Thursday, November 20, 2008

GM Navigation: I take it back... Again!

Well, I think I spoke too soon. I tested out the new navigation disc on our 2007 GMC Yukon XL Denali with the "limitations" off and it's not what I thought it was. The capabilities of the nav don't change much with the limitations on or off.

First of all, with the limitations "ON" you are only allowed to choose a previous destination or the address book or one of your favorites when the vehicle is moving. (With the old system, I believe you could only choose from your favorites or one that had been voice tagged.) When you slow down or stop--full function returns.

I didn't find any other differences or additional functions with the new update.

With the limitations "OFF" you get the additional option of picking your destination from the map. To me this is useless because it doesn't help my wife find where the closest McDonald's is to the hotel we are staying at when we are still 3 hours away from the hotel. You could probably come up with a bunch of other road trip scenarios where it would be handy to search for a destination or POI. It's just not convenient (or safe) to have to pull to the side of a freeway to do that.

To me the update disc is still worth it though because my old disc was so out of date. Plus, it was free so I shouldn't complain. I'm still glad that I bought a Garmin Nuvi 750 to supplement the factory nav because with it there are no restrictions at all.

Type rest of the post here.

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