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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Can you disable onstar completely?

I am looking to completely unsubscribe from all connected services shortly. I played around with some of the fuses on my 2018 Traverse Premier and found one fuse that "almost" did what I want but in addition to cutting power to onstar it also killed the internal GPS and the compass.

I have seen posts around for older vehicles talking about removing the onstar module but I cannot seem to find it on my car. Is there a separate module or is it built in to the radio now?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 10:09 AM
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Curious, why would you even want to do this?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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1) I don't want to pay a freaking dime to Onstar, they overcharge and do not provide enough value.
2) The remote keyfob isn't free anymore and that is literally the only useful part of the connected features
3) Privacy, I don't want my vehicle calling home and telling the dealership that I didn't change my oil with them.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 11:00 AM
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hehe...
Ill tell you what.....
A few yrs ago... I was literally halfway into Mexico.
In a rural area. Mountains. Handheld cell phones dont work- unless you reach the higher peaks.
When I got back home.... In my Inbox- was the Onstar monthly email.
With the emails datestamp, the OLM %, reported mileage, the vehicle 'phoned home'. I know exactly where I was on the day it sent the notice.

The vehicles 'stronger' antenna (output) was definitely able to contact distant cell towers.
So yeah- the vehicles cell antenna is higher output.... and yeah the phone was able to get on the Mexican cell towers and call home to send its info.

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Onstar uses a full three watts instead of a regular cell phone's 0.6 watts.

The roof or trunk also provides a large reflective surface.

It doesn't matter that you turn it off, the Government always knows where you are.

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For sure, however I am not hiding from the guvment. I am merely trying to disable a useless component in my car that could be considered as a breach of privacy. I should have that option, shouldn't I?

Again, the fuse is an option as long as I'm willing to also give up the GPS and compass, which will break the in-vehicle NAV (which after a few years will be useless anyway because I refuse to pay GM for maps that I get for free from Google).
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 06:40 AM
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Onstar is a voluntary service, like SiriusXM. Unless you enroll and pay, you will NOT get the service.

Onstar or GM will not force you to pay for Onstar or SiriusXM. As for GPS Maps, you never have to update them. That way it costs you nothing.

Do you own a smart phone? That could also be considered a breach of privacy. Google tracks everywhere you go so they may provide you with adds that fit your location.

I'm sorry for not really understand your reasons correctly. It seems like you may have been misinformed in the past and it is affecting your understanding of Onstar and other services like it.

That being said, I'm sure that if you ask your Dealership, they may be able to completely disable it in a way that prevents the loss of anything else.

Good luck!

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-26-2019, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I do own a smart phone, and am well aware of the tracking Google, Apple, Samsung and the NSA do, this is not a paranoia thing. I am also aware that OnStar is a voluntary service that I can opt out of. However, there is no guarantee that they (or a hacker, or whoever) can't access my car's location / service status / microphone / etc while I am in unsubscribed mode. If the hardware isn't necessary for the car to function, why have it enabled?

As for the maps, the built in maps for the traverse do not auto-update. Here is a link to purchase the updated maps. $159 / year.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 11:25 AM
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I want to be certain that no one can overhear the conversations I carry on while in my vehicle. There are 2 microphones in the headliner and am wondering if there is a way they can be disabled.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 02:36 PM
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Take down the headliner and unplug them.

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