When I bought my MB (my first automatic daily driver) I would smash my left foot into the floor when coming to a stop, or preparing to start the car.
The auto-boxes are not as long lived as manny-trannies, but the cost of clutch replacements can equalize the cost of ownership.
I NEVER ride the ride the clutch, or abuse it. Even with TLC, the clutch in our Acura was slipping after only 70,000 miles. So, I happened by the dealer, and asked about replacing it. Over $1000! Shortly thereafter most of the rest of the car gave out completely, so we just sold it, slipping clutch and all.
If you buy a car with a robust clutch, operating a manny-tranny is much cheaper.
1998 C230 "Black Betty"