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due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies
This is a rapidly-changing field where the players know they have to adapt or die. This is nothing new, and I don't think any politician can be blamed for that. In fact I'd think politicians are holding back the pace of the industry--how many government departments are still running XP machines?
Tricky question because pricing is quite regional.
Can understand the $50 charge just for diags, the manufacturers charge a small fortune for the software and more big $ for each update/new model releases. (That's what drove a lot of smaller shops out of business.)
There are times when I think "bring back carbs, and points, and ballast resistors, and rectifiers, and tappets, and..."
Then I remember balancing 4 carbs, and how much I wished for electronic ignition, and decide that computerised cars really aren't that bad!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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That's probably why it's expensive to fix - no debugger, so the mechanic has to know what (s)he is doing!
Exactly - if an 85 Oldsmobile is expensive to fix, it's only because you need an experienced mechanic who's been there, done that--those are the ones who have the ability to do it blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs.
Ironically, this is where it should be cheap to fix as the mechanic doesn't need expensive diagnostics tools that need to be replaced every couple of years. But experience doesn't come cheap.
Yes.. and No. It probably has a computer that can provide equivalent diagnostic info, but it's highly unlikely that they'll have the knowledge or tools or awareness to be able to so. Be careful they don't want to just start throwing parts at it at your expense.
Good luck. If you're not happy with them, maybe try searching out a mechanic that advertises that they work on classic cars. Yours isn't technically a "classic", but at least they'll know how to diagnose and fix its problems. Perhaps find an Oldsmobile forum and see if they have a list of "guru" mechanics.
Debugging cars isn't as hard as it sounds if you want to give it a try yourself. Fixing them, that's a different story, but debugging them is just like debugging programs.. easier than many programs I've debugged, in fact. Computerized cars are even easier in some ways because they already have a lot of sensors built in.
We can program with only 1's, but if all you've got are zeros, you've got nothing.
If you are just getting a diagnostic done then fair enough as it costs them time and staff salaries. Most dealers here do it as part of the job costs so it appears free, but is just included in the fix.
Previous day, when the "Check Engine" light appeared, I stopped by and told the #2 guy in the shop about it.
I also asked him to show me how to check the power steering fluid (it's in a very non-obvious place; which he showed to me).
He also checked all the other fluids, and discovered low transmission fluid.
He stepped inside and came back with this large container and poured in the magic goop. (Dextron? Whatever)
That was yesterday.
Today I left the car with them.
At the end of the day, I walked over to the shop (they are walking distance) and the guy (this time, the #1 guy in the shop) told me that they couldn't find anything wrong, and that they reset the code from the previous day which indicated the low transmission fluid.
The HP P2015 Laserjet is a trooper. As a professional computer support cat, I can truly attest to this. We and many businesses we support lean on them daily and beat the livin crap out of them. They have usb and Ethernet connectivity. It as old fashioned as a good old Laserjet 4 but smaller and much faster.
I agree 100% with this. We've got a small fleet of them that are used where we can't justify a MFD. They work in a shopfloor environment, being hammered every day for 4+ years now and we haven't had to replace or repair one of them. Easy to set up, networkable and reasonable on consumables too.
Make sure that it works with Windows 10 (or whatever your current OS of choice is). I bought a terrific laser printer a few years ago for a few dollars and found that it worked with all versions of Windows up to Windows XP. My system at the time was Vista.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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