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.
Monday, June 16th, 2014 AT 10:51 PM