Hi guys, I'm looking at purchasing a grand Cherokee, one I'm going to look at says the transmission computer is bad and needs to be replaced.. Says that dealer quoted $350.00 for a new computer. It's priced relatively cheap, asking $3500, and he says it's drivable. If this is something of a minor issue to replace, it might not be a bad deal... What's your guys' thought?
It's a 99 limited v8 4x4, 150k miles.
From pictures it's in good condition, but needs a little tlc which I don't mind...
One would ask how he knows the TCM is failed.
Since it's drivable, I'd suspect something else, like a servo pack solenoid spring, for instance.
I'd try to deal at $2600 and work him over like a 1970's pinball machine, or, maybe, like a cheap screen door... but, of course, he's seen it all.
Pull out that Michigan bank roll of 26 bills and you'll be on your way, maybe.
Anyway, a TCM can be had for much less than $350. It's mounted on the right front firewall, just inside of the fender well quarter panel.
...and, it's very easy to remove or reinstall.