I have no regrets about getting the auto, but I do have some minor complaints:
- lethargic stock tune. From the factory, I noticed right off the bat that the throttle response was not satisfactory. The accelerator felt like a sponge, even compared to non-sport cars I have driven. Didn't notice on my test drive(s) because I was so enamored with the sound and was flooring it most of the time.
- I believe I have the harsh downshift, or something related to that. When I slow down and then immediately speed up, either I hear/feel a loud click under the car, or the car doesn't respond immediately and then lurches forward. The Bama tunes I got fix the lurching, but doesn't help the loud click/shift/whatever it is when I slow down and then speed up (or if I come to a complete stop and wait a second then I hear it). I'm going to talk to the dealer about it to make sure there is nothing wrong with the car. There's a thread in the V6 forums about this.
- No paddle shifters or manumatic mode. It's 2011 now... many automatic transmission cars come with some type of manumatic mode (whether DCT or not, some way of shifting through ALL the gears). The Camaro has it. 370Z. G37. Genesis Coupe. GTI. 335i. C30-R. Evo. I wish Ford could have thrown that in there, even at a little bit of a premium. I didn't let it dissuade me from purchasing the 5.0 auto though, simply because everyone I know who has that feature on their auto say they rarely use it.
Overall, these are both minor issues for me and I have no regrets about getting the auto.