Originally Posted by Andre Yew
While the slushbox stereotype is unjustifiably harsh, I don't understand why traffic justifies a slushbox. I've been on the 405 freeway in LA in terrible stop-and-go traffic (30 minutes to go a couple of miles), which is also uphill in parts, and the manual hasn't been a problem. For long term reliability, manuals will last longer, and are easier to fix and maintain than slushboxes which rely on magic voodoo in specific lubrication fluids to make sure everything's working correctly. BTW, I don't understand the role of the gauge cluster layout in your transmission choice: do you watch the RPMs when you shift?
Also, on a personal preference level, I can't deal with slushboxes not rev-matching for downshifts, and the lazy revving sounds they draw from the engine.
I've been in traffic at times and it felt like my left leg was going to fall off. Especially hour long stop and go traffic in Miami, which never saw the car get past 2nd gear. Auto transmissions make things easier and less tiresome. I could care less about the long term reliability; since I will only have my car while it is under warranty (costs associated with maintaining German cars outside of warranty are insanely high).
Regarding match rev-downshifts, my car has a CVT transmission which allows me to put the car in "˜Sport' mode, thus the car downshifts quickly, and even skips gears while downshifting, and is always, always in "˜rev-mode' simply touching the accelerator throws you past 4000 rpms, flooring it moves you right at redline.
And yes, oftentimes when I had my 5-speed I would look at the rev counter. Mind you, not the speedo, but the rev counter. My speed was irrelevant, what mattered was the precision of my shifts
. If you look at Porsches / Ferrari's gauge cluster, you can see that the rev counter is prominently in the middle, there is a reason for that.