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Dodge Magnum, Navigation System, Wagon
#2 of 23 Nav System
Sep 14, 2004 (4:20 am)
The Nav system is an $1800 additional cost. Is there anyone who can really justify the expense? I had wanted this but unfortunately wasn't able to get it into my order in time.
#3 of 23 Re: Nav System [slam2]
Sep 14, 2004 (8:46 am)
I'm considering it. I usually do the laptop thing, but built-in would be nice.
#4 of 23 Re: Nav System [slam2]
Sep 14, 2004 (9:07 am)
Go to Circuit City and buy you a gps for much less money. That's a lot more practical. You really going to have to know you're going to get a lot of use out of a $1800.00 navigational system before spending that kind of money.
#5 of 23 Re: Nav System [foureyes3]
Sep 14, 2004 (9:21 am)
I already have a laptop computer that I can use if I want the portable option. I drive close to 40k miles a year so I know I'll use it. I'll be paying a premium for the luxury of just getting in the car w/o lugging another electronic piece out to the car with wires dangling to the cig lighter, etc....
Sep 15, 2004 (12:23 pm)
I thought I heard the built in Nav system had a nag screen that you had to acknowledge every time the radio was turned on, even if just playing music/Cds. Just that would be enough for me to bypass the built in system for a Garmin Street Pilot at half the price. Only one cord and it has "voice directions" as well.
#7 of 23 Navigation radio
Sep 16, 2004 (10:27 am)
I agree having a built in navigation system is much "cleaner".
I preferred to go with a Garmin Street Pilot III for the cost ($500 +/- on Ebay) and the versatility.
We have 5 vehicles in our family group. The Garmin can be used by whoever has the need for a vacation trip or ?. A navigation system for us is a "nice to have" rather than a requirement such as a person in sales might require. If money were not a consideration then I suppose all 5 vehicles would have their own navigation systems as well as whatever other "toys" caught our fancy. I guess thats the problem with maintaining our own fleet. Maybe once the kids finish college and it is the wife and I again I won't have to be so practical. Maybe a 300C srt-8 convertible..........
#8 of 23 Navigation system really useful
Sep 20, 2004 (11:45 am)
I just wanted to put a quick comment here about the Navigation system. I have one in my Acura CL-S and both my wife and I are convinced that we will never get another car (whether new or used) without one. It is probably the best new option around. People often look at it and think that it doesn't provide much else except for a handy map. Truth is, that isn't even the half of it. Having a Nav system means that if you need to pick up dinner on the way back home, you can get take-out from the nearest <insert type here> restaurant. If you want to find a particular place of interest such as a shopping center, parks, etc. the info is always right at your fingertips. Also, the added benefits of time/gas savings are a definite plus. No more taking directions to/from people's places... just plug in the address and you're off. Features such as "Today's destinations" let you plot the shortest route to get to several places during the day. The list literally goes on and on (it is also very handy for getting out of traffic jams). I don't know what system Dodge uses, but, to anyone looking at getting their own system put it, get an Alpine for sure. It is about 2 years ahead of the competition in terms of point of interest and general features. Of course the only downside is that you tend to rely on the system once you have it, and, occasionally, a place has gone out of business and is not where it is supposed to be. However, that has happened only two or three times in the 4 years I've used the system.
#9 of 23 Re: Navigation system really useful [belias]
Sep 20, 2004 (12:22 pm)
I'm currently running this portable nav system in most of my vehicles:
That's a couple models behind the latest/greatest, but it still functions as good as any OEM unit I've used. I have a mount installed in both of my travel vehicles so it just pops in/out real easy with no wires hanging around. It's nice because I can take it in any vehicle, or pop it in a rental when I'm flying somewhere. Certainly better bang-for-the-buck compared to some of the OEM units. The Magnum unit appears to be economically priced compared to some. The factory unit was a $3,000 option in my Audi and my wife was essentially required to get it in her Lexus. I prefer the Garmin over both of those systems and it's easier to keep updated. Just some FYI for anyone considering the pros/cons.
#10 of 23 Re: Navigation system really useful [sebring95]
Sep 20, 2004 (9:32 pm)
That's a great picture. How much is it? I want one. Sebring95, you are a very economical individual. How does hook up exactly? Is it one cord to your lighter. Do you need to buy dvd-rom to keep the map updated?