I bought mine with smg. It is a car that everyone can drive. It is easier to drive and less tiring than a manual. Clutch wear is better from what I gather. It is smooth compare to f1 or egear on a Ferrari or Lambo.
I hear about the pump going bad. I wonder if it's due to people leaving the car in first gear when in traffic or driving it like an auto. Regardless, I am happy with mine.