I'm 30 y/o and drive MT. I learned on my friend's 92 Civic back when i was 20 y/o, but did all my major hours in my previous car, an Evo 8 for 6 years, a really rough car to learn on, first month was rough.
But I'm a pro now.
OP, if you're thinking of getting your first manual car, do it. My advice is, if you haven't already learned, learn the stop/go and standard street driving on a beater. Then do all your hours in your new car for comfort. The Mini Cooper MT is really forgiving, unlike other performance transmissions. I estimate if you drive your car every day, you'll feel comfortable after 6 months, but will take about 1.5 years to drive 100% smoothly, depending on the car used.
Last edited by mdosu; 01-20-2013 at 06:38 PM.