Recently, I started a discussion about Sears’ overpriced car parts because I was shopping for a manual window regulator for my 1998 Civic. I discovered the hard way that, if I had power windows, I could have bought an aftermarket window regulator (metal, not plastic) for about $30. Unfortunately, because so few people wear out their manual window regulators, I couldn’t find any aftermarket window regulators, and my only option was to buy an OEM part for $100. (Well, I could have kept looking for an aftermarket unit, but after trying that once and getting the wrong part, I am tired of messing around, and I just want the right part.)
So I guess all along, it would have been more cost effective to have power windows than manual ones. My next vehicle will definitely have power windows.