Originally Posted by TK-421
I wouldn't be against someone buying a manual car brand new when he/she doesn't know how to drive it yet. You won't destroy the clutch, etc like people say. As long as you're not a complete retard and it's not a GT3RS or similar with a crazy lightweight flywheel/race clutch.
Test driving an auto/DCT whatever will still let you try out 95% of the car; steering, throttle, feel, etc. You'll learn the other 5% as you go.
I had to test drive my e89 in DCT... they didn't have one for testing in standard.