I like the manual and have had no shifting issues. I changed out the stock leather shifter for a ball knob. That lowered the shifter an inch and I like the way it feels.
The way the gates are set up on it I can't see grabbing 7th instead of 5th, but whatever.
I also drive a C5 with a manual and like the way it shifts too. That one has one of those Hurst short throw shifters on it that everybody complains about but I have had no problems.