Originally Posted by Coolzzy
I soldy 12 manual focus se, bought a 15 automatic loaded chevy Malibu 2LT, and then bought another focus with manual transmission. The auto has no soul, paddle shifters don't change that either. There's just something satisfying about pushing the clutch in and that mechanical feel of the gear shift lever. It makes you a driver, instead of a passenger in a toaster.
I'm of the same opinion - drive a manual transmission car until I can't buy one.
Interestingly, we have a 13 Malibu 3LT with the 2.0L turbo engine. While not a MT car, the 260hp turbo makes it interesting. And the Malibu is so much better of a car than the Focus - built better and more refined. But without a MT not as much fun.