I find it interesting that it's so hard to find any vehicles with a manual transmission (outside of sports cars) here in the States / Canada. I just completed my quest for a new car and found the pickings were VERY slim - Why is that? While automatic transmissions have improved a good deal over the years, I don't prefer to drive anything else because, IMHO, standards: Provide immediate control of engine speed / torque Require much less use of breaks Outperform in snowy conditions Remind me the new way isn't necessarily the better way Like straights, I can be in complete control of everything They're so much more fun to drive in general! I would like to hear your honest opinions. Is it that you don't know how to drive one of these, or is it simply an inconvenient task?