The Fiat 124 Spider, a lovely little Mazda Miata-based roadster, comes in both a manual and an automatic transmission—the former being an obvious source of years of smooth-shifting fun, barring any discomforts with a stick or a clutch. And, for one more day, that manual has an extra perk: $1,500 off of the car.
CarBuzz spotted the offer, which is in the fine print on the Fiat website, about a week ago. It ends on Thursday and is called the “Manual Transmission Bonus Cash,” which sums it up well: Buyers won’t get the money back if they want the car to shift itself. The offer is on every trim of the 2018 and 2019 cars except for the 2018 Lusso Red Top Edition, which doesn’t have a stick.
It’s hard to say why Fiat would offer $1,500 back just for getting a stick on a car that so seamlessly pairs with a manual transmission, aside from the obvious assumption that people might be gravitating toward automatics on the lot. But a deal is a deal, nonetheless.
An Autotrader search shows that there are 621 new 2018 and 2019 manuals for sale versus 449 automatics, but that doesn’t tell us much, since we don’t know how many Fiat made of each transmission and since dealers are notorious for listing vehicles online with the wrong transmission advertised. We’re looking at you, dealers who clog the manual filter with automatic listings.
But, no matter the reason, you can get $1,500 back for the next one and a half days just for buying a third pedal, which is more attention than most companies give people who want manuals. If it didn’t sound so suggestive, this blog would end by telling you to go grab that offer by the shift knob before it’s too late.