No transmission is better than another, a manual is a harder task to master undisputably it requires more skilles. Niether make up for ****ty driving. I would take an automatic any day of the week if the price is right. You get a properly shifted engine, higher diff ratio, and any manual I buy is getting a new clutch. Stick is the ****, end of story, your not a bitch for buying an automatic but a stick e36 M3 is way cooler than an auto.