sales." In other words, either the assessment fee is charged by the factory as part of the invoice, or the dealer would have to list it as separate charge in the pre-order form. I'll wait until the car arrives to check the invoice.
  • nastacio,

    I'm looking to buy a 2008 CX-9 (or a Buick Enclave) myself in the very near future. I have the S-Plan and am in the Raleigh area too - very interested in what you find out or experience at the local dealers.

    There are things I like better about the CX-9 over the Enclave and vice-versa... it may come down to finding one or the other equipped the way I want and a dealer I can work with.

  • My experience with all local dealers from both brands is that none have a dedicated Internet department. I was always called back by a regular salesperson that would use high-pressure tactics to bring me on site to try and sell me whatever was sitting on the lot.

    They will refuse staunchly to give you a detailed quote for an out-of-the-door price. Actually, none of them has done it so far other than agreeing to honor S-plan (Mazda) and suppliers price (GM) . The trick is on the dealer's fees, where they will get pen-happy, which is why I wouldn't walk in without the quote.

    In the end, I decided to place a pre-order to get "in line" for a 2008 CX-9, in order to buy myself sometime while trying to get quotes from all dealers.

    I think you will not have this problem a few months from now, when the 2008 CX-9's and the Enclave will have become old news.
  • Does anyone know if 2008 White color is the same as the White on 2007 model? I haven't seen 2008 model yet but the description on my local dealer webpage indicates 2008 color as 'Crystal White Pearl Mica' versus just 'Crystal White' for 2007. My wife prefers a pearl like creamy color over just plain white. :confuse:
  • It is the same white, I have both brochures (2007 and 2008)
  • Thanks. She will want the Enclave now for sure. :D
  • markmark Posts: 16
    I received my S-plan certificate/PIN today. I went throught the site, did the build, but the url would not give me the S-plan pricing. Can anyone tell me what I can expect to pay for the following:
    CX-9 Grand Touring AWD
















    Total MSRP:

    Here is an S-plan site. I tried to post it as a link but it didn't seem to work. lp/splan_supplier/brochure/splan_info.htm
  • Try this link:

    You probably need to login with your partner code first. The MSRP you listed seems to be for the 07 model, which costs $700-800 less than the 08's.

    With S-Plan, you are looking at invoice for the vehicle and at a 20% discount on all packages and options. Freight ($595) is on top of invoice and doesn't have discounts.

    Dealer fees are charged outside the plan and there are no discounts for them.
  • I don't understand the logic, isn't the Mazda Crystal Pearl White color "creamy" enough? :-)

    The Enclave has a color called "White Diamond Tri-Coat" that looks just the same.
  • markmark Posts: 16
    Thanks that's exactly what I was looking for. I didn't realize the plan applied to '08's as well. I've emailed three NW Connecticut dealers and asked if they participate.
  • gds1gds1 Posts: 2
    I'm guessing they still get the holdback but that's OK with me. I've got an 08' CX-9 Grand Touring AWD ordered and they sold it to me for $399 over their invoice. I had previously bought an 05' Mazda 3s from this dealer and there was no funny business at all. I "built" it, ordered it and is should be here in about 5 weeks. I've been very happy with this dealer (Mazda of Lakewood); they are a suburb of Denver Colorado.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Secondly, they are NOT allowed to charge any additional fees such as doc fees, inventory fees, etc,

    Incorrect. Dealers are allowed to charge and additional fee that is not set on the invoice, or S-Plan price. The actual price of the vehicle cannot be altered in any way, unless accessories are added to the vehicle.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Go see it for yourself and decide.
  • Dealers are allowed to charge and additional fee that is not set on the invoice, or S-Plan price.

    I think he was referring to A-plan. S-plan is more lenient with dealer fees, specially the infamous doc-fee.
  • We were eligible for S-Plan pricing, but skipped the local dealer because they low-balled us on our trade-in. Jim Ellis in Atlanta had the '07 GT FWD in the color we wanted in stock, so I sent an email requesting a price quote.

    Within a day I had a response.. $400 under invoice (which was actually close to invoice if you include the "Atlanta Assessment" fee). We were happy with what they offered us for our trade, so it was a no brainer.. the 3 hour drive was well worth the $1500 we saved.

    For us it was a pain free experience - we ended up not going the S-Plan route and feel we got a nice deal. It's been a month & I couldn't be happier w/ our CX-9!

    good luck... :)
  • Nice tip, Atlanta is a six hour drive from here, but you are right, well worth $1500.

    Our dealer claims they will honor the KBB price if we cannot sell the car within 5 days of the vehicle arrival.

    I assume you got an 08 model.
  • Actually, no we got the 07 model.

    The only option on the GT we wanted that it was not equipped with was the rear entertainment package.. we're planning to shop for a DVD player/sound package to have installed.
  • Looking forward to buying a 2007 sport trim CX-9. The best offer I currently have is 26000+tax&fees. Is that good enough? Would it be better if I waited until the end of the month? How can someone qualify for the S plan?

    Thanks a lot for your help

  • selooseloo Posts: 606
    How much more or less than the invoice price?
  • $500 below invoice price. What do you think?

  • That seems expensive; some dealer had a lot of $4000 off MSRP offers going last month.

    As for the S-plan, it is offered in partnership with suppliers for the Ford Motor Company and subsidiaries, such as Mazda.
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