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Old 28 Jun 2003, 11:00 pm
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My PT has 915 miles and the service department has ordered a new pcm because the original is bad. This is covered under warranty so no problem except that they are on backorder. The stage I upgrade has no warranty so if the pcm on it goes bad chrysler implies the buyer must bear the costs to repair it.
Am I misreading this or are we out of luck and must bear the burden of defective parts out of the box?[:I]
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Old 28 Jun 2003, 11:50 pm
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Just FYI:

From the Mopar Performance Warranty Site:

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it's up to the dealership to prove that it was solely the modification that caused the problem and that it could have been nothing else. To be honest, i don't think many places would even be able to tell the difference between the two computers....
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Old 29 Jun 2003, 10:02 pm
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I didn't quite pose my question correctly so here is another attempt.
My stock pcm has failed after 915 miles and will be replaced by chrysler.
If a I purchase stage I and the new pcm fails in a similar time frame will it be replaced by chrysler. The warranty statement says " as is, without any warranty whatsoever". My take is that they will not replace the pcm. What do the rest of you think?
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If you purchase a "Stage 1" PCM and it fails, I guess you will have two options, Send it to be repaired to MOPAR at your cost, or have an electronic Paperweight.....

It is the price we pay when we want to be on the "street Scene".

But still I am waiting for the kit to arrive and hope for the best.

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quote:Originally posted by gooberff

I didn't quite pose my question correctly so here is another attempt.
My stock pcm has failed after 915 miles and will be replaced by chrysler.
If a I purchase stage I and the new pcm fails in a similar time frame will it be replaced by chrysler. The warranty statement says " as is, without any warranty whatsoever". My take is that they will not replace the pcm. What do the rest of you think?
The warranty issue; especially in your case, is the million dollar question.

Your situation, and the timing of the release of the stage I upgrade would give you the possibility of buying a stock PCM from someone making the upgrade. Waiting on the unit from Chrysler may take some time. At this point, they are into production of the 2004 model, which will have a redesigned PCM; mich like the type used in the upgrade. You may want to request your dealer to check with other dealers to try to find a stock 2003 PCM. Chances are that the production of replacement PCMs in the stock 2003 configuration may be put off as long as possible, due to the new OBDIII standard coming out in the 2004 models.

If you were able to get a stock PCM from someone doing the upgrade, I would think the dealer could flash your VIN to it and use it without problems in your car. May be worth asking the dealer about this.
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It sounds like you are an intelegent cautious person (asking questions first). I, like you would like to get the extra ponies and would love some of the other extras in the programming, but Mopar is serious when they say NO Warranty (for now).
Get your STOCK ECM unit under warranty and order the Stage I separate if you want it, so you will have a fail safe if Stage I doesn't work out.
I think the question of trying to get a Stage I ECM as a warranty replacement part has been asked and answered - NO DEAL!
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