Well, as much as I might like to spin this (CA, 2nd, etc)--he's right. It's not essential.
I'm sure he'll get plenty of flak for it, but I agree with him. Despite how it looks.
2011 Toyota Camry, base, 2.5L/6MT, 205k, hers
2010 Toyota Tundra DC, 4.6L/6AT, 159k, ours
1999 Toyota Camry LE, 2.2L/4AT, 225k, his