I've owned a stick-shift car since 1979, everything from a VW Scirocco and an early GTI, and various Ford Focus (Foci?), including my current winter car.
My 128 is the slickest MT I've owned. It is easier to take through the gears than the Focus. I'll probably use the 128 to teach my daughter to drive a stick, come next spring.
I say get your fun while it lasts. The X1 is not available with a stick, and I wonder if that is the beginning of a trend.