I’ve noticed a surprising amount of very cheap Volkswagen sedans with manuals popping up on the Craigslist lately, which I think warrants further investigation. Manual versions of non-sporty cars in particular seem to plummet in value.
Just take this 2010 VW CC with only 74,000 miles. The 6 speed seems to be the only reason the seller is asking just $6,500! The paint does seem to need a little bit of attention, but clearly this car has been well maintained and would make a great long distance cruiser. I’ve always kind of liked these big premium sedans from a company known for the exact opposite. I mean just look at that interior!
If the CC isn’t your flavor, much newer well equipped Jettas can be had at that price all day long provided you like to row your own. This one in particular seems like a great deal if you don’t mind the miles. 133,000 miles over 4 years and an immaculate back seat means this was likely the personal car of a salesman instead of a rideshare driver. It appears they took excellent care of it and kept up on maintenance, so those miles really aren’t too worrying. $6,200 still seems like a steal.
If you like less mileage but can give up a backup camera and those fancy seats, 100,000 6 speed Jettas can be found at this price range all day.
Really what I think I’ve learned here is that I want a VW CC. But these two cars also illustrate how hard it is to sell a manual car that isn’t performance oriented. Sad, but it makes for some great deals.