Last post on Sep 22, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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Lincoln LS, Sedan
#6 of 15 Re: [milo776]
Apr 12, 2009 (11:48 am)
Unfortunately I was unable to get any decent support from Lincoln and I had to go and figure things on my own.
All the calls to Denso and Lincoln lead to nowhere and I was wasting more time than anything but I would recommend that you first call a a few dealerships in your area to see if they have the DVD System software upgrade (not the MAP CD) as you may get the added benefits of a newer firmware. Also, it shouldn't take you more than a few phone calls which anyone can spare nowadays.
I've researched getting different NAV systems and replacing the one I had (since I wanted to have added functionality - BT + MP3) but the cost of a nicer system was running close to $1300 US. In the end I decided to "fix" the one I have and save me some money. I called different junk yards around the country and searched on E-bay for a replacement DVD unit. In the end I found something on e-bay and I purchased it. It cost me around $300 US but I'm happy I made that decision since the system has been working great since. (still no MP3 or BT but the cost difference is justified)
Of course I don't play around with the "update" menu anymore....hehehe
Shame on Lincoln for their support. As far as I see this, a DVD with the correct software would have fixed and updated my system in no-time. It would have also been an easy service call for Lincoln and the possibility to make good money on it for less than 15 minutes of work. (assuming they would charge $90 for a diagnostic and 1hour of work at $60/hr = $150 for 15 minutes using a DVD with the correct firmware that would have cost them $0 to get from Denso directly)
I hope I was able to help.
Jun 10, 2009 (2:56 am)
I am having the same problem with my 04 LS. I have been everywhere trying to fix the issue. I have pulled the unit, pulled the battery, put 5 or 6 different discs in from various sources, and still no luck. Could you please tell me what the disc was that you used, or give me some direction. I am at the end of my rope with this one!!!
#8 of 15 Re: [brocktaylor]
Jun 23, 2009 (6:44 pm)
Sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately i was unable to find the Firmware CD i was looking for. In the end I had to buy a replacement DVD unit (the unit in the trunk that is) from a scrap yard on e-bay which resolved my issue since it had the firmware pre-loaded.
I still have the old DVD unit around but since I'm no programmer I'm not sure how to hack the existing working unit and grab the firmware so that I can upload it in the old unit. If anyone can suggest how that may be accomplished I can give it a try although I'm scared of breaking the working unit
Sorry I couldn't give you better news.
#9 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [acidutu]
Oct 04, 2009 (2:45 pm)
How did you enter the advanced menu?
I'm holding Audio+Menu for about 1 second and a keypad comes up with "Enter Diag PIN..."
What do i enter?
#10 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [baccus49]
Oct 09, 2009 (10:20 pm)
The password/PIN is 1971.
#11 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [acidutu]
May 11, 2010 (4:28 pm)
Wow, I have an 04 LS and I wanted to update the maps with some software. reading all this, has got me very gun shy. should I leave it along?
#12 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [04llsv8]
Jun 09, 2010 (5:28 pm)
The software isn't upgradeable. The updated DVD map can be purchased from NAVTEQ.
#13 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [ezaircon4jc]
Jun 10, 2010 (3:30 pm)
I think i may have found a solution to this problem. I basically did the same thing, but I read that the systems can be upgraded to add the Satellite Radio feature. So I emailed United Radio and they said that they have the upgrade system disk but can only be sent out to the dealerships. I had my dealership call them up and order the cd (Which the dealer must return) so I can try to fix my system. Hopefully they will have it sometime next week so I can try out the disk!
#14 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [enoemosmai]
Jul 03, 2010 (5:17 pm)
I just purchased an '04 Lincoln LS with the Navigation and also want to update the maps. enoemosmai, please keep us updated if this works. How much was the service? Thanks
#15 of 15 Re: Lincoln LS '03 Navigation System - Need HELP Please [bigbrave]
Sep 22, 2010 (3:17 pm)
If you just want to update the maps just purchase the map dvd. DO NOT try and upgrade your system.
When they had to reinstall my navigation system it was free of charge from the dealer. They had to order a set of CD's though from United Radio and return them after flashing my system.