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[–] BillMarshall 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is a very REAL problem. Car makers will not release what they call "proprietary" info (even though it is not) which means that you as a consumer must buy a 1500 dollar brain box from them that could be repair for a couple of hundred dollars. What is even worse is they will discontinue making certain boxes in order to get the cars of the road and they cannot be cloned because they claim copyright infringement of intellectual property. So there are tens of thousands of cars that hit the junkyard every year when they could stay on the road for a long time if only they could be repaired. The car makers don't care because they want you to but a new car.

It has been evolved in the last 15 years and is in full swing no matter what you read. ask any independent autos hop.