This is a really nice car. The seller was a really honest lady who showed up with her husband. She is desperate to sell, and admitted I am the only person who has responded to her ad. I think the problem is that only enthusiasts want manuals, and enthusiasts don’t want a minimally equipped 4 door sedan with limited power.
I drove it, and as should be no surprise because Mazda, the shifter and clutch feel were fantastic. This would be a reliable and safe vehicle that would carry him through college and grad school until he can buy his own car. Also, slow enough to keep him out of trouble.
Mom says this is the front runner, and that means it is. I haven't been married 20 years for nothing. I know the rules.