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I am trying to decide which options to purchase. Have any of you noticed problems with reliability or visibility with the navigation LCD. I am specifically concerned with fading due to exposure to the sun due to the convertible top being (constantly) down.
 

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I have not heard of or seen any posting of fading etc. I use a Garmin portable because I travel for my job and I can carry it with me. I even use it in San Francisco to plot cable car/taxi routes.

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There are times when the Nav screen is difficult to see it the roof is down and the sun is directly behind you and it is a clear day. But you can see the instructions in the HUD.
It has not been a problem for me.
 

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Thanks for the response.

I have a Garmin street pilot III (portable) which I also take on business trips. My antique Garmin has a 120 mbyte memory card and has to be setup by downloading local area maps for almost every trip :laughing: . I have considered buying an updated Garmin instead of the OEM one but I love the integration of the C6 navigation system with the radio and HUD.

MVCRASH, thanks, I am glad your navigation screen still looks good after 11 months (8/24/06 Delivery). I would be curious to compare your 1 year old screen to new one.

I would appreciate any input from someone with a 2005 C6 Convertible on the performance of the navigation system screen.
 

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My C6 has the nav unit and about 24,000 miles on it. Daily driver and has been located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and now Oklahoma so it has been exposed to both hot and cold and lots of sun since I didn't have a garage until I moved here. I picked up the car on June 20, 2006 and the screen looks as good now as it did then. Mine is a coupe, but the roof is off whenever it isn't going to rain. There are a couple things I wish they did differently, however. First off is the aux port, or lack of an aux port. I guess they either have this fixed for '08 or partially. I think that is the case at least. Secondly, the nav eliminates the mp3/in dash changer capability. That problem is solved with an aux port though. All in all I like the nav option.
 

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The screen and functionality of my nav system continue to impress me. I have 12,000 miles on my 2007 C6 coupe, and have been all up and down the East coast, in all kinds of weather with the top off as much as possible. Integration with the audio system and the HUD are nice features. This built-in sat nav option is a great convenience and, on occasion, a life saver.
 

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Quotes: “All in all I like the nav option” & “This built-in sat nav option is a great convenience and, on occasion, a life saver.”



Thanks, that is the feedback I was looking for. You have reinforced a decision I already made:agree: .

My impression of the system was “cool”:thumbsup: . I am not hot on giving up the CD-changer and the aux (mp3) input as the only ’08 radio without the aux (mp3) input is the navigation option.

I currently use an FM converter for my IPod, but it is not at all integrated and of less quality than a hardwire input. I hope the vette comes with 2 cigarette lighters. One for my escort 8500X50 and one for my IPod FM tuner. In my truck I have 3 cigarette lighters and ALL are in use (Garmin GPS, escort 8500X50 and one for my IPod FM tuner).

Anyway thanks for the input:rolleyes: .


BTW, unsprung, I like the PICS of you silver vette:partyon: .
 

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Quotes: “All in all I like the nav option” & “This built-in sat nav option is a great convenience and, on occasion, a life saver.”



Thanks, that is the feedback I was looking for. You have reinforced a decision I already made:agree: .

My impression of the system was “cool”:thumbsup: . I am not hot on giving up the CD-changer and the aux (mp3) input as the only ’08 radio without the aux (mp3) input is the navigation option.

I currently use an FM converter for my IPod, but it is not at all integrated and of less quality than a hardwire input. I hope the vette comes with 2 cigarette lighters. One for my escort 8500X50 and one for my IPod FM tuner. In my truck I have 3 cigarette lighters and ALL are in use (Garmin GPS, escort 8500X50 and one for my IPod FM tuner).

Anyway thanks for the input:rolleyes: .


BTW, unsprung, I like the PICS of you silver vette:partyon: .

Glad to lend a hand, SuperJim. And thanks for the kind words about the photos! :cheers:
 

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They probably use the same software, but the packaging and center-stack design are much different. Still, seems like they could have found a way...
 

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No problems so far with '05 vert.

The LCD screen in the vette is very tough and not as delicate as LCD screens on monitors, cameras or cell phones. I have no problem seeing it with top down in direct sun, except sometimes I must raise my sun glasses since they are optical for driving and not close up vision.
 

