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I found a delicious offer of a 2013 Mazda2 Touring manual transmission w/ a trade in at $8870 total--only 32,000 miles. The manual transmission was giving the dealership a lot of problems. They dropped the price $2,000 over 2 months. And, when I made an offer, they came down another 2,000. At cash, $8870 for a 2013 (anything) at 32,000 seemed like an offer to good to refuse. But, there's more to this story: I am really excited to go back to Mazda.

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I bought my first new car in December 2011; it was a 2012 Mazda3 manual trans (fresh off the boat from japan, because manuals are unfortunately unfashionable), the first skyactiv mazda car. I loved driving that little guy. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2014 at the end of a 5 hour trip, outside of Bowie, MD, it encountered a feisty deer. It was 58% totaled, and my insurance, fortunately, totaled the car and cut me a check.

With the insurance money, I made an unfortunate, unlucky decision. It was a decision which seemed to obvious at the time. I bought a 2001 Subaru Outback LL Bean edition (the 6.0L beast without the general head gasket/timing belt issues) for $1K from a colleague. That subby turned out to be a disaster. $6000 later and 9 months later, I was ready for a new car.
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I found a Mazda2 manual which no one wanted. I think people who buy a brand new car with manual trans like the mazda2, they usually keep the car. Otherwise, why do you give up a car like this when you've only put 32,000 miles on it?

What do you all think? Did I make a good choice?

Things that I am concerned about:
(1) I wish that the car had bluetooth phone and music streaming capabilities.
(2) Should/can I purchase a decent tire for this car? My usual sources for tires (several sites online incl. discount tires) have some pretty lame options.

-JJ.
 
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