Does anyone have a gps in thier car? I mean accually built into the dash,as an option as in the honda, bmw, etc.
Do they have a port or connectin to add the poi files?
Just interested before i look for a new car.Thanks,LONZ
Here's one I remember:
I have a friend who has a toyota 4 wheel drive. It's real nice but I believe that he said that it can't be updated like the portables can
It's my understanding some of the import type autos are using the Garmin in dash unit. Maybe it would be best to call Garmin and pose this question to them about what autos it's being used in, and how it's updated. There's nothing like getting it from the horse's mouth.
I have seen some new vehicles advertised with DVD based GPS systems. I would think that you have a DVD loaded with the software to operate the navigation system. So what I think is no DVD movies can be played if using the nav system. I don't know but a thought.
No port for my car to add POIs. You have to manually add POI locations.
In MINIs their built in GPS is DVD based, and updated via the DVD.
My father has a built in GPS in his Pacifica and you can't add custom POI. In fact I can tell you that my Nuvi maps are much more up to date and it usually gives me a better route that the built in unit. Seeing that the Pacifica GPS was a 1800 dollar option I think the Nuvi line is a bargain.
Chrysler is using Garmin as a GPS Option?
If so that's very interesting I thought It was only FORD. BMW should use Garmin also because the factory GPS is very difficult to use and it's not touch screen
yeah, a buddy of mine as a tomtom 910 and an in-dash unit. He said that he like the TomTom better. It had better options, better maps, and he didn't think (but the car was new to him) that he could do custom POIs
I have a Honda with an in-dash GPS. It is fantastic!! This is in a 2006 model, the first one I had in a Honda was in a 2001. Both are DVD based and require a new DVD to update. You can not add POI or any other data (including a pre-programed route) and it will not play DVD movies nor with the DVD itself work in your home PC. I like it better in the car then the Garmin, but want the flexibility the Zumo offers for the bike.
I have a Corvette in-dash unit. Has some WOW factor with voice command integration. Other than that, very disappointed with the overall functionality. My Garmin SP's and Nuivi has more functionality
Thanks to everyone for the reply's. The portable gps unit is the way to go then. Just figured upgrading to a new unit will be better than the added cost of a built-in unit,and you get a gps that you can move from one vehicle to another. After getting the new car think i'll spend half the money and get a newer garmin. Thanks to everyone for their input. LONZ
Man, that is so sad that ppl have to pay out of the nose for the in dash GPSr and it isn't even as good as the portables. However, that large screen size HAS to be aplus.
They DON'T have to pay out the nose...it's there choice and some folks don't know that other options exist or they like the built in look of it. Don't want to be removing the unit, hiding it from would be criminals etc.
I have a bimmer with indash nav.
it uses a dvd for the nav data.
There is no port to add new POIs.
The only option they offer is to buy a new dvd
I found that you can tap into the dvd, move the data
to your hard drive, "massage" the data and then
create a new ISO file to create a new dvd disk.
very painful, but doable.
For BMW, you can modify the DVD on your home computer to add more POIs. Did not try it yet. here are the instructions. http://www.bmwnavaddpoi.co.uk/
I agree with what you are saying.
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Had the docking station GPS installed on my 2010 Frontier. First GPS and love it, its a flip up lid in the dash top with Garmin 750. Man its like coming out of the stone age, lol
I have doubt that files can be uploaded. But my be there is some new technology available now. The one i have its not possible.
I have a 2007 Lexus in dash nav system and cannot load poi's. I have not found that to be a problem at all. Type in the address and bingo you can add it to your memory files (what I would call additional POI's) or even type in a phone number. I have updated the DVD once and have never had a problem finding any place yet. I have a Garmin for my second car but the built in unit is much more sophisticated than the portable unit. Like them both and it is nice to have the portable for car rentals, etc....
Farrissr said in part..
I have a 2007 Lexus in dash nav system. I have a Garmin for my second car but the built in unit is much more sophisticated than the portable unit.
Well, dah.. For 10 times the amount of money $$$$ it should be more sophisticated, but it's still NOT worth it!
It was less than twice as expensive and way above any portable that was out there when I bought it four years ago. I have never had a need for a firmware update or a single problem with the unit. Look at the zillions of problems people are having with the portable units and it doesn't really matter who the manufacturer is although Garmin seems to be in the lead. I think the expression don't knock it until you try it fits your comments to the tea. By the way I have a garmin 1490T and like it very much...
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