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I'm looking at some low-mileage S60Rs that don't have the nav system. Called the dealer and the salesman told me they could add it. Is this on the level or is he snowballing me? Thanks!
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (CitationX)

Unfortunately the parts and labor to do it after the fact will run you over $4K. I just picked up a Garmin C340 from Amazon for a tenth of that and love it.
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (CitationX)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CitationX</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I'm looking at some low-mileage S60Rs that don't have the nav system. Called the dealer and the salesman told me they could add it. Is this on the level or is he snowballing me? Thanks!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you want nav in the car, there are a couple ways to go besides the $4k add on factory system. BTW it's that much because you have to replace the steering wheel, add the screen, run all the wires, etc.<p>1) Buy a portable unit...garmin, magellen, etc. <p>2) Buy an aftermarket nav unit with <p> a) A single-din, flip out screen.<br> b) A double din fixed screen<p>or <br> c) buy a factory nav screen and motor unit and install, somehow figuring out how to have the aftermarket nav raise and lower it.<p>All of the above can be done for less than $4k, and you will have a better unit than the factory nav. Not that it's not nice, but it's certainly not worth $4k.<p>And obviously 2 c) will get you closer to the $4k mark, but it would be slick! I don't think anyone's done it before, but it should be simple enough for a high end stereo shop.
 

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I had them install Navigation after the fact. It was nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>slowrey</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I had them install Navigation after the fact. It was nice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Was it $4k?
 

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Thanks for the replies. He quoted me around $2K. I thought it would be as complicated as some of you describe. I thought a nice Eclipse unit would be a better way to go. I guess if I want a factory unit I'd better find one that was a factory option.
 

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Also if you do the aftermarket console option you get to keep the larger center channel speaker. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (CitationX)

Go aftermarket like I did. It will cost you way less and you'll get more functionality.<p>However, you need to factor in the cost of the $500 AEM unit you'll need to buy to get the nav to work, plus the fact that you'll lose your steering wheel controls...
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (CitationX)

Navigation System for an S60 (sales cost) is $3300. Alot of dealers charge more because they CHOOSE to replace the steering wheel. The kit itself includes controls and all of the wheels are designed to take them. The problem is, it takes some time and is a pain the ass. Dealer solution: Charge the customer $565 more for a wheel that already has them. Not to mention they keep the money for the labor time it would have taken to install the controls.<p>I don't say this to flame the dealers (hey I work for one), but all the dealers in my area (including mine) made it a standard practice to replace the whole wheel. When I found out that the navigation kit called for installing switches (and came with the switches) I had it out with my service dept. and to make a long story short, they had been discarding switches and charging my dept. for a steering wheel when we did a dealer installed navigation. <p>We have now done many navigation units using the add-on switches and they look/feel/are the same as if you were to buy the whole wheel... If your dealership plans on adding it this way, that should limit the cost to ~$3300. <p>
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (CitationX)

The nav system comes with a remote control that is easier to operate than the buttons on the wheel. <p>Compared to the nav systems from Lexus and Acura, Volvo's is archaic. The screen is small, the resolution low, it is not touchscreen, and because it is on top of the dashboard it can get a lot of glare. Newer systems also work as a phone directory that can dial your bluetooth phone. I would look at aftermarket since you may be able to find one that has the latest technology and cheaper. On the other hand, the OEM nav will impress your friends when the screen rises out of the dashboard.<p>
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (BrunoS)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BrunoS</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> and because it is on top of the dashboard it can get a lot of glare. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>It is angled down slightly, I never get any glare. And because it rises out of the dashboard, you don't have to take you eyes off the road. <p>Having said that, I would get a Magellan Roadmate 800, less than $700, and you get more functionality than the Volvo unit. It also has both Europe and the US maps pre-loaded on the hard drive, you just have to unlock europe with a code (handy if you are taking a vacation or picking up a new Volvo there).
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? ("R" Kelly)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>"R" Kelly</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>It is angled down slightly, I never get any glare. And because it rises out of the dashboard, you don't have to take you eyes off the road. <p>Having said that, I would get a Magellan Roadmate 800, less than $700, and you get more functionality than the Volvo unit. It also has both Europe and the US maps pre-loaded on the hard drive, you just have to unlock europe with a code (handy if you are taking a vacation or picking up a new Volvo there).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I agree with Kelly 100%. The only glare I get is off the windshield at night, even in night / dark mode. Plus the screen is in a nice place.<p>I have no trouble with the steering wheel controls. I have a touch screen nav in my Nissan and it's only a little more convenient for the touch screen.<p>However, the Nissan's "picture" is much, much nicer, there are better options for zoom (the volvo's zoom has strange stages), the birdseye 3D can't be beat. <p>And yes, the Volvo's nav system is now archaic compared to the features the newer ones offer. The POI listings aren't too bad, though. <p>Add it all up and you have my recommendation above. Even at $2k (which something tells me was just for parts).
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (needsdecaf)

I got to use my sister's TomTom 910 for a week while she was out of town. I hooked it up to my Aux Input for MP3 playback. WOW! What a good, simple unit. The MP3 storage is really nice. Everything was very easy to use and at $799, I think this is going to be my next purchase. I'll have to see if there is any way to make it look a little better on the dash.
 

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Re: Install Volvo Nav system after the fact? (dugums)

I am looking for a Nav unit too. Can you guys post pictures of your install solutions for some of these aftermarket units?
 
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