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My wife saw an ad for the OnStar FMV rear view mirror and thinks she wants to get it for me. I do a lot of long distance night driving and she claims it keeps her awake wondering if I'm OK. So I was wondering if anyone installed one and what they thought.
 

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I'm pretty sure Onstar is GM specific, as in it is integrated into their ecm's. I could be wrong though...
 

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One of the reasons that i did NOT buy a 1/2 ton Chevy was because of the ONSTAR, i don't need the government knowing where i am
I consider it being a spying bug for the government, but that is just me

If your vehicle is stolen, they can find it easily, as long as the power source is turned on
If someone is driving it unauthorized, ONSTAR can shut it down to 2 cylinders, just enough to let the vehicle have brakes & steering, all they need is request from the police
If you are in an accident, it notifies the ONSTAR people
If you have remote door locks, they can unlock them in case of a lockout

Before long just about all new vehicles will have it,
FORD calls it SYNC,
MOPAR will call it EVTS, Mopar EVTS offers nationwide tracking without a subscription, and it will available for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles and vehicles with a 16-pin diagnostic data port.
Mopar introduces Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, helping you locate cars -

By the way, if you use a Smartphone, there is an APP for GPS Tracking
Also you can be tracked with your cell phone, if it is a newer model
Also with a smartphone, you can get an APP to unlock your own doors, auto start it too
(remember the tv ads about the lady unlocking her husbands vehicle from the airport & starting it from there too ? )
 
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The FMV is not GM specific and neither is OnStar, now. That's why they offer up the FMV. I had OnStar on a GM vehicle and I liked it, especially the hands free phone function.
 

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OnStar has recently started marketing a universal retro fit kit so other brands could enjoy their product. :smiledown:

Be a GM loyalist, or trader since I now own a Ram :smileup:, I've never continued OnStar's subscription as I just didn't feel it was worth what they were charging for month rates. Sirius/ XM charges less, and I use that subscription every single day in the car, at work, at home...etc. Talk about the perfect cash cow for OnStar. Pay out the a$$ monthly and never use the service. The one time I did, was after my kids were born and it was on the wife's Traverse for her and the kids.

However, the one time I wanted to use OnStar, I locked my keys in my truck at Lowes Home Improvement. Was on the phone, shut the truck off, and then later got out the truck hitting the lock button while yapping on the phone. After I did it, I just shook my head like you dumb a$$. Called OnStar as it was active on the wife's Traverse. Gave them my name, and security information but because the Tahoe and Corvette subscriptions were lapsed, she wouldn't allow me to renew. I said...go ahead and put in on my account, bill me...whatever...just unlock the doors. The customer service person advised me it was not their policy to do this, but had to be activated inside the vehicle. I said...what good is that gonna do me? :SHOCKED: I took the time to register the Corvette, and the Tahoe...all my information is in your trusty little database. She pointed to company policy in which that's not the way it works.

Upset at both myself, and the OnStar I polite told this woman why OnStar was worthless. Even if they charged me a connect fee in this instance having me over the barrel, it was still better than admitting to my wife what I had done, and watching her and the kids show up at Lowe's with my spare set.

While waiting for my wife to arrive with the keys, I called back OnStar and canceled my subscription out of spite. The next lady asked me why? I said I just locked my key in my truck that lapse on my subscription (my fault I know), but your company did nothing to help me despite willing to pay. After multiple excuses and policy / memo quotations, I politely told her to stop talking, and hit the DELETE button on my account. :doh:
 

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LOL things like the embarrassing key in the ignition thing is exactly why i have AAA,
They come out & change a tire, unlock doors, tow vehicles etc. just for a small fee per year. I pay $75 annually for the service, multiple vehicles covered, & i get 3 or more tows, 1 can be up to 200 miles
You can't beat that with a big stick
 

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LOL things like the embarrassing key in the ignition thing is exactly why i have AAA,
They come out & change a tire, unlock doors, tow vehicles etc. just for a small fee per year. I pay $75 annually for the service, multiple vehicles covered, & i get 3 or more tows, 1 can be up to 200 miles
You can't beat that with a big stick
I agree I like those services. I now have AMA, it is even cheaper than AAA and IMO better. It covers mine and my spouses and any dependents(if we had any) motorcycles and autos. They give a realistic towing distance too, not 5 miles like is often the case. The first time I used the service the tow truck showed up within 5 minutes! I walked to the gas station across the street to get a coke and while standing in line at the register I saw the truck and had to sprint across the street to catch him before he pulled away as no one was with the vehicle. Call me a liar, but it's true haha.
 

