I like your specs--am considering LMB myself.
Since I already own a 128, I'll say that I love the manual transmission. If you don't drive stop-and-go everyday, it is something to consider.
If you haven't yet learned to drive stick, don't worry. The 128 manual is an easy stick to drive. A lesson or two on a friend's stick, and you should have no problems.
Depending on where you live in Ohio, you should have a number of dealers to choose from, and one of them should be able to come through for you on price.