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quote: You can all go ahead and call me a "newb that doesn't have sufficient experience driving a manual transmission" but that doesn't matter because at the end of the day even if the operations of a manual transmission become transparent to the operator due to the level of experience, you don't gain anything.
quote: My dad's manual Forester was definitely difficult to start with,
quote: Once you learn to drive a manual transmission well enough, there is no longer a gap between the two, but manual at that point provides no extra benefit as other posters have tried to claim.
quote: What i mean is if the entire experience becomes completely transparent, then it's no different from driving with an automatic transmission. You either let the car do it for you, or you just do it enough that it's reflex. The net result is you have just as much attention to pay to the road as you do driving an automatic. I see no gain there. (And I'm not referring to the technical benefits of the transmission itself)
quote: I ride a motorcycle and it's become such second nature to shift and drive that when I am simply driving to work or school it doesn't feel any different whether I am riding the bike, driving my truck (automatic) or driving my car (manual).