I'm looking to purchase a p38 this year and am struggling with one of the issues i've been reading about.
Horror stories tell about p38 owners that are locked out of their vehicles and/or being stranded.
Something about a weak door lock triggering a code (BECM? EKA?) that effectively locks-down and/or bricks the car
Should i be so concerned about this? Any long term fixes available?
After all my reading this is the one issue that i'm most scared of.
"Overrated"? Absolutely not. The P-38 alarm system has probably been responsible for most of the ones that have been sent to the crusher, or firebombed by their justifiably frustrated owners. Put simply, it is fiddly, temperamental, and easy to annoy. Additionally, as they age they can become a bit senile as well.......It is however very easy to NOT annoy it.
If you are shopping, you can purchase an older Gems engined truck, and install a Mobi-Lize (Thread going currently) and install it.
This will prevent you from ever being stranded by the alarm system. Will not eliminate the alarm, just allows you to start if the alarm thinks it is being stolen......
OR you can buy one with TWO (or more!) working key fob remotes........AND service/ replace the door lock micro switches. These trucks will only bite you in the butt if you ignore issues like door latches. Having and using the fobs will generally mean you will never be stranded either. BE aware, for example, you can no longer buy key fob remotes for NAS spec trucks........(thus the importance of telling us where you are, so we can give you better information.......)
Of course, you can read the hundreds of threads here and on other RR sites which detail the agony and bliss of being thwarted by and eventually triumphing over the notorious P-38 alarm system.
If you are a keen do it yourself mechanic, and intend doing your own work, then go for it! If, however, you intend paying someone to work on it for you, you better have very deep pockets, and a great sense of humour:shock: