Anyone out there NOT drive manual?
Every time I read enthusiast web sites, magazines, etc, they're always testing a manual. And even though few people in the US know how to drive stick, there was that big flap last year about Mazda not stocking enough 5-speed/V6 MZ6's.
So here's my question: as someone who's never driven stick, am I less of a Mazda fan if I *don't* want a manual? Can people squeeze as much fun out of the car without it? Now that manumatics are standard on affordable cars like the Jetta 1.8T, P5 and upcoming MZ3, is that enough to bridge the gap between slushbox and DIY shifting? I read a CanadianDriver review of the '03 P5 with the SportAT and basically he said the new automatic made up for lack of a manual, that it was fairly idiot-proof while trusting your judgment (ie bounces off the rev limiter until you upshift). Can anyone share their experiences with the SportAT (or other such devices, Tiptronic, etc)?