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#140 of 181 Re: GPS mount for a 2012 CR-V [tfriedman]
Apr 01, 2012 (8:21 pm)
Join the club on that! We were hoping that Honda would clean up their act on subsequent models. We had the same experience on our 2011 CR-V. I have an older Garmin, 2006, and it is better than the Honda Nav. The sales people were clueless, the owner of the rather large dealership didn't know what was going on, even Honda "NAV tech support" didn't seem to know what was going on. I wrote letters to everybody, including the president of Honda International in Japan. Finally, they issued me a $500 letter of credit and I though I could upgrade the NAV system with an upgrade they produced. It cost $185 and did bring the mapping into 2011 but the system is still not fully Bluetooth compatible. That is to say, the manual shows the caller ID feature IF your phone is compatable. Currently, no cell phone offered by any carrier in the U.S. is compatable. That's because the system just can't do what is advertised and shown in the manual.
I'd rather give them back the $500 and replace the NAV with a real system. When we travel, we take the Garmin, as backup since we don't trust the Honda NAV.
While we do like the car, we're extremely dissapointed in Honda. This is our first Honda and will be our last. EVERY other in-dash NAV I've seen is far superior to Honda's. Our theory, not supported by any evidence, is that in 2006 they bought container loads of this NAV system and then car sales dropped, leaving them holding the bag on 2006 systems so they're still getting rid of them on you and me.
#141 of 181 Re: Honda CR-V Navigation system [johnbradley]
Jul 24, 2012 (4:20 pm)
Hi John, Have you considered suing Honda Motor in small claims court to recover the cost of the Navigation system or possibly a class action law suit? I have similar issues with Honda on my 2008 Honda pilot. It seems that they have installed, like you say, five year old mappings and then they try to sell new one every year. I would be interested in your thoughts.
#142 of 181 Re: Honda CR-V Navigation system [vinod3]
Jul 29, 2012 (10:46 pm)
No, I haven't considered small claims. I wrote to everyone possible, many letters to thier Nav Tech Support, the owner of the dealership, Honda USA---every officer, Honda Japan---top executives, including President Honda International, every blog I could find---including this one, consumer affairs everywhere---including in Reno, largest city near us where the dealer has several dealerships. Finally, 6 months into it, they offered $500 credit so I took the credit and told them I'd back off, figuring it wasn't going to get any better than that.
So, when the update CD was available, I bought it------for $185---and had a decent rear view mirror installed------for $360----it should have been in the car, supposedly a "top of the line" HA! "fully equipped" model that "had everything you can put on it." Trouble is, it had a $10 rear view mirror that Manny, Moe and Jack would put on their "Super Bargin $1" table. It didn't have fog lights, which up here in snow country would be very useful. (Haven't installed them yet as I was thinking about unloading the car.)
My wife loves it. So---I'm gonna get the fog lights and hunker down for a year or two. I go in to get a small recall done and they say, "Hey, your tires are 1/32nd" of tread left. "WHAT?!!!!" I've got a little over 16,000 miles on the car! So, I go to the place where I buy tires for our commercial vehicles and get a DECENT set of tires, $964.
I can't believe Honda would put such junk on what they say is the top model of CR-V's. I've been meaning to write them and tell them that "luxury, fully equipped models, should be and not have Tonka Tires that wear out before you get out of the showroom.
Honda? My first and last!!
#143 of 181 Re: Honda CR-V Navigation system [vinod3]
Aug 13, 2012 (9:25 pm)
I agree that the Nav system sucks! I just got out of my friends Altima and his nav just let's him talk to the system instead of keep holding a dang button to talk!
#144 of 181 Re: Honda CR-V Navigation system [sawyer2b]
Aug 14, 2012 (2:21 pm)
I've been in several late model cars, some luxury, some mid-range; ALL have better NAV systems than our 2011 CR-V, which is supposed to be "top of the line" for Honda CR-v's. In fact, even with the $185 (Honda gave us a $500 credit after I wrote to every Honda executive I could round up, including the Honda International President in Japan) 2012 update, it is still steam powered. My "Smart Phone," a Droid Razor, has two NAV systems on it that are better than the Honda NAV we have.
