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Toyota Sienna, Navigation System, Van
#223 of 257 Re: Looking to update 2.1 Navigation on Toyota Sienna [twinsdad23]
Jun 25, 2010 (2:59 pm)
The upgrade disk is $200, regardless of previous version, from the Toyota dealer. You could take a chance and try to find one on eBay, but more than likely, you'll be buying a cheap, illegal copy that may or may not work. For the same 200 dollars you could just buy a Garmin unit and then a power adapter and a weighted base or sucker mount to hold it. In the end the disk upgrade from the dealer is your best option and as I've mentioned earlier, it's a simple disk swap to upgrade.
There are also instructions on this forum on how to override the safety protocols to use features of the navigation system that are normally not accessible while driving.
#224 of 257 Nav system functions
Jul 11, 2010 (12:12 pm)
I currently use a Garmin GPS in my 2004 Sienna, no Toyota Nav system. I am planning on buying a 2011 LTD FWD and know I will have to take a Toyota Nav system. My questions about the nav system are:
1) Can you put in a destination and a "via" point, so you can control how the nav system will direct you.
2) If you hit a snag on the road, can you have the system "detour" and give you an alternate route.
Love my Garmin. Hope the nav system will have similar functions.
Also, is there a place on line where I can see a detailed manual for the nav system..
Thanks for the help.
#226 of 257 Re: Nav system functions [rjeok]
Jul 20, 2010 (12:20 pm)
I have several Garmins and a 2006 Sienna w/GPS
Compared to the least capable Garmin, the Sienna _planning_ capabilities are abysmal. The Sienna display is very nice.
a. max __ 5 ___ user controlled via points( e.g. mapsource, Google Maps, etc)
b. no ability to import routes from external planning systems
c. Very outdated and expensive map updates (250.00 for my last update and it was missin gmajor roads in Norther Virginia that were nearly 24 months olds)
d. Inserting via point does not simply extend route(1 of 3 you have chosen) - it forces a recalc and you may lose the preferred route that was acceptable to get 3 routes that are not.
e. no ability to save routes!!!
f. no ability to get on-line map updates
g. In most cases - Touching places of interest on the map display does _not_ provide the name of the feature!!
h. Moving around the display in small increments is very difficult.
i. Icon sizes obscure important display information
I could go on and on.
Just buy another GPS and save $1000s
I live mny Sienna but do not use the GPS system for detailed route planning.
I highly recommend you buy the Sienna without the GPS and use a different one for in car routing and navigation.
I believe you can get the 2011 Sienna without GPS but still get the DVD and dashboard lcd display for other system controls.
I looked at 2011 Sienna
a. make sure you closely examine the 2nd row seat operations if you are buying that option. Try and extend the seats in a way that is useful for adults with the driver's seat in a comfortable position and with cargo in the rear.
b. Move the 2nd row seats full back and experiment using the console cup holders while in mothion.
c. If you want the 2nd sunroof, make sure to operate one and observe its positioning and resulting configuration before you make the leap.
#227 of 257 Re: Nav system functions [tarantara]
Jul 20, 2010 (1:22 pm)
My problem currently is trying to find an LTD w/o NAV...nearly impossible.
that being said....dealer here in Cincy is more willing to reduce price of what is in his lot vs. getting van I'm asking for....nothing is easy!
#228 of 257 GPS signal
Aug 07, 2010 (6:38 am)
A little off topic, but my 2005 SIenna is not picking up the GPS signal all of a sudden (going haywire, no "GPS" written in upper left). We have a Toyota extended warranty, but the dealer says that if they examine the car and find nothing wrong, I am out $100. Is there anything simple I could me missing here? I'm not sure where the satellite receiver is located, is there anything I could adjust myself? Thanks.
#229 of 257 Re: GPS signal [taruky]
Sep 02, 2010 (6:47 am)
Most likely the GPS antenna has become disconnected. This explains why no GPS logo appears at the top left of the screen, and why the incorrect position appears on the map.
Has anyone removed the navigation unit in the dash? If yes, the GPS antenna has been disconnected. The GPS antenna has a square grey connector that is attached to a black wire leading to the actual GPS antenna. It simple needs to be plugged back into the back of the navigation unit. After reconnecting the GPS antenna leave outside with a clear view of the sky and the key in the accessory mode. The engine does not need to be running. Once the GPS logo reappears you are all set. The positioning will display the current location of the vehicle.
#230 of 257 My car GPS is outdated, what should I replace it with??
Sep 23, 2010 (8:54 pm)
should i get a portable gps to replace the one in my van? If so, which one? Mine is outdated and I hate the fact that i can't put in a new address unless the car is "stopped." I can't always pull over to the side of the road. Also, there are too many new streets and address changes for my car gps. Is it worth it to buy something separate if I need something really reliable? I am a visiting nurse and I need something that works well! thanks!
#231 of 257 Re: My car GPS is outdated, what should I replace it with?? [wildcoyote4]
Sep 24, 2010 (7:25 am)
Good question - gagrice did just that. He has navi on his Seqouia and got a Garmin rather than pay for map updates.
The updates cost $200 plus, while Costco has a 5" Garmin for $179.99. So the portable is actually cheaper, but the screen is 5" instead of 7" or whatever you have now. Lifetime map updates retails for $89.99 now, but you can get that bundled and pay even less.
Hmm, I looked on-line and didn't find the same deal, so you may have to go to the store. They did have a Tom Tom for $169 with free lifetime map updates. Nowadays you can buy them bundled.
Given you're not happy with the OE Navi, I would not pay to upgrade something you don't like.
#232 of 257 Re: My car GPS is outdated, what should I replace it with?? [ateixeira]
Sep 24, 2010 (1:41 pm)
Thanks, Ateixeira, I don't even know if a newer version OE Navi is available. There appears to be many options. Of course, I like the bigger screen. I will check into the Garmin among others. I have a 2005 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited