Some of us would sooner break a window than admit to the people at OnStar that we locked ourselves out of our cars, but for those of us who can handle the minor embarrassment, OnStar can be a real lifesaver out on the road.
Many of us who drive Chevy do so because it’s really an adventurer’s car. When you roll off the lot of a DFW Chevy dealer, you’re looking forward to seeing the odometer roll over another zero, you’re looking forward to all of the strange trips you’re going to get into over the course of your vehicle’s life, and OnStar can be an adventurer’s best friend.
When we see the television commercials, what we’re seeing is that OnStar is there to help when you lock your keys in your car or if it gets stolen, but it’s useful in a lot more instances than those. Here are a few scenarios where OnStar might prove more useful than you probably think:
You may have a GPS in your car, but there’s something about having OnStar there to help just in case your GPS goes out or you simply can’t make heads or tails of the directions that it’s giving you. Calling an OnStar operator to get you back down that creek to find your paddles can be a real comfort the intrepid explorer.
What’s That Thumping Noise?
A number of vehicle diagnostics can be made with OnStar. If you’re wondering what that thumping or clanging noise is, if you’re wondering why the engine light is on, OnStar may be able to help you figure it out without the need for an expensive consultation from a mechanic in the middle of nowhere.
In some cases, having OnStar can help to reduce your insurance payments by landing you a nice little discount. Depending on your monthly payments, the discount may even offset the cost of the service itself. Talk to your agency and see if they offer any such deals.
Having OnStar is about more than just having a backup plan in the case of an emergency. OnStar has plenty of uses beyond theft and the age old problem of leaving the keys in the ignition.
ZL1′s two-piece rotors are the largest yet fitted to a gen5 Camaro. Six-piston calipers in front and four-pistons at the rear secure the discs for excellent braking performance.
3: 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WITH SHORT-THROW SHIFTER
On the track, lap after lap, shifting is an instinct – an extension of your consciousness. ZL1′s short-throw 6-speed gearbox offers an unfiltered connection to the heart of the machine.
4: DUAL-MODE EXHAUST
ZL1 monitors your driving style and automatically adjusts between two exhaust modes. At higher speeds, exhaust is routed through a less-restrictive path, increasing horsepower. At lower speeds, exhaust remains fully baffled for quieter operation and mellower street driving. All without having to turn a single wrench.
5: 6.2L SUPERCHARGED V8 ENGINE
Intercooled Eaton supercharger. All-aluminum V8 has 580 horsepower and 556 lb.-ft. of torque. Blinding acceleration, top-end performance and proven reliability coexist happily under the hood.
6: ALUMINUM HOOD WITH CARBON FIBER AIR EXTRACTOR
To fully appreciate ZL1, you need a road course, the twistier the better. A track where its use of lightweight materials – aluminum hood with carbon fiber inserts – and downforce-inducing aerodynamics help Camaro ZL1 wring the full effects from its 6.2L supercharged V8.
8: FORGED ALUMINUM WHEELS AND GOODYEAR 20″ TIRES1
It all comes down to the contact patch – ZL1′s second-generation Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires (285/35R20 front, 305/35R20 rear) plant all four corners with exceptional grip. The forged aluminum wheels (20×10″ front, 20×11″ rear) reduce unsprung weight.
9: HIGH-PERFORMANCE SEATS WITH MICROFIBER SUEDE INSERTS
Your body needs support during cornering. ZL1′s seats help ease the task. Microfiber suede inserts increase friction to keep you firmly planted in your seat.
10: UNIQUE FRONT FASCIA AND FRONT SPLITTER, REAR DIFFUSER, REAR SPOILER AND SIDE ROCKER EXTENSIONS
The ZL1 shape is pure Camaro – and a breed apart. Unique body elements contribute usable downforce, allowing ZL1 to respond to course corrections even at intense speeds. Add details that even the diehards aren’t expecting, and you’ve got a masterpiece with the performance to match.
11: FOUR-PACK AUXILIARY GAUGES WITH BOOST READOUT AND HUD
Everything you need to know about the Camaro’s performance is a quick glance away. Plus ZL1′s heads-up-display presents vital info right on the windshield so you can keep your eyes on the track and focus on the task at hand – like getting to the end of the straightaway with deliberate speed.
12: AVAILABLE SUEDE-WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL & SHIFT KNOB
Hold ZL1 in your fingertips. Available suede-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob allow a light touch for precision maneuvering. The small-diameter steering wheel permits quick turning and optimized hand position – ideal during aggressive cornering.
13: REDUNDANT CONTROL STEERING WHEEL AND BLUETOOTH® FOR SELECT PHONES2
ZL1 is track ready, but it’s also ready to get you home from the course with all the amenities you expect from a world-class sports coupe. Wheel-mounted controls let you adjust the audio system without releasing your grip. Hands-free calling is compatible with select phones.
14: USB PORT3
The USB port, hidden in the console, connects your iPod®4 to the audio system. Simply plug in your iPod and scroll though your playlists via steering wheel controls. You can even plug in a flash drive to the USB port.
