Keith, welcome and congrats on the purchase. I hope your experience with the 3.2 ES is as good as mine. I have a 2000 3.2 ES with Autostick. What I can tell you is that my autostick has always been good to me. I have close to 133,000 miles on the car now and I shift that tranny all the time. My previous car was a manual, so I'm so used to downshifting to slow the car down and to prepare for exit speeds out of a turn. I must shift mine a million times a year, I swear. My tranny has held up perfectly and I have never had to get my brakes done (cause I use the tranny to slow the car down all the time). I believe speed limiter is 116 mph, and I've never had to change that light, nor do I have a cone filter.
Welcome again, and please do feel free to keep asking us questions.