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Old 01-11-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Ok guys, this situation just arose today and didn't work out well for me. So my wife and I were driving today in the manual Z51 C7 and her mother in coming to visit next week. Then out of the blue she says her mother wants to drive the car. My first reaction/words were, "NO!" and was steadfast with that contention. So, the argument ensued and it ended with me just saying, "Fine, do whatever" etc...

Her mother is about 60 and is pretty frail...about 100 pounds. The wife kept saying, "she always had a stick when we were growing up" but that was some beater 80s ford escort 4 banger. Plus, the last time she drove a stick is probably over 10 years.

The wife kept saying things like, "it's just a car" and "it's not that special" blah blah blah. Of course it's just a possession and I'm sure nothing will happen but I'm still not comfortable with it. If it was one of my buds who I know can handle a stick really well then I wouldn't mind. But someone who has only driven beater stick shift cars 30 years ago...I don't think so.

I just pussed out and gave in but still don't want her touching it. What's the right play here? Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:49 PM   #2
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Take her to a deserted large parking lot and let her try it there.
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Wow, you are a wimp, it's your car, your pride and joy, just say I'm not comfortable with your mother driving my car. Simple.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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Take her to a deserted large parking lot and leave her there.
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Should have said "no" but since you got to keep the wife happy, happy, happy.... tell mom that first stall and out she goes. Oh, the problems of having a C7.....where does it end?????
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You already made your play- game over. My wife's mother is long gone but that request would never have even come to her mind. Never. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #8
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The day before she arrives, pull a plug wire. Then when you go to take her out to drive the car, the CEL will be on. You tell her it will hurt the car to drive it with the CEL on and it will require that you take the car to the dealer(which conveniently won't be able to schedule the car in the shop until after your MIL leaves, so you tell her). After she
has gone home, reinstall the plug wire.
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The day before she arrives, pull a plug wire. Then when you go to take her out to drive the car, the CEL will be on. You tell her it will hurt the car to drive it with the CEL on and it will require that you take the car to the dealer(which conveniently won't be able to schedule the car in the shop until after your MIL leaves, so you tell her). After she
has gone home, reinstall the plug wire.
How about this:

Tell her NO WAY!

Pretty easy
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Wow, you are a wimp, it's your car, your pride and joy, just say I'm not comfortable with your mother driving my car. Simple.
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put some fox urine on the steering wheel...available at any sporting goods store.
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You're pretty much screwed no matter WHAT you decide
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Yeah I figured its not worth it to fight over. PS, I had ***** enough to drop 70gs on a toy for myself without caring one bit what the wife thinks, so I still have something down there, lol
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Yeah I figured its not worth it to fight over. PS, I had ***** enough to drop 70gs on a toy for myself without caring one bit what the wife thinks, so I still have something down there, lol
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Ok guys, this situation just arose today and didn't work out well for me. So my wife and I were driving today in the manual Z51 C7 and her mother in coming to visit next week. Then out of the blue she says her mother wants to drive the car. My first reaction/words were, "NO!" and was steadfast with that contention. So, the argument ensued and it ended with me just saying, "Fine, do whatever" etc...

Her mother is about 60 and is pretty frail...about 100 pounds. The wife kept saying, "she always had a stick when we were growing up" but that was some beater 80s ford escort 4 banger. Plus, the last time she drove a stick is probably over 10 years.

The wife kept saying things like, "it's just a car" and "it's not that special" blah blah blah. Of course it's just a possession and I'm sure nothing will happen but I'm still not comfortable with it. If it was one of my buds who I know can handle a stick really well then I wouldn't mind. But someone who has only driven beater stick shift cars 30 years ago...I don't think so.

I just pussed out and gave in but still don't want her touching it. What's the right play here? Any input would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Tell her no way and to call her lawyer. Give her 1/2 of your wealth and stand your ground.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:39 PM   #18
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Should have said YES!!!! Then when her mother comes, conveniently let the air out of one tire or something of the sort. "I cant believe this! I wanted you to drive it soo bad! Just our luck!" You have got alot to learn.
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If it's 'just a car' then why does the mother care so much about driving it? If she really wants to drive a stick, offer to drive her in your C7 to a local Hertz and hook her up

Sounds like you're between a rock and a hard place. Good luck!
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