Great list!! Your #9 is a reason to go back to manual like you state in #8
I myself have about the same amount of miles, 1800 and I love and hug and kiss myself everyday for getting the 6MT. I get in my wife's automatic and I want to drive that 535 (2011) into a canal because I love the manual trans so much.
You forgot one, 3rd gear is the most fun and absolutely crazy... At least in the MT, 3rd gear makes me grin from ear to ear