Oh Maple, so sorry about your vehicle!! :0(
That is the absolute worst (auto trouble!...Yuck.)
What is interesting is that DH and I were JUST TALKING last week about how it's nearly IMPOSSIBLE to buy a 5 spd anymore, how every vehicle twenty years ago was manual, but now, people ONLY WANT automatic, so that's what is sold! I love manual...I don't get so bored while driving, and I feel like I'm ACTUALLY DRIVING the car, you know?
He said, "No one feels like that, people hate shifting, so that's why only Jeeps and some trucks are 5-spd anymore!" (clearly NOT ALL JEEPS! Your's isn't! I thoughr they all were five-spd, too!)....they do tend to break a LOT though, and finally, after a bunch of other little things went wrong with it, we actually got rid of our Jeep Wrangler when the water pump broke, and it was '05, & it was nearly ten years old, thus we thought it was time! In retrospect, we should have just kept and fixed it (I loved that Jeep!)....oh well...
Anyhow, I hope you're able to get it repaired in short order!! In the meantime, are you close to work so you can ride your bike or walk or the like?? At least that will be good exercise! (thinking positively)!
Good luck with the call about the lessons, also!! So exciting!! Keep us posted, and be well!!