15: PREMIUM AUDIO – BOSTON ACOUSTICS
Boston Acoustics premium audio system provides a high-performance experience for occupants of the ZL1 interior. After all, when your ride is smooth, shouldn’t your tunes be, too?
16: LED HALO RINGS
The entire look of the ZL1 is capped off with deep-inset eyes. The high-intensity discharge headlamps with glowing LED halo rings set this car apart. There’s more to seeing than light.
Don’t you worry! Before you know it you will be able to come to Classic Chevrolet your Fort Worth Chevy Dealer and see the 2012 Camaro ZL1 for yourself!
So the question is………
Thanks to Brandi Hodge and Chevrolet for contributing.
Use only GM-approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle’s performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to gmaccessorieszone.com or see your dealer for details.
Go to gm.com/bluetooth to find out which phones are compatible with the vehicle.
Not compatible with all devices.
iPod is a mobile digital device. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
OnStar never ceases to amaze me. How many of you out there use OnStar on a daily basis? I do. I love it and couldn’t really imagine my Chevy Tahoe without the power of OnStar. OnStar has announced a new test program called Family Link that will make sure that families have an easier way of connecting to each other when they are on the road. Of course all the vehicles must be equipped with OnStar for this to work but let’s think about this for a second. Your child tells you they are going to a friends house…. but you connect with OnStar and find out that they are galavanting around town in their car etc. This is a great way to keep tabs on your kids to make sure that they are safe and secure.
The optional service allows subscribers to log onto the Family Link website to get a map-type view of the exact location of other family vehicles. The system can also send an email or text to notify them of the location of the vehicle they are tracking as well. Subscribers can choose the day and time and how often they receive these alerts.
This service is particularly helpful for parents of teen drivers to keep tabs on the whereabouts of their young driver on the road.
This invitation-only program includes 10,000 active OnStar subscribers and will be used to gauge interest in this type of program in the future. Other considerations for the pilot include speed, boundary, and arrival/departure alerts. Responses for the program will help decide on the launch and pricing in the future. The test will run until the end of 2011.
What do you guys think? Think this will be a service that you would be interested in trying? Think that it should be offered. Let me know what you think.
Have you ever been driving down the freeway and seen a car ahead of you have a blow out? Trust me when I say it is just as scary for the driver it is happening to as it is the drivers behind him witnessing it. There are a few tips and tricks to knowing how to handle a blowout on the freeway and I wanted to share them with you just in case you ever find yourself in this situation.
Did you know that a blowout could cause you to lose control of your new or used car? It could cause damage to your vehicle, and it could endanger you and your family.
There are things you should and should not do if you lose tire pressure. These tips from safercar.gov can help keep you safe during a tire blowout:
1. Gradually release the accelerator. Do not apply the brakes or suddenly release the accelerator — these actions can affect handling and may lead to loss of control of your vehicle.
2. Correct the steering as necessary to stabilize your vehicle and regain control. Look where you want the vehicle to go and steer in that direction.
3. Once your vehicle has stabilized, continue to slow down and pull off the road where and when you judge it’s safe to do so.
4. Remember, no matter which tire blows out — front or back — the dos and don’ts for safely maintaining control of your vehicle are exactly the same. The only difference between a front and rear tire blowout is that you will feel the force of a front blowout more in the vehicle’s steering, while you’ll feel a rear blowout more in the seat or body of the vehicle.
You should be checking your tire pressure at the least once a month. If you are lucky enough to have OnStar on your new or used Chevy they can usually track that as well but you should check with them just to make sure. Safe driving out there!
OnStar had a poll on their Facebook page last week asking their fans this, “which OnStar service do you like the best?” The only two options they gave were “Remote Door Unlock,” and “OnStar vehicle diagnostics.” I sat there wondering what was my favorite thing that I loved the most about OnStar in my new Chevy but the truth is I couldn’t pick out just one thing. I like them all. I think they are all a huge asset to any GM driver. So, I guess my question to you is…. Which one is your favorite? Can you choose just one?
Automatic Crash Response: Built into your vehicle and monitored 24/7 by specially trained Advisors, Automatic Crash Response allows OnStar to send help to your exact location–even when you can’t ask for it.
Turn-By-Turn Navigation: From the places you need to find, to places you haven’t thought of yet, OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation connects you to your destination effortlessly. Just push a button for directions you saved with eNav or for an Advisor to help you get anywhere. And, with OnStar, you’ll have the most up-to-date routes right at your fingertips.
eNav: Harness the power of MapQuest and Google Maps to make travel planning even simpler. Just plan your route ahead of time and send it to your vehicle with one click. You can store multiple destinations—and retrieve them from your vehicle whenever you want, and get up-to-the-minute Turn-by-Turn directions.
OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics: On the road, it feels great to know your vehicle is running as it should. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics sends you monthly email reports showing what’s going on with your vehicle—in simple language and images. It’s all part of your OnStar service, no additional cost.
