Roadburner440 wrote:Hopefully it is way cheaper, but I am just being realistic. I am shocked they are even offering to cover any cost. They should have all the data they could ever need from all the cars on the road. So I don't see how it is benefiting them to upgrade the cars at all. I will certainly take it though.
There is a "realistic" figure of how much you think it would cost, and even how much you think they will charge, but there is also a figure of how much each of us is willing to pay. Those numbers are not necessarily the same (and probably are not). In my case, I would estimate the hardware & labor to install would fall into the $250 range; I expect Nissan to charge us about $50-100 for the upgrade; my own threshold is $25-50. Just because I think a realistic cost for the upgrade is $250 does not mean I'm willing to pay it!
As for Nissan's motivation for supporting the older cars...they already have to create a solution for the 2015 MY (and I would argue 2014 as well), otherwise their customers would raise a $#!+storm that their 1-2 year old car that was sold to them with telematics capability are useless. And I suspect the solution they come up will be able to work in the older vehicles as well, as I don't believe the TCU has changed. And while the argument is a bit weaker for owners of 2011-2013, the fact is that an EV is a special type of vehicle that almost REQUIRES telematics support due to its unique requirements to control and monitor charging, so it's reasonable to assume that 2011-2013 owners would raise quite a stink as well (and may still if it's too expensive!) I'm not too surprised that they made the decision to include those years.
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