From the current thread regarding automotive brand loyalty, there are clearly some of you out there who prefer driving a car with manual transmission over automatic:
I don’t get it.
A stick-shift is OK, I guess, in an open highway situation where you just need to cycle through the gears. But for city driving or in heavy traffic? What a pain to have to constantly be clutching and unclutching and shifting and downshifting.
It’s not that I can’t drive a stick. I learned early on an old pickup truck my Dad had. My college roommate let me borrow his manual VW station wagon all the time. And I even owned a manual vehicle for a couple years in my my mid-20s; I was broke and desperately needed to replace my car, and I bought the cheapest one I could find.
So I’m proficient enough - I just don’t like doing it, and I don’t understand why anybody would prefer adding so much more work to the task of driving than necessary.