I'm pretty sure Onstar is GM specific, as in it is integrated into their ecm's. I could be wrong though...
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.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'm with Yankee - I don't want to be tracked either (I leave my phone GPS off as well.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:
That's a great idea, but you just told everyone your secret! lolI 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!
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:That's a great idea, but you just told everyone your secret! lol