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I have jaguar, now my car having engine computer problem, to buy a new part is too expensive, i am try to look a used parts, but having problem to program,can any body know where can do reprogram?

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Most shops can reprogram. but your best bet is the dealer since they will have the latest software updates. Plus if this hasn't been diagnosed professioanlly its possible you don't havea computer issue. Computers rarely fail.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010

  • Susan Price Aug 19, 2010

    also if the computer did actually fail its possible a component shorted and took the computer with it.. If this is the case and you just replace the computer , the new computer will fry as soon as you tuen the key on.

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