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#150 of 195 Re: 2009 Acura MDX Nav System [david169]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:38 pm)
The 2009 MDX GPS is useless. We actually just purchased a Garmin and mounted it on the GPS screen. The MDX has us going down one way streets the wrong way, it could not find Montreal Quebec in Canada, and ACURA / Honda keeps telling us to contact the supplier who will do nothing about the unit.
DO not touch the 2009 MDX GPS. The dealers tell you there is NOTHING they can do, and HONDA keeps saying "we didn't make it"
NOT BAD FOR AN EXTRA $5,300 + TAX
#151 of 195 Re: 2009 Acura MDX Nav System [blondfarf]
Jun 07, 2010 (1:19 pm)
I've only had my 2010 a couple of weeks but so far it seems spot on. I had gotten so used to Garmin portables that I was a little reluctant to to switch to the in-dash GPS, but so far it seems very accurate.
One thing that I do like about Garmin is being able to buy lifetime map updates for around $100 (which I did) as long as you own the unit. I don't like the prospect of forking over $150-$200 every time I want to update the maps. But the bigger built-in screen along with the other features you get with the Tech Package made it worth the extra money to me.
We'll see how happy I am in a year from now...
#152 of 195 2010 MDX Nav system is worthless
Jun 28, 2010 (9:55 am)
Everyone I speak to who has an MDX (and they all love the cars) has horrible problems with the nav systems. For example, insert a store name (say "Target" or "Sears") and up pops a location from 2000 miles away!!! It is not that important where the Target in Seattle Washington is located whne you reside in Florida. I have the list of all Starbucks locations in Riverside, California, but since we live in Atlanta, that is pretty useless. Any word on when Acura is going to address this defect?
#153 of 195 Re: 2010 MDX Nav system is worthless [jack3636]
Jun 28, 2010 (12:08 pm)
I have an '07 MDX and we've been pretty happy with the SUV. It is by no means perfect but it doesn't seem to have any glaring flaws. The NAV in my opinion is pretty good. I've used better but for the most part it is a good NAV system. If you start your search by using the categories, you can sort by distance... for instance if you want to find the nearest Starbucks, go to categories, restaurants and then keyword. Type in 'Starbu' and then on the next screen, select by distance. Granted, you should have to work around the system in this manner but it does work.
#154 of 195 DOESN'T ANYONE READ THE NAV MANUAL?
Jul 10, 2010 (8:33 pm)
After reading a couple dozen comments on this blog, I have come to the conclusion that no one reads the navigation manual. Thus, all the problems and complaints.
My 2010 MDX is on order but I have already downloaded the manuals and know how to work most every feature on the vehicle.
It is so simple to find the nearest STARBUCKS by name, without going through the categories, etc. Just request STARBUCKS. Then, according to the simple instructions in the navigation manual,.....
"If you move the Interface Dial down while the list is displayed, the display will switch to SORT BY DISTANCE or SORT BY NAME.
During my test drive, I had no problem using voice commands for the air conditioner, stereo, and the navigation system. You have to know the proper commands to give and it worked for me the first time I tried it.
All these complaints from those who, apparently, haven't bothered to read the operating manual. The instructions are there, and I found the 2010 MDX navigation system to be one of the best. You can even enter map coordinates instead of an address! You have a choice to be routed only on VERIFIED roads, or you can select the system to also use UN-verified roads.
This system is far superior to the system in my Infiniti.
#155 of 195 Re: DOESN'T ANYONE READ THE NAV MANUAL? [cloviskid]
Jul 10, 2010 (9:26 pm)
Well, good for you!
You know, there are some of us who learn better by being shown or told how to do something - especially when it comes to tech gadgets.
#156 of 195 Busted NAV in 2004 MDX
Aug 25, 2010 (2:02 pm)
I finally got around to reading the posts in this forum. I wanted to chime in that we also lost the NAV in our 2004 MDX (since traded in). The NAV/screen would work on occasion, but we always had to input the code in order to get it to work. Sometimes, the GPS would find the satellites. Other times, it didn't but at least the A/C controls and backup camera worked!
We didn't care that much about the GPS since the unit was far inferior to a Garmin Nuvi. But the inability to control A/C was ridiculous.
On top of that, we had an issue with our TPMS sensors and the TPMS light would come on within a few miles of driving. This happened even after we replaced our tires. Both the tire dealer and an Acura dealer couldn't figure out what was wrong.
The car had just over $100K miles and was running quite well, but we had no confidence in the electronics and figure we may as well cut our losses. The cost of a major electronic repair could have approached 25% or more of the car's value.
#157 of 195 Re: Busted NAV in 2004 MDX [yossarian3]
Aug 25, 2010 (3:10 pm)
With the Nav system, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Blind Spot Info System, Hard Drive Stereo System, etc. etc., there is a lot that can go wrong. That is why I purchased the genuine Acura 7-year extended warranty when I purchased my 2010 MDX. Any one of those items, after the regular 4-year warranty expires, could cost as much or more than the extended warranty to fix. Now I know I won't have any big expense for at least the first seven years.
I find the Nav system in the 2010 MDX to be superior to any other Nav system I have experienced. It is a hard drive system, lightning fast routing, and has more features than any I have seen. I can enter address, map coordinates, phone number, intersection, actual map spot, or use the address book to get directions. OR, use voice command and say FIND NEAREST GROCERY STORE (or about 75 other categories) and the list pops up within about two seconds. The map coordinate feature is great for areas not yet on the map. Just find the location on google world, get the map coordinates, and enter the numbers on the MDX Nav screen. Simple. And you have the choice of being routed on ONLY verified roads OR also on unverified roads. Either way, an arrow continually points to the direction of your final location.
I just sold my 2003 Infiniti I-35 which also had a Navigation system. I used the system on a regular basis for all seven plus years I had that car and never had a problem with it.
Sep 11, 2010 (8:18 am)
I have an 07 MDX and want to upgrade the GPS. Do I have to go to a site for vehicles in Canada or is it the same site as for the US as well?
I have been directed o many incorrect addresses so I hope the newer version is improved!
#159 of 195 Re: 2007 MDX Nav [joyincanada]
Sep 11, 2010 (8:40 am)
The 2011 map should be available by the end of this month.
I would call an Acura dealer in Canada to find out how to get the latest map software.