Automatics have the potential to be costly and complex to repair. They are very nice when working properly and when maintained though. Once the t/c locks up, they move similarly or just as well as a manual does. Aside from the reverse drum thing, the automatics tend to last long it seems. Manual is just a pure experience on these cars though. recommend manual all the way.
No more pimpin' and posin'. Time to do full professional maintenance.