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Old 11-04-2017, 11:52 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed this or any other after market navigation systems. What did you purchase and how do you like it?


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I prefer the Garmin Nuvi since I can easily move it between vehicles, has a dash cam and lifetime map updates. It also has a special relationship with my truck, the truck will tell it to go home. It can also be taken down and stored out of sight.
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^^^^+ 1 on the Garmin, drive assist 50 LMT has dash cam +many other features such as lane departure, follow distance, drowsiness warning speed limit warning and traffic alert. All of which can be turned off or on with ease, plus all updates are free for life and it cost about 1/4 the price of a new head unit.
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Imho - a fancy after market nav system is a mistake.

1) For everyday navigating, Apps on a phone (waze or Google Maps) offer better maps (constantly updated) with outstanding traffic guidance.

2) For longer trips, a $150 Garmin offers great maps and Navigation without the need (or cost) to try to get integration right. They are easily removable when not in use.

I mounted both with this: https://www.rokform.com/products/v3-universal-adapter

Even if money wasn’t an option, I think Sync3 without built in navigation is better than with.
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Agreed! I could care less for the built in nav. Updates are expensive and not really an update as the maps are outdated even in the latest releases. With Sync3 and Car Play/AA, you can use any nav you want that is on your phone, as long as you have data to use it with. I have Nav in mine, but never used it, always used the Nuvi. What I especially like about it, the destinations will not get wiped out like they do when you do a SYNC update, or move to another vehicle. They are saved in the Nuvi and I back them up when I connect it to my computer for updates.
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Well if I purchase this unit it says it does not support SYNC. What will I lose if I don't have SYNC, or is this something that has to work?
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GPS on the phone is cool until you reach places where there are no signals, then you have no GPS. Every pennies of the 800$ I paid to get the factory GPS in my F150 is worth it, trust me.

Elsewise, a small garmin would do the trick... Maps are expensive, but you can get one with unlimited map updates.
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GPS on the phone is cool until you reach places where there are no signals, then you have no GPS. Every pennies of the 800$ I paid to get the factory GPS in my F150 is worth it, trust me.

Elsewise, a small garmin would do the trick... Maps are expensive, but you can get one with unlimited map updates.
Totally agree. I went with a single din head unit, and a Garmin Nuvi for my "07 screw. The added cubby-hole under the head unit fits my wallet and phone perfectly, rather than jamming them into the cupholders.

I use my Garmin for work, as I often hit 3+ destinations in a work day. I also hunt in an area that has no cell service, and phone-based systems would fail.
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GPS on the phone is cool until you reach places where there are no signals, then you have no GPS. Every pennies of the 800$ I paid to get the factory GPS in my F150 is worth it, trust me.

Elsewise, a small garmin would do the trick... Maps are expensive, but you can get one with unlimited map updates.
Most smart phones, the good ones, all have GPS chips in them just like a Garmin, no cell signal required.
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Most smart phones, the good ones, all have GPS chips in them just like a Garmin, no cell signal required.
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and you can download maps for 'offline' use. Plus the live traffic features, etc. standalone GPS units are redundant and outmoded.
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