My girfriend was here, visiting me from Poland this week, and she of course wanted to drive my new car. Now, in Poland all of their cars are manuals (she never even knew an automatic transmission existed until she came here and drove my truck a couple of years ago) but she lives in Krakow and their public transportation rocks so she doesn't own a car and rarely does she drive. In my manual Fusion, she did ok starting out. She stalled it at almost every stop but was able to shift through the gears. She has a funny way of dealing with inclines. In Poland, they are taught in driving school to pull the emergency brake on an incline when you are stopped. When you wish to take off, you are supposed to rev up the engine, engage the clutch a bit, then disengage the brake lever and wham - you take off. Pretty crazy if you ask me. Today she tried that and all I could smell was my clutch burning as she was revving the engine at 3500rpm while trying to work the clutch. She even commented on the odor. She probably took 10,000 miles off of the life of my clutch during that one incident. I just held my head with my hands and told her to please stop frying my clutch! Yesterday she told me she started out in 2nd gear. I can imagine how the clutch liked that. She also forgets to push in the clutch when stopping at times and the car jerks nicely as it dies to a halt. I think my Fusion is glad she is gone. If we get married, she is getting an automatic.