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    Thread: What cars surprisingly came with a manual transmission?

    1. 11-10-2007 02:18 PM #1
      As proposed in the "The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sport Coupe returns" thread, post up cars that came with a manual transmission that you would not have expected. I'll start with the Jaguar S-Type:


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      11-10-2007 02:24 PM #2
      The current Ford Escape does.

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      11-10-2007 02:27 PM #5
      Quote, originally posted by FBMphil »
      The current Ford Escape does.

      That's not surprising; the majority of compact SUVs have manuals.

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      11-10-2007 02:30 PM #7
      People thought it was sort of wierd when they noticed my full loaded 36k passat was a manual with navigation and all the goodies.

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      11-10-2007 02:58 PM #9
      although several small suv's come with manuals, people are often surprised mine has it:



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      11-10-2007 03:02 PM #10
      My buddy had an early Dodge Aries K-car with the 2.2 and a four speed manual. I also recall a mid-70's Ford Granada station wagon that belonged to a friend of mine in kollege that had a four speed as well. That car was a bad shade of tan/orange inside with a brown metallic exterior... blew up on the PA turnpike coming home from Philadelphia and I can still remember the smell of cooked antifreeze.

    11. 11-10-2007 03:03 PM #11
      early Chrysler minivans...

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      --Lincoln LS V6

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      11-10-2007 03:08 PM #13
      Volkswagen Phaeton

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      11-10-2007 03:10 PM #15
      Current Camry...a true abomination.

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      11-10-2007 03:15 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by VarianceVQ »

      That's not surprising; the majority of compact SUVs have manuals.

      The Honda CRV has dropped the manual. It is now only available with a 4 cylinder and auto trans. But the Honda Element still has a manual.


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      11-10-2007 03:16 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by PerL »
      Volkswagen Phaeton

      But never in the USA.


    18. 11-10-2007 03:16 PM #18
      I had a friend who had a 99 or 00' camry in manual, he took it to a subaru meet to see some people he knew and they all saw it and went even snapping pictures too

      I think his mom or dad also has a PT Cruiser in manual as well


    19. 11-10-2007 03:21 PM #19
      A Ford Aerostar could be equipped with a manual trans.



      Modified by user4815 at 12:32 PM 11-10-2007

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      11-10-2007 03:27 PM #20
      I'm surprised so many people are mentioning compact and midsize sedans. I've seen many five-speed Camrys, including a V6 4wd one. Now that is an oddity.

      The Kia Sorento used to be available with a five-speed in base trim.

      The '88-'89 735i was also available with a manual; there's only a few dozen on this side of the pond. There's one for sale in Maine on CL

      The Lincoln LS V6 was available with a manual. These are very rare; back in 2000 my local dealer had a white one on the lot for months.


    21. 11-10-2007 03:28 PM #21
      Last model of Grand Am's and Alero's had some with manuals... seemed to be really rare though

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      11-10-2007 03:29 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by user4815 »
      A Ford Aerostar could be equipped with a manual trans.

      Good one! As could an early Dodge Caravan/Plymouth Voyager, or Chevy Astro/GMC Safari. The Toyota Previa, Mazda MPV, and Nissan Axxess were all available with a stick, too. Basically all minivans had it available but they are all quite rare.

      We used to own an '85 Caravan five-speed and that thing went through transmissions like crazy.


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      11-10-2007 03:30 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by JettaAddict »
      Last model of Grand Am's and Alero's had some with manuals... seemed to be really rare though

      They're pretty common around here, especially in the Alero for some reason.


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      11-10-2007 03:30 PM #24
      The 1988 Mazda 929 was available with a 5 speed manual. This one is a 1989 929 with a 5 speed manual, which should not even exist (they must have made just a few that year before fazing out that drive train option). Unfortunately they fazed out the 5 speed before the higher horsepower "S" model was produced. The 5 speed is supposedly from the TII RX7, so it could have easily handled the later higher hp V6. Oh well.

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      11-10-2007 03:35 PM #25
      My sister's 2006 Accord has a 5-speed manual. She insisted on it when she bought it new.

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      11-10-2007 03:39 PM #26
      New Beetle. My sister had a manual New Beetle. I figured VW wouldn't bother wasting their time.
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    27. 11-10-2007 03:43 PM #27
      BMW 850 CSI

      V12 w/manual


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      11-10-2007 03:45 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by user4815 »

      V12 w/manual

      Anything less would be uncivilized.


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      11-10-2007 03:50 PM #29
      Quote, originally posted by user4815 »
      BMW 850 CSI

      V12 w/manual

      Well it is an M car. You could get the normal 850 with a manual at first too but those are incredibly rare.


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      11-10-2007 03:51 PM #30
      Quote, originally posted by PerL »
      Volkswagen Phaeton



      damn i love europeans. for them it's "give me manual or give me death!"

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      11-10-2007 03:53 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by 1SICKLEX »

      I remember a Lexus ES300 TV ad from back then (1991?). It was these two guys and they were going somewhere- and then you got that "let's race" feel that guys do as each one jumped into a separate 5 speed manual ES300 and then they drove quickly around some obstacles (I think it was a commercial area). It was a cool ad as they were obviously trying to push the "sporty" aspect of the ES300 back then.

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      11-10-2007 03:53 PM #33
      Quote, originally posted by Oliver@triplezoom »

      Well it is an M car. You could get the normal 850 with a manual at first too but those are incredibly rare.

      A CSI is not *technically* an M-Car. BMW offers manuals on their entire range; just not in the US. Not sure why a BMW Coupe with a manual is exactly surprising to anyone in this thread.


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      11-10-2007 03:54 PM #34
      Was the Phaeton manual available in the USDM?

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      11-10-2007 03:57 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by sandiegan »
      Was the Phaeton manual available in the USDM?

      No. The Phaeton manual was only available with the V6, which we never got. I believe it was available with both gas and diesel engines but I could be wrong.


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