I've tried, even took her out to a parking lot to learn a couple times before the kids where born. She actually did ok, but just doesnt like it. What we are probabyl going to do is get the new Accord V6. 280hp has a way of softening the blow of loosing the manual, and damn that thing is comfy. It would make a great reliable road trip car. When the kids are a bit older and my wife goes back to work I'll pick up a "dad's weekend car".... always wanted a roadster. Maybe the 2.2 S2k or a NB/early NC Miata. Something cheap, light, well balanced and stick shift.