Nothing really wrong with modding an auto. My other car is an auto and has m3 cams, chip, exhaust and soon an intake. I do agree, your car or mine will never meet the standards of a 5spd, but there is nothing w/doing this modding. And to question his "enthusiasm" just because he bought an automatic is kind of ignorant imo. You're entitled to your opinion, but I see LOTS of people who are huge car enthusiast's own automatics.