While I enjoy running through the gears myself, as far as longevity between major service and ease of driving in traffic - gots to go with the auto tranny preference.
If you all will indulge me in a story - back in the late 90s when I was travelling to Europe at least once per month - I thought it humorous that all the car rental agencies, upon finding out that I was an American, would make it a point to ask me if I knew how to drive a stick, because auto trannies were certainly in the minority over there. Pfffft - who cares? It's a rental. :-)~
I voted for the auto transmission.
I do a lot of city driving and have ridden my vintage Honda motorcycle to work before. I do so much shifting on the bike that you get tired of it. I can imagine what that would be like in my truck, constantly moving my left leg up and down to shift.
1996 F150 Scab longbed, 5.8L, 4x4, 31x10.5 tires, 212k miles and counting. step bars, low-profile tool box, Euro-clear turn signals & headlights, Euro taillights, vent visors, class III Reese hitch, Tekonsha brake controller.
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