I enjoyed my 5 speed Mustang. It was the first manual I owned and actually, the first I drove. The salseman taught me on my test drive, then I drove it home. The majority of my driving is not at rush hour so I had the cigarette, cell phone and beverage down to a science! But seriously, it made me concentrate more but I loved the feeling of having more "control" over the vehicle. The reson I got a 04 Escape over an 05 or above, is I like the shifter on the column (even though it is obnoxiously long) instead of by the E brake. Just my prefrence. My friends hate it. With my driving habits, I can go with either, but prefer an auto, although I believe you should have to know how to drive both. I got my motorcylce license two summers ago and it was weird how different it was from driving a stick, for me anyways.