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i live in southern california and have been trying tirelessly to find an EX element with all-wheel-drive, side-airbags, and a manual transmission. it is impossible. first i had to convince the dealerships that the car actually exists, and even now they all claim that there are no elements available in california like that, and that there won't be until the 2004s come out in november.

i knew it was going to be a hard car to find, but i'm not willing to give up on the 5-speed or on the side-airbags, and i really wanted to get it before i have to drive across the country in september. could anyone give me any advice? i've tried to special order it from local dealers and they say that they can only wait until one shows up in the state, then trade for it, they can't order it directly from honda, and i've also been on the phone with a guy from carsdirect.com who has been completely unhelpful. i'm thinking about looking into out-of-state dealerships, like in nevada perhaps, or in new jersey, where i'll be living from september on, but i'm running out of time and ideas.
 

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thanks for the replies. all of a sudden one just turned up at a dealership 15 minutes from home, i couldn't believe it. once i heard it was there, however, i made the trip in like 5 minutes, just to make sure no one else snagged it. of course, like you said, there's not a big market for the manual in california. it's such a nice shift, though, i'm loving it.
 
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