You know what is funny. Was brought up a stick person having learned and gown up in the UK. But what I have come to notice is that these days sticks are way out dated. Auto's are so much faster and can be a lot more fun to drive. Wasn't the case till a few years ago. Even the ZF 6speed is pretty right when it comes to always on the throttle and quick shifts. Not a spec on the Evo 6 speed auto tranny but good enough. Look at the new 8 speed Auto in the new models can you even imagine how bad it would be to clutch and shift every 6-8mph. I would be so sick of it. I leased the X1 because I am not sure its big enough. I am not sure if we downsized too much. But its worth the effort to find out.
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