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Old 10-23-2012, 11:05 AM
Jeff143 Jeff143 is offline
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Location: NW Chicago suburbs
Join Date: Oct 2010
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Mein Auto: 535ix
I updated my 2011 535 last year with the 2012 maps for about $100. You can save yourself some money if you are willing to do a bit of research and do the update yourself. You can get the North American 2013 Maps from BMW, or from an online BMW parts dealer, for less than $20 if the 2013 DVDs are actually out now. The thing is, the 2011 NA Map BMW part number was the same as the the 2012 NA Map BMW part number (01990037287), so you need to make sure it is the right year before you order it. Last year, you could get the FSC code from a 3rd party for anywhere from $50 to $200.

There is a really good thread on doing this at: The actual update takes a few hours and you have to load the 3 DVDs sequentially. Of course the navigation doesn't work while you are doing it. The bad thing is the car has to be turned on to load the dvds, but the good thing is that the loading software starts up where it left off if you turn the car off. Last year it took me 4 commutes before all three dvds loaded, but it worked great after it was all loaded. I immediately noticed that where there were some new housing developments in my area and the streets did not exist on my 2011 maps, the streets appeared once I loaded the 2012 maps.
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