I have been planning to buy this car for several months, but I always thought I would buy it in the fall. I planned to take my time finding the right dealer, the exact right car, etc. because I thought I would have the luxury of time. Now, guess what...my old car has come down with a terminal disease deep down in the engine that would cost a minimum of $600 to fix, probably more. It's certainly not worth paying to keep that car running for only a couple months till I get my E. The problem is that I have my heart set on a 5spd AWD EX, and from everything I read on here, those are just beginning to show up on lots, and only for people that preordered them. So does anyone have any advice as to what is the best strategy here? Should I email every dealer within 200 miles and tell them I am ready to buy right away if they have what I want? Should I order the E I want, drive my car till it dies, then rent a car till my E comes in? I am not even considering an automatic; I would sooner buy a different car. I wanted orange, but I would (looks like I probably WILL) compromise on color. In fact, I would take any color as long as it was the model I want. I don't even care what I have to pay (within reason). Aaargh, this is major stress (though I have to admit that part of me is thinking, Yippee! I can get my E before fall!). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.