So, the wife and I wanted to look at a Lexus IS250 manual this weekend. We call up the dealer (Can't search dealer inventory online) to see if they have a manual IS250, and the sales person told me that he has only seen three of them. Then he proceeds to tell me what people want to buy, and that no one is interested in a manual. What is going on?!?!?!
I called a BMW dealer too, and they did have one manual transmission 328i in stock. The problem is, that it does cost a bit more then a IS250. The BMW sales person said that if he had $5 for every time someone asked if they had a manual in stock, he wouldn't have to work. So we are not alone. Are car makers now just making what they want to sell and not what people want to buy?!?!?
Rant to Toyota/Lexus. If anyone happens to be reading this from Toyota/Lexus.
I'd like to buy a proper RWD 4 door sedan. I am not going to settle on a automatic because I don't want to spend the extra money, add the extra weight, and I'm young enough that my left foot still works. If it's so hard to even test drive a car that is on your web page, then we will end up with a Subie STi. Subie seems to understand that people still want a normal manual transmission.
BTW. one of your block head sales people actually tried to to me that a auto was cheaper because it had less parts in it. Well, it's not cheaper. It cost more to buy and adds more weight.