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Subaru B9 Tribeca, Navigation System, SUV
#1 of 390 tribeca navigation system
Aug 19, 2006 (1:19 pm)
I'm finding the nav. system on my o7 limited tribeca hard to use. First of all, I can't figure out how to turn it off. It seems to always require a destination, and the only thing I can do to avoid it binging and trying to redirect me is to turn the sound off. Does anyone know a way to tell the computer "I don't need help this trip"? Also the only time I've tried to use it, thr route it took me on used only surface streets, even though the freeway and a tollroad were nearby and I had entered "allow tollroads". Is anyone having much success with theirs?
#2 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [beanandme]
Aug 19, 2006 (8:15 pm)
I have only had my car two weeks ago, and it will take me a while to get used to this Nav system. I had a Garmin Street Pilot for two years and took me quite some time to get used to it. The one in the Tribeca is much more complicated. Believe it or not, there were some features in the Street Pilot that even the one in Tribeca doesn't have.
Average speed, altitude (although that is not very important to know) longitude and latitude (also something not exactly necessary to know)
However, both of them still want you to sometimes take roads that don't make any sense; in some cases wanting you to go back and all the the way around to get to a destination. Garmin much easier to use to get points of interest, and I could play around with it & do anything I want while driving. You probably figured out only certain features avail in Nav on Tribeca while driving.
However, I am confident as I use it more and become more accustomed I will really like it much better. I believe there are settings you can use that will eliminate a lot of the "instructions" it give you.
Got to run but any questions you have please post & I will try to help you.
Other than that, how do you like your Tribeca. What kind of gas mileage you getting? Mine was a demo, so far in 1700 miles per trip computer 22.5, actual around 21.7.
#3 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [beanandme]
Aug 20, 2006 (1:17 pm)
It is not the easiest to use and must admit I'm enough of a geek to have actually read and re-read the manual a few times to get the hang of it.
This might not be exact but if you get into the menu and then nav or trip options I think will bring up a cancel navigation choice which then appears on the bottom of the screen where you have to select that as well to turn it off.
I found the easiest way on longer trips is to enter several memory points for any places or attractions you might be interested in going to and then you can access them on the fly anytime to start navigation when you think you need it. Be sure to look at the route choices to see if the freeway is being used and select the route that you want from the three choices given.
Hope this helps.
#4 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [tsporty]
Aug 20, 2006 (5:24 pm)
Thnaks. I watched the informational dvd that came with it, and that answered some questions. I did finally figure out how to get to the screen that says cancel navigation or something like that. I agree that there's just so much it can do, it's gonna take some time sitting in the driveway playing with it to figure it out.
To answer the previous poster's question, I've only got 350 miles on mine, and I'm averaging a pathetic 16 mpg. I drive a mix of around town and freeway. The average does go up with every trip; when I got it from the dealer with 30 miles on it the average mpg was 8.5!!! I don't know how to reset the trip odometer, that trip a and trip b screen. I'll have to read the manual some more. Subaru should offer a weekend class so we can learn how to use all our gadgets! : )
#5 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [beanandme]
Aug 20, 2006 (5:45 pm)
Another thought I had while driving around and loving my new car- there ought to be a screensaver function on the nav monitor so you can upload a photo or an aquarium or something. Wouldn't it be cool to have a screen full of swimming fishies? Maybe there's a way to get my cellphone to transfer data to the moitor. Any techno-geeks out there who know how to do that? Also do the limited models include bluetooth?
#6 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [beanandme]
Aug 20, 2006 (9:46 pm)
no bluetooth. the NAV is not user friendly. I have had 3 nav systems counting this one and I rank this the most user unfriendly... but its better then no NAV.
I have been traveling for work and after using my Garmin Nuvi 360 portable with BT built in stuck to the rental car windshield, I realize how unfriendly the Kenwood (Subaru) NAV system is. plus it maps me funny off a main road onto a side road then back onto the main road... but like I said, its better then nothing.
I seriously doubt you will be able to do a screen saver from pictures ect. but a nice idea. and no BT options I have seen yet. this I miss from my previous SUV (a Pacifica).
The best route is usually the FASTEST Route option (typically set as your default route). but its not perfect. you can only select and deselect which roads to ALLOW. the option is not for PREFERRED Road types like in alot of other systems (ie. prefer highways)...
Sounds like your first Subaru... as I was lost as well on where the buttons were. The reset button is located in the instrument cluster right above the stearing wheel (its black so hard to see). hold down to reset which Odometer you are on and the MPG will reset. it tracks both odometers separately in the MPG screen on the NAV screen.
and TSPORTY is right. set all your friends and favorite locations up in memory points, you can select the first page of memory points or last locations while driving! you can not enter points manually while driving.
also you should set up your very very used locations as memory buttons on the bottom. I have my home and work setup. so when you click destination the mini buttons on the bottom are there even when the SUV is moving
#7 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [cluelesspa]
Aug 21, 2006 (10:00 am)
..."set all your friends and favorite locations up in memory points, ... I have my home and work setup. so when you click destination the mini buttons on the bottom are there even when the SUV is moving"
I'm sorry I don't really understand. Do people use Nav systems to get to their home, work and friends houses? I thought it was just for finding unfamiliar places? Or did you just move to a very complicated city?
#8 of 390 Say Street names?
Aug 21, 2006 (10:30 am)
Does the OEM Nav say street names, or just the "Turn Left/Right"?
Aug 21, 2006 (12:15 pm)
I had a loaner for a week, and I own a Garmin c320 now.
The Garmin is easier to use, but I do miss the sweet voice on the Tribeca and the much bigger screen.
#10 of 390 Re: tribeca navigation system [morey000]
Aug 21, 2006 (3:05 pm)
You set a "Home" memory so you can geth the H--- out of SE Washington DC when you can't take it anymore.