So, the least reliable car in the world (my Volkswagen New Beetle) died a couple of weeks ago. I probably could have fixed it again, but was sick of it, so its gone. Last week, I went to the local Ford dealer and bought a new 2012 Fiesta SE. I was very pleased when I found out that they had Fiestas with manual transmissions available.
When we were in Sweden and Denmark two summers ago, I spent six weeks driving a Volvo with manual transmission, which reminded me of how much fun it is to drive stick shifts.
The folks at the Ford dealer told me that even with the Fiesta, many drivers want automatic transmissions. I got a good deal on the car, which may have had something to do with the fact that they were having a hard time selling the manual transmission cars. I don't know.
We also saw a lot of Fiestas in Scandinavia when we were there - Ford was selling Fiestas there for a few years before introducing them here earlier this year.
In any case, I like driving the stick shift and the Fiesta quite a bit. Here's a gallery of photos of the Fiesta. 2012 Ford Fiesta | View Full Gallery of Photos | Ford.com
Anyone else prefer a manual transmission or interested in the Fiesta?