Happy to reintroduce myself to the forum.
Today I bought a 2006 Mazda3s Touring sedan, 5sp, 73k, Winning Blue/Black leather, in immaculate condition, at an outstanding price, from a very wonderful private owner.
I've owned a lovely 2007 Mazda3i Touring sedan, 5sp that was since sold to a happy neighbor, and a rotten 2008 Mazda3i Touring sedan, A/T that ended up with a blown head and trans, since sold as a donor car.
Needless to say, the 3rd time looks like it's going to be the charm. This will become my beloved weekend and summer car.
Someday I intend to show it to my nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. when they ask "what is a stick shift?"
Have a great day, everyone!