Satnav; With or without?

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Post by kis » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:23 am

I like mine with. Dated as mentioned, but has it's merits.

When looking for mine, I was only looking at cars that met my exact spec... I didn't want the hassle of retrofitting. Looking back I guess I could have been flexible with some of these optional extras as they are easy retrofits. So IMO it's worth taking note of things you really really need, and things you can live without until they're sourced and retrofitted (so long as this isn't too time/resource consuming - like the bucket style seats for example).

Retrofitting afterwards may work in your favour by increasing the number of vehicles you have to 'play' with. If you're very hands on then sat nav can be retrofitted, I've seen someone on this forum do it before.
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Post by Zedtastic » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:31 pm

I'm not a big fan of built in sat navs. I got used to my Tom Tom, and move it from car to car. I hate learning how to use new tech (my kids call me a dinosaur! :rofl: ). I specifically looked for a car without a sat nav when I bought my Z4.

I didn't know the satnav display could show other information till I read this thread.
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Post by tee.gilding » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:41 pm

Nah, a phone or standalone sat-nav are much more effective these days...
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Post by chrisgreen » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:18 pm

google maps/waze renders ANY factory nav system completely and utterly useless
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Post by IAmOrion » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:38 pm

My initial "temporary" solution:
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Shouldn't be too hard to adapt this 8)
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Post by Trav » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:27 pm

Is it the case that cars fitted with nav may have other features also added. Is it likely that owners who specced nav may have also ticked the box on other options which may be more likeable. I haven't seen that many so can't really comment. But it does seem clunky. The chunky screen seems at odds with other stuff in the cabin.
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Post by IAmOrion » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:59 pm

Trav wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:27 pm
Is it the case that cars fitted with nav may have other features also added. Is it likely that owners who specced nav may have also ticked the box on other options which may be more likeable. I haven't seen that many so can't really comment. But it does seem clunky. The chunky screen seems at odds with other stuff in the cabin.
15years ago though, I imagine they were considered bloody good and obviously wouldn’t have looked dated back then. There was no Waze or CarPlay or Android auto etc back then :rofl:
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Post by mac27040 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:07 pm

When i purchased my Z4 it was a requirement to have the sat nav, however technology has moved on and if thats all you want the screen for then dont bother. I in the other have have added reversing camera, kodi firestick and intravee so need the screen. You could update firmware like i have so it looks like waze app!!
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Post by Trav » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:30 am

Anyone seen the AC schnitzer webpage. Scroll through the Z4 car pics at the bottom. It shows a fixed screen on the dash. Might be the same screen just in a fixed housing. Looks different.
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Post by LordOxygen » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:15 am

I dont like any car satnavs, even in my 2 yr old daily i use google maps on my phone. The old clunky flip up screen was a big no when i was looking for my zed.

As it happens my zed does have satnat, its integrated into the bmw "business system" headunit, a larger lcd display shows arrows and distance to the next turn etc. Runs off the dvd drive. A complete and utter pos by modern standards, ive no idea if it works as i cant be bothered to find out. Still, the large display makes using the radio and cd changer easier so not all bad.
Importantly it doesn't spoil the clean lines if the dash.
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Post by rosskins » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:31 pm

Hi OP, I have the inbuilt sat nav and I do use it. Yes, it is not up to 2018 standard or HD but it keeps my car original without having suction pads and leads dangling everywhere and it sort of works to the nearest 100 yards - just get to within your destination 10 mins early and do a fly by before you rock up. I drive all over the UK in my Zed and my inbuilt sat nav has never let me down. Yes, I have the latest maps and traffic on my phone but I will always use the built in nav as I should not be even touching my phone when I am driving anyway! The Intravee addition is also great since using the wider inbuilt nav screen can provide a larger data field which helps to easily navigate iPod playlists and other car stuff. Good luck :thumbsup:
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Post by Vanne » Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:10 am

Def without. Even better, I just ripped mine out. :thumbsup:
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Post by Clarkie » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:34 am

It’s a no from me - just adds more stuff that 90% of the time is not used
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Post by Jaw » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:40 am

apple play is the way forwards but without it I still use my in car nave because I HATE the clutter of having a phone mount.. plus its too tempting to use it so I lock it in the boot or glovebox
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