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    hangtime got a reaction from Slik in 2018 Dodge Charger Micropod vs J2534 Key Programming Question and Module Reflashing Info   
    So update to storytime. . . 
    FCA apparently called the service dept. and read them the riot act about selling me the micropod, so it went back. 
    Witech support was nice to me but seemed they took their rage out on mom & dad. Threatened to bill the dealer for the difference in price between the tech's micropod and the retail price (about $1300). Service manager played dumb and said something to the effect of "well I don't see anywhere that says we can't sell one" and that was more or less the end of it. 
    I did give it back so they could send it back and keep the peace. 
    Anyway, yeah, you REALLY can't buy one through a dealership because FCA are a bunch of douchenozzles. 
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    hangtime got a reaction from taylormiller in 2007+ GM Radio replacement   
    While I agree with that it does get messy when trying to figure out some of the uplevel stuff. I've had all kinds of weird stuff happen when trying to do things like enable a backup camera or add nav. 
    I have not done it in several years. . . basically since the ones that required tis2web started showing up. When only the Tech2 was required it was relatively easy. Once the laptop and cellular data and subscriptions come into play I priced it out of what anyone wants to pay. And given the success rate was on the low-rent side of "iffy", I pretty much quit. If the radio they show up with isn't compatible or is broken, etc. the situation devolves into  "well can't you try programming it harder?" 
    That's not low hanging fruit. . . them's rotten apples way up the tree. 
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    hangtime got a reaction from birdman68 in 2007+ GM Radio replacement   
    Some can be done with just the Tech 2, most if not all after 2007 will require a subscription to TIS2Web and an interface device such as Tech2, MDI, or some J2534 devices will do it. 
    As the subscription costs $50/day, it's an expensive process. . . usually more than what they paid for the radio. On top of that you'll have be able to figure out the RPO code of the radio they're trying to install (assuming they don't show up with a copy of the sticker from the vehicle they came out of), or just try all of the ones listed until you get one that works. Lots of fun crap like the volume will be stuck at an uncomfortable level or the door chime will be too loud or on all the time if you set it up under the wrong RPO. 
    In short, it sucks. Charge accordingly. I quote $200 for ones that require Tis2web but nobody has said yes to that other than a guy with a decked out Denali that wanted a nav/backup camera radio unlocked. Everyone else I just suggest they put in an aftermarket head unit. 
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    hangtime got a reaction from birdman68 in 2007+ GM Radio replacement   
    Some can be done with just the Tech 2, most if not all after 2007 will require a subscription to TIS2Web and an interface device such as Tech2, MDI, or some J2534 devices will do it. 
    As the subscription costs $50/day, it's an expensive process. . . usually more than what they paid for the radio. On top of that you'll have be able to figure out the RPO code of the radio they're trying to install (assuming they don't show up with a copy of the sticker from the vehicle they came out of), or just try all of the ones listed until you get one that works. Lots of fun crap like the volume will be stuck at an uncomfortable level or the door chime will be too loud or on all the time if you set it up under the wrong RPO. 
    In short, it sucks. Charge accordingly. I quote $200 for ones that require Tis2web but nobody has said yes to that other than a guy with a decked out Denali that wanted a nav/backup camera radio unlocked. Everyone else I just suggest they put in an aftermarket head unit. 
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