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BMW X3, SUV
#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.
#11 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [jboyer202]
Jan 04, 2009 (3:35 pm)
I have a 2007 X3 and I regret getting it. The Navigation Plays a large roll in it.
What's wrong with the Navigation?
1) Your control panel is a button directly on the opposing side of the volume knob. It can get confusing, as well as the fact it takes for ever to scroll to a number.
2) The actual GPS screen is a half of the entire screen. It is so little that it is hard to find anything on it. I know it is nice to see your coordinates, and altitude, but you can easily fit that on the bottom of the screen, rather than the entire half.
3) It only displays golf courses, not gas stations, emergency places, etc.
4) The woman who speaks sounds like the jailhouse foreman. She also is very wordy.
5) It is very expensive of an option ($1,800)
In other words, I would still view it as a poor navigation system 9 Years ago, and technology has really changed since.
If you want a good Navigation, take a look at Infiniti or Audi. They are great.
#12 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [adavis2493]
Sep 17, 2009 (4:31 pm)
I despise the ride in the X3 2009. I will take your nav problems and give you my ride problems.
I think car navs are always a problem because electronics change every few months while cars change every few years at best. I think the avg car is on the road in the US for 9 years, up from 7 since before the recession.
That is a long time to have an in-car nav system. Although they will not, I wish car manufacturers would just make places in the dash to install after market electronics....yeah, sure they will.
#13 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [adavis2493]
Jan 02, 2011 (3:11 am)
I hate the navigation system as well. It only has like 3 colors. I paid 50 thousand for my X3. I am wondering how much people paid for their BMW X3. Mine has all available options installed. The BMW X3 hasn't impressed me at all. It needs more features, it doesn't even have parking sensors or back up cameras. I own a 2008 BMW X3si.
My premium sound system sounds like a cheap sound system. Anyone with that problem? Does anyone know how to lower the sound system while the navigation system talks? I think that is common sense, I am sure the X3 has that option.
I hate the transmission, it is kinda slow. Acceleration is horrible. Leather looks cheap and plastic everywhere.
#14 of 14 Re: 2007 BMW X3 - Navigation System [bmwowner2]
by kyfdx HOST
Jan 02, 2011 (8:59 am)
We leased our '08 X3 for $440/mo. + tax.. but, yours must be really, really loaded, because our X3 only stickered for $44K or so...
It's my wife's car... but, I don't like the transmission, either..