Thanks for your optimism. I hope you’re right. I even offered to take my wife’s sled up there so they can see if they can hook up to it with BUDS. Haven’t heard back from them.
I’m already into this for $3200 parts and labor. I hope they aren’t planning to charge me further for chasing this issue with BUDS. The sled ran when I dropped it off, albeit on one cylinder.
A larger concern I have is regarding the new 2020 sleds I just ordered. Are they even more electronically dependent? Am I even going to be able to service and repair them myself without BUDS? Technology has improved our lives in many ways, but it sure has complicated things for those of us who prefer to wrench on our own vehicles. Which is probably what I should have done with this SDI.
Thank goodness for the folks on this forum. It’s the only thing keeping me sane right now....
I have seen folks on DooTalk get a reasonable labour cost when it took far too long to repair. I do the same and learn from it like everyone else. You should see how short the warranty time given for some of this work. It is very short. Hopefully it won't go passed a few hours especially considering your sled has been in the shop for a good part of the season
For the BUDS, you shouldn't need it. I own a CanDoo that I can plug to any sled and I would rather not if I don't have to. The 2020 sleds will have a new gauge so that should be interesting. If it has been the old I would have said don't skimp and get the Premium Gauge. I'm not familiar with new stuff, but I would think best to get the full package, and also don't skimp on the warranty to save a few bucks to pay for a fancy track or accessories. That's craziness. The reason is right in the name, it's a PowerSport... lol
As for working on your sleds, if it's a two stroke then there are so many things that can be done on a new sled to ensure it will never need serious repairs that it should keep you busy. Storage, consumption, electrical and heat are all big subjects. The majority of my attention is on these things regardless of the age of the sled. Overall the new ETECs - assuming this is what you are getting - are really cool problem free engines. Still there is work to keep them running well and knowing how to address any problems early. That reminds me of this one 2017 8050 ETEC owner who carefully went around his sled and found a long list of troubles that he documented with pictures and shared on the French Quebec forum CIMIQ. This was in mid season and the only one I saw of the season. It wasn't until late summer that BRP came out with a Warranty Bulletin covering most things he mentioned, but not all. It goes to show how much you can do on a new sled.
As for the SDI, it isn't too late. There is a whole new season ahead and 3 seasons to prepare