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Old 10-17-2016, 07:31 PM   #13
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2003 VUE 3.0L
2007 VUE 3.5L
Default Re: Can I replace BCM myself?

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Originally Posted by CoJames View Post
Local GM dealer in Denver wants $462 + $140 to program it. The online one is $238. Expensive either way, but that's a big difference.
You want to find out if that dealer is quoting you a new/improved BCM with the newer style key fobs. If so, I would jump on that - $140 is the going price for programming.

I'm going through BCM hell myself right now. I tried getting my factory unit repaired, but it was toast. I got a used unit from an online outfit - very BIG PITA removing the old one. After finally getting the 30-min. security relearn accomplished, I was able to start the car and the replacement unit cured my issues (Rear Wiper, DRLs, Door Locks), but it left me with a new Air Bag Light, non-working key fobs and of course, the mileage of the car it came out of. I believe these issues can be fixed with programming by someone with a GM Tech-II scan tool. From what I understand, the "primary key" is a setup needed so the SDM can get the vehicle configuration from the BCM. I'm having trouble getting this done - the dealers want to sell you a new and improved BCM, which, from what I hear, costs about $1,000, but comes with 2 new key fobs. I would hate to spend that much on my 13-year-old '03, but I think my VUE has a lot of miles left in it, so I might spring for the new BCM. Especially considering another 1st gen unit is going to fail again in due time.

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