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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:49 AM
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2012 or 2011 Nav Dvd

Has anyone upgraded to the 2012 Nav DVD from the 2011 Nav DVD. Any improvement? Whats your experience? Is it worth the upgrade?

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By the way BMW nav sucks
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:54 AM
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i upgraded from the 2008 disc to the 2012. i dont think upgrading every year is necessary unless you just want to blow some money. i think every other year would be the minimum amount of time i would go to the new disc. but more like every 3 years would be sufficient.

on the new disc there are a lot more options such as restaurants and stuff. and the map looks a little different. i dont know what the 2011 disc is like so i cant tell you the difference between the two. i prefer to just use my phone if i am looking for something in town, and save the in car nav for longer trips. the phone is so much easier and a lot more accurate.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:18 AM
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Where did u buy the new dvd nav? How much?
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:04 AM
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online, it was about $200.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:04 AM
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Where did u buy the new dvd nav? How much?
You can buy from this seller on ebay for $60. I'm sure they are not original but should work. Make sure you're buying the correct region you want, East or West. You can also look for a complete set.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2012-BMW-Nav...11634441279014

I'm sure you can get the original copy also on ebay for about $100 but be careful not to buy a copied DVD for the price of an original disc.
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:57 PM
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I just ordered one for the West. It's worth a $35.00 chance.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:09 PM
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Somehow Car Nav is pointless, because now days of IPhone and Droid phones, Car nav is absolutely waste of money I think. Unfortunately Google or Iphone dropped each other, otherwise Google nav is best in world in terms of convenience and maps. It's easy to select my place at home computer then get direction on phone. I did find a way to do on Iphone from Google maps, I downloaded app "My places", then copy address to MotionX (which easy on IPhone, where not so much on Droid) and ready to go.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:19 PM
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Your probably right. All it does is interrupt the song you're listening to. 20% of the time it's wrong. We shall see what my $35.00 buys me.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:58 PM
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...By the way BMW nav sucks
Yes it does.

BMW NAV is a good 3-5 years behind the rest of the automotive world. When I bought my E60 I specifically searched for a car without NAV.
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Old 05-25-2012, 11:15 PM
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I bought the Nav disc for the first half of this year (designated 1.2012). It had this glitch where the city was always listed incorrectly under the Current Location assistance window (it always listed San Jose); instead, they shoehorned the actual city name on the same line as the street name. So an address might read "555 DeAnza Blvd,Cupertino" on one line, and "San Jose" on the next, which makes no sense, because Cupertino is Cupertino and San Jose is San Jose. It's not even that the 2nd line was supposed to be the county, since there is no San Jose county. Needless to say, I returned it to my BMW dealer for a full refund, and also notified BMW USA of the problem.

I don't entirely agree that the Nav sucks or is useless. The great advantage for me is that when I turn the car on, the Nav immediately knows where I am. With most portable GPS devices (including smartphones), unless you keep them on constantly (which of course eats battery), they typically take a short while to pick up the GPS signal again. I've never used an iPhone, but the phones I have used (Samsung, HTC) were pretty slow to pick up the signal. In addition, using your phone as a nav device has the disadvantage of a relatively tiny screen compared to the factory nav system. I'd rather not crash while peering at my phone's screen trying to decipher the map.
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I don't entirely agree that the Nav sucks or is useless. The great advantage for me is that when I turn the car on, the Nav immediately knows where I am. With most portable GPS devices (including smartphones), unless you keep them on constantly (which of course eats battery), they typically take a short while to pick up the GPS signal again. I've never used an iPhone, but the phones I have used (Samsung, HTC) were pretty slow to pick up the signal. In addition, using your phone as a nav device has the disadvantage of a relatively tiny screen compared to the factory nav system. I'd rather not crash while peering at my phone's screen trying to decipher the map.
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Using a phone as a Navigation device is just way to inconvenient. I have no problems using my Navigation other than I think it could respond a little faster while I'm programming it. I keep my screen set to half map and half radio station display and just have to quicky glance over to see the directions. Squinting down to look at a telephone would be too cumbersome and downright dangerous while driving. Also, I find my Navigation directions to be overall excellent and I always have a satellite signal vs aftermarket devices like Garmin that take time to aquire satellites, loose them and then the whole device becomes useless.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:35 AM
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Car navigation is great vs my phone and its even better when I use the headsup display and it shows the navigation on the windshield. As much as I travel and use Google maps or MapQuest on either my blackberry or iPhone I prefer the navigation on the BMW but the ability to find stores and places is better on my phones.

To each their own....
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