Navigation Systems: OEM or after market?

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Gadget Tech' started by medicmatt, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. medicmatt

    medicmatt New Member

    Ok, so I've got the new truck, and I love it. But of course, like any other truck I'm compiling my list of things I want to do to upgrade it. One of the things on my list is to add a navigation system. From what I have read, the existing radio in my 08 Silverado LT can be switched out with an after market double DIN system so that I can have a flush in dash system.

    So, for those of you that have nav, did you go with OEM or after market? Why and why not? What did you put in, and what do you like/not like about it?

    Thanks!
  2. Red Z71 Max

    Red Z71 Max New Member

    When it comes to navigation, I will say I prefer a portable model for 2 reasons. A portable will cost about a 5th of an In-dash model with all the same features or in most cases more. The portables are also upgradeable. Most of the new models come with lifetime map and live traffic upgrades, while the in-dash models in most cases are what they are at the time of installation. Very few in-dash models offer any type of upgrades.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  3. redneck70

    redneck70 New Member

    ^X2 if your just looking for navigation get yourself a Garmin GPS. It's way cheaper and you don't have to rip your dash apart to install it.
  4. marko54

    marko54 New Member

    I went with Kenwoods DNX 6180. I didnt want a nav. system dependent on a disc. The garman mapping, bluetooth, Ipod/Iphone controls all work great. One of these days i will get the rear camera 010.jpg
  5. medicmatt

    medicmatt New Member

    Some of the models now can be updated using SD cards so it is something to consider. I have a portable GPS, but I have to admit, after having the touch screen in dash on the car I just traded, I've gotten spoiled.

    Hey marko, how do you update your maps on that model?
  6. marko54

    marko54 New Member

    From what i read, you update the same way by going to garmin and using an SD card. The only reason i'm not sure is because mine was just installed the week before black friday. I dont know the date of mfg. of my unit if it matters, however it seems to be up to date as is. It pulls up Newly named streets in a subdivision near my house and i havent updated mine so far
  7. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I have a Kenwood Excelon DNX6960. GPS in it is Garmin. You can upgrade it from a micro SD card or from a USB drive. I flashed it to the latest firmware and the latest free Garmin update for it and have yet to need to upgrade it for maps in the triangle area. (The new toll portion of 147 coming out of Durham likely isn't on it...) I'm very pleased with the unit.
  8. medicmatt

    medicmatt New Member

    Cool. Might have to meet up with you sometime and check out your system.
  9. Red Z71 Max

    Red Z71 Max New Member

    Its good to know the new in dash models are beimg made upgradable. That makes more sense!!!!!!
  10. Mzarb28

    Mzarb28 New Member

    Hey surr, how do you like that kenwoos, I just ordered one, was the install easy??
  11. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    I'm completely happy with my purchase. I personally felt the install was easy and the instructions were thorough, but understand that a) I did not tie into the factory speaker system or amp, at all (in fact, I tore both out, as I did a full system replacement) and b) I'm very mechanically and electrically inclined.

    Surreal
  12. napadave

    napadave New Member

    I have the factory in dash unit and a Garman Nuvi. I have to say neither is perfect in a rural area. They both have plus and minus', thats why I use both.
  13. davidlmc

    davidlmc New Member

    I have the Kenwood DNX 6160 and I am very pleased with it. I wanted in-dash navigation also got it for Sirius, USB and Bluetooth. I don't use it for DVD but there if I want. Very happy with it.
  14. mikeymartin1979

    mikeymartin1979 New Member

    Portable all the way. You can get some nice dash or windshield mounts.

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