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Is it time to learn El Manual?

My Golf Sportwagen is equipped with a shiftable auto and on a twisty road, putting in manual mode and flappin those paddles can be a lot of fun. But I’ve been wanting to properly learn manual for a while. The wife has given me a budget of 3k for a second car and I’m looking for ideas. It seems like a mid to late 2000s Ford Focus would be a good bet. This car doesnt have to be ultra fun or THE car, just something that I can learn on and then sell for a real toy without taking much of a loss. I’m also not looking for a specific car as I won’t truely be ready to buy until the summer. So Oppo, Yay or Nah to the Focus? Other options? No Miatas plz.

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