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#2240 of 2295 Re: sounds better than in-dash or a Garmin [steve_]
Dec 05, 2012 (9:41 am)
I think it's a great idea.
Dash tried this but didn't get enough buy-in from people.
The fact that this works on Apple or Android should help it a lot.
Too bad I'm stuck with BlackBerry (required for work).
#2241 of 2295 Re: sounds better than in-dash or a Garmin [steve_]
Dec 05, 2012 (9:42 am)
Some people will see that female in the windshield and then slam on the brakes and get rear ended.
#2242 of 2295 the latest and greatest
by steve_ HOST
Mar 19, 2013 (10:50 am)
"That $3,000 navigation system in your new car's dashboard "is most likely going to be outdated in three years," Green says. He estimates that a $2,500-$3,000 navigation system on a 2013 model car will lose most of its value and add no more than $300 to its resale value in three years when compared to a 2013 base model."
How To Buy a Low-Tech Car
#2243 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [steve_]
Mar 19, 2013 (10:56 am)
Yeah, special order that new E-class with no nav (it can be done), just plan to keep it for the rest of your life, as you'll never be able to sell it. Although the option depreciates along with the car, it is expected in some classes of vehicle, and is a resale destroyer if lacking.
#2244 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [steve_]
Mar 19, 2013 (11:40 am)
At least pricing has come down to earth.
I remember Subaru wanted $2200 for the Navi on my wife's Forester. For a smallish screen with no backup cam.
Today the options costs less than half ($1000) and includes a backup cam.
So getting $300 back for it is fine now. Residuals on a 3 year lease are around 52% or so, so if the Navi gets 30% back that's close enough.
#2245 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [ateixeira]
by steve_ HOST
Mar 19, 2013 (12:05 pm)
I splurged on my Garmin and got another memory card for it (~$12). Now I'm overloaded with POIs for campgrounds and truck stops and pit stops and roadside attractions.
Can you put POI files in a factory nav?
(Oh, something must be dicey at Garmin - their warranty claims have exploded recently per Warranty Week - claims are up +584% as a percentage of sales over a year ago).
#2246 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [steve_]
Mar 19, 2013 (12:12 pm)
If your NAV has web access like the BMW you can use Google maps and be up to date. I would say that is the direction the OEMs need to go. When you buy an updated DVD for Toyota NAV it is already 3 years behind. Talk about worthless NAV units. I have just about talked myself into a JetPack on Verizon. Then buy a good WiFi tablet with GPS capability. $50 a month vs $100 plus for a smart phone.
#2247 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [steve_]
Mar 19, 2013 (12:14 pm)
POI files are neat - I used one for speed traps and programmed mine to beep every time I approached to warn me.
Funny thing is, there are so many it was beeping all the time!
But yeah, the portables give you more control over stuff like that.
#2248 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [gagrice]
Mar 19, 2013 (12:17 pm)
Dad has a 200 convertible, and the UConnect system in there has won all sorts of awards.
I just updated his and it still doesn't have he ICC here in MD, a year later. Disappointing since he lives right off the exit, so he's basically off the map all the time.
I think the latest Garmin update finally has the whole ICC. Magellan's from last quarter only had the early phases, not the whole thing.
#2249 of 2295 Re: the latest and greatest [steve_]
Mar 19, 2013 (12:20 pm)
Maybe people are seeing that it is the end of the road for these devices and trying to get their money back with shaky warranty claims. Look at Apple, they paid out over $2 billion in warranty claims last year.