Originally Posted by Paullee01
It's amazing how some of these threads change to more of a b*t**ing session. From how outdated the maps are, to spending $150.00, to individuals being pissed off for the map upgrades etc etc......At least it's not $250.00! If you don't want it don't purchase it!
Let me give you a comparison:
Let's say you buy a computer and pay extra for Norton Utilities for the virus scanning because you can only install that product on your system to protect it. The hardware of that system specifically prevents using any other product.
When you get your computer, it turns out the virus definitions are a year out of date with no update on the horizon.
Finally, one comes out, but by the time it does, they're still about 6 months behind current standards - and they want 15% of the purchase price of the package to get it.
Meanwhile, you have another computer running the free version of AVG that just updated to the latest definitions that very morning at no charge.
Wouldn't you feel a bit ripped off?
Would you really want to rely on the accuracy of that out of date system?
What if you bought a dozen eggs, but 1/3 of them were expired? What if the answer from the grocery store was you had to buy the eggs to replace them, but half of those would be expired, too? Maybe in another year or so, you'll have the option of buying replacements for those...
What if those free oil changes you got (which are dealer dependent, by the way - not every gets that) came in the form of coupons that had to be used withing 6 months? Wouldn't you feel a bit cheated, even if they were supposed to be free?
When you pay nearly 10 times the cost of a standalone GPS that comes with free lifetime maps, it's a little annoying to be charged for a sub-par update on something that is not cheap hardware to add on to a vehicle in the first place.
The fact is, it's my money, not yours. I have every right to be angry about not getting value for my dollar.
Originally Posted by BlckWK2
It is amazing. With so many vehicle options out there + the options of standalone systems, there is no point to have complete rage against something as small as the head unit / navigation capability. At least no need to do so in this thread.
Except there really aren't options for the vehicle. I wanted the Navi system because I wanted something I didn't have to remove from the car of hide away every time I park somewhere. Plus, it's a nice big screen and the system pipes the audio through the car's speakers.
My problem is, my maps were over a half a year old from the very day I bought the thing, then they wanted another $150 to get them a half a year newer, but still outdated. At this point, those maps are a year out of date again.
The bigger problem is, I have no options to bring it up to date by switching to another GPS system without bringing a portable into the mix. That's like saying I can just carry a full set of tires around if the ones on the vehicle are prone to blowing out frequently.
Why should I have to prop up a $1000 add-on with a $150 Garmin?
BTW - I think this is the perfect place to gripe. People considering this upgrade should hear both sides of the situation so they can decide if it's worth it to upgrade their own systems.
Originally Posted by BlckWK2
The navigation has worked fine for me when used. However it's usually highway and long trips when I use it. Then, I switch to Google Maps using my phone when I want to NAV in city limits.
Geez, that's like saying your hot water heater works great when you use it for quick showers, but for bathing you heat up water in a big kettle over a bonfire.
You're doing something you shouldn't have to do. You should be able to keep that phone in your pocket any time and use the GPS to navigate all the time.
At any rate, I won't buy another one of these systems again until it's an open platform that allows me to choose another GPS product if I'm not happy with the one that comes with it.
Next time, I'm keeping my money.