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Old 05-06-2013, 09:04 PM
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Is iDrive/Navigation worth extra (2008 model)

Currently I've started at looking for a new car. My first choice, after driving a few cars, is a BMW 335i or 328i(08 is about as recent as I can go within my price limit). I have a Garmin that is absolutely fantastic, but I use it only when I go to new places/long distances (maybe once or twice a month). The main thing I would use the system for is to control my iPhone, though I stream spotify not the standard music app. Long story short, in an 08 model, since i already have a 3rd party GPS is the nav system worth it?
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:22 PM
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No. But, in reality it won't affect the price of one car v. another very much.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:46 PM
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Currently I've started at looking for a new car. My first choice, after driving a few cars, is a BMW 335i or 328i(08 is about as recent as I can go within my price limit). I have a Garmin that is absolutely fantastic, but I use it only when I go to new places/long distances (maybe once or twice a month). The main thing I would use the system for is to control my iPhone, though I stream spotify not the standard music app. Long story short, in an 08 model, since i already have a 3rd party GPS is the nav system worth it?
$200 Costco GPS Nav unit grossly more capable. Especially when comes time to program and follow directions.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:48 PM
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Currently I've started at looking for a new car. My first choice, after driving a few cars, is a BMW 335i or 328i(08 is about as recent as I can go within my price limit). I have a Garmin that is absolutely fantastic, but I use it only when I go to new places/long distances (maybe once or twice a month). The main thing I would use the system for is to control my iPhone, though I stream spotify not the standard music app. Long story short, in an 08 model, since i already have a 3rd party GPS is the nav system worth it?

I do like iDrive w/iPhone interface & cradle. Like it a lot.
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:10 PM
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2008, not worth it. 2009+ with the new iDrive, I'd say yes. The updated system is much more intuitive, and the hard drive that stores music is an awesome option.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:49 AM
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Is iDrive/Navigation worth extra (2008 model)

Yeah, it's not a deal breaker if the car doesn't have it. I have one with and one without. We tend to just use google maps on the iPhone rather than play with the onboard nav.


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Old 05-07-2013, 04:11 PM
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Save your money and get a garmin nuvi. For the same price as an update DVD, you can get a new nevi and get new hardware and software and improved functionality. The 2008 navi is an evolutionary dead end. Finding addresses is quirky. The interface takes a long time to enter the data. The traffic info isn't bad as these kinds of services go. Routing is not as good as a more up to date garmin.

The other thing I don't like about the 2008 is the split screen which gives you a duplicate window for turn info, but just copies the main screen when you don't have a turn. Also, the graphics are primitive. Unfortunately, it's not really possible to bolt in an upgrade. Too bad, it would be nice to just get a newer navi and bolt it in. But BMW wants you to buy a new car.
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Currently I've started at looking for a new car. My first choice, after driving a few cars, is a BMW 335i or 328i(08 is about as recent as I can go within my price limit). I have a Garmin that is absolutely fantastic, but I use it only when I go to new places/long distances (maybe once or twice a month). The main thing I would use the system for is to control my iPhone, though I stream spotify not the standard music app. Long story short, in an 08 model, since i already have a 3rd party GPS is the nav system worth it?
My feeling is that the BMW nav is too expensive. The downside of a Garmin unit is that it invites theft unless you remove it when the car is parked for any length of time. I was recently surprised to see a sign at a popular Boston airport parking lot that read:

Attention: Remove your GPS from the car to avoid theft...and remove the suction cup imprint from your windshield as an additional precaution.

Geez.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:31 AM
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My feeling is that the BMW nav is too expensive. The downside of a Garmin unit is that it invites theft unless you remove it when the car is parked for any length of time. I was recently surprised to see a sign at a popular Boston airport parking lot that read:

Attention: Remove your GPS from the car to avoid theft...and remove the suction cup imprint from your windshield as an additional precaution.

Yessir, P&G - BMW nav is inferior. Always has been, but it has one shining virtue all others lack: It is built in.

There's a big advantage there....you car cannot be without it.

Boston! Any town host to a crew like Harvard is, by definition, populated with inventive rascals. Ghost of a suction cup indeed.

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2008, not worth it. 2009+ with the new iDrive, I'd say yes. The updated system is much more intuitive, and the hard drive that stores music is an awesome option.
+1....'09+ is a good system and I personally found worth it, but OP, really only you can make that decision. Go try it out and see if it's worth it to you.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:32 AM
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Yessir, P&G - BMW nav is inferior. Always has been, but it has one shining virtue all others lack: It is built in.

There's a big advantage there....you car cannot be without it.

Boston! Any town host to a crew like Harvard is, by definition, populated with inventive rascals. Ghost of a suction cup indeed.

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Not a virtue in my book. What happens when that 5 year old system takes a crap? You're talking a big repair bill then. An associate of my had to ditch his 2008 5 series for just that reason, even though he otherwise loved the car. His iDrive/Nav system started exhibiting intermittent glitches which was annoying as heck. He finally just traded the car for a new 5.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:54 PM
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Not a virtue in my book. What happens when that 5 year old system takes a crap? You're talking a big repair bill then. An associate of my had to ditch his 2008 5 series for just that reason, even though he otherwise loved the car. His iDrive/Nav system started exhibiting intermittent glitches which was annoying as heck. He finally just traded the car for a new 5.

BMW owners march to a different drummer, one for whom money is just money, but a BMW is a BMW.

Porsche & Mercedes pilots are of the same mind, one which used car buyers are well advised to be aware of.

'Course, DIY can save ya.
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When my E92 (OE) nav couldn't locate a new restaurant where I had an important meeting, I called the BMW Assist service for help (I had subscribed to the total service). A very nice lady answered saying that she had the address and would direct me there.

She was on line with me for over 30 minutes! We chatted about many things...hobbies, work, family. "Take the next exit, Mr. P&G." "How's your gas level"? "How do you like your BMW"?


My Garmin lady only says: "Recalculating."
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:38 PM
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The nav on my 2008 is pretty unreliable. I use it occasionally, but it's flawed. Sometimes it says that a house number doesn't exist when I know it does. It doesn't have a realistic idea of the speed limits on Texas country roads (Usually 65). So it always tries to route me to the nearest interstate. For instance, traveling from Austin to Houston, it wants me to go through San Antonio, even though this adds 200 miles to the trip. Never mind that I can take Highway 290 and make a beeline from Austin to Houston. And it also cannot correctly estimate travel times on country roads because of this.

When I am on a small country road, it will only display the road if I am zoomed way in. If I zoom out so I can see where the road goes, it stops displaying the road that I am driving on, or any roads in the area. So I can either see what's coming up in the next half mile, or I can zoom out and see my car in the middle of 25 square miles of nothing. If the system isn't smart enough to display the road that I am currently driving on, it's useless to me.

It shows traffic and accidents, but only for interstates and major roads, and only in cities. It won't tell me about the 10 mile pile-up on Interstate 35 just south of Waco, TX.

I would not spend the money on a 2008 Nav system. You're better off getting an old Android phone, installing Google Maps, and taping it to the dashboard.

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When my E92 (OE) nav couldn't locate a new restaurant where I had an important meeting, I called the BMW Assist service for help (I had subscribed to the total service). A very nice lady answered saying that she had the address and would direct me there.

She was on line with me for over 30 minutes! We chatted about many things...hobbies, work, family. "Take the next exit, Mr. P&G." "How's your gas level"? "How do you like your BMW"?

Escort service! Can you request her?
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