Looking to buy a used compact suv manual transmission

Asked by Aug 20, 2017 at 04:58 PM

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

My niece 1.8L turbo Jetta is dying. I've been
warned away from VWs.  Any suggestions for a
compact lightly used suv with manual
transmission. Thank You

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I've read some answers so I'll be more specific. I loved the horsepower of my Jetta. I'd like to.sit higher off the road so thinking suv. I am single and I do some hauling of yard needs but have managed in the past so cargo space is not an issue. My Jetta was 2003 but I'd like something newer than 12 years old I have looked at the R A V 4 and VW Tiguan and Nissan and Hondas as suggested by my auto shop. There is just so much out there so I am seeking your input. Thanks


Finding one with a manual transmission would be the toughest, that will narrow the field considerably. Most newer model vehicles only come with an CVT or automatic transmission.

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Tom, I have been researching for months. I know what you say is true. I guess I wonder if I have to ignore the VWs (as in Tiguan) or is the Honda better or Nissan? I've driven VWs for ages, but I've been warned parts may become unavailable in the future? Still...VW, Toyota, Nissan or Honda? I really have spent lots of time, but I am a consumer. I drive my vehicle until it won't anymore...so, I need help.


That's kind of big question and no easy answer, as you will get lots of opinion. So lets narrow down to what model years are you thinking about and price? Are you looking for AWD? Then we can determine a make/brand that offers a manual trans with the options and price you want. Fair?


Nissan is out, as they only come with a CVT. Honda CR-V as of 2012 only comes with a 5 speed automatic. Toyota Rav 4 is available with a 6 speed manual, but maybe only available on certain trims. The VW Tiguan does come in a manual. But I'm not sure who told you about parts not being available in the near future. Subarus do come with a manual trans.


Go out and drive some cars to see which one meets your needs and which one you like.

Tom I'm looking at no newer than 2015. Front wheel drive is fine, I made it through many MN winters driving with this. My auto shop suggested VW parts would get harder to find in light of their recent litigation and fine. I am seeking makes I recognize for long standing reputation for quality. I may be unrealistic but I'd like to stay under $15000. Thank you.

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