“It’s not to be tampered with or toyed with.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: James
- Car in Question: Silver 2008 Mazda 3 Value Edition
- Spotted at: The Brown Palace, 1715 Tremont Street, Denver, CO 80202
- Odometer: 34,100
- Car’s Nickname: Iron Man
Q: What does the Value Edition mean? I haven’t heard of that before.
A: The Value Edition came out halfway through the model year and it includes bells and whistles that the base model didn’t have like fog lights, 17-inch, alloy wheels, six-disc MP3 CD player and a full power moon roof.
Q: Nice. And where did you get your car?
A: I bought it at Morries Mazada in Minnetonka. I paid well below MSRP and I got that price by A, driving three hours away because they would negotiate on price and B, I pitted several dealers in the area against each other in order to bring the price down over the course of a few days.
Q: How would you encourage someone to try that on their own?
A: You need to research your vehicle and really know what it’s worth. MSRP, you should never pay that on any vehicle no matter what it is. You’ve got to find out what invoice pricing is on the vehicle before you even start negotiating. Otherwise you don’t know what a fair price for your vehicle is.
Q: You are originally from Minneapolis. Which do you prefer driving in as far as traffic, Denver or Minneapolis?
A: I prefer Minnesota’s traffic. I think their infrastructure is more cut out for their population. I think Denver got too big for its britches and traffic suffers because of that. I actually prefer road conditions in Minnesota because they aren’t in quite the budget crisis that Colorado is in and therefore have more money for snow removal.
Q: If your car had a theme song, what would it be?
A: A theme song would be “Iron Man” by Ozzie Osborne. I just feel like I drive so aggressively. I’m not one to be messed with on the road. Maybe that is somewhat suitable.
Q: That song has recently been transformed to a superhero theme song. Would your car be a superhero of the road?
A: I think I would actually be the superhero of the road because I can do no wrong.
Q: What superpowers would Iron Man, your car, have?
A: Sonic speed obviously. The ability to weave in and out of traffic at a moment’s notice. The ability to stop on a dime. At least in my imagination, I could do that. I’ve never had to. There’s a whole suite of superpowers I just listed several of which are still classified. I’m sorry, I just can’t get into those.
Q: Sounds top secret. Is there anything else you’d like to share about your Mazda 3 Value Edition?
A: If you’re driving in front of it at a sub-standard speed and I’m flashing my lights at you, then please just get out of the way. It really has a mind of its own. It’s not to be tampered with or toyed with.
Photos and interview by Heather Ruch
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