Grand Am Series
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Left Coast, USA
Where do you live, wyeto? I ask because especially in the 2004-2005 model years, lots of people complain of weak AC, especially in stop and go conditions. When test driving, I'd certainly give the AC a go, make sure you are happy with it.
I'd talk to the dealership about what warranty they might be willing to include, because on a 2005 with that mileage, there is no remaining factory warranty at all. Mazda 3's are fun, relatively inexpensive cars, meaning they are popular with young adults who sometimes drive them quite hard. It would be a plus if you could get some real coverage included (at no extra cost), especially on the engine/tranny.
Re: that price, yeah, the car's asking retail is around $7300 (given its model year and odo), but that would generally be the price for one equipped with an ATX. Manual shifts generally go for a few hundred less, since the majority of buyers don't want a manual. Also, $7300 would be the excellent condition price. If it needs any immediate work at all, the interior is less than very nice, and/or the body has more than a couple of small dings and routine chips, it should NOT be considered to be in excellent condition. Final point, the previous owner who traded it in probably got less than $5000 for it. Bottom line, there should be room for some real negotiation.
Last edited by urbanmanusa; 09-05-2012 at 12:12 PM.