Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Cambridge IL - USA
On our 2016 Equinox and 2017 Malibu we still take advantage of the five year/included basic plan that gives key fob controls (start/stop; lock/unlock; horn/lights and monthly diagnostic reports and more.
On my 2019 Equinox there is no basic remote access included after the trial period. I did purchase this service for a negotiated price of around $94 a year which includes more than the old basic services: Now I get remote commands; Vehicle status; Vehicle locate; My Chevy rewards; Chevrolet smart driver; Marketplace; Owners manual; Preferred dealer; Vehicle service; Roadside assistance and more.
I guess there was enough flak from consumers that have no use for any of the OnStar services, that OnStar is now a pay as you go service starting in mid 2018 on.
This way the vehicle pricing doesn't have to include the fees incurred by offering a basic 5 year OnStar service; even though the hardware is still a part of the purchase price of the vehicle.
Regarding XM, I didn't subscribe to this service, I'm one who drives in silence, usually no radio or music while I'm driving. Although when the included trial period was active I did listen to some comedy channels and some of the Beatles channel.
2019 Chevy Equinox; 2.0 - LT - FWD - Silver Ice/Redline - Purchased 10/20/2018; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2016 Chevy Equinox; 3.6 - LTZ-AWD - Black/Black - Purchased 7/7/2016; Mills Chevrolet, Davenport IA
2017 Chevy Malibu; 1.5 - LT - Pepperdust - Purchased 8/2017; Green Chevrolet, East Moline, IL
2009 Chevy Silverado; 5.3 -LT - 4WD - Ext. Cab - Granite Met. - Purchased 02/2009; Green Chevrolet, East Moline IL