I drive an auto, the only things sticks are good is for performance cars. You get a luxury car (which I like, such as Navigator and Escalade) you get an auto. I would rather see the sights and change radio stations and CDs than be bothering with changing the gears.
What's interesting is that the line between manual and automatic transmissions are starting to blur.
Two major developments are causing this:
1. The development of continuously variable tranmission (CVT) automatics that uses a metal drive belt or metal drive chain moving between two variable-length pulleys. CVT's offer the convenience of automatics but with manual-like performance. Honda has been offering this on the Civic HX coupe since 1997 (I drive a 1998 Civic HX CVT coupe and love it), and Audi this fall will offer the Multitronic CVT on the A4 front-wheel drive models powered by the V6 engine in the USA market.
2. The development of computer-controlled manual transmissions with no manual clutch. This allows you to manually shift gears without having to press the clutch, and also gives the option of automatic gear shifting, too. Pioneered by Ferrari on the F355/F360 models, BMW will soon offer a very sophisticated version of this on their Sequential Manual Gear (SMG) system that will be fitted to a large number of 2002 model-year M3's.
I brought my first car BMW318Ci early last year sold it after 6 months..it was a Auto..I think the choice really depends on where you live.. in HK I dont think its worth driving Manuel we have to much traffic congestion and lights... but it is fun....