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mybigtruck

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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 9:51:11 PM

There are some built-in factory as well as aftermarket devices that allow one to remote start, remote unlock, remotely start airconditioning, locate your car on your phone using GPS, monitor where the car is being driven and how fast as parental controls, limit how fast the car can accelerate/maximum speed it can be driven, etc.

What about in-car WiFi hotspot using cellular as a MiFi?

Which of these or other features/services would you be willing to subscribe? would you expect to get any of those features for free? Would you use it if it was an option that came with the car? why or why not?
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2013 6:04:21 PM

Remote unlock
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gvan
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 6:40:28 PM

I couldn't imagine considering a vehicle without remote lock/unlock. I have remote start on both vehicles but never use it.....it's an automatic transmission/remote start package.
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 12:58:02 PM

"I think your response was quite good. One has to walk in another's shoes at times to see their perspective."

Thanks Titanic!

There really is no one-size-fits-all response to a question like this. To each their own!
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2013 11:17:06 AM

Not pay.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 10:54:07 AM

Hi Weaslespit,

I like your response as it is mostly accurate. I've owned my 2012 Chevrolet Sonic for 14 months now and really like the remote start feature. There are two clarifications regarding my vehicle and your post.

"Why would I want my vehicle running if I'm not in it?"

To warm/cool it before you enter it.

I noticed one other GB's response plus my vehicle do not engage the A/C even though it is enabled until the key is inserted in the ignition. I did find that a bit strange as you can heat the vehicle in the colder months, but not cool it during the hot South Carolina summers.

"Why would I want to locate my car? Is it not where I left it? If I am too dense to know where my car is, would I not also need a remote to find my arse with both hands?"

Nobody's perfect, it can be easy to forget where you parked if you are in unfamiliar territory...

That is a good answer. As one ages, their memory sometimes falters. It is also an aid to women approaching their vehicles in areas where they might be assaulted.

I think your response was quite good. One has to walk in another's shoes at times to see their perspective.

Take Care :-). MGY
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 8:55:51 AM

"Why would I want my vehicle running if I'm not in it?"

To warm/cool it before you enter it.

"Why would I want the doors to lock or unlock if I'm not standing right beside them?"

Hands full (holding onto the kids, letting in passengers who are already at the car, expediting the entry process in inclimate weather, etc).

"Why would I want to locate my car? Is it not where I left it? If I am too dense to know where my car is, would I not also need a remote to find my arse with both hands?"

Nobody's perfect, it can be easy to forget where you parked if you are in unfamiliar territory...

"Geez, the stupid stuff people come up with. :/"

Awfully judgemental, eh? :(

[Edited by: Weaslespit at 8/21/2013 8:57:06 AM EST]
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eB40
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 2:41:26 PM

nothing
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 9:24:06 AM

no
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 12:46:54 PM

Remote unlock only.
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FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 1:48:04 PM

Why would I want my vehicle running if I'm not in it?
Why would I want the doors to lock or unlock if I'm not standing right beside them?
Why would I want to locate my car? Is it not where I left it? If I am too dense to know where my car is, would I not also need a remote to find my arse with both hands?
Geez, the stupid stuff people come up with. :/
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DHIGAJ
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Message Posted: Jul 30, 2013 12:05:52 PM

NOT FOR FUN,
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:10:37 AM

use it and willingly pay for it
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FieroGT
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Message Posted: Jul 11, 2013 9:59:29 AM

I have the remote start on my 2008 Lucerne. Have only used to see if it works ... it does!
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 12:25:13 AM

Keyless entry is the only thing I like. I can start me own vehicle.
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 8:00:51 PM

My 2012 Fusion came with a remote key fob that has remote start, lock/unlock and open the trunk. The Fusion also comes with MYKEY which allows the owner to program the car so that one of the keys is restricted and you can choose a variety of settings such as limit the speed the car can go, whether or not the radio can be turned on or if the ATC can be turned off. There are various other functions, all of no use to me since I am the only one who drives the car but if I had children driving it for example I could set a top speed and prevent the radio from being turned on if they use the programmed key to drive the car.

The Fusion comes with all this, I would not pay extra for it if it did not.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 7:13:32 PM

Lock and unlock only
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 11:30:09 AM

Yes
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krazkar
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 11:15:14 AM

Never use my key to lock and unlock.
Remote start I use in the winter.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 10:26:57 AM

absolutely
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 9:53:13 AM

Had it on one of my rides. It worked well. Would want it again if it's not too expensive.
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jes
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 7:13:28 AM

I would not be interested in any of these, unfortunately what vehicle doesn't come with at least some of these 'options' as standard equipment?
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 1:31:19 PM

No need for a mobile wifi hot spot, so, no, more than happy to do without yet another driver distraction possibility.

As for the whole remote start/keyless entry/push button engine crank/start the air conditioning all from the keyfob...if the car has it, OK, if it doesn't, I'm OK with that too. Not a selling point for me.
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psm80134
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 11:27:33 AM

My car came from the factory with Remote Start, and of course, with the key fob, I can lock and unlock the door from as far as 100 feet away. When I do the remote start in the winter, it automatically starts warming up the interior, too. Sadly, it doesn't air condition the interior in the summer when I remote start.

What my car doesn't have is a mobile wifi hot spot. I'd love that. I'd also love it if my entertainment/sat nav system had something like a Tablet interface that allowed me to download apps to it. For example, an app that could convey real time traffic data to know about construction zones or traffic jams, and route me around them. Or warn me about weather conditions on my intended route. That would be outstanding.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 10:50:08 AM

Good Morning mybigtruck,

Wow, lots of questions in your Topic! I bought a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback in May 2012. It came with the remote start option and I really like it :-). It was mostly well designed as you must first lock the doors, press the remote start, and push unlock one time to only unlock the driver's door (e.g. no carjacking). The vehicle cannot be driven without the key in the ignition as it doesn't turn on the digital display, nor allow the shifter to go into drive. The car will run for ten minutes and quit if you don't put the key in the ignition. If you push remote start twice, it will idle for twenty minutes. It's range is 65'. The only negative I've found is that the car will not engage the A/C until the key is inserted. The switches are turned on, but it will not work without the key. The only reason I can think of for that is that the vehicle may overheat.

Your other mentioned items are not of interest to me. I unsubscribed to GM's OnStar and Sirius Radio after the free trial periods.

Take care :-). MGY
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WhiskeyBurner
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:16:05 PM

Keyless entry is nice to have so long as you already have power doorlocks. Dealership offered to install remote start free of charge since I bought the car from them, but turned them down, don't need or want it. The rest of the stuff I'm not interested in at all and for the speed nanny/GPS thing, would only be if I had kids or a business that provided company vehicles.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2013 10:13:57 PM

I am pretty happy with just my remote start and door locks.
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