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Got a Pretty Good Onstar Discount Today

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My 2010 Malibu just turned one year old, so my one year of free Onstar ended. I called Onstar and they wanted $300 + tax for the Directions and Connections plan. They were just about to bill my credit card and I told the representative "I heard that Onstar Offers discounts". I found that out from this forum. Sure enough, she checked into it and I got 1 year of Directions and Connections for $240 + Tax. Just a simple question and I ended up saving about $70 with tax.

It bothered me a little bit that I had to ask for the discount. Why didn't they offer it to me in the first place?

In my opinion, if you have Navigation, it's worth it to spend the extra money for Directions and Connections. That's the feature I use most with Onstar. All the other features are great, but you really don't use them much unless there's an emergency situation. I even use the Directions and Connections to get phone numbers and addresses. It's a lot cheaper than calling 411. And you can even get phone #'s and addresses from your home phone.

So if you're renewing, ask for the discount. You will probably get it.
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Today's portable GPS units are so much more accurate in positioning than what OnStar could ever be that its amazing. The $149 Garmin 1490T that I gifted my wife (and later upgraded to Lifetime Maps for another $89) is so fast, and so accurate that it has lane choice notification. That's possible because of two things.

One, the 5" wide screen is sharp, full color and BIG. The OnStar display is a heavily-pixelated monochrome pointer, is the navigational equivalent of banging two rocks together in a world of precisely-machined steel tools.

Second, it's true GPS positioning. It's NOT triangulating between 3 cell phone towers of varying signal strength, but actually pulling a signal from a geostationary satellite.

Pay monthly or annually for OnStar when you want the security of theft recovery, remote unlocking of your car, maintenance reminders because you can't read the little text in front of you, or need a 5% additional discount on one portion of your car insurance bill.

Pay once for accurate location, maps, directions, points-of-interest, traffic and pretty pictures.
I agree I have a 765T and it's far more accurate then my friends Onstar, and lets not forget there's STILL no Mylink so your now paying the same fee for Onstar as say someone who has a Traverse and can use all the Mylink features. I think Onstar should have an automatic rebate for Malibu owners since you pay the same as everybody else but you can't use all the features :mad:
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