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I called a local dealer the other day inquiring abut an updated navigation DVD. The parts department told me that my DVD that came with my XLR delivered in September of 2003 is the same one delivered with XLRs today. There is no new navigation DVD yet.

Are they kidding? Does anyone have information to the contary? A hotel I frequent in Huntington Beach, CA (Hyatt for you locals) was completed in Jan. of 03 and is not on the DVD. That makes the DVD they are currently distributing almost three years old, if you account or the time it took to build the hotel and had an address at that time.

My understanding is that the navigation databases are updated yearly. Is Cadillac trying to save money by not purchasing new ata? Will the'06 XLRs have new data? If so, will the DVD be compatible with my '04? :banghead
 

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I recently traded my 2004 XLR for a 2005. The navigation CD is definately different.
The extension of the 210 freeway east of Pasadena was scheduled to be called the 30 and was identified that way on the CD in the 2004. The 2005 CD correctly calls it the 210 :flag
 

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Great. Nothing like a parts guy who doesn't know his parts.:banghead Anyway, here's a good test. Can someone with an 05 see if the Hyatt in Huntington Beach, CA is listed?
 

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Nav. disk version 4.00 GM p/n 10389450

I stopped by the local Cadillac dealer and had him check availability of the Nav. disk version 4.00 GM p/n 10389450. They can special order it for $300 plus. Wow! Maybe the version 3 is close enough.
 

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I stopped by the local Cadillac dealer and had him check availability of the Nav. disk version 4.00 GM p/n 10389450. They can special order it for $300 plus. Wow! Maybe the version 3 is close enough.
That price is outrageous considering the number of mistakes in the database (05 version). I might be willing to upgrade to the next version if I could be assured that they have rectified the many mistakes in my area. However, I am not holding my breath as I couldn't get Cadillac customer service to even recognize that there were problems with the data.

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Supplier

Wonder if it is possible to get it straight from the supplier?

Allen K. - Any way to get the update cheaper?
 

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Wonder if it is possible to get it straight from the supplier?

Allen K. - Any way to get the update cheaper?
I wish the supplier, DENSO, would open up to its buying public and start to communicate with us so it could become more familiar with some of the issues relating to its database. NAVTEQ does!

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Second verse, same as the first...

I had the same problem with my Mercedes GPS. I had it 1-1/2 years before they came out with a $395 CD set to replace the original - which, by the way, was two years old when I got it.

But while you guys are P.O.ed about the data base, that's the wrong issue. When I plug in an address to navigate to, the logic it uses to take you to the destination is bizarre! Lots of bunny trails, forget about "real" shortest or fastest routes.

The touch screen GPS in the Escalade is pretty nice from the "user interface" perspective but now the sensing area locations are goofed up. I now find that the older technology in the XLR works better than my 05 'Scalade. Go figure.

But on the way to lunch today with two customers: Four of us had to go, but did not have enough seats in one car. We only had the Xenon blue XLR and a Caspian Blue Mercedes SLK 350 roadster, so we had to take both and caravan (Aw shucks! :rolleyes ). Both tops were dropped, as we cruised through Market Square in The Woodlands - a very upscale, trendy area.

Guess which car got all the attention? You got that right... :D
 

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It's typically not routing errors that is upsetting (although the GPS tried to route me down a one-way street). It's the fact that on one major stretch of highway (4-lane, shopping and offices on both sides of the street), every address is on the wrong side of the street. So the GPS gets you to the vicinity - but on the wrong side of the street.

That is inexcusable :rant . The accuracy of the GPS in my 1998 BMW Z3 was much better. But that was NavTEQ.

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Heh! Heh!

Well the GPS in my 2002 Mercedes ML 500 was no better. :nodno

Regarding your comment about the wrong side of the street: I live on Lake Conroe, and when I set a POI for my "home", the graphic shows the location out in the lake. :confused

I've had more BMWs than any other kind of car except Cadillacs, but I've never owned the GPS. BMW's quality and service are exemplary. Never had a single complaint. :thumbs

I probably would have opted for the new 745i instead of the 'Sclade, except I just HATE the way the new 6 and 7 series bodystyles look! I also don't care for the iDrive feature. What are they thinking? :puke
 
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