To make matters worse, the last time I took it in for regular service, a month or so ago, I was told I needed new tires since the tread was down to 1/32nd of and inch. I only had a little over 16,000 miles on them!!!! I've owned dozens of cars and God only knows how many sets of tires I've been through and I do not recall ever getting that little, even on the "re-treads" I bought when I was broke!! And this was supposed to be a "top end" model, "loaded." I've owned Fords, GM cars, Mercedes, Cadillacs, BMW's, etc., many purchesed new, and never had a set of tires last for so few miles.
If that After I put a new, $1000, set of tires on, I found that the howling sound that no one in the Honda service dept. could figure out was due to the tires.
So, bottom line, I'm not a happy camper with Honda.
#145 of 181 Re: 2012 CRV EX-L w/Navi [jake140]
Sep 20, 2012 (12:38 pm)
I own a 2012 CR-V EX-L w Navi. Don't waste your money on Navigation. It really sucks. I live in SF Bay Area. When I look for nearest Costco Wholesale, It points me to locations out of state. To find local warehouse locations, I need to search with a sub-category like Gas Station or Pharmacy. It can not find the Courtyard Marriott near eBay HQ in Campbell. Will not accept street address as a valid address for the hotel. Google maps and my 3 tears old Garmin seem to have no issues.
#146 of 181 Re: 2012 CRV EX-L w/Navi [dscrv12]
Sep 20, 2012 (7:59 pm)
Your initial assesment is correct. The NAV sucks, especially when compared to just about anything else, other auto NAV's, smart phones, Garmin, etc.
However, today I received a note from Honda saying they've got a "2013 NAV update" out for $149. I'll buy it and hope. You might want to see if you can get the dealer to spring for it. I got $500 out of them due to the bunk 2011 NAV in my CRV EX- L that was more than 3 years old. Though, I had to write to the president of Honda International and dozens of othe high placed Honda executives. Good luck.
#147 of 181 Re: 2012 CRV EX-L w/Navi [johnbradley]
Sep 27, 2012 (9:06 am)
Thank you for your comments about the '12 NAV. I have a '10 and it is horrible. I hoped that Honda would fix it in the new model but it is clear that they have not. It's sad that a company that makes such a good car cares so little about current technology.
#148 of 181 Re: 2012 CRV EX-L w/Navi [bmfc]
Oct 06, 2012 (8:11 am)
Sorry to bring this up on the CRV forum, but all the harsh talk about Honda's navi systems goes back for years!
I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL with Navi and back up camera. In the U.S. they only provide mapping up to the CDN border and then your auto icon shows you driving in an empty field! In all fairness tho, Honda is an equal opportunity PITA as the CDN versions only work up the border going into the U.S..
My $100.00 Garmen has maps of all North America and has never let me down from Alberta to Houston Texas.
My daughter in Texas has a fully loaded CRV with Navi and for her map update the dealership now wants another $300.00
(it couldn't even find the Dallas Convention Center!)
#149 of 181 Nav for Rogue and CR-V
Oct 11, 2012 (6:02 pm)
My wife drives a 2011 CR-V and I drive a 2011 Nissan Rugue and neither of the navigation systems equal Garmins least expensive LifeTimeMap units. Unfortunatly I gave both of these Garmin units to my two daughters and they will not give them up. I find it very difficult to choke up around $150.00 for the updates and find out they will be no better. Along with this, the fuel economy on the CR-V is pretty bad but my wife loves the thing so I am stuck. If we keep the cars I will have to purchase a Garmin unit for each of them and have them permanently installed. The Rogue's fuel economy is about 24/30 so I can't complain about that.