Originally Posted by Maven
Ive never seen a verified use of OnStar in a vehicle with a deactivated system. And never heard of it either. In fact the reason GM has a lot of older systems physically disabled in the car is so people dont expect help or try to use it when they need help and it wont work since they dont have a subscription.
I don't really have concrete evidence other than the word of the people I spoke to, but I frankly have no reason to doubt them. Their story makes logical sense, anyway. If the OnStar module is active, even if you're not paying for it, they'll register an airbag deployment. Businesses don't care about you, but they care about legal expenses. If someone died because they didn't act on said message for non-payment, I can only imagine the magnitude of the lawsuit General Motors would face. It's cheaper to respond to emergency calls even if people don't pay than shelling out millions in a tort lawsuit.
Besides, the argument here isn't paying for OnStar vs. not paying and hoping they save your ass. My argument is that, based on what I've been told by reliable enough sources, there may be value in not pulling the fuse if you're not going to pay anyway.
This being said, I have no concrete proof. Anyone want to go test the theory?