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#22 of 195 Turn off disclaimer message
Aug 17, 2007 (2:07 pm)
I just bought an MDX last week and so far I love it! It is taking me awhile to figure out all of the voice commands, but I really haven't had the time to study the book, so I'm sure I will figure it out. My biggest complaint is the message that comes on when you start the car. First you see the blue screen with the Navigation system name on it, but once that one goes away, you get a disclaimer message about following all the rules of the road, etc. You have to press OK to make it go away. If you don't press OK, the Navigation screen completely turns off. Does anyone know how to turn this message off so that it doesn't appear every time I get in the car?
#23 of 195 2005/6 versus new MDX
Sep 18, 2007 (12:46 pm)
I'm looking at used 2005/2006 MDX's with or without Nav and you guys have dampered my excitment for the Nav system. Is it really that bad? Are these issues with the new model or the older ones like I'm looking at?
Sep 19, 2007 (2:34 am)
you know, i had a 2005 MDX touring with Navi ( i just sold it yesterday), and i LOVED LOVED the navi system. i've driven a mercedes benz and a bmw, and by far, acura's navi system was much better. and a lot easier to use. Now, I have a 2008 MDX with the Tech package, and i'm loving the navi even more! I think that if you expect the navi to be perfect, you will be disappointed...but, all the other navi systems out there aren't perfect either. With experience, i have come to realize that although the navi system is sometimes slow, and doesn't have all the locations for everything, it still way outshines the other navi systems out there. I like it even better than Toyota/Lexus's navi system. i wouldn't be too disappointed and let down by the comments above. Everyone i know that has the Acura with a navi system love it. I mean, i love it so much, that our accord has it too!
As for not having the latest locations, well, all navi systems have to be updated once a year. Then you should get most everything you need! And, about the slowness. It's really not that slow. Imagine, you're computer takes some time to boot up...and so the navi needs time too. It doesn't take minutes for it to boot up either...i think it takes less than a minute (my 2005 model). on my 2008 MDX, it does it right away..in a few seconds.
So, don't be discouraged by the comments! I think that once you have it, you'll love it too!!
#25 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [micknmin]
Sep 19, 2007 (6:06 am)
I haven't found a way around it yet.
It drove me nuts in the beginning, but I've learned to deal with it.
The worst part is reaching for the stupid button.
I can accept the legal agreement on my Infiniti with one button click on the steering wheel.
I can't do that on our MDX..... I have to burn .0032 extra calories and reach for the stupid button
#26 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [scottm123]
Sep 19, 2007 (7:31 am)
I wish there was a way to go directly to the music screen w/o pressing the audio button. I can live w/the disclaimer as I rarely use the nav function. I think I burn an extra .0040 calories (the button is a little lower).
#27 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [upstatedoc]
Sep 20, 2007 (10:42 am)
You could always just say "Display Audio Screen" and have it come up, but that's a pain as well.
Most days, I don't feel like talking much while in the car, and talking to the car itself is certainly not high on my want list anyway.
Now, if she had a sexy British accent, that could change my opinion some.
Actually, come to think of it, I'm not sure the voice commands work before agreeing to the legal agreement.
I'd have to check to be sure... and the car's just too far away right now.
#28 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [scottm123]
Sep 20, 2007 (11:40 am)
I agree. What makes it worse is the spelling mistake in the disclaimer. Judgment is not commonly spelled "Judgement" in the United States.
#29 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [dms9]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 20, 2007 (2:09 pm)
I hate that spelling too, but every time I look it up, it's listed as an acceptable way to spell it in the US.
You may enjoy the Grammar and the Peeves that Pet It discussion too.
#30 of 195 Re: Turn off disclaimer message [steve_]
Sep 20, 2007 (9:15 pm)
I hate that spelling too ...
Hey, it took me a VERY VERY long time to learn the right way to spell it and I am not about to unlearn it. So there!
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#31 of 195 Reassurance to Sethwallis
Sep 22, 2007 (8:47 am)
Since I'm one of the folks who vented their frustration, I owe you some reassurances. My frustration is that this NAVI system could have and should been better. And the Garmin's superior capabilities and up-to-date data prove it. But nevertheless, the other commentators are right that the Acura NAVI is the best of the integrated built-in systems. And the advantages of a built-in system are worth the hassles. Furthermore, after a year of using it (yeah -- literally it takes a long time) I've learned enough of the shortcuts to make it work better, and enough of the pitfalls to avoid getting stuck in the right street in the wrong city.
And we LOVE the MDX overall. So don't let these quirks deter you.
As to the annoyance of the "agreement" welcome screen -- I have a friend who bought a Cadillac Escalade, and says he would not have bought it if he had known how annoying THAT agreement screen is. It apparently only lets you agree when you start up the car. If you don't, you can't start the navigation system later, while driving. With the Acura you can agree at any time, not just on initial start-up. Another example of how the other systems are worse.
I still have to say though, to any Acura execs who may actually read blogs like this, that they should be ashamed of themselves for not doing better, given their bragging about always being at the leading edge of technology. The user interface and database of a $500 Garmin Nuvi unit puts them to shame. But it ain't integrated with the car unfortunately!