Garmin in dash unit

 

Does Garmin make a permanently installed after market in dash GPS unit? Never seen or heard of one.

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

Just bumping this up, cause

Just bumping this up, cause I am curious too. I am also curious as too how many (if any) factory installed GPSrs are Garmin.

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Charley - Nuvi 350 - Bel STI Driver - Cobra 29 w/ wilson 1000 - AIM: asianfire -

I did a search and came up

I did a search and came up with nothing for Garmin and in dash automotive. Seems like for cars they are all portables. They do make permanent "in dash" panel mounted avionics/GPS for aircraft.

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

In Dash

If you check their page, they do have a unit that connects into an existing AV system and provides GPS capability. Not sure how that works, or what units it would work with though.

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Garmin Etrex Vista, Streetpilot 2610, GPSMap 60Csx, Nüvi 750, Colorado 400t, Nüvi 3790t

Yeah, I was thinking more

Yeah, I was thinking more along the lines of an actual integrated Garmin in dash unit. I wonder if any of the OEM installs use Garmin hardware...

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

In Dash

Wish I had one. The GPS that came in my Escape Hybrid is a worthless piece of junk. Guess I've been spoiled by Garmin.

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Garmin Etrex Vista, Streetpilot 2610, GPSMap 60Csx, Nüvi 750, Colorado 400t, Nüvi 3790t

What's so bad about it? One

What's so bad about it? One OEM "feature" I really hate in my sister's car is you can't do ANYTHING unless the speed is absolutely 0.0 mph. You can only zoom in/out and repeat the next instruction. No rerouting, searching, etc. Nutin'

Very frustrating if you have a passenger and, say, you want to look up a place to eat while flying down I-10 in the middle of west Texas nowhere. No, you have to pull over or get off and come to a complete stop which, in my opinion, is much more unsafe than having a passenger enter the destination. You could end up in a bad part of town, too.

The weird thing is her car has a contact switch already in the seat and if there isn't a certain amount of weight, the passenger side airbag is deactivated and a light comes on to show that. I guess that's a safety feature for rear facing baby seats and, since they're so expensive, there's no reason to blow the bag if no one is in the seat. Seems like they could use that same switch to take the GPS out of "safe mode". Who knows, maybe they're afraid someone would disable the switch or throw some weight in the passenger seat so they could use the GPS solo. Now, if they were really that anal they'd probably deactivate all the radio and climate control functions when moving since they're done through the same darned touch screen the GPS uses! Stupid design...

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

That's one

Mine is like that too. You can look up locations before you start and when when moving you can route to previously found locations, but rarely is this going to be useful.

Also, it doesn't use a fluid moving map. Your pointer starts in the middle of the screen and moves to the top. When it approaches the top the whole map screen shifts down putting you back in the center and starts again. I haven't seen this since the first GPS unit I had in the 90's (antennae unit and software that I plugged into a laptop)

What sucks is that I passed on a higher quality stereo head unit (but still cheaper) because I thought the in-dash GPS would be cool. Unfortunately they didn't have the GPS CD in the unit when I took te test drive so I wasn't able to see how it worked.

The seat sensor solution you mentioned has been tossed around in Ford Escape forums for quite a while as well. Certainly makes sense. Of course then I would have to carry a 50 pound rock in my passenger seat all the time. smile

The 2008's have a differrent GPS unit, I should have waited a year (although I don't know for sure that they are any better).

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Garmin Etrex Vista, Streetpilot 2610, GPSMap 60Csx, Nüvi 750, Colorado 400t, Nüvi 3790t

Since I started with a

Since I started with a portable GPS, I'd doubt I'd ever want a permanently mounted OEM or other wise GPS except for in an aircraft. I'd rather use that limited dash real estate for other things. Plus, they are just too expensive, cumbersome, can't be used in another car/on foot and hard to update than they are worth. My sister's map update was over $300 and the dealer had to do it. That and they hadn't released an update in 3 years!!!

So, does you Escape allow full use of the GPS if there's a "fat" enough passenger?

And that display method does sound really sucky. They could have at least moved the pointer to the bottom of the map so it would be sucky only half as much. smile

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

Escape

No fat passenger option. Have to make a complete stop like your sisters. Also, the maps are on CD's, not in the unit an there are about 20 CD's so every time you travel to another area you have to change CD's along the way.

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Garmin Etrex Vista, Streetpilot 2610, GPSMap 60Csx, Nüvi 750, Colorado 400t, Nüvi 3790t

Whoa, that sucks. I thought

Whoa, that sucks. I thought the newer in dash GPSrs were hard drive based.

