Well I'm sorry for all of those that bought the automatic. The standard has been fantastic (knock on wood). I've had to change the oil pan after some rust. That's about it. Next to the usual maintenance work the car runs the same as it did before. I also take back the A/C comment since it doesn't seem to affect the gas mileage that much on long rides. In town driving shows a greater gas mileage drop off with the A/C. Annual driving given in kilometres approx. 40,000 km or 25,000 miles.
It runs like the first day I got it. It's a great car (knock on wood again). It's not a car criminals WANT to steal which suits me fine. It's part of what I wanted in my car anyhow (less likelihood of being stolen).
It doesn't matter with this car. They don't make it anymore.