I know the conventional wisdom is to get a 5 speed, but what about an automatic? It may be the inconsistent with the image of Ferrari, but how does it work in the real world of stop-and-go driving? Obviously the manual would be much more fun on the track, but for 98% of the driving I would realistically do, the auto would be equal or better than the manual. As time goes by the 400/412 appeals to me more. One big question I do have is about the transmission. It is a GM-sourced 3-speed unit correct? Is it just a standard transmission from them or something special (special=expensive to replace)? What about other non-Ferrari parts that may need replacement in the drivetrain, is the torque converter expensive Ferrari or cheap GM? I love the 456, but the thought of replacing an auto transmission in one of those ($55k+, if you can find parts) is a little scary. TIA for your experiences.