Roadburner440 wrote:I have to say for me the magic number is less than $1k as well.
I think I have significantly different expectations than some other people..
Around $1k is a "not even in the ballpark" for me...
Not even in the city the ballpark is in in fact..
This is an upgrade that involves a new cell modem and maybe some firmware.
New cell modem + firmware. But now integrate that into the previous car's electronics. It would be nice if they thought about this ahead of time, but if that was the case then they would have just spent the extra few pennies on a radio capable of 2G/3G/4G/LTE since they don't cost much more. My guess is that an entire ECU of some kind will need to be replaced, and perhaps even the headunit because of how integrated they are. Considering the MSRP on most of these headunits is $2K or so, and an ECU a couple hundred bucks, without labour, I am guessing their "inflated cost to the customer" is in the $2K to $3K range. If us as customers only have to pay $1K, then they will make some profit but not lose any money.
In my opinion $1K is not an unreasonable amount for an upgrade. But it better be 4G capable at least so that we are not stuck again in a few years when 5G rolls out and they decommission the 3G bands to make way.