The mechanic I took the car to couldn't find any problems with the sensor. As he put it, they ruled everything it could be out, so all that was left was a problem with the computer. I was quoted a price of $2500, as well as being told that a) new computers were not available so it would have to be a rebuilt and b) only one company rebuilds computers and they do crappy work. He also mentioned that the replacement part would have to go to Toyota for programming.
Q1: If it was a problem with the computer, wouldn't there be more of an effect on the car's performance? (The car runs as well as one would expect of a car badly in need of a tune up; since it's a Toyota, that's still pretty good!)
Q2: Computers rarely malfunction due to hardware. Why can't I just have my current computer reprogrammed?
Q3: The Fasten Seatbelt light also comes on in error intermittently, sometimes in unison with the Check Engine light, sometimes in sequence. Doesn't that indicate a need to at least check that there isn't a short or something in the dash before jumping to a $2,500 conclusion?
have the same problem?
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 5:55 PM