Stolen Vehicle Assistance: There’s no experience of safety like feeling confident—even after an auto theft. If your vehicle is stolen, OnStar works with the police to attempt to recover it—swiftly and safely.
Roadside Assistance: An empty gas tank. A flat tire. If you find yourself stranded, you’re never alone: with one push of the OnStar button, Roadside Assistance can be on the way. We’ll contact a nearby dealership, towing service or gas station and send them to your precise location.
Remote Services: Remote Door Unlock to the rescue. With OnStar, you’ll soon learn what over a thousand subscribers learn every day: locking your keys in the car can happen to anyone—but OnStar can get you back in your vehicle in minutes. Just call us. An Advisor confirms your account information and security verification, and can send a signal to unlock your doors. No locksmith. No hassle.
Hands Free Calling: Eyes on the road, hands on the wheel—OnStar Hands-Free Calling keeps you connected, even when your cell phone can’t. It’s built-in and designed for better connections and fewer dropped calls. Even in places where handheld cell phones are banned while driving—OnStar enables you to call hands-free.
OnStar MyLink Mobile App: Your OnStar service includes a simple, easy way to connect with your vehicle. Use this app anytime to lock or unlock your doors, turn on your horn and lights, or start your engine.
So, which service is your favorite?
[Source: OnStar.com, Services vary by model and conditions and Capabilities vary by model. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.]
General Motors and Chevrolet has been doing something really great over the last few years and that’s making videos. They have done a really great job of letting the customers and fans become a part of GM every day life. This one that you are about to see is all about the crash test dummies that are used in the General Motors testing facility. I think you will find it interesting that GM has over 200 crash test dummies. Therefore they can’t name them all but it sure would be fun. Jack Jensen who you will see in the video very clearly states that he doesn’t think he could come up with 200 names…. I say get my son involved and I bet he could come up with at least half of them.
I think you will find as you are watching this video that there is a lot more that goes into testing our vehicles than putting a crash test dummy behind the wheel of a car. So take a minute to check out the video so you can see the measures that GM and Chevrolet go through on a daily basis to keep you and your family safe.
One of the most important part of any crash test are the dummies, which allow testing teams to gather data about how a body would react in a crash. Learn about the ins and out of these dummies and how they help with vehicle safety.
I’ll never forget the first time I got to see the 2011 Chevy Volt with my own eyes. Seeing it in person was an amazing site. All the photos that I have seen did not do that car justice. The Chevy Volt is more than a plug-in electric car with a backup gasoline engine that is so networked, you can use a smart phone app to lock and unlock its doors and check on its charge level. It is hands down the car of the future!
Check out the video below of 84-year-old James Brazell as he takes delivery of his 2011 Chevy Volt electric car and describes his driving experience with the electric vehicle. For more information check out http://www.chevroletvoltage.com
OnStar never ceases to amaze me. I have had OnStar for so long now I often wonder how I ever lived without it. Once again OnStar is shaking things up with MyLink and if you are in the market for the new 2012 Chevy Volt or the 2012 Chevy Equinox you are in luck cause you’ll get the chance to try it out first. I don’t know about you but I have the chance to listen to Pandora in the car through my radio and not just my iPhone…. I’m sold. Check out the press release from Chevy below.
Consumers who seek a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, plus the unmatched safety and security of OnStar need look no further than the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox.
When these vehicles go on sale later this year, they will be the first to offer Chevy MyLink – an in-car infotainment package that builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity.
“There is a new generation of car buyers who don’t want to settle for mass market radio,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “They want to create their own individual stations and have access to them wherever they are. Chevrolet vehicles have offered customers the ability to use portable media devices since 2006 and the introduction of MyLink takes media personalization to a new level. ”
MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. MyLink also includes a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate.
“Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity,” said Karl Stracke, vice president for Global Product Engineering. “MyLink leverages the mobile broadband capability and the sophisticated, online services made possible by today’s smart phones.”
MyLink retains all the capabilities of today’s entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs. But, Stracke says, “These are the essentials and we’re building from there.”
We all love watching the Super Bowl commercials. This year we saw monkey’s, Bieber, Ozzie Osbourne and more. I happen to think the Chevy commercials were my favorites. We saw a Chevy Silverado commerical, Volt, Cruze and of course the Camaro. Which Chevy commercial was your favorite? Check them all out below.
If you have young children and OnStar you should think about checking this out this Christmas. Your new Chevy can tell you just exactly where Santa is on his trip this Christmas Eve. My children love it.
As part of a special partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), OnStar subscribers can follow Santa Claus’ journey on Christmas Eve as he makes his way around the world in a single night.
Beginning on Christmas Eve at 6 a.m. EST, all subscribers have to do is push their blue OnStar button and ask for a “Santa Update.” An OnStar Advisor will be happy to provide updates on the jolly old elf’s journey using information provided by NORAD.
Individuals without an OnStar subscription can visit the NORAD Santa Tracker or call 877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for Santa’s location.
Will you be following Santa’s journey this year? – OnStar
Let me know if you give this a try and how your kids feel about it!
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