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The new gt trims come with bi-Xenon headlights
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yes but there is no mention of pricing for those trims.
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I found the following

"Topping the range is the Mazda3 s Grand Touring ($22,300) in both four- and five-door flavors. While it's powered by the same 2.5L engine and automatic transmission, drivers are comforted by a segment-first eight-way driver seat and Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) with bi-xenon headlights."

So, a fully loaded GT will be
$22,300
+ $1,195 (Tech Package)
+ $1,395 (Moonroof/Bose)
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$24,980

That's much more than what I paid for my fully loaded GT back in 2006... or did I calculate it wrong?
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I would guess that the advertised price you indicate is MSRP. I doubt you paid full MSRP, and I would hope the dealers have some room to negotiate on the new3 as well.
 

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I would guess that the advertised price you indicate is MSRP. I doubt you paid full MSRP, and I would hope the dealers have some room to negotiate on the new3 as well.
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You are right. I just priced a 2009 GT Fully Loaded on carsdirect.com and the MSRP comes to $25,800
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So, now the obvious question is, how much can we discount can we expect from the dealer on the newly introduced model? Three months down the line? Six months?
 

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It will also help in pricing if you know how to drive a manual and its worthwhile to drive one :lol:
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I know this is a loaded question, as the idea of auto vs. manny elicits one's passions. That being said, I'm on the fence on auto vs manny. It's been many years since I've had a manual as a daily driver, but I also commute via Motorcycle, so I really like the idea of going back to a manual in my next car. My concern is, for a daily driver is it practical? When I think of all the gadgets (I love gadgets), such as bluetooth, ipod, sat radio and nav that MY new 3 will have, how much a pain will it be to use those items when I'm shifting through my canyons on my 100 mile daily commute? Obviously, those kinds of toys are not present on my motortcycle and I can just enjoy the gear changes. Thanks!
 

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You have to question if you are at constant speed enough. I know many people want the auto because they are in nothing but stop n go traffic. I know manual can be a pain in that type of environment.
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Fortunately my drive does not have alot of stop and go, for that reason I can consider it. I was mainly concerned with my canyons, which are about a a quarter of my daily ride. Any problem using the gadgets, such as nav in those conditions?
 

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[/quote] on the other hand, the manual forces me to pay more attention to the road and less attention on that other stuff which is probably one of the bigger reasons why I've never had an accident in 12 years of driving. (knock on wood) [/quote]

Good point! I know on my motorcycle, I'm into every turn mentally, in my car all I usually remember is leaving and arriving... not sure what happened in between!

On that note, I'm definitely leaning toward the manny, (and yes, I shouldn't need Nav on my commute DOH!  :eek: ), I just wished there was a bit more advantage mpg-wise!  Thanks for the input!
 
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