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Pontiac Grand Prix, Audio, Sedan
#16 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [smallegan]
Jul 25, 2006 (10:28 am)
Not sure if you can get the Monsoon system w/ the standard radio though. Looking at pontiac's web site, this system is included when you order the 6 cd changer, but it doesnt say if it comes w/ the normal stereo. However, the normal single CD player WILL play MP3 files, so i guess its a matter of choice which one to get. On one hand, you can get the awesome speaker system, but only play 6 normal cds, or go without the monsoon system, but be able to play 150+ songs from 1 cd.
#17 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [dblduce]
Jul 25, 2006 (12:57 pm)
CD's?? Oh yea, thats what they had before they came out with XM radio!
#18 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [erichthecatt]
Jul 26, 2006 (4:51 am)
XM radio is "ok" for certain instances. If you do a lot of travelling, then it might be worth the $12.95 / month they charge for it. When I had it free for the first 3 months I owned my car, I found that the slightest obstruction would cause the system to lose its signal. I used to park underneath a 2 level parking garage, and of course, i would lose signal. Some drive-thru restaurants would tend to block it, as well as the occasional tunnel.
#19 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [dblduce]
Jul 26, 2006 (5:55 am)
Yea, Every morning on my drive to work, going 70 down the free way it will cut out for a second when i go under the overpasses. What i dont understand though is when i go to vegas and park in one of those massive parking structures 6-10 stories high, it rarely goes out.
#20 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [dblduce]
Jul 26, 2006 (6:01 am)
I agree with you completely on XM. I don't think it's all it's cracked up to be. But since I have the XM band, I do subscribe to it and will continue to do so. I find myself listening to my CD's more.
Now, I would like to tell everyone about my experience with OnStar. I have had OnStar since owning my 2002 GTP and my "free" subscription on my 2006 GXP expires at midnight on August 3rd. They sent me a little telling me about the expiration and said I would not be billed until August 4th. I called and renewed and was told I wouldn't be billed until August 4th. This is a good listen to be learned -- never renew OnStar until the day before. When I got my GM credit card on Sat. they had already billed me 6 weeks in advance, $210. I called them; they were snotty. I said I wanted to talk with a supervisor. He came on. I explained the situation and told them since they took my money 6 weeks ahead of time I want a month's free of the safe and sound package. He said "no." They gave me 30 free minutes. I still wanted a month's free. I also told him that I have had OnStar since 2002 and they never pulled anything like this before. He didn't care. Still, no free one month's safe and sound package and he also told me that I shouldn't have renewed until the day before. I also told him that I would post this episode on Edmunds. He said "don't you say anything slanderous." I said I will only tell about your unethical practices. He hung up on me. I then called GM and they agreed with me completely. They put me on hold and then told me they filed a complaint with management and it will go before their management team.
That night I called OnStar again and got apologies. I said I'm sick of listening to your apologies. I said I want to talk to a supervisor again. I got another supervisor. Went through my whole story and ended up with two extra months' free of the safe and sound package, plus my 30 minutes. I just wanted to let everyone know how unethical they can be. It ended up okay hopefully. We'll see. I am supposed to get a letter confirming all of this. Chats1
#21 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [erichthecatt]
Jul 26, 2006 (6:16 am)
The XM probably doesn't cut out when you go to Vegas because there is probably a signal in the parking structure. Mine doesn't cut out downstairs where I park underground but does under structures while driving to work. I get no signal and then it's fine. I have called XM about this. If there is no signal, it will cut out. Same with the remote keyless entry. You can park somewhere and there's a blockage, move the car a distance and the remote is fine. Chats1
#22 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [chats1]
Jul 26, 2006 (9:51 am)
One thing i dont understand about OnStar is why they continue to spend money needlessly. I have owned 3 different pontiacs (2 GTPs and 1 GXP) that all had OnStar, yet I NEVER subscribed to them. In my GXP i bought in June 2005, i dont even think ive ever TURNED IT ON. For some reason though, every month or so I will get literature mailed to me from OnStar, giving me information about their services, how "easy" and "cheap" it is to sign up for, etc. If I never was a paying customer of theirs, would it make sense to keep paying to mail me these things every few months??? Im sure im not the only one they mail this stuff too either. That has to be pretty expensive!
#23 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [dblduce]
Jul 26, 2006 (10:34 am)
I have always continued the OnStar coverage because of the personal calling and you have to have one of the plans to get the personal calling which I find a lot easier to use while driving than my cell phone. It used to be a priority when I purchased a new GTP (have had 3) and now the GXP, but I don't know anymore. And, also, I have never had to call them for any breakdowns, but knew if I got stuck with my car, they would be there. But so far, all my Pontiacs have been great and I never had any problems, except for the 99 GTP which my nephew got from me and a few months ago it caught on fire in the engine area and the car was totalled. He didn't care though because he already had an Infiniti and was satisfied with what he got from his insurance company for the car and then bought a used Laredo for work. But, he had it for 7 years while in school. But with my problem on Saturday, I think I may go back to Triple A. We'll see. They probably keep sending you letters because they are looking for customers. Their attitude leaves a lot to be desired. It seems I'm always complaining about something, right? But I wanted everyone to know what happened and that is what this forum is all about. Chats1
#24 of 45 Re: Question About Sound Options [dblduce]
Jul 27, 2006 (4:45 am)
I agree. I don't use nor will I subscribe to the Onstar Plans. I'd rather have AAA that follows the subscriber regardless of the car driven. I can use it when out of town in rentals or even a friends car. Cell phone wise, I have a nice one from Cingular and again, don't want a plan that's tied to my car. Nice features, but the value isn't there for me.
#25 of 45 XM and OnStar
Jul 26, 2006 (8:12 pm)
Have any of you guys gotten those flyers for XM renewal for $77 for a year? I have until July 31 to decide. I like it, but not sure if it's worth the money. Secondly, the OnStar isn't worth it either. I THOUGHT that I had the one with directions, but found out I didn't when I used it to ask for directions. I had the complete package on my Cadillac, before this car, so assumed it had the same thing. I do like the cell call from it feature though.