Declaration of dependence

What were once curiosities are now necessities. Five years ago, getting email from your car via OnStar was something odd — bloggable, even. Today:

So when OnStar trial runs out on 2013 Chevy & car stops emailing me, how do I tell when to change the oil?

One is tempted to invoke RTFM, but I fear that somebody like this won’t be aware that TFM even exists.


  1. fillyjonk »

    19 June 2013 · 10:38 am

    I’d consider my car not nagging me with e-mails to be a feature, not a bug. (I can figure out when my damn oil needs changing myself, thankyouverymuch.)

  2. JT »

    19 June 2013 · 10:39 am

    TFM probably only exists online now. Hopefully they would be nice enough to send a link to it.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    19 June 2013 · 12:31 pm

    I’m pretty sure that message has been redacted from the manual. Your dealer knows when to change the oil and he will give you a call.

    Actually, I’m surprised we still need to change the oil at all. I would have thought some whiz kids would have come up with a never-change-your-oil solution (50 gallon drum of oil in the trunk and an industrial size oil filter to go along with it). How hard could it be? Or, alternately, what could possibly go wrong?

  4. Dick Stanley »

    20 June 2013 · 10:18 am

    It is easy to forget, in these days when the oil only has to be changed every six months or so.

  5. CGHill »

    20 June 2013 · 11:14 am

    Infiniti is happy to nag me every time they think I’ve done another 3750 miles.

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