I'm looking at the GS and GT sedan. I found out I need to get the GT HB to get a sunroof and this is one thing I will not compromise on, so while the HB is more versatile it's also $23185 which is too much. I also have to account for our 15% taxes that will add significant $$$ to my payments.
So this is what I have so far:
1. GS, add A/C, Power and Sport: $20885
2. GT: $21345
3. GT w/GFX: $22440
The sensible choice is #1 but for only $460 I can get the 2.3L engine. Very tempting. But no sunroof. Not so tempting anymore... So let's click on the GFX for the GT - a difference after taxes of $1788 from #1.
Now here's the question: Is $1788+interest worth it for the 2.3L (like pzev I think the 148HP 2.0L w/MT will be enough for me - heck I have a blast with the 130HP A/T Protege), sporty bumpers and foglights?
The financially smart side of me says no.
The other says "#^@% !*", what's $30/60mths.
What will YOU do?
I'm leaning towards #1. I wanna know why I should spend the extra $1788 for the GT w/GFX.
Personaly I say spend the extra $30 a month....if you don't, everytime you see one on the road you will be like "why didn't I just fork over the extra $30?". Not to say the car in option #1 isn't good, but if you keep the car for the full 5 years of the finance period, you will more than likely be earning more $$$ in the latter years, so $30 will probably be nothing.
I'm sure I'll be in the same situation as you. I think in the other thread you said the titanium might be GT only. is that a factor for you? I've never actually seen that colour in person. only the occult online following it has on these mazda forums. I think there are other small thing that you are leaving out.
-Leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter
-Sport seats (two tone) I think
-17" wheels and tires instead of 16" (I know tires will cost more to replace in future and you will need to get steelies for winter which will increase cost)
-Carbon like finish on center panel
So in conclusion. I personally am gonna try and get the fully loaded thing because it Its not too expensive for a new car and I plan on owning it for a long time. And I really want blue 2tone seats heh.
My advice for you is to either get it fully loaded OR just get option #1. and if you want to spend 1 grand on little stuff if you want when you have the money to spend.
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