yeh well all my married life we have driven manuals, i learn to drvie on a manual and so did the wife. Now that my boys are getting their Learners, one has left it later in age...so both on Learners now i want them to learn to drive the manual, so far its been challenging and i have had to spend a few hours going through clutch, gears, brake etc, i am keeping them to private roads and taking it slow. Now since the wife had just taken them out she is now on my case big time to buy an automatic to make it easier for them to drive. My 2 manual cars are less then 3 years old. We just had a big blue about it and i know she will be hammering me every day from now on.... should i persist?