The spottie forces you to use your brain rather than the camera making decisions for you. As for the lens quality, Super Taks are second to none. I'd say stay with the spottie.
If you want something different, try medium format. Borrow a TLR from someone and give it a try.
Depends what you mean by auto. The Nikon FE is aperture-priority automatic; the FA is both aperture/shutter/program. More recent models like the F100 are all that, autofocus, plus fancy matrix metering etc.
Meters are easily fooled when the light is complex; sometimes doing the decisions oneself is easier. Personally I'm good with sunny f/11, f/5.6 for the shade.
I'm myself switching from Pentax to Nikon (FM2n), but only because I'm using my SLR more and more for work, and it helps to be in a standard system when I have to rent extra equipment. Lens quality is in the same ballpark, but Nikkors are easier to find than good M42 lenses.
PS: If it's the flash bracket that really annoys you, I have a Spotmatic F for sale...
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Using film since before it was hip.
"One of the most singular characters of the hyposulphites, is the property their solutions possess of dissolving muriate of silver and retaining it in considerable quantity in permanent solution" — Sir John Frederick William Herschel, "On the Hyposulphurous Acid and its Compounds." The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Vol. 1 (8 Jan. 1819): 8-29. p. 11