I WILL be getting the xB2g and I am thinking of getting the navigation... never had a car with it....and have really needed something like that... I was at the dealership and they had one in a car, but i took it for a small test drive and didnt have time to play... anyways my questions to those of you that have it is...
worth the money?
what are some little known things that it can do that I (or others) might not know.? (asking because I believe I saw a calendar, and something about oil change)
feel free to tell me whatever you might know..
thanks in advace.
Matt Whiting. (Your Scion Evolution Rep. of West Michigan)
I have owned two portable nav systems and the Mio C310x I own now has been great, I have tested it a couple of times on large cities and it has always gotten me there, you can move it from car to car, use it while walking, or on the bycicle or motorcycle, even hide it when you think you should. All for $150 in CC. I would save the $2,000 and get a portable one, and if you really think you need an integrated one later on, there is alway aftermarket. My $.0199
Some guys at Avic411 recomend the Kenwood DNX7100 because it uses Garmin's navigation software which cost about $50-$100 to update vs. ~$300 to update for the Pioneer D3 system. Another reason why I still recomend a portable cheap system is because most of us only use it on long trips and we are at a point in time where integrated in dash system prices are dropping like flies, a year ago who would have thought that you could buy a new double din Pioneer gps in dash system for ~$700. If you wait until prices stabilize you would get an awsome system for your money.(sorry I am an accountant)
^^^ exactly the reason why i use navigation via a laptop vs. a portable or in-dash unit. not only is the cost high, why spend $700 or more on an in dash unit which is a b!tch to update? with my laptop, updating is as easy as taking the laptop (which is removable - duh) back into my house, updating the software, and thats it!
certainly, having a laptop or tablet (like i have) in the car isn't the CLEANEST and MOST BEAUTIFUL SHOW READY SETUP out there - but when im going traveling to a new place, i dont give a flying f___ about cosmetics. i just want a cheap solution that would bail me out if i got lost.
night shot from outside the car
shot from inside the car - brightness was on high - i was in park
the fact that i also have a ton of music + movies on my laptop -that i can hear all through my factory speakers - is icing on the cake! mmm cake!
the clarity of a huge 12" screen (although probably illegal) at night is absolutely magnificent. when i turn the screen brightness down all the way to the lowest, it's absolutely fine to drive with it at night - not too bright, you can still focus on the road..
thats all good it does seem to fit well there but whatever you like i travel enough to justify spending on the in dash plus i need it to be something show worthy and updates arnt that bad just need a friend with the new map disk ive got a buddy with a stereo shop that will take care of me on those
^^^ that is a good point. i stay local most of the time. i usually go to new places maybe 10% out of all the times i use my box. i could def. see how, if you travel to unfamiliar places much more often - that an indash setup would be ideal!
just for some ideas, take a look at the ICE AND INTERIOR section of the gen 1 boards on scionlife. i have seen tons of people with various diff. in-dash setups - from the pioneers, to the factory/camry navigation and everything else in between.
^ certain/specific MAP DVDS based on your navigation system. this is typically car-manufacturer based. IE - 2007 maps for your honda, or 2007 maps for your audi. usually companies use 1 type of navigation system all-throughout their cars so they are the same systems.
ill post some pics of min tonight so you can compare what you like sorry its a little dark between the limo tint all the way around and the black paint for the center console its hard to see but nice a clean flush mounted