Useless GPS

telletubby

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I have used Tom Tom in a succession of W124s for several years and been delighted with the ease of use and accuracy. However I wanted to try something a bit more 'built in.' When I bought my latest and (hopefully) last 124 estate last year it came with a 2003 Becker Indianapolis, a good radio and CD driven GPS. Living where i do in rural France the GPS was useless however as it had no house names on it which is the only way anyone round here gets about and finds out where other people live. I spent £65 on an updates disc which was exactly the same. So back to Tom Tom.

Then in a fit of extravagance I bought the top of the range ALpine tilt head unit together with the top of the range NVE MO99P GPS boot mounted unit 'the most comprehensive GPS system in the world' according to their publicity. But,although the graphics are splendid, the same huge gaps in information are there and it even uses the same German software, driven this time by a DVD.

My village has not a single address in it, only the road numbers themselves - and several surrounding villages are missing altogether. The disc is Western Europe.

My question is: how can they claim to be comprehensive when they're not and are far outshone by the humble TomTom? Second why is there apparently less storage info on a DVD than on the stamp sized storage medium that Tom Tom uses? Does anyone have any experience?

As you may imagine, over a thousand quid poorer for the two units I feel somewhat cheated.
 

teddycatkin

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I have full TT programme off a pal downloaded on a Pen drive-it icludes USA /AUS and Europe?-- it seems to me that the software is just that - not too sure on the tech stuff myself-- but if you are into it you can programm just about anything ?
( My mates TT voice is Ozzy Osbourne---including swear words could be offencive to some - but very amusing when he anounces ----
"You have reached your f---ing destination !) Good Luck with it -longstanding W124te owner and fan Teddy
 

jberks

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'the most comprehensive GPS system in the world' according to their publicity.
My village has not a single address in it, only the road numbers themselves - and several surrounding villages are missing altogether. The disc is Western Europe.
As you may imagine, over a thousand quid poorer for the two units I feel somewhat cheated.
I think you have been. Furthermore, based on UK law at least, you could do them under the trades description act and claim a full refund, as clearly it isn't the most comprehensive by a long way.

I've just installed tomtom on my mobile so I don't even have to make the effort to take the unit out of its pouch and plug it in. comprehensive and convenient, I can't see me ever paying out for a built in unit. I have one in the landrover and whilst it looks cool, its simply not as good and I often find myself using the tomtom anyway. Same goes for command. I guess by the time they've reached the market, it's been so long since development that they're out of date. Plugged in my tomtom last night and got a full software update. A small charge and I could have had an online map update too. built in systems can't complete with that.
 


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