Don’t think so....... it’s not like when they first started out. Units were plug and play. Now they are hard wired into every system of the vehicle. You try to unhook it now and your dash will light up like a Christmas tree. I am with you on not not wanting OnStar. I don’t like the aspect that GM puts it in every vehicle, makes the consumer pay for it while they sell the info it gathers. If it was a dealer option to install or not at point of sell (which it easily could be), it would not be viable for them to continue to offer it. If you holler too loud about OnStar on forums, people will just tell you to get more aluminum foil to wear. They don’t mind giving up their freedoms.
Hate the adaptive cruise control myself. We have had it quite a while in the wife’s QX80 Infiniti. You are able to turn it off and just use it as regular cruise control if you like, which I do.
Never said it wasn’t a great tool. I said if all you rely on was a backup camera each time while backing, you are encouraging disaster. Accidents happen from time to time no matter how much care we use to avoid them. People do foolish things when not giving full attention to the activity at hand. UPS driver in that case was completely at fault for not clearing the space before backing even if the bicyclist wasn’t paying attention to his surroundings. (And some of us still don’t have cell phones... never have owned one and never plan on owning one no matter how much my wife and family berate me over the fact. IMO, cell phones are like backup cameras. They are a convenience, not a necessity)
I drove a truck for UPS for 34 years. We only had backup cameras for the last half of my career. They are life savers.... No doubt. If you only rely on a backup camera when you back, you are asking for trouble. Nothing beats looking in the mirrors and keeping your head on a swivel the whole time you are moving. The way we were taught " If in doubt, get out and check it out." Too many times I watch people driving that are so focused on looking down the hood of their vehicle, with a death grip on their steering wheel. They are oblivious to anything else that is happening around them. The least amt. of backing you can do is best. Its where the largest amt of accidents occur. If you must back, back first before parking while you are aware of traffic situation around you. Then you can pull out head first instead of backing into traffic. All that to say you dont have to have a backup camera to be safe if you follow some basic driving techniques. Glad I have a camera but it is not a necessity.
Dealership near me advertises their demos and loaners around 1500.00 more off than brand new. Most of em have around 5000 on the odometer. Here is an AT4 they currently have for about 1400.00 off on top of regular discount even though they will discount much more. I have negotiated about 15000.00 off a brand new AT4 I hope to go get this week. https://www.everettbgmc.com/VehicleDetails/new-2019-GMC-Sierra_1500-Crew_Cab_Short_Box_4_Wheel_Drive_AT4-Bryant-AR/3411419343
Everett GMC in Arkansas has their AT4 at 11,300 off on the 66,000 truck and 10,xxx off on 63,000. I have bought 5 pickups from them since 2012. Always get a great deal. https://www.everettbgmc.com/VehicleSearchResults?model=Sierra 1500&trim=Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive AT4&sort=savings|desc
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