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      01-10-2019, 05:03 PM   #23
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I have not thought of that, even the ATS... I dont need mega HP, just normal, fun to drive, but with a manual transmission...
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my buddy (6'2) has GTI and it's surprisingly comfortable for him, and most importantly, it's really fun to drive in 6MT and MPG is amazing. I had the car for about a month, the manual is so easy and it's overall a very well made vehicle.
I honestly am very anti-VAG (VW + AUDI) but GTI is one of my favorite cars after my short ownership of GTI

at 6'6, it might be too tight, i'd say Accord would be your best choice.
it has gotten bigger, and if anyone has experience of owning a recent 17+ honda models, it's just a perfect daily driver, comfortable, good ergonomics + MPG, easy to toss around
Similarly, great fit up front, but no one can sit behind me. I even tried the Golf Alltrack... similar situation...
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2015 CTS-V, find a clean low mileage 6 speed
I have not thought of that, even the ATS... I dont need mega HP, just normal, fun to drive, but with a manual transmission...
I love the wagon..
Don't see a lot of them but a real beaut with room for the fam, dog and the luggage
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2015 CTS-V, find a clean low mileage 6 speed
I have not thought of that, even the ATS... I dont need mega HP, just normal, fun to drive, but with a manual transmission...
I love the wagon..
Don't see a lot of them but a real beaut with room for the fam, dog and the luggage
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2015 CTS-V, find a clean low mileage 6 speed
I have not thought of that, even the ATS... I dont need mega HP, just normal, fun to drive, but with a manual transmission...
I love the wagon..
Don't see a lot of them but a real beaut with room for the fam, dog and the luggage
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I have a 2016 Mazda 6 sport with the manual. I love it as a daily while reserving my m3 for fun only.

I'd say factory tires (which were yokos) were horrible. Swap those out and you've got a very nice handling ride. I'd buy another 6 again, particularly with how cheap you can get one.
Are there many products for the 2.5 naturally aspirated engine? Exhaust, CAI, tunes, etc? The car is at 187 HP so 10-15 more may transform it with the manual transmission.
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Hi,
My M3 is and will always be a garage queen... so with that in mind, Iím looking for a daily driver. I am 6í6, so looking for a larger vehicle.

Here are my must haves:
1. Manual transmission
2. 4 doors (family utility)

I drive about 20-25K per year, so Iím looking for something that will last. I have cross referenced all current (new) and recent (2-3 year old certified) models and I have come up with the following list:

2018 Mazda 6
2019 Honda Accord
2019 Genesis G70
2018/2017 Audi A4 (size MAY be a concern)
2016/2018 BMW 3 series (size is DEFINITELY a concern)


Am I missing another alternative? I live in the northeast, so 4WD is a definite plus, but not an absolute necessity.
The new g20 3 series
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The new g20 3 series
No manual! Itís out unfortunately, otherwise it looks great!
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No manual! Itís out unfortunately, otherwise it looks great!
Thatís the first Iíve heard thatís crazy I heard that manuals will die in m4ís but never heard that the standard 3 series will lose its manual. On that note get the wagon
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Are there many products for the 2.5 naturally aspirated engine? Exhaust, CAI, tunes, etc? The car is at 187 HP so 10-15 more may transform it with the manual transmission.
A quick search turned up a couple of tunes that claim a 20 HP increase.
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I have a 2016 Mazda 6 sport with the manual. I love it as a daily while reserving my m3 for fun only.

I'd say factory tires (which were yokos) were horrible. Swap those out and you've got a very nice handling ride. I'd buy another 6 again, particularly with how cheap you can get one.
I don't like how Mazda (and other makes) only offer manual on their base models. I have 2017 6 Grand Touring and the 187hp/186ft-lb engine is gutless (at least with the automatic).

I almost traded it in for the 2018 6 Grand Touring/Signature just to get 2.5 Turbo engine which is 250hp/310ft-lb. Only offered in automatic unfortunately...
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I had a Mazda 3 hatch with a manual and that 2.5L is the worst engine I've ever had in a car. If you've driven the F56 Cooper S, it's very similar and wildly disappointing since the Mazda is N/A. Tons of torque at partial throttle, but seemingly no more at WOT, tons of throttle lag and it absolutely hates to rev. Anything over 4,500 rpm is a waste.

My GTI is such a better car in nearly every way, but you're four inches taller than me so the back seat of either will be non adult inhabitable.
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A quick search turned up a couple of tunes that claim a 20 HP increase.
Bucketfoot, would you mind sharing what you found? Iíve been searching and all I see is the 2.5T upgrades. I also believe that the 2018 NA engine is not exactly the same as the 2016-2017.
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Bucketfoot, would you mind sharing what you found? Iíve been searching and all I see is the 2.5T upgrades. I also believe that the 2018 NA engine is not exactly the same as the 2016-2017.
You know what, the things I saw were not for the 2.5T. I only looked for the standard 2.5L as you said it had to be a manual and from what I see that is the only engine available with one.
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A quick search turned up a couple of tunes that claim a 20 HP increase.
Bucketfoot, would you mind sharing what you found? I've been searching and all I see is the 2.5T upgrades. I also believe that the 2018 NA engine is not exactly the same as the 2016-2017.
Pretty sure the only difference is the addition of their vectoring stuff to the stability control. Same lousy engine and nothing out there actually adds any power, certainly not 20hp.

Almost no exhaust options exist, no headers and the air boxes all test as more restrictive than stock. I'd have loved a header to move the powerband up the curve and let that thing rev a little, but no one is interested in helping that lump. Have I mentioned the harsh suspension, 22-23 mpg and that mine was totaled in a disturbingly minor accident?

Of note though, the new one looks wildly better and will get the semi-sparkles compression motor, so you could probably get a heck of a deal on the ones on dealer lots now, although you're probably more suited to the even older 6, which might still be two years away from a new model, but there has been some chatter that they'll bring awd and the wagon for that new 6.
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Dude, sweet list but buy something like a Honda CR-V...I've got two, both DDs, his and hers.

One has 181K miles and the other 225K...they are paid off, easy to fix, easy on gas, easy on insurance, AWD, four doors, room for dogs, bikes or 4'x8' sheets of plywood (backdoor open).

And inconsiderate buttholes at the grocery stores have given each of them 10+ door dings but who cares...I don't. Practically free transportation for life is what a Honda CR-V promises...

I'm thinking about turbocharging or supercharging my 2.4 liter VTEC to surprise a mustang one of these days ;-)
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My vote goes to the Mazda6... stylish, fun to drive, comfy, reliable, and a fuel sipper.
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Chevy SS. Big fuck off V8, acres of space and the lads in melbourne do wonders with suspension dynamics (we aussies prefer sporty handling but have bad roads so she still soaks up the bumps).

Comes in manual.

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Most of these are random comments. We know from your first post that you want a manual transmission and a car big enough for your size.

What else are you looking for in a DD? fuel economy? Power? Storage? large storage (SUV vs stationwagon vs. sedan etc.). Driver assistance features? parallel parking? interior finishes? etc.

Without this detailed information, we are merely giving you our personal preferences based on our needs and wants, not yours.
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The perfect car that is:

1. Manual transmission
2. Four door

Is the M3. What are you saving yours for?
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