Learn how to drive stick, it's much more satisfying than an auto.
Shit and I learned how to drive stick this year (mid march).
I didn't learn in a beater, I learned in a new '07 STi that i bought. I didn't break anything.
Gone - '95 Boston Green 318is
Current - '07 Satin White Pearl STi
I'm still a BMW guy at heart no worries.