I think Larry Bible Can attest to the Manual Trannies, He can give you some pretty impressive mileage figures on his Manual Benz Cars.
But then again, he takes very very good care of his cars.
As always, if the tranny was abused, then it wont last as long.
The metal grinding could be something other than the tranny, like a clutch, the throwout bearing, or something similar.
It did cross my mind to see if I could change my car to a manual tranny, but in Los Angeles, I'd Rather have the Auto... Traffic Sucks.
[Edited by Ashman on 05-19-2001 at 09:35 PM]