Must have been something wrong with the clutch. Unless you have a multi-disc competition clutch, operationof the pedal should be feather lite. Otherwise a stiff clutch means iminent failure.I still would opt for the automated manual. I've had a manual and in rush hour traffic it just killed my left leg and hip on operating the clutch. I said never again to a manual.
It really becomes second nature after much practice and absolutely effortless in heavy traffic unless something is wrong with the clutch. The only time I regretted having nothing but manual cars was when I had a broken leg.I want to enjoy driving, not struggle with shifting up and down in heavy traffic and at the ever-increasing number of red lights around here.
But c'mon people, it's time to join the late 20th century.
I'm no motorhead but when sitting you have the option to slip the tranny into neutral rather than idling in the engaged position. A more tech oriented guy could tell you which is better for the transmission.I drive Dallas traffic all of the time with my manual transmission. I have had a CVT as well and went back to a manual. I worry that the clutch may burn out in these cars being that they are automated manuals and will be trying to creep forward like an automatic. Being that they have been in use in London, I hope that all of the bugs they may have had will have been worked out.