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Newest to oldest... Nüvi 660, Street Pilot 2720, Magellan SporTrak Pro, Lowrance Global Map 100

In Dash Unit

The Kenwood DNX7100 and KNA-G510 uses Garmin's user interface (ie. "Where To" and "View Map" buttons). The DNX7100 is a double din head unit complete with monitor and the KNA-510 is a hide away unit (similar to the Garmin GVN53) that requires a compatible Kenwood monitor such as their KVT719DVD head unit.
You can check these out at www.kenwoodusa.com/car_entertainment

Best Buy sells the DNX7100 online only for $1400. It has DVD & CD playback and is SD card upgradable.

I just bought the Kenwood

I just bought the Kenwood KNA-G510. It's supported with Garmin and It works great. Its user friendly and quite accurate. It matches up (for a price)with XM satallite radio for real time traffic updates - NICE!! as well as weather, and stock updates. Easily upgradable (internal memory w/ sd expansion) All maps for US and Canada come preloaded, and Kenwood offers their updates for free --
although Im not sure if these are map updates or just software fixes

All in all so far very impressed with the performance

Kenwood KNA-G510

Are you able to add custom POI's through the SD expansion?

GVN 53

The GVN 53
https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134&pID=10573

I have a panasonic double DIN that has a Navigation button, but panasonic never released the add-on to make it functional. I called their support, and was told that I could use it with another manufacturer's GPS. Anyone know if the GVN 53 is compatible with panasonic decks?

BB

Yes, it upgrades and adds

Yes, it upgrades and adds custom POI via sd
But you can only have 1 custom POI file at a time - It automatically overwrites previous files when you put new 1 on.

I just picked up a DNX7100.

I just picked up a DNX7100. I haven't installed it yet, but I'm confident that it'll be one of the best in-dash units available. The 'safe mode' bypass is extremely easy to complete so all functions will always be available. Unlike the Pioneer AVIC units that require software hacks, the Kenwood is a simple wiring trick.

It does use Garmin software and looks to be extremely well put together. I'm pretty excited to install it and use it. For handheld/between car use I have a Nuvi650 that my fiance' uses in her car.

And yes, custom POI's are applicable for it.

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Kenwood DNX7100

Garmin GVN53/Kenwood G510 in dash unit

Quote:

All maps for US and Canada come preloaded, and Kenwood offers their updates for free --
although Im not sure if these are map updates or just software fixes.

stanko54 wrote:

Yes, it upgrades and adds custom POI via sd
But you can only have 1 custom POI file at a time - It automatically overwrites previous files when you put new 1 on.

I have the Kenwood KNA-G510 running thru a Kenwood DDX-6019 monitor/CD headunit in the pickup. The software is basically the same as in the StreetPilot series (like the 7200)--very easy to use. The firmware updates install via the SD card (you can remove the card afterwards) and have been coming regularly. The maps also come on an SD but have to be purchased--they do not transfer--you have to leave the SD card in the slot (but can remove it for firmware and POI loading).

The above comment about only one poi file is a bit misleading--you can only have one "gpi" file (the file built by Garmin POI Loader) but you can have multiple POI "files"--I have about 9 csv files with matching bmps in one directory. POI Loader finds them all and combines them into one gpi file. Each csv file shows up on the unit as a seperate category. Each can have seperate icons and seperate proximity alerts.

What I haven't been able to do (and the reason I was searching here) is to get custom AUDIO prox. alerts working. POI Loader finds the mp3 file okay and matches it to the corresponding csv file of POI's--I can locate the mp3 file within the gpi file using a hex viewer. BUT the unit doesn't seem to support it--I still get the standard chimes when the proximity alert goes off. Don't know if this is something that wasn't supported in the Garmin GVN53 to begin with or if Kenwood had it removed for their version. I'm really surprised though since the XM radio component is part of the G510 *not* the headunit--you'd expect it to support mp3's.

One thing that Kenwood did remove is support for the remote control. You HAVE to use the remote with the Garmin GVN53 (no touch screen) but the G510 uses the touchscreen on the headunit. That's okay EXCEPT for PANNING. When you touch the screen it opens another window and moves that around via touching. It's not as easy to pan as the GVN53/StreetPilot models using the rocker button on the remote. I actually purchased a GVN53 remote in hopes of using it but the G510 never sees it. They must have co-opted that logic to support the touch screen.

Other than that I love the GVN53/G510 gps. It just "feels" better than the Alpine unit in the Honda. And no problem with disabling the moving stuff--part via a ground wire and part via a "safemode" option in the unit.

Jud in Dallas TX

I dont know how much you

I dont know how much you paid for yours but I hope you got it from salectronics.com. they have really good prices.

Jeep Trail Guide

Here's my new in dash/on dash unit!

http://www.off-roadweb.com/tech/0512or_jeep_trail_guide/inde...

http://www.dailydriventj.com/trailguide.shtml

Two sites with some different pics.

