I live in NYC, and I think driving here with a manual would be very annoying and maybe dangerous.
I never knew so many people had such specific requirements for their trannys.
all about manual! I had never even seen an automatic till I moved to the states!
Manuals make driving somewhat fun still. My car has a is a 4-cyl turbo, with about 220hp. It's geared really nicely though, so it almost feels like a vtec, and that combined with the turbo and manual transmission makes it quite a fun car to drive (while still getting great gas mileage in the city). It's weird to see how many voted manual, considering most people do not drive one.