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Bought a 2001 Chrysler 300M with under 100K miles for $500. The problem though is that it died on me in the middle of traffic the day I bought it. Took it to a mechanic and they figured out that everything was mechanically fine with it (great condition they said). It's just that the PCM is fried.

PROBLEM

Only place that can program/install a new PCM is the dealership and the assholes want to charge $1200 to do it. That's highway robbery and asshattery of the highest magnitude. Any way around this bullshit? Can I do this myself? They sell preprogrammed PCM's online for less than $200, but will it work or is it a waste of money?

Pic related, it's the car I got.
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>>1494112
it wouldn't have fried the pcm halfway thru a drive

find the fault, probably a frayed wire that caused a short when it started moving

get some basic diagnostic skills
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>>1494175
The diagnosis of two seperate mechanics is tgat the PCM is toast and siezing other systens that are otherwise mechanically fine
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>>1494196
any more specific info than that?

if you were in western ny i'd take it to south main auto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0yG3TwXBEw

example:
one shop says needs new ecm, hires SMA to do change, takes a look and finds frayed wire, no new ecm needed
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>>1494175
This is likely true. I've been a mechanic for 8 years, so far I've seen a pcm failure maybe 5 times. It's almost never the computer. However I disagree that it definitely isn't, it very well could be, but the chances aren't great.





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