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Posted by Shawn Hirn on August 12, 2007, 3:29 am
 


I am thinking of buying a new Prius. I just test drove one today that
had the package 4 options in it and I really like that car. I do want a
GPS, but buying the package 6 just to get the GPS makes no sense. I can
buy a third party GPS, plus get the ability to take the GPS with me when
I travel. I am curious if any of your Prius owners use a third party GPS
in your car and if so, how does it mount on the dashboard and how does
it work for you? I am not sure which GPS to buy, but it needs to mount
unobtrusively in the car, be easily removed so I can take it on vacation
with me when I rent a car far from home, and also be Mac OS X compatible
for updates.

If any of you has any comments on this topic, please post them here.

Thanks.

Posted by B. Peg on August 12, 2007, 5:25 am
 


I've used a lot of Garmins over the years and they work very well.

However, they all are a pain to set up and remove because someone may want
it and not care what damage is done to your car to get it.  I've had that
happen on my old Ford.  Damage was more than the unit they stole.

Now I've gotten them built-in.  It's always there an running if you need it.
Convenience is a big plus.  Less theft to worry about as well as unplugging,
removing (that dash in the Prius is deep!) and setting up the thing
everytime you get in the car.  Since then, I'll never own another car
without it being built-in.  It integrates to well into the vehicle's
sound/phone system and you can talk to it whereas the portables aren't there
yet.

My two cents.

B~



Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on August 12, 2007, 12:31 pm
 

In article


...spending $000 every three years for the privilege.


Posted by News on August 12, 2007, 4:14 pm
 

Shawn Hirn wrote:

Any of the PocketPC/GSM Phone/GPS units works fine, if you can live without
the Mac sync business (or maybe it is possible, but I have no need).

Posted by Harry Smith on August 13, 2007, 1:35 am
 



We have a 2007 Prius with the navigation systemm, and a portable Garmin
for our other cars.  The Toyota system is very well integrated into the
car and uses the display that is also used for climate control, audio,
energy monitoring, etc.  The only problem we've found is that the system
will not let you (or more accurately, your passenger) set or modify any
destination (or even serach for restaurants, etc.) while the car is
moving.  That turned out to be a REALLY big irritation.

The Garmin works well, has slightly more complete coverage of some areas
of Canada, and is easy to mount.  Moreover, unlike the Toyota built-in,
an occupant in the car can program in a destination while underway.
Unfortunately, any way we've tried to mount it is very intrusive and,
well, ugly.  It has to be close to some glass area in order to maintain
consistent communication with the satellites, so it's hard to hide it.
Just plugging it in loose and sitting it in the center console or some
such is just not workable.  It comes with a suction cup windshield mount
that is very effective if you don't mind visibility being seriously
compromised by a large chunky thing stuck in your field of vision.  

I have no idea about MAC compatibilty.

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