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#1 of 14 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System
Mar 17, 2007 (8:40 am)
Anyone tell me anything about the navigation system in the X3? How does it compare to Acura's or Lexus' navagation systems?
#2 of 14 navigation
Mar 20, 2007 (7:43 pm)
If nav is what you like then Acura has it hands down. period. Don't bother.
#3 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [jboyer202]
Mar 24, 2007 (4:53 am)
We have the nav system in our 2005 X3.
There is little, if any change in the 2007 system.
The screen is color.
The screen may be set to split screen -- 1/2 moving map, 1/2 turn by turn arrows, etc.
The typical female-voiced instructions are spoken at appropriate times, and there is another indicator of "distance to go" before next action (impending.) This indicator replaces the digital clock when nav is active.
The system has the typical and that means comprehensive navteq DVD map system.
The system is easy to program and accpets no voice commands of any kind. There is no integration of the nav and traffic or nav and anything else, frankly (well, possibly the clock.)
The nav system in terms of point to point nav and ease of use is "perfect." The nav system's ability (technically) to tell you how to get from here to there is pretty much standard, normal -- just like everyone eles's.
The system is, however, not comparable to Acura's -- other than in its ability to get you from a to b.
How about this, the system is fully functional but, er, "basic." In some respects it is a marvel of the 21st century -- you have this is a car that you drive and it doesn't cost much. It is a remarkable technology.
The BMW implementation of nav is hmmm two steps back from Acura. Maybe I am being generous, it is three steps back from Acura, my Audi is two steps backwards.
The X3 system is not at the same state of evolution as the BMW's equipped with iDrive. It is very easy to program and entirely manual in this respect.
It works and it works flawlessly. It has nothing "sexy," but the screen is in color!
We love ours -- but we are well aware that Acura's (and perhaps Land Rover's) are the best.
We use ours all the time.
#4 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [jboyer202]
Jun 10, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Just bought a X3, navigation system is on of my bigest frustations with the car. No search by location phone number (even my wifes Dodge Caravan has that feature). I tried a known location close to home (easily found in the Caravan) and would not appear in the X3 system. The search criteria itself is not intuitive at all.
The ergonomics are by far the worst. Small knob on the far right of the dashboard. Has to push it an turn it like maniac to get around the system, but first you have to push another button (menu) to actually access the NS. The volume is contained in a different menu under preferences. In other words, the hole system is scatered around the whole dashboard. Terrible.
In short very far from what you would expect for a 2500 equipment
#5 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [capc]
Jun 21, 2007 (12:01 pm)
The navigation system in the X3 less than stellar. First off, there is no touch screen. Everything is done by one button off to the right that is very difficult to use when in motion.
It also does not include any roads that have any restrictions on them. For example, in Wash DC a significant portion of I66 is not included at all because it has HOV restrictions (2+ people/car) for a couple of hours inbound during morning rush hour and outbound during evening rush hour. I was told it was because BMW doesn't want to get sued if their nav system instructed someone to get on the highway when they may not have enough people in the car. Therefore, they eliminated an entire interstate and sends you on back roads. Given that my office is just off the interstate, this renders the unit virtually worthless.
Lastly, it requires that you have the entire address to input a destination. If there is an intersection that you want to go to, you need to know where BMW has filed it. Sometimes it is under a city, sometimes a county. you may have the exact street address, but if you do not know where the jurisdiction lines are, you may not find it. This is especially challenging in a large metro area.
#6 of 14 07 BMW x3 navigation system
Aug 16, 2008 (4:18 pm)
Has anyone had the following problem with their 07 bmw nav. system? My system has an error margin of 50ft. Meaning when is tells me my turn is in 50ft. almost immediately it says you missed your turn. This can be very unnerving when you are in a strange or conjested area. BMW tells me that this is the way the system works and to "deal with it" I have had other autos with factory systems and this never happened. Is it me, my car or BMW that is wrong? Thanks
#7 of 14 Re: 07 BMW x3 navigation system [jhoupt]
Aug 18, 2008 (2:14 pm)
If what BMW is telling you is that GPS doesn't know to the millimeter where your car is located, then BMW is right. GPS (especially when it's not boosted by WAAS) often has horizontal error (and even greater vertical error). If you want a technical discussion, then search GPS and SPS or Standard Positioning Service. A good car GPS, through clever software, can enhance its estimate of where your car is by matching your progress along mapped streets, but it's still not going to be perfect.
I don't use a BMW system in my BMW, so I don't know whether BMW's unit announces street names for turns. Frankly, that's more useful because no driver thinks the GPS is going to read street sign names for him/her.
#8 of 14 best after market navigation for 2008 BMW X3
Nov 18, 2008 (7:59 pm)
I just bought a new 2008 X3 without nav. Had 2005 with built in BMW Nav which was weak at best.
Any recommendations for an after market system? I like the look and reviews of the Garmin Nuvi 880. Any models that will fit into the flip top box on the dash?
#9 of 14 Re: best after market navigation for 2008 BMW X3 [chucar]
by steve_ HOST
Nov 18, 2008 (8:30 pm)
You may want to check out the Navigation GPS Systems discussion too. I see lots of deals out there right now, but the market changes so fast I can't keep up.
#10 of 14 BMW X3 Navigation System
Dec 11, 2008 (10:28 pm)
Is there a way to turn off the audio? It's incredibly annoying. Thanks.