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Thursday, 20 April 2006
GM is Trying to Fix What's Broken in Fuel Protection: Onstar Diagnostics & Money-making Possibilities
Topic: Broken GMC/Chevrolet

California and Florida residents can benefit from this GM marketing gimmick. Trying to profit from the anger shown by drivers at the gasoline pumps, GM is launching a program that will credit GM, Chevrolet drivers. Mostly, those who buy the most recent models (2006 and 2007 ones) will qualify.

"One hitch to the promotion is that customers must also agree to enroll in the OnStar vehicle diagnostic service, which is free for the first year but after that will cost $16.95 a month. The other is that many of the eligible vehicles are serious gas guzzlers.

The offer is good for 2006 and 2007 model year vehicles. In California, eligible vehicles are the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban sport utility vehicles and Impala and Monte Carlo sedans; the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs; the Hummer H2 and H3 SUVs; the Cadillac SRX SUV; and the Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick LaCrosse sedans. In Florida, eligible vehicles are the Impala, Monte Carlo, Grand Prix and LaCrosse.

Now, where does this leave the owners of vehicles bought in 2005 and earlier? Is this fair to limit the vehicles to 2006 and 2007? How about the gas guzzlers bought before those years? No luck for us!

According to the GM plan, customers must buy or lease an eligible vehicle between May 25 and July 5 and enroll in the OnStar diagnostic service, which automatically runs checks on the vehicle and sends e-mail notices to owners each month.

What will we get?

Each month for one year, GM will give drivers a credit on a prepaid card based on their estimated fuel usage. Fuel usage will be calculated by the miles they drive, as recorded by OnStar, and the vehicle's fuel economy rating."

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Posted by Fashionista Shopping Analyst at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2006 11:24 AM EDT
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