New to the thread, and I apologize if it's already been suggested, but
there's a way out for GM that would allow them to keep their current
users happy, I think.
How about if they offered to replace the current analog units with new
digital ones free of charge for those existing cars in which they are
actually used, in return for a three or perhaps five year contract?
Essentially the same thing as the cell phone folks do when they "give"
us a phone in return for a contract.
Just my 2 cents.
Depends on the cost of the update, or if possible at all. Would you take a
five year contract (minimum of $1000) if your car is already five or more
years old? GM would rather you buy a new car. That is their suggested
resolution for most every problem. That is where they (should be) making
Thanks for your post, Ken. I suspect there are relatively few vehicles
involved, and retrofitting
would probably not be a good deal for GM, the client, nor any aftermarket
I haven't done the mathematics, but GM would lose, and the client wouldnt
really gain that
much either, except in a minority of cases. This is the sort of think that
really irks a relatively
small number of GM customers, not without cause mind you, but leaves a bad
At this point, GM needs all the good will it can muster. They have a long
road to hoe, even
though their truck sales looked promising, etc.
Onstar is just a cellphone connected to a GPS location receiver. If GM
is spending more than $75 to build the electronics box for it then they
don't know a thing about modern electronics manufacturing. For example,
in 2002 the price for a GPS integrated receiver IC was $3.50:
Obviously it takes more than one IC to build the required electronics,
but it still is a way less than $75 box.
You don't have to "buy" a new phone, just sign up for a 1-2 year cell
phone contract and they will give you one. Even if you did need to buy
a new phone, it wouldn't cost the $15-45k purchase price of a new vehicle.
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