Good Manual Sedans Similar to Charger

smart_ptrsmart_ptr Member Posts: 3
edited April 2015 in General
Hello everyone! I am am soon to be graduating college (yay), and I am looking to buy myself a car perhaps by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. I am employed at a company and will be making a pretty good salary once I become full-time after graduation.

I am really looking for a manual transmission car. My family has been buying auto transmission all of my life, and I really want to break away from that and enjoy the control of a manual. I know that paddle shifters are becoming more popular, but they don't excite me like a stick shift does.

Anyway, I fell in love with the newer Dodge Charger models, but they do not offer manual. I am now showing a lot of interest in the Honda Civic Si Sedan. It is a sedan with a sport trim, manual transmission, and a lower price, but I still love the power of the Dodge Charger (especially the R/T). Are there any "good" sub $30,000 sedans with power similar to the Charger that are roomy and have a manual transmission?

Thanks!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 182,143
    smart_ptr said:

    Hello everyone! I am am soon to be graduating college (yay), and I am looking to buy myself a car perhaps by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. I am employed at a company and will be making a pretty good salary once I become full-time after graduation.

    I am really looking for a manual transmission car. My family has been buying auto transmission all of my life, and I really want to break away from that and enjoy the control of a manual. I know that paddle shifters are becoming more popular, but they don't excite me like a stick shift does.

    Anyway, I fell in love with the newer Dodge Charger models, but they do not offer manual. I am now showing a lot of interest in the Honda Civic Si Sedan. It is a sedan with a sport trim, manual transmission, and a lower price, but I still love the power of the Dodge Charger (especially the R/T). Are there any "good" sub $30,000 sedans with power similar to the Charger that are roomy and have a manual transmission?

    Thanks!

    If you are looking at new cars, I can't think of any. You might be able to find a used BMW at that price point with a row-your-own gearbox.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,573
    Michaell said:

    smart_ptr said:

    Hello everyone! I am am soon to be graduating college (yay), and I am looking to buy myself a car perhaps by the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016. I am employed at a company and will be making a pretty good salary once I become full-time after graduation.

    I am really looking for a manual transmission car. My family has been buying auto transmission all of my life, and I really want to break away from that and enjoy the control of a manual. I know that paddle shifters are becoming more popular, but they don't excite me like a stick shift does.

    Anyway, I fell in love with the newer Dodge Charger models, but they do not offer manual. I am now showing a lot of interest in the Honda Civic Si Sedan. It is a sedan with a sport trim, manual transmission, and a lower price, but I still love the power of the Dodge Charger (especially the R/T). Are there any "good" sub $30,000 sedans with power similar to the Charger that are roomy and have a manual transmission?

    Thanks!

    If you are looking at new cars, I can't think of any. You might be able to find a used BMW at that price point with a row-your-own gearbox.
    I'm thinking a BMW 335i. A 535i/550i is also a possibility, but very few were sold with a manual gearbox.
    If you don't mind a coupe go with the Challenger- same platform as the Charger and V8 manuals are relatively easy to find.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,573
    A VW GTI is pretty quick, and there's also the Subaru WRX- not too luxurious, but relatively fast.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,287

    A VW GTI is pretty quick, and there's also the Subaru WRX- not too luxurious, but relatively fast.

    If you need a sedan, you can get a VW CC with a stick, as well.. You don't get the oomph of a Charger, but it's nice and sporty.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,081
    wow. Civic and Charger are about as far apart on the sedan spectrum as you can get. Sounds like you have ALOT of narrowing down to do!

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  • skyisthelimitskyisthelimit Las Vegas, Nevada, USAMember Posts: 29
    It is more practical to own a Honda Civic. Maintenance is cheaper compared to Dodge Charger.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,081
    Not by much. Per Edmunds True Cost to Own, the Charger 6-cyl will cost $3750 over 5 years in maintenance vs the Civic Si's $3140. Interestingly, fuel will cost $460 more in the Civic during that time. So virtually a wash. The Charger will depreciate far more, but you may get a much better deal up front that could offset that partially. Of course, the Charger is a far more expensive car to begin with, and that's pretty reasonable given it is 2 size classes above the Civic.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,573
    qbrozen said:

    Not by much. Per Edmunds True Cost to Own, the Charger 6-cyl will cost $3750 over 5 years in maintenance vs the Civic Si's $3140. Interestingly, fuel will cost $460 more in the Civic during that time. So virtually a wash. The Charger will depreciate far more, but you may get a much better deal up front that could offset that partially. Of course, the Charger is a far more expensive car to begin with, and that's pretty reasonable given it is 2 size classes above the Civic.

    Who cares?
    Everyone should be practical. ;)B)

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