I prefer a manual, without question. The only thing I hate about my car is that it's an automatic. When I bought it, the transmission was the ONLY downside to it. I decided to go ahead and get it despite the crap automatic transmission because it was a good deal on a convertible and I really wanted a convertible. (and I'd only seen a couple in the area for sale and for much more than what they wanted for mine)
But, the automatic transmission drives me ****ing nuts at times. It hesitates at times, and often I'm screaming at it, "****ing shift, goddamnit!!!!" And going down icy hills is MUCH scarier in an automatic. I use the lower gears, but still... I don't have near the control. And I don't like that.