Redhorse,I pretty much use OnStar every day. I use the Virtual Adviser to check my traffic to see which route I should take to/from work every morning and evening (since one accident on our beltway can easily cause a 2-3 hour delay). I also use the eNav quite a bit. I will definitely renew, but I'll be sure to get the Directions/Connections upgrade. In the pamphlet, it says using Virtual Adviser uses phone minutes, but it never has for me.
How did you get that deal. I would renew XM for $4.99 a month. Honestly, I don't think it's worth more than $6 or 7 bucks a month, not the $13.99 they like to charge.I renewed my XM for at least 6 months. Only paying 4.99 per month for the six. That's worth it. Will have to look at OnStar. Not sure it's worth the money when I really don't use it.
XM is a joke now. There are freaking commercials on some channels and they even upped the price to renew.
Onstar is kind of cool. We dont use it very often but the few times we have its been pretty good. I still think the price is too high. GM could make a ton of money by lowering it to $99-119 a year for the safe and sound plan as most people just want the basic stuff and dont need all that fluff.
Crash assistance, stolen vehicle, crisis and remote door unlock should be a VERY base plan for $60-70 a year.
IE, I dont need onstar to do the diagnostics. The car will tell you whats wrong with an idiot light and then you get the code read for free at an autoparts store. I also dont like the roadside assistance feature. My insurance company includes this on my full coverage for no fee.
Totally agree with the channels changing... it's because of stupid Sirius (since they're merging/merged)...Im in the same boat. I like XM, but at what cost? They're changing the channel line up too much, and Ive noticed more & more commercials. I love having access to sports while traveling, though, and not losing the signal, so we'll see. I think my trial is technically up, but I haven't lost service yet.
OnStar is also really cool for some things. I dont want the directions or anything, but I like the idea of being able to open my car with a phone call, get assistance when needed, emergency/theft protection, etc., but again, at what cost?
I didn't know that! Thanks! I have searched the whole GM website and read all the literature on OnStar and have not found that anywhere...where did you find that out??Redhorse,
It only uses your prepaid minutes when you have the Safe & Sound plan.. it's an included feature with Directions & Connections and therefore doesn't deduct from your minutes.
It will start by asking you if you want to go to eNav (where you can store locations from MapQuest). I just say "Get my traffic". I have set up local traffic, plus my primary route and a secondary route. It gives me all updates regarding road construction and accidents locally, for my primary and then for my secondary route. That way, I know which route to take home.When you call into Virtual Advisor, based on your current location (and settings on OnStar.com), it will tell you of any major/unusual traffic events within a radius you specify (I believe the default is 5mi).
Trying to be honest, I called and asked them why my minutes weren't being deducted and the advisor told me that's only on the safe/sound planI didn't know that! Thanks! I have searched the whole GM website and read all the literature on OnStar and have not found that anywhere...where did you find that out??
The Directions and Conns plan is $299/year, less than a dollar per day -- less than a morning cup of coffee at most places, so worth it to me....but I like the idea of being able to open my car with a phone call, get assistance when needed, emergency/theft protection, etc., but again, at what cost?