Well when I start to drive later this year, I will be driving my dad's 2007 Toyota Tacoma 6-speed stick-shift. I have driven (yes illegally oh I'm bad :wink: ) a manual and an automatic but I like stick-shifts more.
I've only ever driven high powered Automatic cars - so I can't comment too much as they were good fun
Generally though, yes, I do prefer the feeling of control you get in a manual - but if you know what you'redoing in an automatic, you can still get it to shift up or down to a degree under your own control.
However, when I get stuck in traffic, I do wish I had an automatic. Once cramp sets in to your left ankle and you end up bunny hopping - there's enough argument for an automatic.
I drive a manual six speed, but the only automatic I've driven had a two litre turbo (petrol) engine under the bonnet and the kick down when you booted it felt great - really picked it's feet up, wouldn't want to live with one every day though.
Manual. Automatics are easier and better to just hop in and drive but Manuals are much more fun to drive.
I've driven both and loved driving a manual. When driving an Auto I get bored as it's just pedal and steer lol.
I find nothing more sensual than gently caressing the top of my gear stick shaft before expertly sliding it between the different ratios until I've reached a speed good enough for all parties involved.