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Removing a Stargard Locator Device

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One of the unwanted extra add-ons the dealer had added to my 2022 Bolt was a Stargard locator device, which I did not want and refused to pay $895 dollars to activate it ( one of a list of about $8000 worth of add ons or extended warranties that they tried to sell me when I bought the car). Anyway, I found that they mount the device just behind the OBD II connector in the driver footwell and had power taps from the OBD harness. I removed the device because I don’t want the parasitic current draw on my 12V battery… and don’t like the idea of another locator device on the car (I can find my car’s location on the myChevrolet app and it costs me nothing). If your dealer added on of these that you’re not using, it’s pretty easy to remove.

Here it is as it was installed:

Automotive tire Automotive design Carbon Bumper Automotive exterior

Here it is removed:

Adapter Electrical wiring Battery charger Cable Ac adapter
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Looks like something they install on used cars from some the buy here pay here lots for repossessions..
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Yes, I think dealers use these to track cars that may be stolen off of their lot. My car had only been at the dealer for a few days before I picked it up, and I had put a deposit down on it while it was still waiting to be loaded onto a train in Toledo, Ohio, so they were really h*ll bent on putting this box on the car as soon as it was in their hands.
IIRC, the Bolt's vehicle locator function requires a minimum paid OnStar subscription after the freebee period ends.
IIRC, the Bolt's vehicle locator function requires a minimum paid OnStar subscription after the freebee period ends.
The MyChevrolet app will report battery percentage and vehicle location on the “Energy” screen in what I am assuming is the “post freebie” environment. It’s one of the few functionalities that remain. Not sure how it is differentiated from the Vehicle Locate feature on the “More” screen, which does require a paid subscription.
What you get for free after the first month or 3 varies widely depending on when you bought and the phase of some of Saturn's moons. I have a 2017LT, never gave OnStar a penny, and have complete remote functionality in the MyChevy app, SOC, tire P, remote start, even vehicle locate; my car texts me when I go outside of any of the location circles I put into the app. It was supposed to end after 5 years but because of the battery issue -- maybe GM felt bad for what they asked me to do to minimize their fire liability? -- I now have it for another 5 years. I never asked for any extension - they just added it around the time the 5-y freebie would have expired. Others have also got this. I suspect that if you bought after they fixed the battery fires, you may not get much for free for long. Just more of the big GM mystery called OnStar.
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What you get for free after the first month or 3 varies widely depending on when you bought and the phase of some of Saturn's moons. I have a 2017LT, never gave OnStar a penny, and have complete remote functionality in the MyChevy app, SOC, tire P, remote start, even vehicle locate; my car texts me when I go outside of any of the location circles I put into the app. It was supposed to end after 5 years but because of the battery issue -- maybe GM felt bad for what they asked me to do to minimize their fire liability? -- I now have it for another 5 years. I never asked for any extension - they just added it around the time the 5-y freebie would have expired. Others have also got this. I suspect that if you bought after they fixed the battery fires, you may not get much for free for long. Just more of the big GM mystery called OnStar.
Yes, I bought the Bolt in June of 2022 and only got a paltry 3 months of Onstar with data hotspot (which I never even used) and remote door lock/unlock, remote start through app, etc. After that ran out I can only see the charge status, vehicle status and tire pressure, and also location using the Energy Range Estimator screen. I believe I’ll have this baseline level functionality for a ten year period. I think OnStar is wildly overpriced for the paid subscriptions… but admittedly I am cheap.😀
I'll check if the Bolt EUV I'm waiting for will have a similar tracker installed.
TheftPatrol is what the dealer stuck in my Escape PHEV.
Found how it was installed thru Ram truck forum and removed it.
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