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Old 04-30-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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Onstar Location

Is anyone familiar with the location of the Onstar unit is? I haven't had any luck searching online or time to take anything apart, but i'm hoping its in the trunk and not the dash
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I believe it's somewhere in the trunk...
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Is anyone familiar with the location of the Onstar unit is? I haven't had any luck searching online or time to take anything apart, but i'm hoping its in the trunk and not the dash
The electronic module for OnStar is located in the dash outboard of the glovebox.

Open glovebox, "flop" the glovebox down (if you don't know how to do it press in on each side of back of glovebox) and then look on right side and you will see it.
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Great I found it. Seems they had the unit in the trunks of early 2000 grandams but decided to wedge it way deep into the dash behind the glove compartment.

I read up a few places where people had taken out their Analog OnStar boxes (i think these are standard in 2005's but Digitals in 2006), soldered a serial cable and using Motorola OnCore software to change it to NMEA mode were able to use the gps transmitter connected to a laptop with Streets and Trips or any other program that supports a GPS transmitter.

Since onstar will discontinue use of the Analog boxes in 2007; they will replace the analog box with a digital one for "Free" (Free = signing up for at least 3 straight years of service at the time of the swap). One of the only bonuses i can see with the Digital boxes is that if you are a Verizon customer, you can add the OnStar phone for 10 dollars to your "family plan" ... phones that will all pull from your pool of minutes.

I never used onstar other than setting it up and don't really see the bonus of paying 225 bucks a year for something AAA can do for 50 (even though you actually have to pick up the phone and call them). Regardless, after the free year is up, why not take advantage of the really expensive GPS stuff in your car (you paid for it!)

An Online Guide to getting to the RS232 Serial Data from your OnStar GPS in NMEA format.: http://members.cox.net/onstar/

I haven't done this, has anyone tried this experiment?
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Other than the power pedals, OnStar is dumbest feature on my car... No wonder they came packaged together.
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You never know how good Onstar is until you or someone you know gets into a bad accident and has it....
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soldering the serial cable won't disable the onstar ... it will just let your PDA/Laptop communicate with the OnCore transmitter.

2 questions:
Anybody have detailed instructions on taking apart the dash (or any other way of getting the onstar unit out)?
Anyone have success with this?
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