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I'm new on here, so I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I am in the car buying process and had my heart set on a Mazda 3 s Sport HB (used) but they are becoming much harder to find or are too pricey for a used; so I was doing some research and had a thought. Since I'm looking for a smaller hatchback car, I thought perhaps I could purchase a new '09 Nissan Versa with all the fixings, for the price I would pay for a used Mazda 3. I currently own a '94 Nissan Sentra with 190k+ miles on it, so I know they make reliable cars. My plan was to buy something that I could afford to modify a little (I've always wanted to do that). I am looking at an '09 Versa HB 1.8SL with the moonroof package, convenience package, ABS package, and the sport package- black w/ charcoal interior. I went on Autobrag.com (just started using this site) and a dealer in my area came back and accepted my offer of $15,500 but I'm not sure if this site is legit or not (or the offer) and I'm wondering what you think of this price? Since I'm not sure of the validity of the Autobrag service, I'm thinking I'll just go to the dealerships and make an offer for around this price & see what happens.

Also, I haven't test driven the Versa yet, my neighbor owns one & loves hers; does it have much power? I'd appreciate any input.
 

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Power is not top on the list for the Versa. I would say they are adequate at best. The model you have chosen might be the slowest of the bunch. But it's a give and take situation. The one you are looking into seems to have all the bells and whistles. These things make it weigh more affecting performance and mpgs. I hear the 09 SL has increased fuel consumption and that it rivals even my 1.6l sedan.

Only thing I can say is test drive it. I too was looking at mazda 3's but in the end decided that the better mpgs and having a new car was the better choice.

BTW welcome and was the 94 sentra an SE-R?
 

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Power is not top on the list for the Versa. I would say they are adequate at best. The model you have chosen might be the slowest of the bunch. But it's a give and take situation. The one you are looking into seems to have all the bells and whistles. These things make it weigh more affecting performance and mpgs. I hear the 09 SL has increased fuel consumption and that it rivals even my 1.6l sedan.

Only thing I can say is test drive it. I too was looking at mazda 3's but in the end decided that the better mpgs and having a new car was the better choice.

BTW welcome and was the 94 sentra an SE-R?
Thanks for the info. I'm starting to think the same way- at this point it may be best to go for something newer & better mpgs than to have something a bit sportier.

My 94 was a Limited Edition but not the SE-R (I called it my "granny car")

Thanks for the welcome :smile5:
 

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I'm new on here, so I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I am in the car buying process and had my heart set on a Mazda 3 s Sport HB (used) but they are becoming much harder to find or are too pricey for a used; so I was doing some research and had a thought. Since I'm looking for a smaller hatchback car, I thought perhaps I could purchase a new '09 Nissan Versa with all the fixings, for the price I would pay for a used Mazda 3. I currently own a '94 Nissan Sentra with 190k+ miles on it, so I know they make reliable cars. My plan was to buy something that I could afford to modify a little (I've always wanted to do that). I am looking at an '09 Versa HB 1.8SL with the moonroof package, convenience package, ABS package, and the sport package- black w/ charcoal interior. I went on Autobrag.com (just started using this site) and a dealer in my area came back and accepted my offer of $15,500 but I'm not sure if this site is legit or not (or the offer) and I'm wondering what you think of this price? Since I'm not sure of the validity of the Autobrag service, I'm thinking I'll just go to the dealerships and make an offer for around this price & see what happens.

Also, I haven't test driven the Versa yet, my neighbor owns one & loves hers; does it have much power? I'd appreciate any input.
So should the Autobrag deal not work out; I have managed to get a price of $15,995 not including TTT & fees. What does everyone think?
 

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fully loaded SL for that price is really good if you ask me. Is this the new FE model with better mileage?
 

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It does seem like a good deal, dont know on the legit of it though. Do you by any chance have a costco card? they have a auto purchase thingy, i have heard of some decent deals on there. (they partner with local dealers)
 

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So should the Autobrag deal not work out; I have managed to get a price of $15,995 not including TTT & fees. What does everyone think?
Welcome........someone on the forum sites got a factory preowned SL for 12,000 usd. I have an S model 20k when I bought it.12k usd. I haven't had any problems with it. If you search hard enough you will find a great deal. So search as hard as you can for slightly used and new Vs and good luck. This car rides like a bigger car if that helps. Has a long wheelbase smooth.
 

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MSRP

whats MSRP?
MSRP is listed as $20,755 for them; according to Edmunds.com for my area the average MSRP after the added options I selected is: $19,225

I have a few questions about their final price though- seems like on the OTD pricing they gave me, they listed a lot of extra discounts (some of which may run out in a certain time period or make it look like I'm getting a better deal) + they tried to sneak in $200 for VIN etching- P-lease what kind of girl do they take me for? I've done my research! :lol:
 

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Doin' my research!

Welcome........someone on the forum sites got a factory preowned SL for 12,000 usd. I have an S model 20k when I bought it.12k usd. I haven't had any problems with it. If you search hard enough you will find a great deal. So search as hard as you can for slightly used and new Vs and good luck. This car rides like a bigger car if that helps. Has a long wheelbase smooth.
Thank you. Welcome to you too :)

I'm definitely trying to do my homework on this one; I've been car-shopping and researching for the past 3 months now so I should be a pro by the time I'm done. I have located several used models around but I've only been able to find one lt. blue model that includes the moonroof package; most of the used ones don't include all of the options I was looking for. They're not a necessity but I figured if I was going for the Versa over my original choice of a Mazda 3 then I should @ least get all the fixin's. Thanks for the advice. I'll keep everyone posted.
 
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