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#522 of 4696 Re: Don't go overboard in the NAV(y) [myob]
Nov 13, 2005 (6:12 am)
NAV is a cool toy, but hardly a reason to determine how you'll spend $25,000 or more on a vehicle.
I don't necessarily agree. It depends on which other vehicles you are considering and if they offer NAV. When I was shopping for my '03 Accord EX-L, I was also considering the Camry. I went with the Honda over the Toyota because they offered NAV with the 4cyl car. If Toyota also offered NAV it would have come down to pricing.
We just got an '06 CR-V-SE. I would have definitely added factory NAV if it was an option, too bad it is not. We are opting to get a portable aftermarket system instead (Magellan RoadMate 800, $1,000). It will not look anywhere as clean as a factory NAV and is much more likely to be stolen. (Even if you put the actual NAV box in the glove box or take it with you, the mounting bracket is still there to let thieves know that it is probably in the car somewhere.) I have also looked at in-dash aftermarket units (Pioneer AVIC-D1, ~$1,300 after rebate + installation). They are very nice but like myob says, more expensive. A good unit including installation runs $1500-2000+ and in my case I would lose my radio steering wheel controls and my 6 CD changer.
Availability of factory NAV will increasingly matter more to people when considering a specific model. If and when the new CR-V comes out with NAV it will lure a lot of people over to Honda that may have otherwise gone with the RAV4.
#523 of 4696 Re: less features in Unites states compared to Europe for 2006 Rav4 [car007 [topgun7]
Nov 13, 2005 (12:06 pm)
There is a cost to put a Navi in a a vehicle. If 80-90% of the buying public DONT want that feature.. how do you take it out? As an option .. yes.
#524 of 4696 Re: less features in Unites states compared to Europe for 2006 Rav4 [kdhspyder]
Nov 13, 2005 (12:30 pm)
I don't think anyone suggested it be a standard feature.
#525 of 4696 Re: less features in Unites states compared to Europe for 2006 Rav4 [kdhspyder]
Nov 13, 2005 (4:00 pm)
Making Navigation a $2000 stand alone option would please those who want Navigation and those who don't want Navigation.
#528 of 4696 Re: less features in Unites states compared to Europe for 2006 Rav4 [jchan2]
Nov 14, 2005 (9:18 am)
Not only that, it's gotta be a cash cow for the manufacturers.
Oh well, I'm sure Garmin and Tom Tom are more than happy to take your money.
#529 of 4696 Re: less features in Unites states compared to Europe for 2006 Rav4 [ateixeira]
Nov 14, 2005 (11:39 am)
Yes its going to be a cas cow for Toyota because in addition for that they will equipt most of the RAV$ with the useless "Extra Useless Miles package" that ranges from $800-$1300 and "Vehicle it-doesnt-and-never-will-Shield Package" for around $350. In addition for that so that they can squeeze a lot more money from this so-called "low end SUV/Xover" theyre gonna roll those two wioth an option that will be popular like moonroof or 3rd row seat or SAB/SCB. Sort of like those 2 useless option is gonna ride along with the really popular options.
Nov 16, 2005 (8:44 am)
It must really suck being down there under the purview of Gulf Coast Toyota Distribution. They single-handedly damage Toyota's rep in those southern states, and I am very surprised that Toyota NA or even the global company doesn't do something about it. Can you go to a nearby state that Toyota NA distributes for to get your new car? It would probably be worth the trip. You certainly wouldn't have to pay for any of that idiotic crap you have been listing in your posts.
#531 of 4696 Test Drive?
Nov 16, 2005 (9:33 am)
Does anyone know when will the 4 cyl. RAV4 be available in the dealerships for test drive? Thanks.