Back in 2015, I bought a 2015 Mazda 6 with the 6 speed. It was a boring car, but, decent for commuting. A couple years later, I went to offload it so I could free up some cash in my divorce and nobody was interested in it because of the manual transmission. It had low miles, under 20,000. I still couldn’t get a dealer or private party interested in it. Everybody I talked to said they’d be interested if it were an auto.
She ended up getting the car in the divorce and soon found the same problem I had when she wanted to get rid of the car. Nerve issues in her feet make driving a manual much harder than she expected. Now, she’s at the point where she is going to let the bank take car because she bought something else.
Last year, I bought a 2012 Chevy Colorado with a 5 speed. Great little truck. It’s a tank in the snow. However, I’ve changed jobs and now the manual is more of a hassle than it’s worth. I’ve run into the same problem with dealers. Nobody is interested in it because it’s a manual. I had one dealer tell me that if it were an automatic, they’d be hapy to give me a great deal. However, because it’s a manual, they don’t even want to try working a deal. The truck only has 42,000 miles on it.