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Old 10-23-2012, 06:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I prefer the integration of built-in navi. When I have the stereo loud, the navi will lower the volume when it's time to give directions. If I'm using a store bought GPS or my iPhone, I'll never hear the directions over the stereo. Plus it's one less thing to plug in or charge up first. Personal preference.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:13 PM   #17 (permalink)
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You can go to NAVTEQ, which is the company that makes the navigation sogtware. They usually are a little cheaper.
Not true. When Acura sends you links to buy a replacement DVD, or when you go to Acura's update site at www.acuranavi.com , either way you'll be going to the Navteq website at navigation.com So the price is exactly the same.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #18 (permalink)
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True when buying online and not true when you buy from the dealer's walk-in parts department.

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Not true. When Acura sends you links to buy a replacement DVD, or when you go to Acura's update site at The Official Acura Map Update Site. , either way you'll be going to the Navteq website at navigation.com So the price is exactly the same.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:00 PM   #19 (permalink)
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If you put 2010, 2011, or 2012 MDX into that page it says:

Our records indicate that the map that you have in your navigation system is our most recent release.

Does that mean they has not been an update for the 2010 model in over two years? When should I expect a map update for my 2012 ?Also, why would any one be incented to buy the MapCare for a discounted 2 updates in two years, if they don't update them that frequently.
Checked the Navteq site again this evening. Same response. Why do Garmin and Tomtom come out with updates yearly, but Navteq/Acura haven't for more than 3 years? Or is this a web site error, and somehow there has been an update... ?
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:06 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Checked the Navteq site again this evening. Same response. Why do Garmin and Tomtom come out with updates yearly, but Navteq/Acura haven't for more than 3 years? Or is this a web site error, and somehow there has been an update... ?
It's probably a website error. I know Navteq/Acura updates the ones for the first gen MDX on a yearly basis, and I can't believe the second gen would be any different.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:53 AM   #21 (permalink)
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And something I've done the last two years is to sell the previous update DVD on EBay. It helps offset the ridiculously high cost of these annual discs. For whatever that's worth . . .

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:32 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Garmin uses Navteq maps, as do many other GPS makers. One has to wonder why the updates cost so much when you can buy a GPS unit with free lifetime maps for less money. I just traded in my MDX for an Odyssey and didn't get GPS with it for that reason.
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It's probably a website error. I know Navteq/Acura updates the ones for the first gen MDX on a yearly basis, and I can't believe the second gen would be any different.
The TSX has a similar story - no updates yet for 2011 or 2012 model years.

Time to use their online "Contact Us" form ( how 1990s ) ... I'll report back what they say.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:12 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I, like most people, use GPS rather infrequently. So I won't mind such a tiny inconvenience in exchange for a lot of savings. If you think $150 for update is expensive, wait when that thing is broken and you have to repair the hardware ... I am sure the dealer will make sure to suck your blood like a vampire. One of my coworker's Lexus GPS broke and she was quoted more than $4000 for it.

I am driving a tech now, but I will try not to get another one really hard. But for my wife it is a totally different story ...


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I prefer the integration of built-in navi. When I have the stereo loud, the navi will lower the volume when it's time to give directions. If I'm using a store bought GPS or my iPhone, I'll never hear the directions over the stereo. Plus it's one less thing to plug in or charge up first. Personal preference.
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If you think $150 for update is expensive, wait when that thing is broken and you have to repair the hardware ... I am sure the dealer will make sure to suck your blood like a vampire. One of my coworker's Lexus GPS broke and she was quoted more than $4000 for it.
I bought it brand new 7 months ago, years of warranty left. I'll likely upgrade before then, so I have no concerns about repair bills. Like I said, it's personal preference. If I'm going to pay $40k+ for a new vehicle I'm not going to stick some cheap gizmo to the windshield.
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The TSX has a similar story - no updates yet for 2011 or 2012 model years.

Time to use their online "Contact Us" form ( how 1990s ) ... I'll report back what they say.
Here's the answer, sounds like there were problems with the MDX 10/11/12 update...

Hello ,

Thank you for contacting Acura. <<snip>> Your 2012 MDX is currently equipped with the newest maps currently available. An update was released for your vehicle; however, due to multiple technical issues, it is currently unavailable for purchase. If you would like to be notified when this update becomes available, please register with us at www.navteq.com/registration.

If you need additional assistance, please send us your feedback by replying to this email.

Kind regards,

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Anyone who wants to buy GPS disk pm me.
I have the latest which is White DVD Map v4.B1
At the Acura Navigation Center the cost is $149
I will sell it cheap.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:00 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I prefer the integration of built-in navi. When I have the stereo loud, the navi will lower the volume when it's time to give directions. If I'm using a store bought GPS or my iPhone, I'll never hear the directions over the stereo. Plus it's one less thing to plug in or charge up first. Personal preference.
Agreed, musing muting when the navigation is giving instructions is a great feature. But you are incorrect when you say that if you use your phone it won't mute the volume. I just traded in my MDX for a Honda Odyssey. I run navigation from my Droid X2 phone. I set my radio to use the bluetooth connection as input. I can then control the music functions of my phone via the radio controls. When I use my phone for navigation all of the voice commands come through my radio speakers. When the commands come through the music is muted so that you can hear the navigation guidance. The price that is charged by Honda/Acura for navigation is just ridiculous. After using my phone and a cheap Garmin unit I will never pay the ridiculous prices charged by Honda/Acura. Not to mention that map updates now come free with most portable units as opposed to the over $100 that Honda/Acura wants for an update DVD.
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