HUGE DILEMMA: I want the fun and control of a manual, but reality is I will face stop-and-go LA traffic every day. Can any new owners with manual please describe experience with vehicle in road congestion???
No different than any other manual driving. Once you're stuck in traffic probably won't come out of first. Use that to gain momentum, go into neutral and coast/creep/brake. Used to drive 5spd between torrance and long beach during the evening rush. After you get used to it, it becomes second nature.