Join Date: May 1999
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I have a theory. Yes I'm a conspiracy theorist but it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
If you remember back a few years ago, the OEM's wanted to lock down their software arguing that they are like Microsoft, it's proprietary. The result would be no access for aftermarket shops or retail customers to be able to repair vehicles any more... only the dealer. Obviously, this got shot down.
So my guess is they decided on "plan B"..."since the consumer has such a ferocious appetite for electronic shiny gizmo's....we'll give 'em gizmo's"
Now you have computers telling you how to park, how to drive, your not slowing down quick enough, your slowing too fast, someone is beside you, your trailer is swaying.... and on and on. Bells ringing, lights in mirrors going on and off, it's a freaking circus while driving now.
So if the vehicle is buried in 18 layers of electronics, the knowledge, tools and desire to work on them by retails and small to medium size shops will dwindle funneling more business back to the OE, achieving their initial goal. Not only does this help their business's back end revenue, I'm sure front end margins at the dealers has also improved as electronics are cheap to build and they charge a fortune for most of this stuff. Win-Win for the OE's.
In warranty, there will seldom an issue, but as they age, if this crap can't be disabled without causing issues to safely use the vehicle and all systems have to be maintained, that's going to be a problem.
2007 F350 SRW 6.0L Auto, 3.73LS, 172"WB 4x4. Viper Alarm/RS, WD pillar Guages,AutoEnginuity, 100gal polished alum fuel tank.
All Sold: 99.5, early03 , 2004 - all were 172" wb 4x4 lariat's.
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