2011 Buick Regal Long Term Road Test

2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo: OnStar Hands-Free 1, Bluetooth 0

March 01, 2011


Over the weekend I had our 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo as my ride. I wanted to hook up my iPhone so I could make hands-free phone calls and just for giggles was going to see if I could figure it out on my own with no help from the owner's manual.

Turns out no I couldn't. I pressed the "Push To Talk" steering wheel button and asked for phone help. But then the Voice Recognition System "hung up" on me. Trying again I figured I'd ask to pair a phone, as other cars with similar Bluetooth systems have this as a standard request, but it didn't recognize that command. And asking for a list of commands didn't turn up anything having to do with phone help, pairing phones, etc.

So long story short, somehow I got to a menu where I could make a hands-free call via OnStar. Since I couldn't pair my phone via Bluetooth, I had to just ask the car to dial a number by reciting the phone number I wanted it to call. I was nervous about proceeding because I wasn't sure if I (read: Edmunds) would be charged extra for this. But in the name of research I went ahead.

The phone call went through but my friend whom I was calling was reluctant to take my call because she didn't recognize the number which started with "313." "Where the heck is '313,'" she asked. "Detroit, baby!" I replied.

Anyway, back at the office I cracked open the owner's manual to figure out how to pair my phone via Bluetooth. Turns out it doesn't involve the Voice Recognition System at all.

Here are the steps:
1. Press the "Config" button.
2. Select "Phone Settings."
3. Select "Bluetooth."
4. Select "Pair Device." A four-digit PIN appears on the display.
5. Start the pairing process on your phone. Locate the device named "General Motors" or "Your Vehicle" in the list and follow the instructions on your phone to enter the PIN.
6. Name the phone.
7. The system informs you that your phone has successfully been paired.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 1,972 miles

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