Originally Posted by jsmith032
Exactly. I found it for $178 on eBay and have no problems installing it myself. Did you have to get it programmed at the dealer though? If so I may sweet talk my dealership to do it for me for free when Im getting warranty work/oil changes done.
Since one has to have access to the factory computer system the dealer(s) is the only one who can program the truck. Costs range from zero to $100 for that. If you have a good relationship with your dealer and are in the shop for other work you can usually get it done free. Just ask them to program code XHC. It's a two step process. First, the dealer accesses the factory system and tells it to associate your vin number with that code. Five minutes later, the tech plugs the laptop into your truck and the factory system then tells your truck to accept inputs from the controller. It's probably about 10 minutes or less work time for the dealer and it also doesn't cost them anything and most will do it for regular customers.
Also, you can have the programming done before or after the device is installed.