This is not a manual vs auto discussion, but a question for those of you who prefer a manual transmission.

Did you ever end up buying an automatic, and if so, how did you manage?

There are some very fun cars out there with no manual option, but I’m afraid they’d be more boring to drive than a decent econobox with a stick. If it helps narrow things down, I use the car to commute, road trip, autocross, and occasionally track.