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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, OnStar Digital Upgrade in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; If you get the STS without navigation, you get the mirror with the compass. If you get the STS with ...
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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    If you get the STS without navigation, you get the mirror with the compass. If you get the STS with navigation, the compass is integral with the navigation screen and then you do not get one in the mirror.

    Max

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    I had my digital upgrade installed yesterday.
    It took about 1.5 hours. The cost was $549 for a 3 year OnStar
    service contract and either my dealer or GM added a year for free.
    So I now have 4 years of paid up service.

    The replacement mirror has all the features of the original equipment
    mirror, compass, self dimming etc.

    So far the upgrade appears to be a major improvement.
    I used the phone while driving by places that caused problems with my old
    phone and it worked fine.
    My analog OnStar phone dropped carrier or screeched whenever
    I got close to a cell phone tower, and there are a lot of them in my area.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    WOW, I'm an old timer who remenbers the joy of driving a car and putting through it's paces. You techno guys need to get to a point as to what you bought this car for. It's a Cadillac. It' not your wife. it's not your lover.it's not your alternate ego, it's not your office, and not your telephone operator. If you truely need all the options of this Cadillac than you truely need more than this car or any car can offer. That's sad. You need to enjoy LIFE and I do enjoy this car even if it's not perfect.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by chiefmjk
    WOW, I'm an old timer who remenbers the joy of driving a car and putting through it's paces. You techno guys need to get to a point as to what you bought this car for. It's a Cadillac. It' not your wife. it's not your lover.it's not your alternate ego, it's not your office, and not your telephone operator. If you truely need all the options of this Cadillac than you truely need more than this car or any car can offer. That's sad. You need to enjoy LIFE and I do enjoy this car even if it's not perfect.
    I also am an old guy who has put several cars through their paces.
    That is why I like the Northstar V8.
    However, a car is much more enjoyable if it performs as advertised.
    If the car has a built in hands free telephone, it should work.
    Whats wrong with enjoying both the old and the new?

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    I was just able to add the Onstar phone in my car to my Verizon Wireless plan. It only costs $10 a month and then shares minutes with my regular Verizon cell phone. I think that's a lot better than buying cellular minutes from Onstar. The only thing that makes me mad is two weeks ago when I traded in my car, I had the old Onstar phone system and I cancelled service for that phone. When you add the Onstar phone to your Verizon plan, they give you a new Verizon number but since I had cancelled that account already, I could not make the Onstar phone have the same number as my old phone. Oh well.

    Max

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Any time you change OnStar hardware you have to get a new phone number.
    That's the only way I have ever seen it happen, and I have seen it happen a lot.
    You can change things like the microphone antenna and mirrors, but if you replace the module or swap cars, you get a new number.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Just got the digital upgrade yesterday and did not have to pay anything to get it. It was done as a waranty repair. I have not tried yet VR to see if it is improved but will report after I check it out.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    The digitial "OnStar" VR is definitely better on mine than the Analog ever was.

    I am also happy that OnStar updated the host system last month to increase the speaking speed and reduce the extra verbiage during Virtual Adviser calls.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    If you didn't pay, your dealer screwed up.
    You have to call onstar and make sure that your subscription is paid.
    If it is paid for 3 years, your dealer will be calling you back.
    The labor and the part are paid under warranty but the subscription is not. If the dealer who put it in doesn't realize that, they will when their open account gets billed for your subscription fee and they'll be wanting to talk to you.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    If the dealership did it as a warranty repair, it probably wouldn't cost anything. The old analog system is probably no longer available and only the digital one is now available.

    Max

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    I got the upgrade the first week in Oct. Dealer had the parts within 3 days of my request. I am very pleased with the upgrade. The VR is 100 percent better. It can now recognize a southern accent. My wife and I have made many sucessful calls without error. The upgrade is highly recommended by both of us. Thanks Jim

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by James B. Hall View Post
    I got the upgrade the first week in Oct. Dealer had the parts within 3 days of my request. I am very pleased with the upgrade. The VR is 100 percent better. It can now recognize a southern accent. My wife and I have made many sucessful calls without error. The upgrade is highly recommended by both of us. Thanks Jim
    How much did it cost you? 3 Years paid up front? Or was it free? I've heard some dealers doing it as a warrenty upgrade.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Parts and labor are paid by GM, the service contract is paid by you, there are currently two available.
    Option one is $599, option 2 is $1099, due at the time of installation.
    You have to sign an agreement form, they fax it in and the kit is shipped to the dealer (takes a few days) then you go back for installation and when you pick it up you have to pay.
    Visit OnStar.com for details.

    http://www.autocraft.com/aeweb/downl...pgradeForm.pdf

    That's the link for the upgrade form, you must select a package and sign it at the bottom.
    Some of the information must be filled out by your dealer.

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    I would like the 3 years of onstar service (basic plan 500.00). If it includes an upgrade on the system that is an added bonus. Is there anyone on this service that I can purchase this thru?

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    Re: OnStar Digital Upgrade

    Not sure if I understand your question fred?

    If your car is compatible with a digital upgrade kit and you are willing to pay for a 3 year contract any GM dealer should be able to do it for you.

    We do them all the time here at Lindsay.

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