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Old 11-25-2004, 11:58 PM   #1
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I need NAV portable or indash?

Ok... i got 04 M3.... didnt order the NAV thinking i wont need it... well... i get lost a lot and it pisses me off for being stupid and not knowing where north or south is.. hahaha ok people.. dont tell me im stupid.. but stupid map doesnt help either... and yahoo map gets me lost so i hate that stuff...

i got 3 choices but very hard to make for me


1) get TomTom Go - portable unit that got a very nice rating.. i have played around with this and it is very nice.. small and looks nice.. only bad thing is that u gotta mount it somewhere in your car... my friend uses a PDA air vent holder to mount this... and he hardwired it.. and takes it out whenever he needs to for safety reasons....

2) Get either single din or double din All-in-one NAV/entertainment system...

- pioneer avic n1 (flip screen) which i do not like.. slow interface... and NAV and CD wont work together when u wanna use it.. due to single slot

Kenwood or Eclipse - DOUBLE DIN.. major problem.. a lot of custom work and headache and lots of labor work for the shop to do.. I know crazywill on this form has done it.. but he spend about 3100... that's a lot....

I know that i will get my money's worth if i go toward a complete system.. getting mp3, aftermarket HU (more power to stock speakers)

Another thing i gotta worry is theft issue.... non removable faces (avic n1 does but people still know that u got something in there..)

3) Get factory NAV - i know there is a DIY guide and some guy bought all the stuff on ebay and did it himself... crazy.. hahah but it can be done.. but a good $2000 or more and lots of time....... I should have gotten $1800 option when i ordered it.. but again... you dont even get mp3 fuction and all the goodies.....


So people... i need suggestions..... Thank you.
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Old 11-26-2004, 03:09 AM   #2
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ever consider navman 510? not expensive and very efficient.
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Old 11-26-2004, 09:01 AM   #3
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I have the same dilemma but I think Im going with the Avic N1...

reason... I heard that once you build the double din (kenwood), you can't reverse it back.

ps. my friend uses his gps via his palm. So maybe that's a viable solution for you?
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Old 11-29-2004, 03:52 PM   #4
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I have had the N1 for a couple of weeks now and I love it! Highly recommend it.
I think it solves most of your issues with one unit and although the price is still upwards of $2000 - it has all that you seem to want + more. Nav, DVD, CD, MP3, IPOD capable, Voice Command Capable, Rear Camera Option, Video Games,
etc. etc. PLus it's a non-compromising install since you can always put your car back to factory spec if you choose. Definitely best bang for your buck!

1) You think touch-screen interface is slow, I tend to disagree but if so just make sure you get the voice command pack. (Nothing is faster than just talking to it without even taking your eyes off the road. 2) Also, you CAN play CD's / DVD's while using your navigation with the N1. You eject the Nav disc after you plot your route and it stores your route plus 10-20 miles in all directions on its hard drive. 3) It IS detachable face and yes, if the thieves want it, they're gonna take it whether you detach the face or not.

Just my .2
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Old 11-29-2004, 03:57 PM   #5
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I have had the N1 for a couple of weeks now and I love it! Highly recommend it.
I think it solves most of your issues with one unit and although the price is still upwards of $2000 - it has all that you seem to want + more. Nav, DVD, CD, MP3, IPOD capable, Voice Command Capable, Rear Camera Option, Video Games,
etc. etc. PLus it's a non-compromising install since you can always put your car back to factory spec if you choose. Definitely best bang for your buck!

1) You think touch-screen interface is slow, I tend to disagree but if so just make sure you get the voice command pack. (Nothing is faster than just talking to it without even taking your eyes off the road. 2) Also, you CAN play CD's / DVD's while using your navigation with the N1. You eject the Nav disc after you plot your route and it stores your route plus 10-20 miles in all directions on its hard drive. 3) It IS detachable face and yes, if the thieves want it, they're gonna take it whether you detach the face or not.

Just my .2
Any pics of the install?

and did you get your steering wheel functions to work? ie. changing volume etc?
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Old 11-29-2004, 04:26 PM   #6
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I thought the Kenwood double-din doesn't have NAV built in, but rather a seperate unit? Thanks!
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:46 PM   #7
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I thought the Kenwood double-din doesn't have NAV built in, but rather a seperate unit? Thanks!
i thought the double-bins would not fit in our cars due to the depth (& A/C vents)
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:18 PM   #8
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i thought the double-bins would not fit in our cars due to the depth (& A/C vents)
Nah, double din's can fit but of cos custom work... There are several ppl on here with the Eclipse and Kenwood ones.. you have to cut some of the duct behind.. My audio shop has done a couple Eclipse's in E46s and all have came out flawlessly..hmm
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Old 11-29-2004, 11:44 PM   #9
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Get a double DIN nav unit. It's the cleanest aftermarket setup IMO.
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Old 11-30-2004, 09:02 AM   #10
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AVIC-N1 here, no problems at all.
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Old 11-30-2004, 10:58 PM   #11
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I am in the same boat with my 2001 M3. I've been looking at this unit:

http://www.lowrance.com/automotive/P...s/iWAY500C.asp

It's nice because it's a) protable b) uses the same Map data as the factory NAV and c) it has 10gig of storage for MP3's!

I've seen it go for around $800, but I think the price is going to drop since it just came out.
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