Nope, it stays plugged into the OBDII port and via Bluetooth can access to read any CEL you have with your smart phone or tablet. If you can open an app, you can check any pending CEL so even the nontechnical person can learn to use it. I don't need any more maintenance reminders since the DIC already tells me if I need to change the oil, what else is there? Again if you drive the car these things should be easy to see on the instruments already included in the car and shouldn't require an email reminder.Will Torque remind you about maintenance?
Onstar rely's on the Verizon cell network so if you live in or get in an accident in a rural area you might be SOL on getting through. I have a garmin GPS permanently mounted in my car as well as a Nexus 7 with maps of the entire USA loaded so I already have directions covered. I got 10 airbags and haven't been in an accident in more than 25 years. If its my time to go its my time, I don't do business with company's that prey on peoples fears.I'd think the big thing is accident notification and directions (coming).
But I'm hoping the big effect will be to get OnStar to drop their prices.
Ha, maybe for the gas cap, but not for the oil cap, a permanent CEL comes on that must be reset. If they can display a loose gas cap, can display all of them.In the three years I've owned this car, it's only thrown two CELs. Both were for pollution controls and it displayed the OBD code and an explanation of what was wrong on the iMID (DIC in the Cruze). Both times it was because I didn't tighten the gas cap tightly. I'm of the understanding that it will do this for most, if not all, codes the ECU triggers.