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Old 02-22-2014, 03:52 PM   #15
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Durned subscriptions!!!

I know that you can 'negotiate' with XM/Sirius, particularly on second and third radios. Doubtful that GM will, but perhaps I'll give it a try after my six months are up!!
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:03 PM   #16
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I like the emails I get with the status of my vehicle (Oil Life, tire pressure etc.) Don't have any of the apps for my GM truck, but I do have MBRACE on my Benz, with the iPhone app. I really like being able to LOCK the car remotely. Recently, we were walking a mile or so to a concert and I was unsure if I had locked the car properly. Rather than having to trudge all the way back I simply whipped out the phone and told it to lock, and it confirmed it had locked it. Worth every penny.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #17
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Durned subscriptions!!!

I know that you can 'negotiate' with XM/Sirius, particularly on second and third radios. Doubtful that GM will, but perhaps I'll give it a try after my six months are up!!
My attempts to negotiate additional radios on my Sirius multi-device plan have not been successful when trying to add an XM vehicle. Its been awhile, but at the time (post merger) they told me no deals.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:12 PM   #18
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I have 2 lifetime subscriptions on SiriusXM. They no longer offer lifetime subscriptions.
Also, XM online used to cone with the subscription. Now it is an extra charge.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:50 PM   #19
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We've owned GM vehicles for decades and since Onstar became available have maintained the plans. We have our medical information there in case of an accident for first responders, our "who to contact" if we cannot provide that information. So there are other things that Onstar provides with the Sight and sound options.
On their cell service I have been contacted through the truck phone when the commercial network had zero bars, so it does roam, but we do NOT incur the change if you connect like a cell service.
We've also reported many times accidents or possible questionable activity by just a push of the button which provided the exact location by GPS keeping us moving and not being engaged if the situation was dangerous.
We find it to be a great option and will only purchase vehicles that offer this due to the hand free option. I love the fact that we can use the truck phone without it being obvious we are talking on the phone to the Highway Patrol, when someone has decided to share their aggressive driving skills and use international sign language at the same time.
We just purchased a new 2014 Buick Enclave and with the mapping, POIs for fuel and other requirements with towing that can all be done by voice command to include the use of Onstar calling that number it is amazing. So we are considering upgrading the 2005 Duramax just due to this amazing upgrade in 2014.
Keep in mind that if you don't want to by their minutes you can sync your Iphone up with most any system.
I know there are many options out there and everyone has their preference, so good luck in deciding on yours. To us, the investment is worth is as like Andy stated it is like having insurance which by the way insurance Companies offer a pretty decent discount with Onstar active accounts. Worth the deductible.

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Old 02-22-2014, 08:42 PM   #20
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Depends on your situation, I guess.

I don't find Onstar to be useful in a life-threatening emergency insofar as help can be summoned by calling 911. Onstar uses the Verizon network and doesn't have any different coverage than a Verizon cell phone. There is a slight coverage improvement to be gained by using a roof mount antenna, as Onstar does, and as is available for some handsets.

Current 911 technology provides location data to the dispatch center with accuracy roughly comparable to what is achieved with Onstar.

I currently have Onstar activated in one car because I find the remote start to be useful when departing my workplace for home.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:27 PM   #21
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I have had onstar since 2004 on several different vehicles and dont regret any time of it. I do not use all the fancy I phone services some have mentioned but have used the hands free calling when cell phones do not work as mentioned. Most importantly a few years ago we were parking in a campsite and the DW was helping me park and I got out to check something and closed the door and my rat terrier hit the lock button and locked my two little kids and him in the vehicle. I called onstar and within a minute my Yukon xl was unlocked. Well worth the money!!!!!

XM on the other hand I have had bad experiences with so cant recommend that one.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:32 PM   #22
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The Big Three are working hard to sell vehicles, with big rebates, zero percent financing, free oil changes, you name it. I have to wonder why GM doesn't throw free OnStar into the mix...
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The Big Three are working hard to sell vehicles, with big rebates, zero percent financing, free oil changes, you name it. I have to wonder why GM doesn't throw free OnStar into the mix...
GMC in the US gives 6 month of Onstar with a new vehicle, and Cadillac gives 1 year free.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:16 PM   #24
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You know how the commercial shows the man who has been in a wreck and the Onstar operator calling him and sending help?

