Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
I bought my 2007, better equipped than that one and with sports package, in 2009 with 4,000 miles on it. Asking price was $50k, I paid $40k (yup, I overpaid). This is basically the same car with no sports pack, and two years older, so it's worth less.
No way is that one worth $44k. Make the dealer a standing offer, tell him you'll give him $35k for the car and the offer stands until you find another one you're willing to buy, to put some pressure on him. If he says no, ask for a counter offer, being crystal clear the car isn't worth what he's asking.
That's how I got mine. If you're in no rush you can get better deals. The dealer eventually called me back, saying he wont' go lower than $40k, and I got tired of looking, so I accepted.