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Old 06-22-2012, 11:07 AM   #1
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Big mistake!! Buying an automatic.

So my last 2 wranglers were both manuals. So for the last 11 years my wonderful wife could not drive it. Thus, the only scratches on it were from off roading. So a few months ago I finally give in and buy a 2012 JKU in automatic so I don't have to listen to her gripe. Now, 9,000 miles later I have had the back bumper dented in and two separate dents on the front now.
Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!

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typically people with manuals would get more dents because of the clutch in-n-out and jumpiness.

in my experience, guys who off road with manual transmission are the ones who typically stall out or dent their front and rears up. And they are usually the first to break things.

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So my last 2 wranglers were both manuals. So for the last 11 years my wonderful wife could not drive it. Thus, the only scratches on it were from off roading. So a few months ago I finally give in and buy a 2012 JKU in automatic so I don't have to listen to her gripe. Now, 9,000 miles later I have had the back bumper dented in and two separate dents on the front now.
Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!
Easy fix...

She now owes you new steel bumpers....

See...it all works out in the end....
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:11 AM   #4
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Nah, that's a great excuse to buy aftermarket bumpers. Heck you might even be able to sneak in a winch.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:16 AM   #5
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I agree, look at the good not the bad. Hey you wrecked it, so I get to buy a new better bumper. If you turn it in to the insurance, then they can make a down payment on the bumpers too.
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Lmao. Should've done what my hubby did and just bought me my own jeep. It was the only way he got me to stop stealing his keys.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!
My wife touches and drives the Jeep on occasion. Very glad I don't have a car though! Sounds like she would dent it up quick!
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typically people with manuals would get more dents because of the clutch in-n-out and jumpiness.

in my experience, guys who off road with manual transmission are the ones who typically stall out or dent their front and rears up. And they are usually the first to break things.
Where do u find so many people who don't know how to drive?
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where do u find so many people who don't know how to drive?
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in my experience, guys who off road with manual transmission are the ones who typically stall out...
That makes sense. Don't think you will find more stalled auto's than manuals.

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...or dent their front and rears up.
Guilty as charged... got a tiny dent in my stock fender.

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And they are usually the first to break things.
Now that's not nice, haha.
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where do u find so many people who don't know how to drive?
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #13
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So my last 2 wranglers were both manuals. So for the last 11 years my wonderful wife could not drive it. Thus, the only scratches on it were from off roading. So a few months ago I finally give in and buy a 2012 JKU in automatic so I don't have to listen to her gripe. Now, 9,000 miles later I have had the back bumper dented in and two separate dents on the front now.
Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!
Now she can listen to you gripe
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:53 PM   #15
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I have a Manual. no one sits behind the wheel, but ME!
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Watch that front DS with a 3" and discos. There are some here on the boards that have destroyed the boot on it from the same set up.
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Easy fix...

She now owes you new steel bumpers....

See...it all works out in the end....
This x7. Tell her she nows owes you bumpers of choice. Seems like a win win to me. You must be a glass is half empty guy.
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Watch that front DS with a 3" and discos. There are some here on the boards that have destroyed the boot on it from the same set up.
ya, im looking at a 2.5 now. but its going to be a while, before i get it, need to play with it off road as---is. to get a feel first...

my best Mod, is Learning how to drive my jeep over rocks, mud, stuff. then i can decide what lift i want to go where....

so for now , im just living with the wheel/tires, and fender mod to give me a bit more play room. i may get quick disconnects for it "stock" and then upgrade once i decide on the actual lift. but with 33's. nothing over 3" im pretty set on that..
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So my last 2 wranglers were both manuals. So for the last 11 years my wonderful wife could not drive it. Thus, the only scratches on it were from off roading. So a few months ago I finally give in and buy a 2012 JKU in automatic so I don't have to listen to her gripe. Now, 9,000 miles later I have had the back bumper dented in and two separate dents on the front now.
Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!
I bet your wife blamed you for her hitting something.
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Old 06-22-2012, 02:45 PM   #19
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hi, best way to solve problem with wife is get her own, jeep, and don't
take her car when ur running errands, i am in the same boat..
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #20
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I don't understand why the wife can't just buy her own. Do you share your pants with her? Or buy one pair that fits the both of you?
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #21
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Ok, if you can swing it, get another Jeep just for her. If not, explain to her why you need to get new bumpers (and of COURSE a winch!!!).

Lastly, this is your wife. If things like this happen in my house, and they do, try this. Work it out with her in a way.... AHEM ... that only the two of you can. Get it? That's a WIN WIN for EVERYONE!!! New bumpers and alone time with your wife!!

I have a honey-do jar and so does... AHEM ... my wife!
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:57 PM   #22
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Nah, that's a great excuse to buy aftermarket bumpers. Heck you might even be able to sneak in a winch.
This is EXACTLY what I was thinking - you just got authorized for an upgrade!
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:18 PM   #23
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I am in the same situation. I just bought my 2012 Sahara unlimited. Automatic because the augment was what happens if something happens to you I wouldn't be able to drive the jeep. The wife's car was brand new in 2007. She has rear ended someone causing over $5000 damage to the car. Back into the wall at work. Scraped down the side on the parking ramp at work. She has driven it from the driveway to road so she could get her car out. I told her if she bangs it up it is hers and I will take her car and trade it in on a new jeep for me. So far she has not tried to drive it yet
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I am in the same situation. I just bought my 2012 Sahara unlimited. Automatic because the augment was what happens if something happens to you I wouldn't be able to drive the jeep. The wife's car was brand new in 2007. She has rear ended someone causing over $5000 damage to the car. Back into the wall at work. Scraped down the side on the parking ramp at work. She has driven it from the driveway to road so she could get her car out. I told her if she bangs it up it is hers and I will take her car and trade it in on a new jeep for me. So far she has not tried to drive it yet
I'll most likely trade my car (which is a stick) in for an automatic Jeep. I don't want to be without a stick...(I also have an auto Libby, and the better half just got a new Rav4)...but it is hard to justify picking a stick over the 5 speed auto in this day and age. Outside of "coolness"...there is no real reason for it.

The better half is fine with me getting a stick...as long as I teach her how to drive it. I don't know how long I can hold her off. She is sick of hearing the excuse that either the manual tranny car is too old to learn on (that is the excuse that I use now)...or too new new to learn on (that is the excuse I WOULD use if I went stick).
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I bought the only available manual JKU Sahara in northern Illinois about a month ago. Sport too, for that matter. Having to buy off the lot, manuals are a bit hard to come by.

But manual was my #1 must-have more than anything else. Sure... the wife (still) can't drive stick - having owned a 99 TJ.

Not that that was the motivating factor (as far as she knows )... but I just like "real" driving .

As I explain to people... it'd be like buying a Corvette w/ an automatic. Just aint right.
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So my last 2 wranglers were both manuals. So for the last 11 years my wonderful wife could not drive it. Thus, the only scratches on it were from off roading. So a few months ago I finally give in and buy a 2012 JKU in automatic so I don't have to listen to her gripe. Now, 9,000 miles later I have had the back bumper dented in and two separate dents on the front now.
Moral of the lesson.....NEVER LET YOUR WIFE TOUCH YOUR CAR!!!!!!
It is cheaper than a DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!
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I think the best advice will be.....give her mine and buy me a Rubi!!!!
At least she will never take my motorcycle!!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:33 PM   #30
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My wifes MAIN request in getting a Jeep for her was that it be a manual... What can I say, she likes the stick!

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