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#186 of 200 Re: Nav system WRONG DIRECTIONS
Oct 15, 2011 (9:41 am)
I just bought the 2011 and love the handling of the CX9, but the navigation system consistently is wrong. Indeed it will take you in a completely opposite direction to get where you are going. I had a 2006 Avalon, and although people say Toyota and Mazda are the same system, I never had this problem on the Avalon, and that five years older!
The only other complaint is that the CX9 is a real gas guzzler. Mixed highway and city, the best I get is 17.8 mpg. Otherwise a very neat automobile.
#187 of 200 Re: Nav system WRONG DIRECTIONS [sarangi]
Oct 15, 2011 (2:50 pm)
I have a 2007 CX-9 w/o Navi but I also have a 2006 Mazda5 w/Navi and mine was doing the same thing, until I realized that it was trying to avoid highways. I monkeyed around with the settings and it was set to avoid highways. So I don't know if these newer sytems have the same settings but if so, make sure that the Navi is set to "all major roads" under the settings.
#188 of 200 Help with navigation decision
Nov 19, 2011 (11:10 pm)
So I have made all my selections for a new CX-9 but based on comments here I am undecided about going forward with the navigation system. I currently use a garmin portable which allows full access while under way ( my wife does the navigating). I assume all in dash systems restrict inputs to the screen. Does the voice command work well? How does Sirius convey traffic. Garmin shows a red line and an estimated time delay. Does Sirius just talk about it and if you don't know the local names for hotspots then your out of luck? Finally does it show speed limits? Any help much appreciated as this info not generally available and salesman talk around it.
#190 of 200 2008 Mazda CX-9 GT aftermarket GPS unit choice
Feb 01, 2012 (9:12 am)
So I had a stupidity to buy a Grand Touring CX-9 without technology package. 3 years past, I finally got around to decide on aftermarket GPS/DVD unit replacement.
I have the following choices:
- An original GPS/DVD Unit from salvaged 2008 CX-9 found on ebay
- Clarion NX501 (got it fairly cheap and still can return to store)
- Alpine INA-W900BT
- A one of no-name chinese-made units: for example this one
Any comments are very welcome. Also trying to decide whether to allow Best Buy installer service to abuse my car or send it to a local electronics store who charges 3 times as much
#191 of 200 Re: 2008 Mazda CX-9 GT aftermarket GPS unit choice [sleepybubba]
Feb 01, 2012 (3:40 pm)
Sounds like you have already made up your mind about the Best buy installer.
I would not recommend a built-in unit. a portable unit is much cheaper and can move from car to car. I have a 2009 CX-9 and I set my protable unit on the console just in from of the shifter. It is fairly stable and I can hear all the directions. My Garmin was less than $100, no installation, speaks directions and street names. It is all I need.
However, you may want/need more.
#192 of 200 Re: 2008 Mazda CX-9 GT aftermarket GPS unit choice [sleepybubba]
Feb 18, 2012 (4:32 am)
I own a 2008 GT with the Nav/DVD player. The system is quite good, but the ebay site showed the seller wanted $900. Not worth that price, as the technology is now 4 years old. My 2 year old portable Tom Tom has voice command for address input, traffic camera alerts etc., all for about $225.
Of course the portables have to be mounted on the window or on top of the dash and have a cable hanging down for power.
Not sure what the Chinese model was priced at, but if not outrageous, I would go that route if you like the neat appearance of the built in units.
Bel Air Car Guy
#193 of 200 2012 Nav any better?
Mar 15, 2012 (10:30 am)
I was strongly considering the 2012 grand touring with nav until I read this forum. Any chance the 2012 model will be better? I am going to see if I can really test-drive the nav at the dealer...it seems such a shame to put in an external unit (although cheaper!)
#194 of 200 Re: 2012 Nav any better? [chrisw_sj]
Mar 21, 2012 (1:14 pm)
I JUST BOUGHT A 2012 MAZDA CX9 TWO DAYS AGO WITH AN INDASH NAV.SYSTEM. I WORKED FOR A DAY TRYING TO PROGRAM A DESTINATION. I FINALLY WENT BACK TO THE DEALERSHIP FOR HELP AND THE SALES REP. HAD A PROBLEM AS WELL. HE DID CALL TODAY WITH A SOLUTION TO MY PROBLEM.
WHEN YOU GO TO PUT IN A DESTINATION, START WITH THE STEET ADDRESS FIRST AND NOT THE CITY. THE CITY FIRST DEFAULTS TO THE NEAREST FIVE CITIES NOT ALLOWING YOU TO GO FURTHER WITH THE SPELLING OF THE CITY YOU WANT. THIS LIITLE TIP WILL SAVE YOU ALOT OF TIME AND TRYING TO FIGURE THIS STEP OUT. OTHER THAN THAT AND TRYING TO GET THE VOICE ACTIVATION TO WORK, THIS CUV IS A GREAT VALUE. WE WENT TO THE ATLANTA AUTO SHOW FIRST TO EXPLORE ALL THE DIFFERENT MODELS AND NARROW OUR SEARCH DOWN TO THE MAZDA CX9, VOLVO X90, BUICK ENCLAVE, FORD FLEX AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS WITH 7 PASSENGER SPACE. I DID ALOT OF COMPUTER RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING SO THAT I WOULD NOT PURCHASE JUST ON IMPULSE AND THIS MAZDA WAS OUR CHOICE.