Well that appears to be close. My manual doesn't show estimates for the TCM replacement. For checkout and replacement of the BCM I show labor about 120 to 150 beans. The price I show for a PCM (since I don't have a TCM in this) is about 425 so you are talking about between 550 - 600 dollars.
So it may be pretty close. I am like you though. How can you be sure after the radio bit.
I would try next time taking my car to places that give free estimates and may could tell you something and a price. Like AAMCO etc as I said above. If you are really unsure then definitely shop around. Transmission go to a transmission shop. Suspension go to a front end shop etc. Get some estimates before you hit the dealer.
If you check with us we can normally get you the code info by looking in our manuals. It is possible we could provide you with enough info you feel more "secure" I guess you could say when you are talking to folks. Like this. If you went to the transmission shop and they called and gave you the code and the problem. Bounce that off of what we have to compare.
As for generic. Yes. Many cars have generic which is why we ask the customer what the code is, as I did you, exact model and engine size and sometimes even different digits off of the VIN as all these help narrow down info.
Interesting your radio went out. Do you know why? If you notice one of the recalls is about the radio. Water getting into them. Here it is written out below.
04V531000: WATER INTRUSION TO RADIO - SPECIAL TAPE
NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN
Reference Number(s): 04V531000
Related Ref Number(s): 04V531000
Model(s): 2001 Chrysler Town & Country
2001 Dodge Caravan
2001 Dodge Grand Caravan
2002 Chrysler Town & Country
2002 Dodge Caravan
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan
Campaign No: 04V531000
Mfg. Campaign No: D48
Number of Affected Vehicles: 238000
Beginning Date of Manufacture: 2001 04 27
Ending Date of Manufacture: 2002 07 31
On certain mini vans, condensation from the instrument panel air conditioning ducts may drop through vent holes in the top of the radio and result in a short circuit that subsequently sends direct current to the rear speakers.
This could result in a speaker fire.
Dealers will add a special tape to the top of the radio to prevent the potential of water intrusion.
The recall is expected to begin during January or February 2005. Owners should contact DaimlerChrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time. For more information call (800) 424-9393 or (202) 366-0123. For the hearing impaired, call (800) 424-9153.
If it helps I think they are close on this one with the TCM. So don't feel too taken.
If it makes you feel any better - check on those recalls I gave you. If they are all fixed for free you will have made some money back. Maybe more in repairs.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 AT 12:28 AM