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OnStar has recently started marketing a universal retro fit kit so other brands could enjoy their product. :smiledown:

Be a GM loyalist, or trader since I now own a Ram :smileup:, I've never continued OnStar's subscription as I just didn't feel it was worth what they were charging for month rates. Sirius/ XM charges less, and I use that subscription every single day in the car, at work, at home...etc. Talk about the perfect cash cow for OnStar. Pay out the a$$ monthly and never use the service. The one time I did, was after my kids were born and it was on the wife's Traverse for her and the kids.

However, the one time I wanted to use OnStar, I locked my keys in my truck at Lowes Home Improvement. Was on the phone, shut the truck off, and then later got out the truck hitting the lock button while yapping on the phone. After I did it, I just shook my head like you dumb a$$. Called OnStar as it was active on the wife's Traverse. Gave them my name, and security information but because the Tahoe and Corvette subscriptions were lapsed, she wouldn't allow me to renew. I said...go ahead and put in on my account, bill me...whatever...just unlock the doors. The customer service person advised me it was not their policy to do this, but had to be activated inside the vehicle. I said...what good is that gonna do me? :SHOCKED: I took the time to register the Corvette, and the Tahoe...all my information is in your trusty little database. She pointed to company policy in which that's not the way it works.

Upset at both myself, and the OnStar I polite told this woman why OnStar was worthless. Even if they charged me a connect fee in this instance having me over the barrel, it was still better than admitting to my wife what I had done, and watching her and the kids show up at Lowe's with my spare set.

While waiting for my wife to arrive with the keys, I called back OnStar and canceled my subscription out of spite. The next lady asked me why? I said I just locked my key in my truck that lapse on my subscription (my fault I know), but your company did nothing to help me despite willing to pay. After multiple excuses and policy / memo quotations, I politely told her to stop talking, and hit the DELETE button on my account. :doh:
I'm with Yankee - I don't want to be tracked either (I leave my phone GPS off as well.

I have solved the locked keys problem by welding a little box that fits into my receiver hitch and is locked by a combination hitch pin. I cover the whole thing with a rubber receiver plug. So my spare door key (not the FOB) rides with me back there all the time and is only a quick turn of (4) tumblers away from use should I accidentally lock my keys in the truck. I call it my Hitch Cubby!
 

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I have solved the locked keys problem by welding a little box that fits into my receiver hitch and is locked by a combination hitch pin. I cover the whole thing with a rubber receiver plug. So my spare door key (not the FOB) rides with me back there all the time and is only a quick turn of (4) tumblers away from use should I accidentally lock my keys in the truck. I call it my Hitch Cubby!
That's a great idea, but you just told everyone your secret! lol
 

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That's a great idea, but you just told everyone your secret! lol
The box is fully captured by the hitch pin. It's not like you can slide it out the back of the receiver and I still have the combination. :gy:
 

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I see that no one answered the OP's question, and I'm not going to either.... except to say...

I've looked in to this, as my FIL was a die hard GM person due to OnStar, but because of FMV he purchased a Durango a few months ago. He is planning on having FMV installed, just hasn't gotten around to it yet. I guess with Christmas and all the funding is just not there at this point.

good luck and be sure to keep us updated


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I refused to get a GM vehicle just because they have Onstar. Have a friend stopped on the way home, had one beer, headed back on home. Hit a deeer two miles out of town, got out to look at the damage and was not in the vehicle when Onstar called. Deputy was on scene before he got back in the car. Got nailed for OWI for 0.01 over.

I have live 46 years without needing it, can't say I will need it for another 46. Even free having someone with ability to track me that easy is unsettling to me.
 
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