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There's many advantages to buying a car with a standard transmission (i.e. a clutch). Because you have more control over the transmission, it's possible to get better gas mileage than a similarly appointed automatic car.
Up front, you will save about $1000 buying a standard comparted to an identical automatic. You also have the added insurance of being able to push start your car - dead battery? No Problem! Of course, there is also the camp of standard snobs who always quip, "I would rather drive my car than just steer..."