Last post on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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#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.
Dec 28, 2012 (5:02 pm)
My mother recently purchased a 2008 Mazda CX-9 Luxury model, however, the navigation screen is completely unresponsive. It's only the navigation that has this problem. We have taken the car to Mazda but the team there said they have no idea what to do about it?
We can change radio stations and everything else with the touch screen, but when you go the menu and try and select navigation, nothing happens.
At first we thought it may have been the screen lock for while you're driving, but even when the car is parked in the drive way we can't get anything.
#197 of 200 Re: Nighttime display [ocala]
Aug 12, 2013 (4:15 pm)
I had same problem with night mode, it turned out to be the dimmer switch set to full brightness (upper left of the speedometer and revs), turn it anticlockwise and all should be well
#198 of 200 Re: Voice Command and general navigation operation [thejunkman3]
Oct 13, 2013 (10:19 am)
I lease Mazda Cx9 and cannot wait for lease to be over because their Navigation system is completely screwed up. Its a shame to even call it a gps. I have to drive clients in my car and I am ashamed if I have to use the gps because it can NEVER get you to the right address. The maps are not synced, it stops directions 400 to 600 ft. from address, most of the time it tells you to drive extra 3-4 miles and then make a U-turn and drive back these same 3-4 miles. There are no updates available, streets built in the last 7 years are no on the map at all, if you take one of these streets the gps stops working and you are completely on your own. When your address is less than a mile away, gps will tell you that it is too close and cannot be found. I will be breaking the lease no matter what the cost is only because of the completely unreliable and unusable gps. I have asked for upgrades and I have asked customer service at Mazda for resolution, but my car is 2 years old and this is their latest and greatest system. Mazda SUCKS!!!! NEVER AGAIN!
#199 of 200 Re: Nav system [ditty4]
Oct 13, 2013 (10:29 am)
I have the same experience. My CX9 is 2011, so it is the latest and greatest disk they have and it is horrible. I was 1.5 miles away from address and gps took me out 22 miles including highway just to get me to the starting point and get me to turn left at the next traffic light.
Next time, I was 3 miles away in a rural area, the directions were 27 miles in the wrong direction because roads were built in the last 10 years and were not mapped on Mazda gps.
Bluetooth is also horrific, there need to be a better integration not just a loud screeching noise of the phone and I have to drop everything from my purse to find a phone in a hurry and switch it to handset to have private conversation. When the devise is paired you are stuck with it, there should be an on screen switch mode or something easy to control.
However, lack of storage space, no glasses compartment, no purse, space, bad design of the front sit could be overlooked if not for horrible gps navigation system Mazda has.
#200 of 200 Re: bummed the nav system still sucks [tigger5753]
Oct 13, 2013 (10:33 am)
It cannot be used while the vehicle is in motion - a fact. And you have to be at a complete stop, not even 5 mph, dead stop for it to show up. And if you donít have full address, it does not work, and the feature to find places by name does not work at all. I mean it does not have major area malls, stores or restaurants in the system. But it has places that are out of business since last century! If you need GPS in your car Ė DO NOT BUY MAZDA!