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36 different 2014 GM models compatible with the new RemoteLink services

GM announced today that it will offer two of its previously paid OnStar RemoteLink services -- door unlock and remote start -- free for 5 years on three dozen of its 2014 car models. GM says that remote start and unlock are by far the most popular services currently available as part of the paid OnStar service, so it's great to see it offering these free for so long. The 5 year free period begins when you first link up the OnStar RemoteLink app to your 2014 vehicle, and if you continue to use it past that period you can simply pay and retain the functionality.

Beyond the new free level of services, the RemoteLink app also offers a whole host of services and functions if you choose to pay for the entire suite. With the paid OnStar service users can view engine system statuses such as oil and fuel level, check recent miles per gallon, check tire pressure and have one-touch access to OnStar operators for emergency assistance. If you have a current GM vehicle with remote services available, you can give the app a try from the link above.

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GM now offering OnStar remote start and door unlock free for 5 years

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It's really bogus that GM basically gets to pick and choose which vehicles this will work with. Bottom line is if you have and pay for Onstar you SHOULD have access to this. Anything else is just them saying we don't like the make or model of yours so your sol.

Not as bad, but I made the same face when I found out that Honda was offering HondaLink on 2013 Civic Si's and I had just bought a 2012...

people complain too much on this site. GM is a company, a company's main objective is to make money, they want you to go and buy their new cars cuz it will make them the most money, so they offer a lil something nice as incentive. the older models obviously have the capabilities but its just not for 5 years free.

GMC is full of it. I have a 2008 Yukon Denali and have had on-star the entire time and they have failed to add this feature on my mode year. Whats the point of paying for On-Star if you don't have all the features like the other models?

I agree and stopped paying them. If they want me back (like all the emails I get from them), allow me access to the new features and I'll gladly pay. Otherwise, I'm not subscribing.

It is not a matter of them deciding to offer it on your older vehicles, because if they could, they would. After all, it would make them more money. It is a matter of the OnStar hardware in your vehicles not being compatible with the transmission system for the remote start and unlock. In 2010 model year they changed the hardware from analog to digital (according to the OnStar reps) so the older generation of hardware flat out can't use the app, it's not a matter of them flipping a switch and saying here you go. I just so happened to get lucky with buying a 2010 vehicle that can use it and it's nice to have. You just have to look forward to enjoying it when you get a newer vehicle.

Two points for you:
1. The remote start times out at 10 minutes, so having it run for a half hour is not possible through the remote start. Having remote start is not going to change the habits of people who warm their vehicles up already, it just makes it more convenient is all.
2. You must not live in a cold climate to understand the benefits of remote start. First driving a cold vehicle is not enjoyable. Second, it is better for the engine to warm up a little bit before getting in and driving it, especially when it is bitter cold out. Third, it doesn't really use that much gas to idle for 10 minutes.

We waste much more gas due to the failure of all the civil engineers that designed the stop lights in this country. They decided it was wise to make everyone stop at every light to try and slow traffic down (or it's just incompetence). The amount of wasted gas, plus wear on the vehicle itself, is absolutely incredible. Or it forces people to speed through the areas where they are trying to slow traffic down. If the system that controls the lights was designed correctly we could probably reduce our fuel consumption by at least 10% just by reducing the number of times you have to get up to speed from a dead stop.

I did not know the GMs were limited to 10 minutes. That's good to know, though it's still an excessive amount of time to warm up your car. I have seen other cars that were remote started that were running for much longer than that, and that is here in Seattle. Interestingly, I did live in a place that got as cold as 40 below in the winter and nobody warmed up their cars for more than one or two minutes. The excessive warm up thing was something I started seeing when I moved to Seattle, which is one of the last places on the planet where you would need to warm up your car at all. Even in sub zero temps I used to start my car and idle for no more than a minute before driving off (slowly), unless it was covered in snow, in which case I would start it and let it idle while I was removing snow. The car would be warmed up by the time I got to the end of my street. Being a bit chilly in the car for a couple minutes never hurt me. Alternatively, I could have let it idle to warm up, but since an idling car takes much, much longer to warm up than a driven car, it probably would have taken 10 minutes or so to get the car warm inside vs. just driving and having it be warm in two or three minutes.

Anyway, I don't really have anything against remote start in general, just the abuse of remote start, which is clearly a problem. I used to have a neighbor here in Seattle who I'm pretty sure started her car as soon as she got out of bed in the morning and then let it warm up while she was showering and eating breakfast. Seriously, sometimes I think it would sit out there and idle for at least 45 minutes. That's close to a gallon of gas used because 40 degrees was too cold for someone. Ridiculous. And then people wonder why their gas mileage isn't good.