Well... didn't work that way for ME. I wrecked on I-64 last June: BIG interstate, less than 12 miles from a large town, and NO CALL. The police, the rescue squad and 5 to 10 helpful strangers arrived promptly. On Star - NEVER. AND they kept billing me long after the truck was scrapped. I finally got the last two months refunded. Had the Silverado 2008 for 5 years @ $20 per month and it didn't work in a wreck. $1250 flushed down toilet.

Perhaps the truck's battery was damaged, or one of the cables popped off during a wreck, but for a safety system this one isn't at all bulletproof or redundant.

Go camping with a couple of friends if possible. If alone, have a regular check-in call schedule. If you don't call, let your buddy call you - and if no response - call the mounties!

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Old 02-22-2014, 10:20 PM   #25
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GMC in the US gives 6 month of Onstar with a new vehicle, and Cadillac gives 1 year free.
Six months free here in Canada on trucks. Not sure about SUVs and cars.
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:25 PM   #26
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You know how the commercial shows the man who has been in a wreck and the Onstar operator calling him and sending help?

Well... didn't work that way for ME. I wrecked on I-64 last June: BIG interstate, less than 12 miles from a large town, and NO CALL. The police, the rescue squad and 5 to 10 helpful strangers arrived promptly. On Star - NEVER. AND they kept billing me long after the truck was scrapped. I finally got the last two months refunded. Had the Silverado 2008 for 5 years @ $20 per month and it didn't work in a wreck. $1250 flushed down toilet.

Perhaps the truck's battery was damaged, or one of the cables popped off during a wreck, but for a safety system this one isn't at all bulletproof or redundant.

Go camping with a couple of friends if possible. If alone, have a regular check-in call schedule. If you don't call, let your buddy call you - and if no response - call the mounties!

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Paula:

As one of the main advertised OnStar features (check-in and 911 call when the airbags deploy), you'd certainly think that they'd design the system to be failsafe regardless of the damage to the vehicle!! Valuable information!
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You know how the commercial shows the man who has been in a wreck and the Onstar operator calling him and sending help?

Well... didn't work that way for ME. I wrecked on I-64 last June: BIG interstate, less than 12 miles from a large town, and NO CALL. The police, the rescue squad and 5 to 10 helpful strangers arrived promptly. On Star - NEVER. AND they kept billing me long after the truck was scrapped. I finally got the last two months refunded. Had the Silverado 2008 for 5 years @ $20 per month and it didn't work in a wreck. $1250 flushed down toilet.

Perhaps the truck's battery was damaged, or one of the cables popped off during a wreck, but for a safety system this one isn't at all bulletproof or redundant.

Go camping with a couple of friends if possible. If alone, have a regular check-in call schedule. If you don't call, let your buddy call you - and if no response - call the mounties!

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Paula, this is most disturbing to me. If you'd like to PM me and give me some detailed info, I wouldn't mind checking into it. It is entirely possible that the air bag deployment info was received (satellite) and services were dispatched, but voice capability was knocked out (Cellular). They automatically send services if no voice communication is achieved, whether by a mechanical damage or an unresponsive occupant.

There is an energy reserve module that allows for airbag deployment and Onstar signal transmission is the battery is knocked offline in the impact. As I recall, this was a rollover event....was the roof antenna damaged?
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The trailer rolled, the truck didn't - it went head first into the embankment. I double checked pictures we took of the wrecked vehicles after the accident. The roof was undamaged. There was quite a bit of damage on the driver's side of the car. Oddly - the airbag DID NOT deploy at all, but if there were any sensors working in that truck at all, they should have measured a wreck seeing as how the frame was bent, and a couple of engine mounts broke. The front end was badly skewed.

When I called OnStar to try and get a refund they had no record of the accident and claimed they couldn't locate the truck - period. Of course they couldn't, but the time I called it had probably been crushed.

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