Welcome from one Newb to another...My first car was a truly one of a kind '82 Buick Century Limited with Rally Wheels, 3.0 V6 and all the trimmings. Since then I've owned mostly VW's, but always wanted to return to my beginnings.
I was so close to buying a VW CC, but it lacked something.
I have the standard transmission, and I love this car. Only wish was to have the interactive control, but with the deal I got, I really can't complain.
This Buick Regal, this is a NICE car.
I would trade my Interactive Drive Control for your Manual Transmission...