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Old 12-14-2012, 02:45 PM
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Is The 2014 Nav Update Worth Doing?

I am pretty well satisfied with the Nav system in my 2012 535xi. Luckily I have had only minor issues, and none of the horror stories others have seen.

I received an email offer from TomTom for a $245 update to my nav system. I hate to change something that's working pretty well for an unknown new outcome. And, while $245 is not cheap, I would do it if I thought the results would be worth it.

I know there is another current thread with many well-justified complaints about the nav system, but there aren't many comments one way or another about whether the update is worth while.

I would appreciate learning if those of you who have done the 2013 update have found the improvements worth while.

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Old 12-14-2012, 04:15 PM
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I updated my 2011 528i... Purchased the update from Tischer. It's very easy to do. While I don't have firsthand knowledge of the 2012 maps, I generically think every other year is enough. Compared to the 2011 maps, it looks as though they've done a better job of showing street names in a readable way. I still think the daytime contrast is not good due to the gray background.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:38 AM
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I updated my 2011 528i... Purchased the update from Tischer. It's very easy to do. While I don't have firsthand knowledge of the 2012 maps, I generically think every other year is enough. Compared to the 2011 maps, it looks as though they've done a better job of showing street names in a readable way. I still think the daytime contrast is not good due to the gray background.
Thanks for your thoughtful response. Looks like not much other Bimmerfest experience with this 2013 TomTom Nav update to report yet.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:40 PM
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...or you can download the Maps for free and buy an FSC Code for $50.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:02 PM
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...or you can download the Maps for free and buy an FSC Code for $50.
Sounds good to me. How do you do that?
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:14 PM
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Sounds good to me. How do you do that?
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:58 PM
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I am pretty well satisfied with the Nav system in my 2012 535xi. Luckily I have had only minor issues, and none of the horror stories others have seen.

I received an email offer from TomTom for a $245 update to my nav system. I hate to change something that's working pretty well for an unknown new outcome. And, while $245 is not cheap, I would do it if I thought the results would be worth it.

I know there is another current thread with many well-justified complaints about the nav system, but there aren't many comments one way or another about whether the update is worth while.

I would appreciate learning if those of you who have done the 2013 update have found the improvements worth while.
So is this an update to the map...separate from BMW? It might be well worth it. How does it work...via CD I assume?
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:01 PM
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So is this an update to the map...separate from BMW? It might be well worth it. How does it work...via CD I assume?
No. TomTom is the provider of BMW Map software. The 2013 Update is done via a USB Drive and completely replaces your existing version.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:23 PM
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To add to Shawn's comments...it's not different than what BMW offers. The maps ship to you via USB if ordered from BMW versus getting them 'online'. What the dealerships make money on is the FSC code that every CIC enabled idrive needs and this is what you get at a discounted price. All you need is a Paypal account, $50 bucks and a 32gb USB drive
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:47 AM
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Shawn or Baquir- Please PM me with details as my map is from 2010 (10/2010 build).

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:14 AM
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PM sent.
Shawn, Can you please PM me this info as well?
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:26 AM
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Shawn or Baquir- Please PM me with details as my map is from 2010 (10/2010 build).

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Shawn, Can you please PM me this info as well?
PM's sent.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:42 PM
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:30 PM
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Also interested here in getting link for current map update and where to get unlock. Thank you

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:43 PM
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Also interested here in getting link for current map update and where to get unlock. Thank you

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Old 12-18-2012, 06:59 PM
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:15 PM
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:59 PM
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Shawn,

The update sounds pretty cool. Please PM me with the details. Thanks
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:30 PM
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Shawn I would like your help as well.....

If possible, can I get the info on the maps as well? Thanks in advance....
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:31 PM
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hmm good to know

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:41 PM
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The update sounds pretty cool. Please PM me with the details. Thanks
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If possible, can I get the info on the maps as well? Thanks in advance....
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:14 PM
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:40 AM
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Shawn, do you mind sending the PM to me as well? Thanks.
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