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#1 Moundman

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Posted January 06, 2008 - 08:36 AM

I have a question for probably everyone out there. What is the big deal with navigation. I don't have it so I really don't know what the big deal is. I'm not knocking it because maybe it is as great as everone says. Does it just give you directions? Do you guys actually use it that much or is it something just to say you have it. Personally, I really don't go that many places that I don't know where I'm going or can't figure it out. What happen to the times where us men knew where we were going even if we didn't? And besides that, finding the place is half the fun of going. Especially in a vehicle that you love to drive.


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Posted January 06, 2008 - 09:09 AM

I have a question for probably everyone out there. What is the big deal with navigation. I don't have it so I really don't know what the big deal is. I'm not knocking it because maybe it is as great as everone says. Does it just give you directions? Do you guys actually use it that much or is it something just to say you have it. Personally, I really don't go that many places that I don't know where I'm going or can't figure it out. What happen to the times where us men knew where we were going even if we didn't? And besides that, finding the place is half the fun of going. Especially in a vehicle that you love to drive.



Got mine for Christmas. not something I even asked for... I love it. Lets say you are going somewhere but already know how to get there, ok. You need to find a particular ATM, want some coffee etc. the unit will take you to the closest one.

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Posted January 06, 2008 - 12:25 PM

I like mine for different reasons. Mine is a bit outdated so it doesn't have the bells and whistles like most new ones. I like it when I get in a traffic jam and can find an alternoute route. It's a must in Charlotte where roads change names in the middle of the street.
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Posted January 06, 2008 - 04:03 PM

I love mine, its great. I would recommend one if you travel around at all. For example, i was in atlanta this weekend and it helped alot. Also, as travis said it does help in intercity traffic avoidance.
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Posted January 06, 2008 - 04:53 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I guess it would be handy for you city folk. Maybe I'll look into to them this year. I do think they look cool.


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Posted January 06, 2008 - 05:07 PM

If I didnt have one at work, I'd NEVER get all my jobs done! I drive all day from job to job 8-6. I rely on this thing sooo much! I have one for work and personal. Going out of state? No need for mapquest. I'm goin to Cali in March and renting a car, only because I know the GPS will take me wherever I need to go and on the fastest route!

If you dont have one get one! They will become as common as seatbelts in new cars very soon, if they havent already.
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Posted January 06, 2008 - 07:26 PM

I love mine. It tells you your mph so you can compare to your speedometer. In fact, it has the highest mph, too, which was set to 131mph yesterday by some speed demon we all know...
Navis are the BEST!!! Mine can look up things in the area like gas stations, restaurants, ATMs etc. Plus, I can search for a place by touching the screen and entering the name. It'll even give me the phone number. Then I touch "go" to go there. I can also save my favorite places.

Navis are a great investment just do NOT leave them in the car EVERRRR!
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Posted January 06, 2008 - 07:36 PM

In a couple of years they will be like cell phones and we will depend on them.

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Posted January 07, 2008 - 02:31 PM

Is there a certain model that everyone likes. Does anyone prefer the factory ones or aftermarket. Reason I'm asking is. if I was to get one should I take my vehicle back to the dealer and get the whole DVD/Navi combo or just go for the aftermarket?


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Posted January 07, 2008 - 02:52 PM

Aftermarket seems to be the way to go. That way you can go portable.
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Posted January 07, 2008 - 03:41 PM

<3 aftermarket.

I can swap it between cars. I've used it in other people's cars for trips. Plus, you can take it with you if you're walking somewhere.

I'm a fan of the Garmin Nuvi and I've looked at others. I use the 200. You only need the ones with the maps of the US pre installed unless you regularly visit other countries.
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Posted January 07, 2008 - 04:34 PM

Garmin Nuvi, I have the 260 but only cause it was on sale:)

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Posted January 07, 2008 - 04:38 PM

I have the garmin Nuvi 760...also i have heard that the tom tom map system isnt as good as garmins. the cool thing about the aftermarket portable units is that you can put it on pedestrian mode and awsome stuff like that!
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Posted January 07, 2008 - 04:39 PM

In a couple of years they will be like cell phones and we will depend on them.


I already do, but you're definitely right!


If you're planning to buy one...either Garmin or Navigon. I have Garmin, love it, no problems! Navigon is sweet because of its design.
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Posted January 07, 2008 - 06:50 PM

Man you guys have been great. I think I'll go check some out this week. Thanks.


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Posted January 07, 2008 - 09:57 PM

I didn't really see what all the hype was for until I used a few of them. I LOVE traveling with a good one, it makes a huge difference finding your way around, even if you're familiar with the area. I went apartment shopping in Jacksonville FL over the weekend and without a navi I would have most likely killed someone. I've used Magellan TomTom and Garmin. Personally I liked the Magellan (4040 model). I had some issues with the TomTom (Go 720).. it told me to turn on a road that didn't exisit and then I was on a road that didn't show up on the screen.. looked like I was offroading. Overall it worked very well, but I'm sure any of them would have done the same in that place. Test out a few in the stores before you get one.. pick out one thats easiest for you to use. I prefer the larger screens but if you'd rather just listen to it the smaller screens are much cheaper.
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Posted January 08, 2008 - 03:34 PM

Is there a monthly subscription that goes along with it for road updates?


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Posted January 08, 2008 - 03:35 PM

in car GPS/NAV + free older laptop with Google Earth and VAG COM FTMFW

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Posted February 21, 2008 - 09:44 AM

hahaha x2

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Posted February 25, 2008 - 12:19 PM

i love my factory one, also subs as a DVD player so i can watch movies on my nav screen. THe newer factory ones are also used ot view your ipod, cell phone and for idrive you can check all your car info. I had no idea how much i depended on mine until my car went in the shop and i am forced to drive my 96; ford explorer. When i drive hte explorer i feel like i went back in time 50 years.
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