Here's the official garmin site --> http://www8.garmin.com/products/trailguide/

It's a Garmin Quest 2, re-badged to a Jeep Trail Guide. A joint project with Jeep, instead of coming with a windshield mount, it comes with a cradle that has built-in speakers that permanently mounts to the top of my Jeep Wrangler's dashboard. Even has a sliding cover to hide the GPS if I choose, but with my doors and top off in the summer, it will still be coming with me!

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Jeep Trail Guide (Garmin Quest 2)

Kenwood DNX7100 POI mp3 files

Has anyone solved the problem of loading POI mp3 proximity sounds ? I've followed various instructions for loading POI's but the custom proximity sounds make it.

MP3

billeileen wrote:

Has anyone solved the problem of loading POI mp3 proximity sounds ? I've followed various instructions for loading POI's but the custom proximity sounds make it.

Does this model support playing mp3's?

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Nuvi 660 -- and not upgrading it or maps until Garmin fixes long-standing bugs/problems, and get maps to where they are much more current, AND corrected on a more timely basis when advised of mistakes.

KNA-G510 unit with the USB cable

I cannot get my computer to see the KNA-G510 unit with the USB cable.
Anyone having this issue?

Would I be updating the maps via an SD card or connecting the KNA-G510 directly to the computer

Do the newer maps have any additional eye candy?

T.I.A

KNA-G510 unit with the USB cable

I'm not having any trouble with my laptop seeing the KNA-G510 via a mini-USB cable. When I plug my laptop into the KNA-G510 and turn the key to "accessory" to power up the head unit, the head unit asks me if I'd like to put the KNA-G510 into mass storage mode or not. With the KNA-G510 in mass storage mode, my laptop sees it just fine as two separate removable drives. One for the internal storage and one for the SD card.

The way that I updated my KNA-G510 from Mapsource City Navigator North America NT 2008 (which is what it came with originally) to Mapsource City Navigator North America NT 2009 is by installing the maps from the Mapsource City Navigator North America NT 2009 update DVD to my laptop, using the mapinstall utility to load the maps into a 2G SD card, then putting that SD card into the KNA-G510. The maps on the SD card override the pre-loaded ones.

I haven't noticed any differences at all between the 2008 and 2009 maps, much less anything that I would call "eye candy." I think additional eye candy is unlikely to appear via a map update.

Garmin in dash unit

buffettck wrote:

Does Garmin make a permanently installed after market in dash GPS unit? Never seen or heard of one.

Garmin doesn't, but Kenwood does. And the ones Kenwood makes use Garmin hardware, firmware and maps.

Kenwood makes the double-din DNX-5120, DNX-7120 and DNX-8120. If you have room for a Kenwood DNX-8120, that's one heck of a kickass head unit!

Kenwood also makes the KNA-G510 hideaway unit which can be plugged into the single-din Kenwood KVT-512, KVT-719DVD and KVT-819DVD head units.

The Kenwood KNA-G510 is Garmin hardware that uses Garmin firmware and maps. It is very similar to a Garmin GVN-53, but is made specifically to integrate with Kenwood touch screen head units. It has a different wiring harness and runs slightly different firmware, otherwise it's a GVN-53.

I have a Kenwood KVT-512 with a Kenwood KNA-G510 and Kenwood KCA-BT200 connected to it. I have a Garmin GXM-30 (which I took from my older Garmin Streetpilot 2730) plugged into my Kenwood KNA-G510 so that I can get XM NavTraffic and XM Radio.

I have also created an adaptor for the GT5 1S-HU connector on the KNA-G510 so that I can use my existing Antenex NMO mounted GPS antenna instead of the GPS antenna supplied by Kenwood/Garmin.

I have been debating between

I have been debating between these three. I take it you like the 8120 the best.

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Steve

Definately like the DNX-8120

I have a GRE scanner mounted as the second single din unit in a double din opening. I enjoy using that scanner very much. Unfortunately that leaves me with only a single din opening for the navigation unit. If it wasn't for that, I'd have installed a DNX-8120 instead of a KVT-512. It's a much better unit.

mounted GPS

i saw at my Nissan dealer a Nuvi 750 /760 GPS that comes with atray mount that is hardwired into a console that is mountable in the Titan or Armada models. i think the price was $649 + installation. I wonder how long that GPS will last in the summer heat. It was interesting to see that it was available.

just in case you want to call them - here is their website, but they do't show it online ,except in their in-store display cabinet.

SUTHERLIN NISSAN MALL OF GEORGIA
http://www.nissanmall.com/index.cfm

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marnoldi Nuvi 680 & Nuvi 2797LMT

kenwood makes a radio with

kenwood makes a radio with the garmin built into it . you can also disable the safety features so you can use it while you drive .

