I posted an item about OnStar and Bluetooth from 1985Gripen over the weekend and it’s drawn a suitably large number of comments and sparked some great discussion.
I felt that this particular comment, though, was worthy of reproduction here on the fron page of the site. I know that some Saab people look at the site and I didn’t want this one to slip into oblivion in the comments section.
It’s from “JD0101”:
I would be what Saab would consider a ‘conquest’ sale, as I have been loyal to VAG products forever. The 2008 Saab 9-3 with XWD was at the top of my list for a new vehicle. Without OEM bluetooth, it is now off the list. Most of the reasons are already cited within this thread, suffice it to say that with hands-free cell phone use the law in most of the U.S. bluetooth should be an option in any vehicle. I do not want a monthly fee service like Onstar.
Cause and effect. One sale lost.
There’s a few things that need to be mentioned here. Things that were mentioned in the piece itself and in comments that I think warrant some space here too.
The first is that I’m quite sure that people at Saab would love to be able to offer Bluetooth functionality. OnStar is a GM property and as such, all the GM brands where it’s offered have to toe the line – like it or not.
Hopefully though, SaabUSA will find a way to make both available as integrated options in the future without tying people to phone contracts they don’t want.
The second point is that Bluetooth isn’t a no-cost option. Other companies have it, but don’t be seduced into thinking that that quick phrase means it’s automatic and free of charge on all the competition.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, I hope you reconsider, JD0101. If it’s a dealbreaker, there are aftermarket solutions available and the new 9-3 is one heck of a great ride. Do yourself the favour of at least driving it first when it arrives at your local.