SMG vs Manual decision tree:
Reasons to buy SMG:
* Auto mode when you are stuck in traffic.
* Frees up left foot for brakes.
* Keeps both hands on the wheel.
* better performance
* Less risk of damage to the car during aggressive driving. (I've seen a few money shifts in my day)
Reasons to buy a manual:
* Your car friends won't make fun of you
* You get a lever and pedal to play with while you drive.
* Small advantage off the line at a drag strip with a pro driver.
Manual gearboxes, the rotary dial of cars.