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Re: Navigation Issues

Is the nav really that bad?

Was considering adding RA4 right away but a little apprehensive after reading this thread.

Did anyone actually go back to using a Garmin even though you have the Uconnect nav?

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Old 11-20-2014, 08:44 AM
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Re: Navigation Issues

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Is the nav really that bad?

Was considering adding RA4 right away but a little apprehensive after reading this thread.

Did anyone actually go back to using a Garmin even though you have the Uconnect nav?
Greetings and welcome to the forum,

If you are a little apprehensive at the moment, then wait until after the updates come out at the first of the year. Then judge for yourself based on user feedback here at the forum.

One alternative I believe that you should be able to do if the feedback is not satisfactory to you and maybe cheaper than the RA4 upgrade is to get a lockpick or a wifi interface device and mirror the navigation off the smartphone of your choice.

Here is a link about wifi interfacing:

2014 8.4 Uconnect WifFi Interface Kit

This thread mostly you saw, but it the best source of information for the lockpick:

new lockpick for the 8,4 uconnect, 99% software


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Old 11-20-2014, 08:52 AM
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Is the nav really that bad?

Was considering adding RA4 right away but a little apprehensive after reading this thread.

Did anyone actually go back to using a Garmin even though you have the Uconnect nav?
Its ok but if you are used to garmin this is a step back about 10 years. Id rather have it than not have it just it could be better.
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Re: Navigation Issues

Once I turned off all traffic avoidance the system is not too bad at directions. The more frustrating part is having to type in an address (not a place like Google Maps), having the voice prompt not recognize what I'm saying 1/2 the time. Yelp could be good, but by the time you get into the app your in a different zipcode.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:54 AM
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Re: Navigation Issues

Once I learned how to set it up to my liking, and became familiar with the voice prompts, it works just fine for me. I keep a Garmin in the center console, but haven't had to pull it out in a long time. If you're used to Google Maps you'll probably be a little disappointed, but it's a very serviceable system. I like it.
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Re: Navigation Issues

Even if it does work on a good day, the speed is very frustrating. I had a 2011 JGC with the Uconnect/NAV system and this has always been to me any way the achilles heel of an otherwise impressive package.
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Re: Navigation Issues

I have it on for the broad view of traffic information, but the autozoom makes it useless for that while simultaneously providing traffic. This is a feature Garmin got right ten years ago, when I am driving down I880 with an 20 miles to my next turn the next 200 yards of road... well I can already see the next two miles.

So I always run CoPilot on my phone for navigation details, the traffic information arrives much faster and the maps are more detailed in rural areas, though often no more up to date that the built in navigation. But you can report errors and they update maps and software frequently. The POI search is fast too. Most days I switch CoPilot on and it predicts I am going to work or coming home and I just need to acknowledge.

Weirdly the voice entry on the Jeep works pretty well for me, though it is terribly slow. If I could replace the head unit with an Android machine I would.
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Re: Navigation Issues

Thanks everyone.

For what it's worth, I've been using a rock solid 5 year old Garmin nuvi which is fine for me. Looks I will definitely go with 8.4 UConnect but maybe the just the RA3 to start depending on the dealers availability for the rest of the options I'm looking for.
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Re: Navigation Issues

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Thanks everyone.

For what it's worth, I've been using a rock solid 5 year old Garmin nuvi which is fine for me.
I have a nuvi 750, think I bought it in 2009-10 time frame. I use the in-dash for local stuff; for long trips it's the nuvi. I like being able to program what I need in my home, being able to keep it up to date at least once a year with a free update and being able to use custom maps, such as topographical maps. I doubt that the in-dash will ever get to that level.
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Re: Navigation Issues

Man, I'm glad I did a search and found this thread. I'm thinking about getting the latest update from Navteq for my 2013 JGC Overland 730n. Will the current update gain me anything?

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