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Username Post: 2017 Nav and texting questions        (Topic#346749)
Miami Son 
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08-22-17 08:16 AM - Post#2705189    

I'm starting to regret not getting the stand-alone Nav in my Burb. I don't like having to call OnStar every time I want directions in-car and I dislike that all they give me is turn-by-turn with no live map view. I also don't intend to pay the ridiculous monthly fee they want to continue the service. On my 2015 Jeep I was able to upgrade my factory radio to Nav for less than $300 through the dealer. Is there such an option for these GM radios? Google Maps via Android Auto works well enough, but I have to remember to connect my phone to it beforehand or risk fumbling with it while driving (why no BT connection?) in order to use it. Sometimes, all I want is just a live map to see where I am. I found a couple of companies that sell what they call an "OEM" add-on for Nav, but they want more than $900 for this device not including installation. That's ridiculous. My dealer wasn't much help, either, and did not know if it could be upgraded.

On another note, I discovered when trying to scroll through the preset text message replies that the system won't allow it while the vehicle is moving. I can pick from one of the 3 I can actually see on the screen, but there's no way to rearrange them so that the 3 I can see are the ones I would most likely use (like Yes, No or OK). I understand the desire to keep people from texting while driving, but this seems counter-productive to that goal. Certainly allowing me to pick from all the preset messages is better than forcing me to use my phone to reply.



 
raycow 
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08-22-17 09:17 AM - Post#2705196    
    In response to Miami Son

Unless you are trying to impress onlookers with your truck's gadgets, your easiest and cheapest fix would be to use a standalone GPS device. These are very easy to find and inexpensive. I have been using one for years with no problems.

If I were looking for a new GPS right now, I would want to see if VR was offered so I could avoid having to use a touch screen while driving.

Ray

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Miami Son 
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08-22-17 12:38 PM - Post#2705215    
    In response to raycow

What a rude response. Perhaps, rather than "trying to impress onlookers with my gadgets" I just prefer a Nav that is properly integrated with my vehicle. On the occasions when I do use the nav I want it to seamlessly give me my directions while muting whatever audio source I am using at that moment. A separate nav will not do that and will also require its own mount to be placed somewhere in the vehicle, which requires me to hide it out of sight when parked or risk someone breaking into the vehicle for it. Thanks for the useless answer that was irrelevant to what I asked.



 
Matt 
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08-24-17 11:47 AM - Post#2705439    
    In response to Miami Son

  • Miami Son Said:
What a rude response. Perhaps, rather than "trying to impress onlookers with my gadgets" I just prefer a Nav that is properly integrated with my vehicle. On the occasions when I do use the nav I want it to seamlessly give me my directions while muting whatever audio source I am using at that moment. A separate nav will not do that and will also require its own mount to be placed somewhere in the vehicle, which requires me to hide it out of sight when parked or risk someone breaking into the vehicle for it. Thanks for the useless answer that was irrelevant to what I asked.




I'm with you on this. Standalone GPS are antiquated methods now.

I am not certain if you can upgrade your current system to have navigation, that is something you might have to ask a dealer (find a different one that may be more knowledgable).

As for me personally, I use Waze in my Sierra via Android Auto. I have GPS in my sierra, but rarely use it. It is way easier for me to find and punch in addresses on Waze on my phone compared to the GPS system. I agree it is annoying that it has to be connected via cable though.

It drives me NUTS that I can't read or reply via texts while it is moving. I agree that it is very counterproductive!



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