If all else fails-GAS IT!
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Miranda, New Zealand
You will find that the auto's manual shift does have a slight delay, but with time you automatically allow for this in your driving. you also learn to let the throttle off just slightly as it shifts which makes the change even smoother.
I have driven many Jap tip-tronic autos, and they all have minds of there own, changing down when they want in manual mode, (which is a pain) so the ford version is excellent in that it is a true manual. you can use engine braking etc just like a manual, and if you lift the throttle on shifts it even sounds like a manual from the outside. the best of both worlds