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:
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.
--Lincoln LS V6
--Chrysler Sebring GTC Convertible
78-79 GM Cutlass and Monte Carlo, El Camino (RARE)
-Chevrolet Beretta GTU
88-93 Cutlass Calais
Modified by user4815 at 12:30 PM 11-10-2007
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. [IMG]http://*****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif[/IMG] But the Honda Element still has a manual.
Quote, originally posted by PerL » Volkswagen Phaeton
But never in the USA.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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