Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
In 22 years of driving, I've never owned an automatic transmission car.
In 8 years of driving, I've never owned an automatic. I Would never consider it.
I learned on my Mom's 5-speed 91 Miata; then I bought my Dad's 5-speed 86 Nissan pickup for a beater in college; then I bought a 5-speed 03 Subaru WRX as a graduation present to myself, and now I've got a 6-speed 05 Subaru STi and a 6-speed 07 Audi S4 Avant (that's the girlfriend's car, but I drive it more than she does).
I have driven the latest "clutchless manual" offerings from VW/Audi and BMW (an 06 A3 and 06 M5, respectively), and I have to say they both are nothing like driving a real manual. Yes, you can feel the clutches spinning and the gears popping in and and out, and yes it allows for an incredibly fast shift; however, I like to be connected to the road through ever means possible: clutch pedal, gear lever, throttle, steering wheel, etc.