Thanks for all the responses. Kinda bummed that by changing the oil myself I screw myself out of the free change at the scheduled intervals per FSS, but, I reckon that is by design. As far as stick or auto, I live in MD and have to brave the capitol beltway every day, so unfortunately, I had to abandon the stick with the exodus of my 1995 M3. IMO, the Benz is a much better car, and I don't have to buy that stupid reset tool from $50 out of the back of Motor Trend.....
Gil, how accurate is the computer that calculates oil quality/life left???