Well I don't really understand what all the complaints about the 6 speed manual were about. I've had my 2008 tacoma for a little over a week now, and I love the manual tranny in this truck. I had a manual tranny in my old Frontier, and this is much, much better then the Nissan tranny. The shifts are smooth, the throw isn't very long, the clutch pedal is nice and firm. I love this 6-speed tranny. I guess all the complaints were from folks that aren't used to driving a manual, or they never drove it long enough to get used to it. I've got no complaints.
Best part about the manual....The truck changes gears when I want it to change gears, a computer isn't capable of making that decision for me. Also, no surprising downshifts when I'm coming to a stop that make me want to step on the brakes harder. Automatics suck ASS!!