Last post on Sep 24, 2007 at 11:45 AM
You are in the Buick Enclave
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Buick Enclave, SUV
#11 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [bobelew]
Sep 20, 2007 (2:17 pm)
"First it is against the law without a court order..."
Wrong! Since 9/11 there has been a serious and huge erosion of our once taken for granted personal freedoms. There is all sorts of warrant less government surveillance activities going on out there as we speak. Booster2 has every right to be concerned. We all do. Now, would I hesitate to buy an OnStar equipped car? No. I have had one for over 6 years, but did let the service lapse due to the fact that it is analog in that car. I may be getting another car with OnStar's latest system very soon. However, I agree that the benefits outweigh the danger. I can certainly see why many would be distrustful, however, and not really want the system in their car.
#12 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [hardhawk]
Sep 20, 2007 (10:56 pm)
Your point is well taken. The point I was trying to make is that for most of us, who would want to waste their resorces trying to keep track of the whereabouts of all of us "average Joes" just for the fun of it? In todays world there are too many big fish to fry. Besides, why should we be so concerned about onstar when there are so many other ways for Big Brother to track us? Like I mentioned before, every time each of us has our cell phones powered on, our movements can also be tracked. Why then the big fear of onstar. I just hate to see someone start messing with the electronics in his/her new car and maybe nullify the warranty and effect the running of the vehicle. If that is such a large concern, why not just buy something other that a GM vehicle?
#13 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [bobelew]
Sep 21, 2007 (12:51 pm)
You make a good point too in that big brother can take a photo from a satellite and can magnify it down to the point they can read a newspaper headline on a paper you lay out on your lawn. I say let 'em track me and be bored stiff!
#14 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [bobelew]
Sep 21, 2007 (1:57 pm)
Or since the vehicle records all those vehicle parameters, you maybe exceeded something or did not do some kind of procedure spelled out in the manual (after all, your a normal person, not an automotive magazine test driver who lives to follow every single procedure and limit to the letter). Yep, they may not try to track you at random, but all that information is recorded and can come back to bite you in the future. And who's to say the dealer doesn't download that stuff every time you head in for maintenance. They say their policy is not to, but that's not binding on anyone and you would have no way to know. It's a slippery slope. You think, oh, who cares about a little information here and there getting out. Plus, I never do anything wrong so why would I care? They don't want me. Maybe not today, but every time you decide to blow off a little freedom here, a little right there, you are just opening up a pandora's box for the future. Think I'm a little paranoid, maybe overreacting? Just ask someone who lived in Germany (or the surrounding countries) around 1939. I have and some of them are very concerned about what they see here today. Seems very familiar, just more high tech today.
Can I live without turn by turn navigation and hands free calling? I think I'll survive. Plus, I have been told that the regular navigation system does not require Onstar so that would work anyway. As far as the warranty, I recieved the same generic veiled threat from GM, that modifying the vehicle and changing it's operation MAY invalidate the warranty. But, if I'm only, say, pulling the power from Onstar, how would that affect the operation of my vehicle? Unless there's more to Onstar than they say. Or maybe there's not at all but they DO NOT want you to disconnect because they really, really want that information they are collecting. Hmmm, just sounds unnerving.
Yes, I guess I do have general concerns about the general loss of privacy everywhere nowadays. And I'm sure it will continue as our lawmakers don't seem too concerned about that (again refer to 1939). But without getting too crazy about that, I'm just not happy with having to pay for a system that has the potential to do things to me I do want or authorize. And aside from the turn by turn and hands free calling, I see no huge advantage to it. I'm sure if I have an accident or the airbag deploys, it will be noticed by someone in a timely manner as I do not live on the deserted surface of the moon. And the tradeoff is not something I'm willing to make. If you are not all that concerned with your privacy and the consequences of it's abuse, well, that's of course, your prerogative. But as for me, I plan to stay Onstar free. If I can figure out a way to disable it in the Enclave, I will consider purchasing it as it seems like a great vehicle. It would be the first GM product I have owned since my first car in high school.
#15 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [hardhawk]
Sep 21, 2007 (4:40 pm)
Amen to that!
#16 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [booster2]
Sep 21, 2007 (5:01 pm)
I respect your decision which ever way you want to go. It personal choice and I would never try to dissuade you from you decision. All I am trying to say is that what ever we do it seems as though there is someone who knows it, so why lose sleep over what onstar does or doesn't reveal. I have to admit that I am no expert on onstar. I haven't even used it as I don't own the Enclave yet, it is just on order. I wasn't aware that they could record what speed you were driving with respect to some mechanical failure. I may well be wrong, but aren't you reading too much into this system?
As far as the navigation system goes, I believe that it is GPS linked. It does use a DVD format. I think that there are some systems which do use only DVD, but without the GPS they cannot inform you exactly where you are, when to turn, or to recaculate your route if you miss a turn.
Good luck on your Quest! I hope that you end up the the Enclave!
#17 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [bobelew]
Sep 24, 2007 (11:08 am)
I think the issue a lot of people have with OnStar, myself included, is that GM does not offer an alternative to the calling feature. They offer a stand alone navigation system so that you do not have to use OnStar but they refuse to offer bluetooth as an option. Personally, I think this is an even bigger deal than the navigation. I would pay for the OnStar service for the navigation if I felt it was better than the in-dash unit. However, I refuse to pay extra to make calls from my own car and get another phone number to keep track of, since OnStar only works with Verizon. If I can get a Nissan Altima, or Toyota Corolla with bluetooth, but not a $45,000 CUV, it is obviously not a cost issue. On top of that, Cadillac offers bluetooth on the STS, so it is not a technology issue. Thus, it comes down to a profit issue, where GM can maximize the amount of revenue they get from OnStar.
#18 of 20 Re: Onstar in Enclave [docrw]
Sep 24, 2007 (11:45 am)
Yeah, aside from the privacy issue, that's my main problem with it. For the money it costs and the market segment they are trying to capture, it's a very lame setup to say the least. The bluetooth would be the way to go but,like you said, that diverts profit away from GM. For an operation that is in such bad shape and trying to get people into their showrooms, that's a very non-competitive setup for sure. I guess you can't completely get rid of the stagnant/backward thinking that has been the hallmark of GM for years. Actually, this would be the first GM vehicle I've owned since 1972, and the way it's looking now, I'm thinking it probably won't be the second one. I personally know 3 people who decided against the Enclave over the Onstar issue, some for the privacy, some for having to buy what they don't want. Hopefully for Buick and GM, after the initial sales rush to the new vehicle dies, This thing won't become one of those dinosaurs sitting around at showrooms for months on end. Time will tell I guess....unless of course they get their heads out of the sand and make it an option.