The choice of a manual or automatic may be determined by where one lives. If I lived in a large city I would probably get an automatic. I have been stuck in traffic jams with a manual and can surely see the instant benefits of an automatic.
On the other hand, if you live in an area with little traffic, I find that a manual is much more fun. I like to shift, to blip the throttle on down shifts for a perfectly matched shift (occasionally happens), to heel and toe (not easy on the GT0), to be able to select whichever gear I think is appropriate, etc.
If the GTO automatic was at least a five speed, it would also have made my decision a little tougher. In today's market, four speed automatics are yesterday's news. Even my very basic Mazda Tribute has a five speed automatic. This is one area where GM has lagged behind for both the Corvette and the GTO. They deserve better!
Last edited by jerhofer; 01-05-2005 at 03:50 PM.