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Old 04-08-2008, 02:09 PM
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$199 for nav upgrade????

I thought Garmin was expensive ($75)--For $199 I can get a Garming NUVI 200 with latest maps. And its probally better than the X3 factory nav!
Is this worth it???
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:11 PM
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Cheaper than most better halves and probably won't tell you to turn right after you passed the exit.
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:09 PM
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BMW Nav systems are typically 5 years behind aftermarket, regarding technology. The X3 Nav is totally old tech.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:06 PM
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I have a Nuvi 200W and would recommend it. My house is 4 years old & the street still does not show up...so the map data is not always current. Businesses move or fail and roads change too! so its best to call ahead if you search via Points of Interest.

it may not get you there via the best route but it WILL get you there eventually.
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:15 AM
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Cheaper than most better halves and probably won't tell you to turn right after you passed the exit.
I just wonder if the NAV upgrade will help my trans shift better-- The dealers reprogram didn't help much--
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:33 AM
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I Have the Garmin Nuvi 5000, i live in NYC and it works perfect for me, the only reason why i got the garmin gps that the factory bmw navigation, its that garmin it have more satellites than any other brand, works in europe perfect too and it have a really good reception, and you can allways updated it from the internet.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:40 AM
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I have the Tomtom 1XL and like it alot. Big screen, easy to understand maps and verbal directions. Seems to be mostly up to date. Only complaint I have is that the bluetooth data link for traffic and weather updates won't sync with my Motorola Q.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:28 AM
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My 07 X3 has a clumsy navigation system especially since my previous car was an Acura. But I will gladly put up with it rather than having to use suction cups on my windshield to hold a after market navigation device. My car is much more important to me than the speed of the navigation system.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:31 PM
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My major complaint with the Nav system is that it will tell you to turn in 50 feet, and when you are half way through the intersection it reads 0 feet. Very confusing when there are 2 or 3 streets very close to each other, as to which one the Nav is referring to.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:41 PM
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I have Cobra GPS - no complaints. Moreover, it fits perfectly into dash opening without any suction cups/etc. A bit bulky but it is 5"
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I have a Nuvi 200W and would recommend it. My house is 4 years old & the street still does not show up...so the map data is not always current. Businesses move or fail and roads change too! so its best to call ahead if you search via Points of Interest.

it may not get you there via the best route but it WILL get you there eventually.
Call Garmin and get the latest maps. My house is 2 years old, and my nuvi 270 (with EU maps) shows the local streets, but a bit off and confused. The GPS thinks I'm 4 wheeling when I turn into my street.
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