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      11-28-2007, 03:18 PM   #1
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BMW navi sucks

I have the Nav in my Z4 but own and have owned several Japanese cars with Nav as well. The BMW is by far the worst. Specially the actual display and the map drawings. Looks like they were done on MS paint by a 12 year old.

When will BMW offer a more modern display with touch screen and better graphics?

Compared to other cars, BMW's system looks dated.
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      11-28-2007, 11:50 PM   #2
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The Nav in the Z4 is loosely based on the older style I-BUS NAV architecture BMW originally put in the E38 Series back in 1999! Although its had some upgrades along the way, with improved GUI and map positioning with perspective view, its still pretty poor but functional.

The NAV (part of i-drive) in the E92 M3 is certainly an improvement with new features such as Real Time Traffic Info , dynamic re-routing and improved graphics.
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      11-30-2007, 10:02 AM   #3
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I just bought a new (2007-e93) 320i cabrio with idrive and nav. and I am trying to find out what brand name (alpine, blaupunkt,...) navigation bmw uses in this model. Does anyone know?
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Siemens VDO (now owned by Continental AG) are the system supplier for BMW i-drive/nav
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      12-01-2007, 05:50 AM   #5
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Siemens VDO (now owned by Continental AG) are the system supplier for BMW i-drive/nav

I was just about to post the same thing and then read your post. VDO I believe supply to most european brands.
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      06-26-2008, 11:23 PM   #6
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Ever driven a lexus? I have a 2008 RX360 and the M3. BMW is superior.

It's like mac vs PC....the BMW being the mac.
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      06-27-2008, 12:28 AM   #7
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the NAV in the 2002 M3 sucked bad. the one in my2008 M3 works very well imo. I am happy with it.
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There is a little learning curve but after the first few times using it you get used to how it is set up. I have no complaints except that I wish I could do a search by name on my current location or my destination location. Sometimes I just Google a place on my phone first and get the address.
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BMW navi sucks? i tried that feature but every time i use the voice command "SUCK" it goes "unavailable command please try again"

did u pay extra for it?
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      06-27-2008, 04:57 PM   #10
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Germans were never known for their electronics so I wasn't that surprised that BMW's navigation isn't up there with Japanese makers such as Honda/Acura.
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      06-27-2008, 07:33 PM   #11
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Touch screen is most likely the easiest way to use navigation.

But Audi's MMI unit is way better than BMW's idrive. BMW's idrive is still a work in progress.

Who is buying a M3 for navigation anyways, it just happens to come in the Tech Package.
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      06-27-2008, 09:32 PM   #12
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After using iDrive I regret not getting BMW Assist for the concierge service. I'm going to ask the dealer to do a retrofit (punching myself for not getting ZPP)
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      06-29-2008, 11:31 PM   #13
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BMW Assist with Bluetooth is now a retrofit option.

http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/bulletins/...p/B841405g.htm

http://www.bmwtis.com/tsb/attachments/B841405_E9x.pdf

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      07-15-2008, 12:27 PM   #14
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looks like my original concerns when i stared the thread back in Nov of 07 will be addressed with the new I-drive in 09
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