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I went through this before buying my '15 Sport; among others I considered a Subie, two VWs (Jetta and Passat), the Mazda, Honda's line and then went up-market some with Acura, BMW and a few others.

On a pure value basis the Mazda won. On a driving dynamics basis the Mazda won big, especially considering that I really wanted the MTX. If you can GET a MTX at all in most cars these days it's only on a heavily-decontented trim level, which I find extremely offensive.

100,000+ miles later, I'm still happy with my choice.
 

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I went through this before buying my '15 Sport; among others I considered a Subie, two VWs (Jetta and Passat), the Mazda, Honda's line and then went up-market some with Acura, BMW and a few others.

On a pure value basis the Mazda won. On a driving dynamics basis the Mazda won big, especially considering that I really wanted the MTX. If you can GET a MTX at all in most cars these days it's only on a heavily-decontented trim level, which I find extremely offensive.

100,000+ miles later, I'm still happy with my choice.
Nothing like buy a car to make you question every little thing in life. Having the documents sent over today so that I can review them before going back to the dealership. Pretty sure I'm going to be pulling the trigger on this one though. Wish me luck!
 

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  • Quick question for you guys. So the dealership is still offering me the deal of $25,500 OTD on the 2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring that they have listed at $24,999 on their website.
  • I told them that I would like to come take a final look/test drive and leave a deposit if everything checked out. I would then bring them a check for the rest once I had one ready. They knew going in that I would not be financing with them.
  • They said they are fine with me coming to drive it and take a look but that they will not take a deposit on it.
  • I assume this is because they probably want to try to sell the car at the original asking price to someone else before I can get a check for the full amount to them.
  • Is there any other reason they would not want a deposit to hold the vehicle? Should this be a concern/red flag?
 

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Took another drive today to get a better feel for the car and it's the one. The only thing that concerns me is the rust on all of the rotors. I know it's normal for there to be rust but I'm not sure what a normal amount is? This car only has 3700 miles. Put my mind to ease so I can pick this up tomorrow! :grin2:







 

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I am not surprised to hear that the stealership declined to take your deposit. Its a well priced car, and they probably want to sell it someone who will either finance through them or has the full amount upfront.

The rust on the rotors is common, more so after rain and if the car has been sitting for a while. Drive it a few miles, brake a few times and it will all be gone. For whatever the reason, the rotors in modern day cars seem to rust more than they used to back in the day.
 

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I am not surprised to hear that the stealership declined to take your deposit. Its a well priced car, and they probably want to sell it someone who will either finance through them or has the full amount upfront.

The rust on the rotors is common, more so after rain and if the car has been sitting for a while. Drive it a few miles, brake a few times and it will all be gone. For whatever the reason, the rotors in modern day cars seem to rust more than they used to back in the day.
Well that does it I'm getting the car tomorrow. I'm almost a part of the club! Yes, the price almost too good. I asked him why they offered that and his answer was "well we honestly don't get many people that call knowing what exactly they want and asking for an out the door price and we want to get the 16s off the lot" so I guess I did well haha
 

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Yes. rotor rust is normal if the car has sat, even if only for a couple of days, especially outside. The rotors are cast iron and cast iron rusts -- period.

Drive it a few miles and stop a couple of times and it will be gone.
 

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Picked her up yesterday! Took the back roads home and holy hell is it fun to take corners in this car. Feeling a little overwhelmed with all the features since I'm coming from a 2004 grand prix but I can't wait to dive in. Thanks for all of the help so far guys!

 
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