Originally Posted by BigFatHorse
I like my MT just fine. We were thinking about the CVT because my wife doesn't like driving manual, but 95% of the time she drives her own car.
I have no regrets. The manual was cheaper and I trust manual transmissions to be more reliable and to be cheaper to fix if/when they break. I also relish the feeling of control the manual gives. The Impreza is not a sports car but it is still fun to drive with a stick.
I do agree that the MT in the Impreza is a little bit "vague" in that it's not as obvious when the clutch is starting to catch as in some other cars. But I got used to it after a couple of days.
Almost the same for me, except I need to teach the wife how to drive MT first. I agree with you on the rest of the points you made as well. Specifically about control and ease of repair.
I've been reading that the stock shifter is a bit "rubbery" feeling, but that can be fixed with a cobb, kartboy, or perrin shifter.
I plan on installing a kartboy or perrin after a few months. I'm leaning towards the Perrin, simply because it's a lot cheaper, but I'll pay for quality.