Nav map updates
The cost to update the navigation maps in a BMW is quite expensive, especially considering that you can buy a lifetime update for something like a Garmin for less than $100 and it is included with many of them from the factory. But, we don't own a Garmin!
Has anyone found a reliable source for updated maps? If so, how did it work out for you?
Has anyone had their's updated at the dealer? If so, what did they charge you?
I can't answer your question, but I can tell you that for my 2008 535, the navigation info was driven from a CD and to update the system, you could get a new updated CD. The new CD cost around $200. I never splurged.
I have a 2006 750Li and I bought my 2012 CDs on eBay. They work great. jwellin1 is the seller.
jad, here are a couple of posts I found:
sounds like the CDs are available from BMW cheap, but the FSC activation code is the issue
The GT has harddisk-based navigation (CIC). All updates must be made via your BMW Dealer.
In Europe the total costs are 190 Euro (about 240 US$). The DVDs are cheap (20 Euro), but
the activiation code (made by BMW in Munich) is very expensive.
I got my activiation code for less than 60 Euro with a little help from an IT specialist in east
europe ;) I wasn't sure if it works and if the "dealer" is trustworthy. But I gave it a try - and
it worked fine for me. He provided me the actual maps and sent me the code.
I copied the three iso-Files to an usb-stick und updated my system within 2 hours.
Please send me a note if you want more information...:angel:
(hope I didn't violate any board rules here)
As reported elsewhere, the first edition of the 2014 maps are available now. Last year, I bought them on a 32G USB drive, and got the FSC key from a guy in Europe. I had planned to do this every other year, but ended up downloading the maps for free, and found a guy on the F10 site that linked me with a person and got the key for $50, so about half of last year's price, and I decided to do it again. The configuration files they have for uploading the maps is setup for three USB 8g drives...you can do it with one, but you need to take it out, reload the required next section, and continue the update.
One thing I found is that if, for some reason you had to turn the vehicle off in the update process, you have to put USB 1 back in momentarily, so unless you want to reload the files, do it all without turning the vehicle off. I attached a charger to ensure I didn't run the battery down.
Anyway, accepted the key and downloaded, then rebooted the car upon request, and it's ready to go. Takes about an hour once you have all of the files. Downloading them, depends on your ISP, but there are 23 of them, each (except the last) 700M, so it can take awhile (which is why I decided to buy them last year - actually used the same USB drive for this year, but couldn't do it in one bite). FWIW, if you do buy the maps on the USB drive, if you have to shut the car off, since they are all there, it is smart enough to just continue with the install. And, you can do that while using the nav, since it writes the new files to a buffer before swapping during the reboot.
Haven't really used it yet, so do not know if there are any local updates from last year.
For our models, it's easily within an owner's capability to do the whole job. Slap the USB drive in the glovebox, after a short delay, the central screen will say if found map updates and ask if you want to continue...you say yes, it asks for the FSC, you enter it, hit okay, and it's off. If you buy it from BMW, it will come with a 32G USB drive, and once it's finished, it will ask you if you want to reboot and apply...just select yes and you're done. Well, at that point, you'd want to take the USB drive out, but it is done.
If the dealer does it, they probably use the diagnostics port, which can handle data faster (I don't know). You're getting the same exact maps, either way.
The code that has to be made for your VIN is also linked to the map region you're trying to load and the specific year of the map update, so a code that works in one vehicle will not work in another (I wonder if someone with a similar model and the same exact last serial number might produce the same code - it's my understanding that they only use the final numbers, not the whole thing).
I do not know if the same code might work on a subsequent interim update from the same year (like say -2 when you already had -1 installed).
The person who would know about the FSC is ShawnSheridan...a major contributor to the coding forum. Additionally he (I believe) started the thread about the 2014 nav update. I would PM him Jad.
My plan was to upgrade every other year, but it ended up being cheaper this year and so I said, why not. I don't see a big reason to update again this year should they come out with a -2 version, unless I can do it for free! I know it's keyed on the year, but not sure if it is keyed on the rev number. Shawn is the source that lead me to the FSC, and I may ask if a new rev comes out...just curious.
Learned a neat feature this past weekend...I have the iPhone5 plugged in via the BMW cord (the one that has both aux and USB connector) and was playing some soothing Norah Jones while trying to make my way around some of Austin's hill country to find out where the wife was on her Livestrong century ride. Turned on the iPhone's map and used the turn by turn navigation figuring I would have to remember my first turn when suddenly another nice lady told me that a left hand turn was imminent while Norah was put in the background but still playing! I thought that was pretty slick personally, and reaffirmed that I will not purchase a nav update.
Nav calibration - seems to help
There's an I-drive service menu that has a section on the GPS and nav. If you find the actual location of the vehicle on the maps isn't super accurate, it seems to help some if you tweak it a bit.
To get to that menu perform the following:
1. with the vehicle on, ideally at an intersection where you can sit there for a few minutes or so...
2. press menu
3. push the controller forward and hold for at least 15-seconds then release
4. turn 3-clicks right
5. turn 3-clicks left
6. turn one click right
7. turn one click left
8.turn one click right
9. Press the controller down.
If you did it right, the screen won't enter the selected menu.
10. scroll down to the bottom and select the Service menu
11. select GPS
12. using the location menu, enter the intersection of the two streets and you're done.
I haven't played with it much since doing that, but the distance to turns and the position seem to be more accurate as well as the road direction arrow showing curves in the HUD when you have a route active.
Curious if this helps anyone else.
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