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Posted: 7/24/2013 9:06:04 PM EDT
Here is the lowdown. Both are 2012s. The 3 is a hatchback auto with 14000 miles. The 6 is an auto witn 32.5k miles. Both are the I touring trim. I figure with the current asking prices for both (the 3 is 15,994 and the 6 is 15,929) I could get an out the door price of 14,300 for the 6 and 14,500 for the 3 with trading my 2002 protege.

I am having a hard time choosing. What say ye? Any words of advice?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 11:05:28 PM EDT
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Here is the lowdown. Both are 2012s. The 3 is a hatchback auto with 14000 miles. The 6 is an auto witn 32.5k miles. Both are the I touring trim. I figure with the current asking prices for both (the 3 is 15,994 and the 6 is 15,929) I could get an out the door price of 14,300 for the 6 and 14,500 for the 3 with trading my 2002 protege.

I am having a hard time choosing. What say ye? Any words of advice?
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3, lower miles and you get the benefit of the skyactiv engine (mpg).  And its an hatch.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 5:43:34 AM EDT
Another vote for the 3. Unless you dislike hatches of course
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 8:38:26 AM EDT
Looked at the carfax on the 6 and it looks like it is an ex rental, and it was stolen and recovered at one point. Not sure if that was just a late rental return or what, but that doesn't bode well.

So is my asking OTD price on the 3 sound good? Not sure if it's a smoking deal or not, but seems good. Also, I would go new, but with the price reduction on the 2012, we are now looking at a nearly $3k different in price between new and the 1013.

And for the record, I love hatchbacks :)
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 8:58:01 AM EDT
Ask for 14k OTD and be willing to go up to $14300 but not without taking up some of their time first.
Link Posted: 7/25/2013 11:12:48 AM EDT
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Another vote for the 3. Unless you dislike hatches of course
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Link Posted: 7/26/2013 5:59:52 AM EDT
How much is a brand new Mazda 3? I thought that they started out at $15k? You wouldn't notice the payment difference between the used and a new one, if that were the case.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 6:23:14 AM EDT
You should be able to get a new 2014 3 for essentially the same price. The 2014 new body style is about to hit the lots, so there should be some deals on the '13s. I know around here you can get a brand new Focus for under 15...
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 7:42:47 AM EDT
Another vote for new.  You ought to be able to get a brand new 2013 Mazda3 for within spitting distance of that price.  Look at THIS: new Mazda3's under $16k, within 500 mi of Seattle

Are you dead set on a Mazda?
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 7:56:57 AM EDT
+1 on the Mazda3; lower miles, more space and Skyactive. Tough to be honest, I have only driven the Mazda6.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 8:24:20 AM EDT
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Another vote for new.  You ought to be able to get a brand new 2013 Mazda3 for within spitting distance of that price.  Look at THIS: new Mazda3's under $16k, within 500 mi of Seattle

Are you dead set on a Mazda?
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Not dead set, but I currently own one and have a lot of faith in them.

To be fair,, the particular 2013. New model I have my eye on is a mid level I touring, so,it's no exactly going to be within spitting distance on the price. I am looking at $2500 - $3000 difference between the 2012 and 2013, unless I get extremely lucky and getting a banging deal on the new one.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 12:53:39 PM EDT
I just got a 2013 3 iTouring HB.  I really enjoy it and haven't had any complaints, from what I understand the 2012 and 2013 are pretty much the same.  The skyactive engine gets great milage.
Link Posted: 7/26/2013 2:59:20 PM EDT
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I just got a 2013 3 iTouring HB.  I really enjoy it and haven't had any complaints, from what I understand the 2012 and 2013 are pretty much the same.  The skyactive engine gets great milage.
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I do like the HB, but I am not 100% sure that I can live the automatic tranny.

Here is a pic of the 2012

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