Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 2004 SLK32 AMG
Location: San Diego, CA
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Mine wasn't a free trial period
Hi there ThomasBrown24,
Welcome to the forum. I've probably seen you in that CLK [8D].
In my case, I declined all of the services. While I think the Tele Aid offerings are a bit overpriced, I think the actual services are very good. Still not everyone requires the service. Since my SLK32 is not my daily driver, I really don't need it. My wife could use such a service but her vehicle doesn't have that type of feature (it isn't an MB). In fact, we are going to La Jolla Audio to take a look at what options they have for her car in terms of a Nav system and audio for my SLK.
It is likely in SD, and the rest of the country, that in another 4 years, there will not be analog cellular service. The FCC put a 5 year phase out of their analog requirement in place last year and just said they would hold to that decision last week. MB and all the other car manufacturers will hopefully update their telematics in the near future to not use analog cellular service.
Hope why ever you were towed was not so bad. You didn't say if the alarm went off from the beginning of the tow or only at the end of the tow. For the GPS to operate and get a position fix, the ignition switch has to be in the on position. So technically the engine doesn't have to be running. The Tele Aid system in your car remembers the last place it was when the ignition switch was on - assuming it was on long enough to get a fix, and the time to get a fix is dependent on how long the GPS receiver was off. If it wasn't on long enough to get a new fix, it probably remembers an older fix. The ignition switch of your car was very likely turned on, at least at the end of the tow - that's a normal thing. That would explain being able to recall the final location. If you did not disable the tow alarm, it would also indicate that the vehicle is in motion.
I think if they were able to track with the ignition switch off, the terms and conditions would indicate that as well as the folks at customer service. That coupled with the performance of "normal" GPS receivers are two of the reasons I did get LoJack as I've mentioned in other posts.