I completely agree with you except the differences on the MT8 Vs MW3. I went with the MW3 because it was fully syncroed and the gear ratios where not as low in the 1-3 gears. 1st and reverse in the first year of the MT8 was 6.34:1, then changed to 5.61:1 in both. first and reverse was not syncroed till the MW3. In 1997 onward the reverse went to 5.04.