• Aug 30, 2006
GM announced today that it will be making its OnStar Turn-by-Turn navigation system standard on a number of 2007 models and that the first year of service will be free. Owners of vehicles already equipped with OnStar can also have the service activated through an optional $100 OnStar package upgrade within their first year of use. Turn-by-Turn is considered an "off-board" GPS navigation system because the heavy lifting is done by OnStar advisors and a centrally-managed remote database. Users just push the blue OnStar button, tell a real person where they want to go and voice-guided directions will be pumped through the vehicle's stereo system. It features automatic route corrections and the ability to pick up where it left off after an unscheduled Mountain Dew-induced bathroom break. The system's centrally managed database also continually updates itself with points of interest, so when the main vain needs to be drained again you can call up an OnStar advisor and ask how many miles until the next McDonalds bathroom. Hold on to your wallets, though. After the first initial year of free service, Turn-by-turn navigation will cost OnStar users an additional $299 per year. Yowsers. A couple years of that would easily pay for a nice third third-party navigation system. But then who would you talk to?
[Source: OnStar]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I would rather see GM put the money that they are investing in Onstar into better more reliable vehicles. Toyota doesnt offer OnStar and you don't see their sales sagging..........
      • 8 Years Ago
      Three weeks ago on vacation I locked my keys in my car at 10:00PM, I was in the Middle of nowhere New Mexico. After five minutes of panic and trying to call someone for help a service station owner ask me what kind of car I owned. When I told him a 2006 Impala he ask me if I had OnStar and I did, he said why don't you call them they can unlock it remotely. I did, and they did, and I will forever have OnStar, you see I am a woman and I was alone. Don't tell me about OnStar I know what it can do.

      And I will forever own a GM auto.
      • 8 Years Ago
      True, OnStar does have other feature that are great. I like how some car companies have DVD based Nav's in the car and just use OnStar for it's other features.

      But my issue with cars that only use OnStar and don't have DVD based navs.

      1. What are you going to be using the OnStar for like 90% of the time used. Navigation. Unless you lock you keys in your car on a daily basis. And I found personally the navigation to suck.

      2. Having to pay for the 90% of the usage if it doesn’t work well. With DVD based navigation, yes you do have to buy upgraded discs, but you don’t have to for continued use. If your street and such don’t change much, you aren’t going to notice any problems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      IdiotRob:Lexus is a premium brand and cannot be compare to Buick or Mercury, the next brands on the list. Who pays for your stupid comments? The Japanese companies? How do you say idiot in Japanese?
      • 8 Years Ago
      OnStar is for noobs who do silly things like lock their keys in their car, get lost and buy GMs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "and if i remember correctly (which i do) lexus is a part of toyota and was kicking both buick and cadillac's ass (and has for a couple of years now).

      i love it when people cite convenient stats."

      I love it when people argue over stats that mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, like J.D. Power and Consumer Reports.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "11. Three weeks ago on vacation I locked my keys in my car at 10:00PM, I was in the Middle of nowhere New Mexico. After five minutes of panic and trying to call someone for help a service station owner ask me what kind of car I owned. When I told him a 2006 Impala he ask me if I had OnStar and I did, he said why don't you call them they can unlock it remotely. I did, and they did, and I will forever have OnStar, you see I am a woman and I was alone. Don't tell me about OnStar I know what it can do."

      Waid a minute, was this an advertisement from People Magazine last month?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Toyota doesnt offer OnStar and you don't see their sales sagging.........."

      Lexus is Toyota and Lexus Link sure smells like Onstar (http://www.lexus.com/lexuslink - hmmm, Safety,Directions & Concierge, is that Onstar?).



      "what about pontiac, GMC, chevrolet, saturn, hummer, and saab?"

      Saab: European (lack of) reliability.

      Saturn: Screwed by European (lack of) reliability because their L-Series and VUE had Opel engines made in England and their CVT transmission was made in Belgium (or some other place in Europe). Let's hope the Astra doesn't bring Saturn down in reliability.

      Hummer: The H1 was really just not made for driving on streets that is why they are stopping that. Also, people associate bad MPG as a "flaw" and that brings Hummer down as well. Too bad the low test scoring Americans haven't realized that the 4Runner has similar MPG as a Tahoe yet and when the Tahoe two mode hybrid comes out it will do even better. There is a possibility that the H2 based on the Tahoe's platform could get a hybrid.

      Chevy/Pontiac: Perception. When you take a noise into the Honda and Toyota dealerships they tell you "Our cars are bullet proof, nothing is wrong" and Chevy and Pontiac doesn't do that. Also, Honda doesn't make as many vehicles and Toyota does a bunch of Service Packs, I mean Service Bulletins (did they thank Bill Gates for that one) and so the customer is confused at the fact that their cars actually have problems and so don't mark them as such. A GM vehicles gets a recall the same as a Service Bulletin and people know there is a problem and mark the ballot accordingly.

      You know, America, the country that does worse on tests than other developed nations, they don't understand Service Pack && Service Bulletin == (Problem)bug.



      Anyway, Onstar is a worth while product. To be able to have Onstar on a Cobalt and it is also good enough for a luxury car brands like Cadillac and Lexus is a great thing.



      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares if it's in a GM, Audi, or even a fork lift. OnStar sucks!

      I had it in my Saab. First they couldn't figure out where I was. I had to finally give them cross streets. Then the street I was going to, they said there wasn't on. And this street has been around for 50 years! Not like it was some new street that hadn't hit their database. Luckly this was just me testing it out. I wanted to see how they would tell me to get home. By the time they figured out where I was, and where I was heading. I was already home.

      The whole process took 30 mins.

      That's why I laughed at them when they wanted me to pay to renew.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "John, it's VEIN, not vain. If you're going to be crude, at least use the correct spelling."

      John, he is correct, but don't feel too bad. My wife is an RN and the other day, another nurse was having trouble. When my wife asked her if she could help, the other nurse responded that she was having trouble getting arterial blood gases. My wife then informed this nurse, who has around seven years of experience, that she was trying to get ARTERIAL blood gases from a vein!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the idea, but $300/year is a lot. I'd rather spend two annual fees and get a garmin, tomtom, etc. that you can move around to any car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      samuel,

      what about pontiac, GMC, chevrolet, saturn, hummer, and saab?

      the last three are pretty much at the bottom of the reliability ratings and ALL except the two you conveniently mentioned are below the industry average.

      and if i remember correctly (which i do) lexus is a part of toyota and was kicking both buick and cadillac's ass (and has for a couple of years now).

      i love it when people cite convenient stats.
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