You can NOT be so pessimistic about their potential dislike of a manual trans untill they have some time with it.
And THEN if it’s made his primary vehicle…?
Case in point, my daughter.
learned on automatic 79 Chevy pickup and 92 Ford Explorer.
Now , we’re not a ‘‘car for every kid’’ family so she drove those till graduation. The best we could do then was a used GSA motorpool Ford Ranger which I picked up for a song and had re-painted.
- when we showed her the ‘‘new’’ truck her face lit right up untill she hopped inside and…’‘DAD…IT’S STICK ! I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DRIVE A STICK !’'
My dad and I shared a glance then simutaneously and matter-of-factly stated ‘‘so you’ll learn…no biggie.’’ as we shrugged our shoulders.
– so with time on his hands, my dad took her under his wing and did just that in short order.
Two years later she rolled the Ranger on late morning ice hiding in the shadows. After which I simply picked up an old Taurus ( tree branch dent over the driver’s door ) till she could buy a car of her own.
— here’s the part I need rubidium to note -----
When she looked inside the Taurus she was…DISAPPOINTED …! ‘’ Aw dad, it’s just an automatic…I miss my manual ‘’
When she met her now husband in Honolulu, he had a Miata manual. It was quite cute when he was worried about letting her drive his precious manual Miata because she knew she could surprize him with her expertise.
When they moved stateside they drove that Miata coast to caost and settled in DC where they had a manual Jeep Wrangler and a Manual Honda Civic hybrid.
Not untill last year did she go back to auto when they got a new Escape …and , again slightly dejected when she couldn’t get that in a manual !