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Angry Car Choice Help: What should I do about Mazda screwing over Uppity americans like me?

I hate when people do gripe threads, but I've spent like 2 weeks of time trying to figure out how to import a Mazda 6 GT with a stick from Canada because the US doesn't get it.

What frustrates me the most about it is there is no reason you shouldn't at least be able to order it? Mazda North America- One single operational entity- controls both. Its not like a US company with a Canadian subsidiary. Its only one!

I've had comments about how dumb it is to do that because you lose the warranty, and how you have to pay 25% in taxes once you add it all up...

But the kicker here is money isn't my primary concern. I'd probably not hesitate to pay 40 grand for a mazda 6 GT in the US. There is NO Manual Transmission car available in the US that is a full size for under 40 grand with even moderate feature sets. BMW and Cadillacs have discontinued them. The only one close is a Chevrolet SS, but after gas guzzler tax and such your over 50 grand and straddled with 14 MPG, which is like a lifelong tax (Calculate at over 10 grand over the life of the vehicle assuming gas doesn't go over $3 a gallon over the next 8 years) That means the Chevrolet SS costs more than 60 grand.

Am I "uppity" for expecting GT-like features such as Memory seats for me and my wife, Leather, heated seats, GPS, Autodimming Mirrors, and a sunroof? Maybe, but every car I've owned in the last 15 years has had those types of features so I'm used to them and I like them, but most frustrating is they are available, just not with my transmission. My kids can't sit in the back of a small car, and big cars all stink.

The Honda Accord does come with a manual, but only base trims- everywhere. Its a little frustrating, but less so since they don't actually appear to make that car for anyone in the North American market. For Mazda however, they are making the car right now, but they can send it to Windsor and not Detroit? Like it wouldn't cost them anything to offer it in the US- No testing necessary, no EPA certifications, not even a different corporate entity... they have all that covered.

I feel so lost, and I just don't get it. I literally don't know what to do. I love my old Cadillac, but its in the shop monthly- literally. I just can't afford the TIME to deal with it. At this exact moment, my car is sitting at my house waiting to tow it to a shop. It was good to me, but I put MASSIVE miles on it since 2008. The only reason I didn't sell it 2 years ago is I couldn't find a car I was at all satisfied with until I found the Mazda 6. It is everything I want in a car, but despite being just 3 hours away from the nearest Canadian dealer...

I was actually ready to "settle" for the touring. I had talked to a shop that would put leather, heated seats, and the sunroof in it for about 3 grand. They want $300 more for the GPS. Still I'm settling for a lot I wanted, but it seemed like the closest I could get... that was until I discovered that 3 hours away everything I wanted sat on the lot. Now doing that just feels like "Failure". I like all those awesome options on the GT...

Wish it could just be simple, but I'm left with 4 choices:
1. Suck up potentially a lost warranty, 25% in taxes, 2 vacation days, and questionable OEM policy to import from Canada
2. Suck up lack of features I want, loss of Thousands of dollars, and warranty-less modifications from a 3rd party custom shop on a Touring.
3. Suck up the $25,000 in wasted money I don't value in the Chevy SS.
4. Suck up $20kish in wasted money for no value and buy a 5 year old 60k mileage used car like the Porsche Panamera (and face this same challenge in 4 years

They are all "lose lose" scenarios, and when you look at all of the crappy solutions, suddenly the "Import from Canada" option doesn't seem so crazy.

Frustrated that I can't understand the "why" they can't just sell it to me easily.

While I am griping, I just keep "hoping" someone can help me. Someone can tell me that "wait the warranty isn't void", "Wait Mazda doesn't ban exporting the M6", "Wait Mazda announced the stick GT is coming next year to America", "Wait all Mazdas us a common control module and all you have to do is plug and play the features you want", or "Hey, I have a used 2017 Mazda 6 GT for sale". even better would be, "My Father is Masahiro Moro, and he said he will make an exception for you to have your 2017 Mazda 6 GT here in the United States"

Should I hold out for used? (Used doesn't have any export limits, warranty limits, or tax limits), pray it shows up in the 2018 model? or am I SOL?

My 30 year old self would want to smack me right now, but I feel like I'm getting too old to spend 8 years in a car I'm unhappy with.
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