I may ask around, but I'm wasting my time, NO stereo shop in my area is going to be able to invest in a $7000 StarScan tool just for a few customers that would need service that would use it.
I hope someone from Chrysler visits these pages. I've purchased nothing but Chrysler Vehicles for 25 years, BUT, I think these final straws with the Proprietary Design BS on my latest 2010 is going to break the Camel's back for me.
Even comparison shopping for the best discount, the U-Connect Kit costs twice what an aftermarket equivalent would be, I was still considering it because it would integrate so much cleaner. But I have to go into a dealer and pay on top of that for them to use their starscan tool, yea, I'm going to get a fair deal on that.
It was becoming an increasing annoyance on the last few Chrysler's I have purchased, but I'm really getting fed up.
$350 for a spare key
Dealer StarScan to bleed the brakes
Standard maintenance procedures that can only be performed by StarScan tool at the dealer
Just about all trouble shooting for CAN networks, that replace standard discrete circuits in many cases now, only done by StarScan
It would be one thing if they made the tools available at a fair price for professionals and amateurs, BUT they don't, they use their advantage to give the dealerships an anti-competitive advantage.
Throw on top of that, Chrysler has lost all control of their Dealerships and nearly all of them have become rip-off artists when it comes to service.
Looks like my next vehicle will likely be a Ford or Foreign. Balls in Chrysler's court, turn around the Proprietary BS in the next couple of years, maybe I'll be back.
They just have to make the tools available at a reasonable price, it would introduce competition to their dealerships and the competition would force the dealerships to improve and serve the customers better, maybe 3/4 of them won't be unethical rip-off artists when it comes to service, if they did that.