Kenwood DNX8120 and DNX9140 has guidance by Garmin

The entire Kenwood DNX series has guidance provided by Garmin. Some of these have an external Garmin GPS. The DNX9140 will not integrate with XM WX/Traffic as it uses only MSN Direct and vice versa with the DNX8120. I have the DNX8120. A couple of things I have noticed is that phone numbers displayed for businesses on the Garmin unit must be manually entered to call that number which is not the case for the Garmin Street Pilot C580 which I owned. It also has trouble with addresses on Highways. Otherwise it is an amazing integrated in dash nav and sound system.

I love my InDash Kenwood DNX 8120

I am a Truck Driver (Over the road)
& I love my Kenwood Indash DNX 8120

Did all major updates and bought 2010 map

Xm Trafic & weather (SatView overlay) right
on the Garmin 7 inch screen

Now kenwood has the DNX 9140 but you can find the 8120 0n Flea-Bay for about $500.00.....

Regards

DNX-8120

I bought my DNX-8120 about 2 years ago from Crutchfield, almost the day it became available. I have been to this website (and the Garmin site) on multiple occasions collecting custom POIs and related update information. Yet, to date, I haven't attempted to update the firmware, maps or install my custom POIs. Mostly because I'm reluctant to tinker with it and can't seem to find exact custom POI installation guidelines for use with the Kenwood in-dash units.

I have no problem with wiring everything together. I installed the head unit, the rear view camera, the GPS and satellite antennas with relative ease. I even have the USB cable accessible from my glove box. My problem is, there is no definitive guide to install POIs with in-dash Kenwood units.

I do have a laptop. I also have SD cards. I have read many posts here and elsewhere that "somewhat" describe the process, but none that guide step-by-step.

Since you, HighwayTrucker, have successfully installed POIs (and more), would you be so kind as to explain, in step-by-step detail, the process in which you accomplished this?

BTW I travel the country quite frequently. Mostly from NY to Utah via I-80, I-70, I-40 and I-81 depending upon weather conditions smile Quite possibly have spoken with you via my 200GTLDX. Which, as an aside, has lost the "night watch" illumination. But that's another story entirely.

You can reach me directly via my username above (onthepike) at yahoo. Or on channel 19... I'm the blue Chevy Venture with the Garmin GPS antenna, XM antenna and Wilson 1000 roofmount.

Thanks for any assistance!
Jeff

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2003 Chevy Venture - Kenwood DNX-8120, KCA-iP300V iPod Control, GXM30 XM NavTraffic Antenna, Boyo VTL450 Cam, Passport 9500i GPS Detector, Cobra 200GTL-DX CB, Wilson 5000, SkyWorth 17" TV/DVD, Fridge, Oven, TomTom 920, Cobra 2500W Inverter & Twin Bed.

Garmin in dash unit

There are car manufacvtures using the garmin device in dash now, At least the software. I a sure if you check volvo or bmw or mercesdes It was one of those three that I read about it. I hope that helps

GPS Rip Off

I paid 2200.00 for my in dash GPS for a Toyota 4-runner back in 2003, boy did i get ripped off. There is a DVD player in the rear with a DVD in it. To upgrade to another DVD toyota want 300.00. They got me once not again.

Updating DNX8120

There has only been one update in the last 1.5 years and that was to fix something that would only happen in the Middle East (I think India). The instructions were at Garmin's site:
http://www.garmin.com/products/kenwood/

As far as map updates:
- numaps lifetime won't work
- You can purchase the DVD and then update it via the USB cable (in the back of the unit). Someone else here tried that with their 7120 and said it worked.
- by far the easiest: just buy the Garmin map update on the SD Card. You pop it into the unit and forget about it.

For POIs:
- You can probably update them in the unit itself via the USB cable
- You can load them onto an SD Card and then have those loaded into the unit when you put the SD Card in.
- You can just load it onto the SD Card (the same one with your maps) and it'll just pick them up from there (easiest)

For the last two above there is an option somewhere near the beginning of the POI loading process that will change the behavior of the unit copying them over or just using them in place. I forget what the option is, though.

Good post Brad... I just

Good post Brad...

I just bought a Kenwood DNX-9140, and LOVE IT!

Love it so much, I put my Garmin Street Pilot 7500 on FleeBay and it's smart antenna (GXM30).

I'm able to do everything to the Kenwood in dash unit by plugging in a laptop via USB, or using the service interface (on screen) and an SD Card. I just updated the units firmware last night, and added the newest City Nav 2011 for maps. And even added some of my own TOPO and other 3rd party maps. LOVE IT!!

I've been waiting years for someone to use Garmin's interface and software. Good on Kenwood!

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... Love my GPS!