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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject:  On Star unit Reply with quote

I have the onstar unit in my 2001 impala, havent had the service for about 10 years though. is there anything else i can hack that system into? i'd like to get it to pick up wifi or something. just seems like a waste of space in the trunk, really..
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

There isn't much worth while you can do with it. My vote is to pull the unit and get rid of it entirely.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The antenna is not drilled through the rear windshield and can be removed with some fishing line and goo-gone.

The unit in the trunk can be removed by undoing the two nut/bolts.

All that remains is the wiring, which can be taped up and placed behind the trunk carpet, in a gap between the wheel well and the quarterpanel sheet metal, concealed by the carpeting.

If you're looking for a decent spot to mount something, I'd probably start by looking either above the strut mounts, or under the rear speaker deck.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Probably not good for anything. At least the cell phone portion of it. In 02, & 03, customers came to our dealership to have the analog Onstar units replaced with digital units to work with the digital cell phone service, so a unit from 01 is probably analog, & US analog service is long gone. I would never have Onstar, & would demand the dealer remove it, as I don't need anyone tracking my driving habits. GARY


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Do you really put so much stuff in your trunk that the onstar keeps you from hauling EVERYTHING you need? Consider a trailer, car top carrier, or a pickup truck for your next vehicle. Laughing Unless your car perishes in a fiery crash or flood, a new owner somewhere down the road might want to have the onstar. My 2 Cents Peace, John

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Unless your car perishes in a fiery crash or flood, a new owner somewhere down the road might want to have the onstar. My 2 Cents Peace, John


He has a 2001, so it has an analog onstar unit (which is totally useless after analog cell service was discontinued several years ago). No need to keep it.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Do you really put so much stuff in your trunk that the onstar keeps you from hauling EVERYTHING you need? Consider a trailer, car top carrier, or a pickup truck for your next vehicle. :lol:


haha, no.. but i just dont like useless things being there for the sake of being there. i'd like to either repurpose it, or remove it. sounds like i'll be removing.

oh, and i did buy a trailer for my truck a couple months ago, for the record lol.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Do you really put so much stuff in your trunk that the onstar keeps you from hauling EVERYTHING you need? Consider a trailer, car top carrier, or a pickup truck for your next vehicle. Laughing


haha, no.. but i just dont like useless things being there for the sake of being there.

Sounds like my attitude on my cheating s*** w**** first ex wife. Laughing Peace, John

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Depending on which GPS chip it has, you can solder some wires in and use it as a GPS unit...

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