err, the "smg trans" is an option and you can "do without" and just use the 6 speed manual... (never heard it called that).
And yeah, I did compare it.... many people suffer from the "American cars are crap comaprared to 4-N car" syndrome; don't fall into the trap. There are many things that go into an automotive experience, least of which is maintenance expense. I OWN a 335xi sedan and I can tell you how much my first service cost me... and it was a lot more than any other car I have owned. Get with modern times; Ford has been rated as one of the top auto-makers in quality... I guess quality IS job 1?
02 WRX Cobb Stage 2 now SOLD to my father who sold it to my Brother. Have fun Al!