Chances are, you'll probably pay at least that much to get the lens repaired, never mind the bench fee at an authorized dealer. Also, the new policy Nikon has on distribution of parts has made some aspects of DIY almost impossible depending upon the parts needed.
So I looked, but can't find the receipt. We moved since I bought it, so it's lost for good probably.
That's a great price, and it is certainly Plan B.
So far, I took the lens mostly apart, and half separated it once I got to below the first circuit board. I pulled until the zoom/focus 'rod' semi-dislodged, and then reinserted it. That was done by feel, and quite easy to do. Nothing felt wrong with out during the tear down, but I figured I'd give that a try, along with seeing if something was disconnected.
Put it back together (dam screws are getting too small for my old eyes), turn the zoom to 30mm before turning it on, and... VOILA! (well almost) The lens works from 13.1mm thru 30mm. When I go wider then 13.1mm, the image jumps, I can hear and feel something in the lens move, and then I get the error message.
Any ideas? I think I have about an 80% chance of fixing this. Keeping my fingers crossed, but if worse comes to worse, I can just shoot longer then 13mm.