I must respectfully agree with the previous post regarding Benz manual trannies. A friend has an SLK with the 5-speed, and it shifts like an old dump truck. My ancient BMW 2002 shifts worlds better. I have also driven a stick 300E and a stick 240D, and both seemed sloppy to me. Even the '69 GTO I had in high school had a tighter shift feel than the Benzes I have driven (thank you Hurst). The car mags say the new 6-speed in the SLK 320 is much better though, so maybe they finally got it right. Now the question becomes "why don't they offer this new 6-speed in other US models as well as the SLK?"
Just my 0.02 worth!