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Hey everyone... My buddy just picked up a new TSX with navigation, and I'm more jealous than i think I've ever been. Window mounted navigation simply isn't an option to one up him, so I've looked into getting the factory navi put in. I do have the premium audio, so no cutting will be required, however my guess is that the installation from Volvo will be ridiculously expensive... The total set up for parts alone is 2600 + shipping. I want the navigation so badly that I'm almost willing to pay for all this, but I wanted to ask those of you with the system already if you feel that it's worth it. I don't think that I'll be using the navigation all that much, but i am positive that i will always have it on and popped up whenever I'm driving anywhere simply to enjoy seeing it there. What does everyone think? Is it worth it? Do you enjoy having it? Thanks...
 

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It's not bad. I hardly ever use mine. Can't say I'd spend 2600+ just to one up a friend...

Girlfriend learned to use it without me even having to explain it to her, so it's intuitive. However, the directions are sometimes off and don't take me the best route and there aren't many options to change be it voice or guiding options.
 

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Heck, for that much I'd sell you mine. lol. It is nice, but I have the DVD from 05 so I need to get an updated disc for it to be up to par.
 

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Alright, thanks... but isn't it awesome to peer over the dash and see the sweet flip up screen??!!?? I know that would be the one thing on my car (even above all that's listed below) that I would always use to impress the ladies. I love that it flips out of the dash! When I'm cruising in my XC90, every red light I get caught at i flip the motorized mirrors just for fun. It always gets me at least one thumbs up... haha
 

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Re: Those of you with factory navigation... (S40Racer)

I agree, i also barely use it. when i do it usually gives me a longer route than I already know.
Its also very vague on the actual address location, it just tells u left or right on the street and is not exact. The plus side is it gives u fairly accurate arrival times (if u drive the speed limit
) and its pretty fun to watch peoples reactions when it pops up. http://********************/smile/emthup.gif Not sure worth the extra $$$ if u know ur directions well
 

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Re: Those of you with factory navigation... (Modernman)

Honestly, a $200 or $300 Garmin will be 10x better than the factory navigation system.

1) The factory nav is like $2000+ installed.
2) If you don't have the address of where to go, you are pretty much out of luck. The POI database is very very limited, and searches aren't always that great. There are also some small quirks in searching for POIs (It takes a long time to type in without a touch screen, and if you view details of one POI, then go back, you have to re-enter/re-search what you were looking for)
3) If you have the address of where you are going, it works 85% of the time. Sometimes, it has trouble detecting intersections, and it just takes a little while to enter the address in.
4) No entry while moving-now that sucks.

I have the factory nav in my 07 S80 (No traffic updates), and I rarely use it (I might have used it 15 times in the past year and a half). However, I do keep it popped up since I have it - it looks nice.


I have a HTC Touch Pro, and put Garmin Mobile XT on there, and that is soo much better than the Volvo nav. First of all, the POI database is much larger, and on top of that, if something isn't in the POI, you can do a Google Local search and get addresses that way. Secondly, its touch screen, so it takes much less time to enter destinations. Plus, I get live weather and traffic information over 3G, plus fuel prices, restaurant reviews, etc. Best part is, if I look up a restaurant, I can just hit Where To, Nearby, Restaurants, pick one, read the review, hit the phone number, make a reservation, then hit Navigate, and it will take me there.

Oh - one more thing. You can't compare the Acura Nav to the Volvo Nav - they are in two different leagues. The Acura nav system is the best stock navi system in my opinion.
 

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Re: Those of you with factory navigation... (vivek9856)

Quote, originally posted by vivek9856 »


I have a HTC Touch Pro, and put Garmin Mobile XT on there, and that is soo much better than the Volvo nav. First of all, the POI database is much larger, and on top of that, if something isn't in the POI, you can do a Google Local search and get addresses that way. Secondly, its touch screen, so it takes much less time to enter destinations. Plus, I get live weather and traffic information over 3G, plus fuel prices, restaurant reviews, etc. Best part is, if I look up a restaurant, I can just hit Where To, Nearby, Restaurants, pick one, read the review, hit the phone number, make a reservation, then hit Navigate, and it will take me there.

Thanks for that tip vivek, I too have an HTC Touch Pro. How much did Garmin Mobile XT cost you?
EDIT: And how does the Garmin XT navigation work if you have to make a call or receive an incoming call?

S40racer: Maybe look into finding the nav screen housing and motor from a junk yard and just install into the exiting screen panel your own nav system that you buy separately. I've been thinking about this, since I really like the way the nav pops up but I am not a big fan of the whole interface since, as mentioned already, it is somewhat time-consuming and hard to attempt unless you are doing it before you hit the road. Just buy the nicest GPS nav system you can, and wire it to work through the existing housing. It would be a lot easier if you had the existing nav already, but I am pretty sure it would still be much cheaper than $2600, save you some space in your glovebox, and have a better interface.

Modified by carreragt7 at 12:04 PM 3-22-2009
 

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Re: Those of you with factory navigation... (carreragt7)

Quote, originally posted by carreragt7 »


Thanks for that tip vivek, I too have an HTC Touch Pro. How much did Garmin Mobile XT cost you?
EDIT: And how does the Garmin XT navigation work if you have to make a call or receive an incoming call?

Carreragt, I sent you a message because some people on here might be opposed to me posting how I got Garmin XT for free. However, if you pay for it, it is $99.

As to calls: When you receive a call, the incoming call window pops up, you can accept, talk, and if you hit end once, you return to Garmin, and if you keep pressing end, you return to the home screen.

If you want to make a call, just press the send button, and the dialer comes up. It all works perfectly fine.
 
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