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They probably use the same software, but the packaging and center-stack design are much different. Still, seems like they could have found a way...
That's what I was thinking. I mean most double DIN sized units are interchangable I thought. I use my AUX input for my ipod all the time in the Tahoe. I'd sure hate to lose that option in the vette. What about factory ipod adaptors for vette nav, anything available or on the horizion for it?
 

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Personal Audio Link on the 2008

Since we are talking about Navigation systems, IPODs and the 2008, the 2008 should have the joint GM-Apple "Personal Audio Link" available as a $160 dealer option plus installation. This allow your IPOD to directly plug into your audio system through the XM interface. It will allow you to control and display the IPOD via the Navigation display.
Can someone with the 2008 ask your dealer if it is really available (they have been talking about it for at least a year). My next question will be "does this interface work with any C6 with XM and navigation".
 

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Glare and screen Protectors

I found screen protectors on eBay. They use static cling to stay on the screen. For about $15.00 you get 2 and they help eliminate the glare. They also prevent scratches. Good insurance for the money and they do cut down the glare and are easy to see. I like them, look on eBay or try Radio Shack.:cheers:
 

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Since we are talking about Navigation systems, IPODs and the 2008, the 2008 should have the joint GM-Apple "Personal Audio Link" available as a $160 dealer option plus installation. This allow your IPOD to directly plug into your audio system through the XM interface. It will allow you to control and display the IPOD via the Navigation display.
Can someone with the 2008 ask your dealer if it is really available (they have been talking about it for at least a year). My next question will be "does this interface work with any C6 with XM and navigation".
I talked to my dealer about 4 weeks ago and he had never heard of the PAL. However, he called one of his reps who said they're working on the PAL, but there was still no official date. Not even a rumored date. Wish I had better news.
 

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Nav response

Never used it. I kinda know where I'm going. I have an '05 and GM was true to their colors by not upgrading the '05s (by the way the first model of the new generation) to digital, free like they did the '06s. So all I know is the screen looks good for XM and others.

'08 Guy:crazy:
 

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Every new vehicle I have purchased since 2001 has had a factory nav system (if one was offered). I also have owned and used portable units like the Garmin StreetPilot. The problem with those is they require me to remember to bring them along, and they require me to plug a bunch of crap in, stick things onto the dash/windshield, and then I have a bunch of wires hanging all over the cockpit. I hate that - it's messy and it's a hassle. Knowing myself as I do, a lot of the time I would just blow it off and leave the portable nav at home. Having the unit built into the dash means it's always there when I need it - even if I didn't know I was going to need it.

Now, I realize I could go with an aftermarket in-dash unit with similar results. I could get a better unit with more features, with built-in Bluetooth, and would allow me to input a new address while the car is moving. However, factory stereos are virtually theft-proof, and the Corvette nav integrates nicely with the HUD - something no aftermarket unit will ever do.

This is why I have a factory nav in my C6. :D

And yes, there are times when the LCD is difficult to see. I have a coupe, but I can imagine the problem would be somewhat worse in a convertible. That's why the HUD integration is so valuable - even when the LCD is washed out, you can always see the HUD.
 

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I have had Navigation LCD with the HUD in the last 4 of my Corvettes.

I like the ’08 the best because when the navigation system is giving you information for turn etc. you were on able to tell what gear (6 speed auto/manual) you were in when slowing down to turn, since it blocked it out on the HUD by the Navigation System.

The 2008 shows the gear you are in on Instrument Panel’s message area – which I like, at least I have not dropped it into 2nd, this only shows when the Nav system is displayed on the HUDI use the manual gear system for slowing down most of the time, but the ’08 revs the engine up to the proper RPM and Speed for the gear you are in and it does take longer to slow down.

My ’06 did not do this and if you went from 6 down to 3rd it followed you NOW! (would not exceed RPM vs Speed for that gear thought) or than maybe it did? I am sure if I am wrong about the ’06 someone will correct me. :laughing:

Later, Marv :buhbye: :buhbye:
 

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I am trying to decide which options to purchase. Have any of you noticed problems with reliability or visibility with the navigation LCD. I am specifically concerned with fading due to exposure to the sun due to the convertible top being (constantly) down.

I have had mine since December 2006. No problems.
 
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