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blownki 03-02-2012 05:03 AM

sad day for me
A few months back I bought a 99 tj. Well I've had some medical issues arrise and now I can't drive for 6 months. The wife is apprehensive about learning to drive it.
My parents are going to let her drive their automatic suburban while they use my jeep. The plan isn't final but we have a few options. The one I like the most is to purchase another vehicle. Another is to sell her off and buy something with an automatic, I would prefer to get a cherokee if that happens. The biggest problem with selling the tj and purchasing something else is that I have to sell the tj before we could purchase something else, during which time we would be without transpo for however long it takes to find another decent replacement.
I want her to learn to drive the 5spd but like I said she is apprehensive. Another problem is that she hasn't driven any vehicle in well over 5 years since the acident that totalled her jetta. Its not that she wasn't able to, its just that she kinda gave up and the basic liability didn't provide for another vehicle.
I really don't know why I am sharing this as I hardly know any of you, but maybe some suggestions or ideas could be helpful.
Maybe something about teaching a person to drive stick. Another topic I could use advice on is what to look for while looking at cherokees, both regular and grand. Of course it goes without saying that I need 4x4 and of course she would prefer automatic.
Bottom line is that I have to get to work one way or another. There is a slight possibility that I could carpool with someone from work another, which I detest is to see if public transportation would work for me. Houston has a horrible bus system, I am just guessing but I think my 20-25 minute drive will turn into a 3 hour bus hopping pain in my rear. I have done the bus here before and it generally take 5-6 times as long by bus to go anywhere. Last time I rod the bus, I think I walked more than I rod just because it was actually faster.
Please pray that I don't have to ditch my tj, she hasn't even been named yet.

Gate53 03-02-2012 05:12 AM

You might try to find one of her friends that drives a stick and beg the friend to teach her. I tried teaching the wife and got no where, her friend had her going in an afternoon. The next car she wanted was a 6 speed Eclipse, go figure. Also, get the top and doors off she might like it better.

jp2611 03-02-2012 05:22 AM

Open parking lot (a large one) put in 4 low drive in a straight line. Let her learn/ gain confidence in shifting/ clutch take up by driving in a straight line. will be going slower, still need to shift and almost impossible to stall.

once she understands the "mechanics" of the shifting, go to 4high and start over but keep the speeds low so that she learns/ and understands that in a Jeep you don't have to always be "rowing through the gears" there is enough torque to pull from second or third gear almost all the time.

Good luck....and prayers for you and your family.

ktot 03-02-2012 08:10 AM

I am currently teaching my Gf how to drive Stick at first she was apprehensive but now she loves it. The best part of a wrangler is it is easy to teach on due to the fact that you don't have to really has it in first gear. Teach her to let out slowly on the clutch and get a gradual start wore hitting the gas. The hardest part for first timers is finding that clutch release spot and gassing up.

Garlandxj 03-02-2012 08:32 AM

If you fail to find another answer I might be able to help you out. I would consider trading my 2001 Cherokee for the 99 TJ. I love my Cherokee and would hate to see her go. I am in the Dallas area so I am not too far from you. I would pray and talk with your wife. I actually bought my 2004 TJ for my girl. Once they get used to them there is no problem. I would strive to find a way to keep your TJ but if all else fails then message me and we can see if there is something we can work out.

Jeeps got their start in the armed forces and just like those troops, Jeep people tend to band together in times of trouble to help other out.

KKhamesi 03-02-2012 08:43 AM

teaching manual is a hands on kinda thing. you can tell them how to drive it but they really need to sit in the car and do it. have her watch a some youtube videos and tell her to practice in your neighborhood. as said above ktot for first timers its the clutch concept that they arent use to but its easy and hopefully she will pick it up fast. Good luck and i hope u get better soon too

blownki 03-02-2012 09:46 AM

Those are some good ideas. I learned one afternoon on the hills outside of whidbey island, washington. The next day we were on the road to houston in a caravan.
I know she can do it, if she puts her mind to it.
She didn't want to go shooting with me for the longest time, finally forced/tricked her into going and she did excellent.
Now I just have to figure out how to get her to do this.

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