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Old 12-14-2012, 11:07 PM
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328xi - Technology package vs. Navigation

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I am confused about the technology package vs. Navigation package. Other than the heads up display, what is the real difference? Am I paying $1,000 just for the heads up display?
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:04 AM
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:30 AM
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I am confused about the technology package vs. Navigation package. Other than the heads up display, what is the real difference? Am I paying $1,000 just for the heads up display?
No. You are getting BMW Apps, which is $250 as a stand alone option, and you are getting the smart phone integration (the cradle for the phone under the armrest), which used to be a $125 stand alone option, in addition to the HUD. $950 extra for the Tech package less $250, less $125, for a net of $575 for the HUD.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:33 AM
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I didn't get the cradle with the tech package however, maybe that's because I have an iPhone 5 so they didn't bother.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:47 AM
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I didn't get the cradle with the tech package however, maybe that's because I have an iPhone 5 so they didn't bother.
You don't have the receiving connection tray under your armrest for a smart phone? The adapter for specific phones is sold separately.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:19 AM
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:53 AM
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No. You are getting BMW Apps, which is $250 as a stand alone option, and you are getting the smart phone integration (the cradle for the phone under the armrest), which used to be a $125 stand alone option, in addition to the HUD. $950 extra for the Tech package less $250, less $125, for a net of $575 for the HUD.
That is the correct way to look at it.

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The Navigation option comes with BMW Assist, Enhanced Bluetooth & USB, the wide screen, and most of the other Technology Package features except HUD, Apps, and Cradle integration. If one can live without those last 3 features, one can save $950.

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:28 AM
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What is the advantage of the smart phone cradle? What is it's utility? Can I buy it standalone?
My dilemma is that: there is one car with technology package (but doesn't have rear view camera). There is the second car with Nav. but has the rear view camera. I feel the rear view camera has a lot more utility vs. HUD, Apps and Cradle combined. I have to choose between the two cars.
Also, the one with tech is a luxury line so $2,000 more expensive.
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What is the advantage of the smart phone cradle? What is it's utility? Can I buy it standalone?
My dilemma is that: there is one car with technology package (but doesn't have rear view camera). There is the second car with Nav. but has the rear view camera. I feel the rear view camera has a lot more utility vs. HUD, Apps and Cradle combined. I have to choose between the two cars.
Also, the one with tech is a luxury line so $2,000 more expensive.
The snap-in adapter has one significant upside over just using the standard USB port and a white Apple cord (iPod Out) and a few significant downsides (trapping phone in armrest, no audible text alerts, no split-screen, etc.).

Most of us deal with the loss of the Apple user interface and adapt to the BMW interface very quickly, and the upsides of not having to jail the iPhone in the armrest and gaining split-screen for our iTunes collections are more important.

We debated this months ago here, screenshots of the varying music screens for reference:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho....php?p=7076435

If I had to choose between the HUD and the combination of PDC and Rear Camera, I'd take latter.

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Old 12-15-2012, 11:18 AM
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You don't have the receiving connection tray under your armrest for a smart phone? The adapter for specific phones is sold separately.
ahhh ok yes I have that. Sorry still learning about all this stuff. Loving my BMW though.

I don't use it though because I forget my cell phone in the car ever time I do.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:33 AM
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If I had to choose between the HUD and the combination of PDC and Rear Camera, I'd take latter.

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Yeah, no doubt. Rear-veiw camera is a real nice option. In this day and age, I'd even say it's indespensible. It's one of those things that is a "must have" if you're spending $40k or more on a car. IMHO.

HUD is definitely not in that category.
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:37 AM
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tech package is a waste of money IMO. Get the Nav
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Old 12-15-2012, 11:55 AM
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What is the advantage of the smart phone cradle? What is it's utility? Can I buy it standalone?
My dilemma is that: there is one car with technology package (but doesn't have rear view camera). There is the second car with Nav. but has the rear view camera. I feel the rear view camera has a lot more utility vs. HUD, Apps and Cradle combined. I have to choose between the two cars.
Also, the one with tech is a luxury line so $2,000 more expensive.
I see virtually no utility to smart phone integration for the previously mentioned reasons. I would choose the car with PDC and rear view camera.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:10 PM
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If I had to choose between the HUD and the combination of PDC and Rear Camera, I'd take latter. BJ
I agree totally. Our '06 5er had the HUD and I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I thought I could never live without it. We've had two cars since without it and I can say that I haven't missed it.

My Mustang has a great rear view camera and I can say that now I don't want a car without that feature. When I drive my wife's CTS I truly miss the view that the camera offers. With today's order for the new 3er just placed, we were sure to order the camera. Still, after one last test drive today, we upgraded the NAV to the full Tech pkg. To me, HUD is more a luxury, and the rear camera is more a necessity.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:36 PM
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i had a f30 sport loaner the other day that had hud / nav. i've got pdc on my car (and the loaner had pdc).

at least in my opinion pdc is way more useful than hud. i did not know that hud could really only display speed, nav directions and traffic / speed warnings. for some reason i thought it could show like song titles or radio stations. it seemed almost like a gimmick, i mean for the most part you go with the speed of traffic and you probably do not put a nav destination in all the time. i'd take PDC every day over hud.

i havent tried the rear view camera on an F30 yet, but a lot of people think that pdc alone is probably what you really need. it does seem to be quite accurate.


also if you don't have an iphone 4 i think the cradle is useless. it obviously does nothing for android users, and it doesnt fit the iphone 5.
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i had a f30 sport loaner the other day that had hud / nav. i've got pdc on my car (and the loaner had pdc).

at least in my opinion pdc is way more useful than hud. i did not know that hud could really only display speed, nav directions and traffic / speed warnings. for some reason i thought it could show like song titles or radio stations. it seemed almost like a gimmick, i mean for the most part you go with the speed of traffic and you probably do not put a nav destination in all the time. i'd take PDC every day over hud.

i havent tried the rear view camera on an F30 yet, but a lot of people think that pdc alone is probably what you really need. it does seem to be quite accurate.


also if you don't have an iphone 4 i think the cradle is useless. it obviously does nothing for android users, and it doesnt fit the iphone 5.
If that's all you could get the HUD to do you were doing it wrong.
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