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  1. I had been having this issue for some time, and finally got around to mentioning it at the dealer when in for a 25,000 service appointment. They covered in on the warranty, no problem there, but did not have the part in stock. The dealership service advisor told me he would contact me within a week to arrange to install it, but I have not been able to contact him since then. Sounds like I have some follow up work to do.
  2. I know from personal experience that you are absolutely correct on the effect of speeding tickets on insurance premiums.
  3. Maybe you wouldn't object to having OnStar release your MPH information to your insurance company.
  4. Not sure about issuance of tickets, but I bet you wouldn't be laughing when OnStar complies with a subpena by providing accident information about you and your vehicle to a personal injury auto accident attorney suing you
  5. I associate myself with the comments of this forensics scientist at Via Forensics: http://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=1270
  6. Agree that it hasn't been anything like that <i>before</i>now, but times are changing. Google and Apple both did some data mining, but once exposed, they had to backtrack, and I am hoping that OnStar does the same. I do like OnStar but I don't like the possibility that OnStar would be providing information to law enforcement and government bureaucrats without my consent. Here is a link to the new OnStar (lack of) Privacy Statement. http://www.onstar.com/tunnel-web/webdav/po...nt-2011-USE.pdf
  7. If you plugged in the computer you wrote that on you'll be able to handle the gauge too. It plugs into the OBDII port under the dash. And OS doesn't use satellites to communicate whatsoever. Only thing satellite-based is GPS. All data/communication is fed through cell networks. Unplugging the antenna should cover that and dealers should be able to remove the hardware too according to the email OS sent me. Many thanks for the info.
  8. Didn't know it was that simple. Thank you. Definitely will do this, and besides the ultra guage looks pretty interestsing and is on sale now for less than $50. As far as the tin foil hat business is concerned, this is what Wired Magazine said about OnStar's brilliant idea: "Collecting location and speed data via GPS might also create a treasure trove of data that could be used in criminal and civil cases. One could also imagine an eager police chief acquiring the data to issue speeding tickets en masse." Not very cool in my opinion. I shouldn't have to sign on to this just because I bought a GM truck. Makes me wonder if buying a product from a company owned by the government is a good idea in any case.
  9. Could someone as ignorant as I may be in automotive electronics nevertheless be able to install an Ultra Guage?
  10. Apparently OnStar will begin to upload driver and vehicle information starting in December, even for owners who do not even subsribe to ANY OnStar services. Not only would mileage, tire pressure, etc be reported, but also crash information, such as direction of impact, seat belt usage, speed, and the like. I have never been that comfortable knowing that, under my safe and sound plan, that Onstar knows where I am and stores this data. Now this. Supposedly, one can "opt out" of this invasive snooping, but I am not so sure that they will ever disconnect you despite their assurances. Is there a way to disarm Onstar altogether without interfering with other functionality, such as bluetooth?
  11. "I don't think parking light laws have anything to do with DRLs." "You are absolutely correct. They are two different animals." Actually they do. If you run your "parking lamps" as your DRLs, then you have violated the law against operating the vehicle while moving using just the "parking" lamps. Unless you also have your headlights illuminated, it remains a violation, at least in CA. My son was recently stopped, but not ticketed, for driving his 1978 Cadillac Coupe de Ville with his parking lights on (during the day). The CHP told him he cannot do that, and that was the reason for the stop.
  12. I recently bought a 1999 Escalade for my son. AT 164K miles, it had some rolling stock issues, and currently has some small leaks in transfer case and engine. Otherwise it runs great and I expect it to last another 100K miles at least without major repair or rebuild.
  13. Nice truck. There was the same truck here in Sacramento, ca. I was think about selling mine to buy that. Love it. Sacramento is where I live! Maybe you saw my truck, which I just bought 2 weeks ago... Now I have 539 miles...
  14. just take the 4x4 stickers off and you be good/ Do you think so? I removed "FX4" from a previous 4x4 '04 F150, and was wondering if I should lose the 4x4 sticker.
  15. Red Chevy Silverado here. Wasn't intending to buy a red truck, but am glad I did 421 miles later...
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