2005 Volvo XC90 windshield wipers

Tiny
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  • 2005 VOLVO XC90
  • 5 CYL
  • TURBO
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
Dealer sold the car to me said bring it back for repair when the wind/s motor comes in. I did so, its been there for over three weeks. He said its part of the computer there waiting for. Then they half to take it to a volvo dealer to have them program the chip or something like that. Is this true or am I getting the run around.I paid good money and for what!
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Sunday, June 15th, 2014 AT 4:54 PM

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Tiny
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This is one of the tricks many manufacturers have dreamed up to make money after the sale. We've had windshield wipers, air conditioning, power seats, power windows and locks, remote trunk releases, head lights, tail lights, and seat belts for decades, but now it seems all of those things require computers. It's not enough that these electronics live in an environment that is very hard on them. To add to the misery, we can't just pop in a good used computer and expect it to work. They've been designed to need to be programmed to the vehicle's ID number. The claim is that makes them theft-proof, but in reality it makes a lot of money for the dealers and manufacturers. All I can say in the way of consolation is there are at least three manufacturers that are MUCH worse than Volvo. I have four '88 through '95 Grand Caravans that will have to last the rest of my life because I'll never own a vehicle that needs computers to be programmed. I'm a mechanic. I shouldn't have to run to the dealer for anything.
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Monday, June 16th, 2014 AT 10:51 PM

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