If part of what makes up strong resale value is exclusivity, then the manual transmission should become only more sought after in the coming years and decades. Some believe that buying a third pedal would make for an unwanted loner come sell-time, but read on…
In 2016, the BMW M2 launched in $90K Pure manual or $100k seven-speed dual-clutch auto form, but in the two years since that $10K surcharge has dissipated. The cheapest manual currently advertised is $68K with 33,000km, while the cheapest auto is $72K with 25,000km.
These aren’t outliers, either. The top 5 most attainable M2 manuals are all sub-$80K. The equivalent-kilometres M2 autos, some 10 of them, all fall under $78K in the classifieds.
It’s a similar story for the BMW M4, with a 2014 manual coupe presented with 53,000km for $85K – while a duo of 58,000km-to-65,000km autos all lob for under $79K. Go back to the previous-generation BMW M3 sedan from 2008, and good luck finding a manual for less than $50K, despite a plethora of autos cropping up from under $40K. Exclusivity is key…
MOTOR comparison: F82 M4 v E92 M3
Porsche is another lingering bastion of the DIY-shifter, and those who purchased a 981-generation Boxster manual in 2013 could now reap the rewards. A duo of the five-year old roadsters with between 25,000km and 42,500km are advertised from $82K to $105K.
Two equivalent ‘PDK’ dual-clutch autos each with 46,000km are selling from $74K, while a duo with 8800km and 37,700km are each online for $80K, with the former being least optioned.
But you don’t have to spend big bucks for manual resale to hold up at least evenly. In the case of the ND-generation Mazda MX-5, three-year-old 1.5-litre manuals are selling with between 25,000km and 50,000km showing, for between $22K and $25K.
Pick that same baby engine mated in the rear-wheel drive roadster with an automatic, however, and from 33,000km to 66,000km showing the equivalent asking prices range from $20K to $22K.
Indeed, according to resale value guide Redbook, and in each case comparing equivalent manual versus auto retained values, a Boxster’s $5000 surcharge for the auto transmission when new now retains $3000.
Meanwhile, an M2’s circa-$10K impost now holds half that, a decade-old M3’s $7300 premium for the then-fancy dual-clutch is reduced to $1000 in the used market now, and the $2000 charge for an MX-5 auto has halved on the classifieds.
In the case of a 2015 Holden Commodore SS V Redline, the $53,990 manual now retains up to $33,800 on the trade-in market, whereas the $56,190 auto is now Redbook-rated at $33,500 – or $2500 in the pocket of someone who has used three pedals for as many years.
That sounds like good-value manual labour to us.