Originally Posted by Digital Dillon
From auto to manual? It may cost $2000 in parts but if you can't do the work expect to be double or more. I'd recommend saving up the money and put it towards your car payments. Best thing I have ever done was refinanced. Put $1000 down and lowered the term by 13 months and went from 9.9% to 2.69% rate. Payments dropped by about $40/month.
+1. Also, krzy, your comparison to guys with wrxs/stis are guys who either blew there tranny, or are going to a 6 speed swap. Also keep in mind those are cars that retain value and can easily be sold to a 16 year old.
It makes zero sense to take an automatic car that is worth at a minimum $500 more then a manual, and convert it. If you are upside down on your loan, why in the hell would you consider spending more on your car? Work on getting right side up, and deal with having an auto.