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Is anyone getting the T5 w/ a manual transmission? My dealer says only in New England and I'm 400 miles away. I'd prefer the 5-sp but can't convince myself anyone will want it when I'm ready to trade; maybe I'm thinking too far ahead... the Geartronic I test drove just wasn't the same.
 

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My dealer wanted to convince me that nobody would want my car without a sunroof too... But heck, if you're gonna spend that much on a car, get the car set up the way you want. I know of several people who've gone through heroic efforts to procure a manual trans...I'm sure there will be buyers when the time comes.

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Vic,

You pose a really good conundrum about wanting a manual transmission. My dealer tried to sell a black base model 1999 S70, with a manual transmisson for about 1 year. They could not get anyone to buy the darn thing! Finally, it was bought by this lady with a young kid, who just recently traded it in for a manual transmission S60 2.4 Intro-Pack.

Now that same black S70 has been on the dealers lot for about 1 month and no one has bothered to even look at it.

Although, with that being said, if you want a manual transmission, I would not even give it a second thought. It sounds like you are a true manual transmission enthusiast, there is nothing like rowing through the gears.
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Just like Darell said, just ask yourself, your are going to be spending 40k on a car, get what you really want. IMHO, no need to worry about the future, in the present. Someone will buy that car down the road.

-Drew
 

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The other car I'm considering is the Passat wagon, where I think a large contingent still buy manuals. It seems like more of a problem for the traditional Volvo buyer, but the new Volvos are trying for a more performance oriented buyer, right? Any thoughts on the V70 T5 vs. the 2001.5 Passat?
 
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