I am sure Reg will be along in a minute, Reg has owned both at the same time and eventually got rid of his manual sprint.
He has strong views on the subject
walks away slowly ................
Ahh yes...thank you Chris..
When I had the manual and auto together, I found myself opting for the auto almost all of the time.
I've never seen the sense with manuals, certainly with modern motoring..we have auto windows, locking, a/c, wipers, seats ect and then we faff around with the prehistoric manual gearbox trying to be in the right gear all of the time..some people can't even get the right gear pulling away from the lights..myself included!
Then where is that reverse hiding?..to the left or to the right? Which corner do I aim the gearstick for? Pull up on stick or push down? Pah! Too much hassle..
Then when it starts to play up..no gears, stiff clutch, no clutch, clutch bearing noise, master seals, slave seals, crunching and the classic..starting it in kangaroo gear just to get you home, then in the morning on your back underneath the car trying to figure out what's wrong with it. The only thing I liked about my manual was the overdrive..and that was because I didn't have to press the bloody clutch!
To much to go wrong I think..all that grinding of gears and creating more work for the left leg just to be "in control"..no ta.
When auto's go wrong..it's normally kaput!
Auto Sprints are fab..and mine is certainly nippy enough for me.
It's good that we have the choice though, because I fully accept I'm in a minority defending auto's and that not everyone thinks as oddly as me..