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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old November 3rd, 2009, 05:36   #1
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Since I have purchased a TDI, I am looking at swapping my OEM radio with a Navigation system. I have found OEM Nav's on ebay but was wandering how good they really are. I'm not sure about the aftermarket versions. Here is a link to a sweet one I found on the internet. (You don't have to download thel language pack)

http://www.szwaywell.com/prod_dtl.asp?id=489

Here are pics of an install from someone who purchased it. I'm not sure how complicated it is, but he sure is going deep into the circuit board.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ysainthi...aTDINavInstall#

Any thoughts on any Nav systems out there?
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 05:47   #2
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Those are aftermarket and in most folks eyes around here are "Junk"
I bought one a few years ago from Steve Z1, he sells used and new Factory units!
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=254973
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 06:17   #3
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Volkswagen's factory nav system is pretty bad. So bad, I have to use a TomTom.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:36   #4
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Those are aftermarket and in most folks eyes around here are "Junk"
I bought one a few years ago from Steve Z1, he sells used and new Factory units!
http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=254973
$1650 is alot for a nav system.. I wonder how much the used ones are. Ebay has OEM used Nav systems for around $600 with shipping, including warranty. That's why I started this thread, to get ideas on what's out there and who has aftermarket systems that they really love, and possibly pics.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:38   #5
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Volkswagen's factory nav system is pretty bad. So bad, I have to use a TomTom.
Really, what' so bad? I have a TomTom, but like the oem nav in the dash better.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:38   #6
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Volkswagen's factory nav system is pretty bad. So bad, I have to use a TomTom.
Apparently you haven't used the RNS-510 yet

Go with the RNS-510. I've used Tom Tom, and various levels of Garmins from the Nuvi 205 up to the 765t with traffic and lane guidance.

Forget everything you hated about the MFD2 and check out the RNS. It's in a different league. It has traffic via Sirius, lane guidance, dynamic routing (i.e. - routes you around traffic congestion.), a built in HDD for maps and music, Sirius, HD Radio, and will play DVD movies.

Check with Peter in Chicago. He's got the best deals and best support available on these things.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 07:39   #7
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They're bad because they load off the CDs. Slow, expensive and useless. A $99 tomtom can out perform 'em.
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 08:24   #8
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I have not tinkered much with the newest ones, no, only to say that the system Toyota was using 5 years ago is still much better (easier, more intuitive) to use.

Once you get used to it, I'm sure it has decent enough ability, but when you actually have to stop and think about how to work the darn thing the novelty of having it becomes just that: a novelty.

BMW's I-drive system is of course at the bottom of the barrel in terms of user-friendliness.

And my $99 TomTom is still faster, cheaper, easier, and finds its way just as well IMHO.

I did have a B5 customer in here this year for an upgrade that had an aftermarket in dash unit that looked and functioned just like the previous gen Toyota systems... meant to ask him about it but never did. Same graphics and everything, and for the life of me I cannot remember the brand name but it was a well-known one. Panasonic would seem logical as much of that stuff is used in Toyotas.
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I have had factory Navs in 2 of my last 3 TDI's although not an RNS 510......
I presently have a Garmin 885T and it is far superior to any of the Factory nav units I have had.........In fact I am picking up my new 2010 Jetta Sportwagen tomorrow and intentionally saved 1800.........by not ordering a Nav system..........My Garmin has Bluetooth and traffic and lane info and music and will serve my purposes just fine
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 17:50   #10
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Since I have purchased a TDI, I am looking at swapping my OEM radio with a Navigation system. I have found OEM Nav's on ebay but was wandering how good they really are. I'm not sure about the aftermarket versions. Here is a link to a sweet one I found on the internet. (You don't have to download thel language pack)

http://www.szwaywell.com/prod_dtl.asp?id=489

Here are pics of an install from someone who purchased it. I'm not sure how complicated it is, but he sure is going deep into the circuit board.

http://picasaweb.google.com/ysainthi...aTDINavInstall#

Any thoughts on any Nav systems out there?
There have been alot of problems with the waywell 6050. Screen flickering in the cold and internal mic is poor.

I originally bought a Witson W2-D723V, but then sold it because of the poor internal mic and bought an Audiosources AS7608 with external mic.

This is it in my 2009 TDI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J-jJdvK4Mk

You can also use IGO8 GPS software, which you can customize.

Very happy with it.

BTW...I do not sell these or have any relationship with any company that manufacturers units like these.

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Old November 4th, 2009, 07:58   #11
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That is sweet. How much did that cost you? How is the navigation sytem here in the U.S. Does it use disks or do you upload the navgation database. Also, was it just a simple swap, plug n play, or did you have to buy a serperate wiring harness?

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Old November 4th, 2009, 08:23   #12
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Seems like it was quite slow in reading discs.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 14:12   #13
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That is sweet. How much did that cost you? How is the navigation sytem here in the U.S. Does it use disks or do you upload the navgation database. Also, was it just a simple swap, plug n play, or did you have to buy a serperate wiring harness?

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The GPS runs off an SD card and runs IGO8.

Paid $485 shipped.

No separate wiring harness as the system is plug and play.

Everything but the GPS software is part of the GUI system.

Check out this bad boy.

http://artwork-igo8.blogspot.com/sea...r%20collection

Plus there are sites, that members are more than welcome to help out...for free.

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Old November 5th, 2009, 05:14   #14
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The GPS runs off an SD card and runs IGO8.

Paid $485 shipped.

No separate wiring harness as the system is plug and play.

Everything but the GPS software is part of the GUI system.

Check out this bad boy.

http://artwork-igo8.blogspot.com/sea...r%20collection

Plus there are sites, that members are more than welcome to help out...for free.
So do they send the SD card preloaded with the us maps? Where and how can this get updated? Being dumb here, what is the GUI system? Where did you get this for $485 shipped?
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Old November 5th, 2009, 05:57   #15
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I'm looking @ one of these for my 2006 as my 6-disc changer hates disc #3 (or the cheapo CDs I burn to, not sure which)
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