This thread popped up as "being viewed." I like manual transmissions, so I had to click on it.
It's getting harder and harder to find cars with manual transmissions. In some cases, all the literature indicates a model comes in such and such trim with a manual, but good luck finding one. The dealers just don't stock them. I learned to drive a manual transmission and still have one today. My wife's Subaru is an automatic, and I just about put my foot through the floorboard looking for the clutch at stoplights when I drive it.
My first car was a 1976 BMW 2002. I saved up and bought it from a neighbor after my dad helped me out. I want to say it was about $3,500 in 1988. Yes, it was a BMW, but it wasn't a luxurious ride. The car had a 4-speed manual transmission. It was white with blue interior. Let's see…it also had a manual crank sunroof, crank windows, a non-working A/C and a small dent in one door. It wasn't a speed demon, but it handled like it was on rails so it was fun to drive. I sold it and bought a Toyota 4-Runner four or five years later. I loved the Toyota, but man, I miss that little BMW. I wish I still had it.
---Red 1991 Toyota Four Runner SR5 (manual trans). Bought it used with only 18K miles on it in 1993. It was a great find.
---Silver 2000 Nissan X-Terra 4x4 w/manual. Bought new and drove it until it had over 165K miles and was in need of major transmission work.
---Silver 2010 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 w/manual. I still have it; the recent drop in gas prices is welcome!