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I have the most understanding wife… Here is my situation: I need a car. I want the ZX3. I have been looking for a used ZX3 for two weeks now and can not find a 2001 or newer that is a manual transmission.

I don’t think that I am being too picky, but I don’t want yellow or black. Not that there is anything wrong with these colors, it’s just that I prefer other colors.

Anyway, I started looking for new ZX3’s with manual transmissions and even those are hard to come by in the LA area. I guess with the amount of traffic we have to put up with, people in LA prefer auto trans over stick.

I know that I’m leaving out a great amount of detail, but I am now looking for an SVT ZX3. Because it has the manual trans (6 speed!!), 4 wheel disk, higher HP, better seats,… you all know this. Well, the plan is to purchase the car using the Ford employee discount, so most dealers in the LA area are not willing to sell the SVT on this plan. I don’t blame them, but if they can make a sale this late in the model year, why would they pass it up?

With this trouble of finding an SVT and a willing dealer, I found a dealer that offered to sell me the 2.3 on the employee plan.

What would you do? Oh, I forgot to mention the reason why MrsSportwagon is understanding. In aprox two years she will be getting a nice sedan and the ZX3 will turn into my “Track Car”. Yes, you read that correctly.

Now, what would you do? Get a used ZX3 on the cheep and spend the extra money ‘updating’ the hardware, get a new ZX3 with the 2.3 because it’s bigger and potentially has more torque, or stick with the SVT plan even if it ends up not being the color I wanted? But if I get the SVT or 2.3, I might get some heat from MrsSportwagon when purchasing new rims and other hardware, because this option was “more expensive”.

Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining!! Either way, I end up with a great situation. I just want to choose wisely.
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