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Old 10-26-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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Kenwood (Garmin) Map Updates

WOW: $69.99 update from Garmin to get the North America NT 2014 Maps.

Heck I normally use WAZE or Google to navigate anyway; but thought it would be nice to update the system before heading out on my cross country trips coming up.

Am I just a penny pincher; or does anyone else think it is silly to pay for maps for a GPS device? Businesses have to change to survive: I know Garmin allowing lifetime updates on its nüvi devices, with it had them for this one.

Going to try OpenStreetMap to see if I can get that to work.
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Old 10-26-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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OEM updates in cars cost more than that! But I like the free updates on my Garmin RV unit.
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Old 10-26-2014, 04:20 PM   #3
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While messing with head unit I noticed it did say it include lifetime traffic info so that's nice. I'd like to get the iPhone app to work so I can get weather and other features.


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MB charges $299 for their update in my E-class and not nearly as good as the Garmin software. If you go aftermarket, some units now have screen mirroring which is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy. We put one of these units in our '11 Jetta Sportwagen so you can use the phone mirrored on the screen or any Windows CE compatable GPS software like IGO.
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In '12 Garmin had a promo and I got a lifetime subscription for my truck GPS for $70. On black Friday '13 I got an update to the road map for my hiking GPS for $20 which I'd never have bothered with otherwise. The other price is that you must tolerate marketing e-mails to hear about the promos. In truth the e-mails are infrequent.
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GM gets $200 for an updated DVD. Can get for less on ebay tho. Garmins w/ LM after the model no. include lifetime maps.
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I ended up paying the $70. Not worth that to chase down all the options after looking into it. Note: it doesn't actually "update" the unit, just downloads new maps to SD card that has to stay in unit.

Now to get a reliable BT connection so I can use the weather and personalization features in the SmartLink app on my iPhone.


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I ended up paying the $70. Not worth that to chase down all the options after looking into it. Note: it doesn't actually "update" the unit, just downloads new maps to SD card that has to stay in unit.

Now to get a reliable BT connection so I can use the weather and personalization features in the SmartLink app on my iPhone.


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Mine updates both firmware and map database. Didn't have to install the SD card 'til about the third update. Not sure what happens if that storage is used up.
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Mine updates both firmware and map database. Didn't have to install the SD card 'til about the third update. Not sure what happens if that storage is used up.
Given that the Garmin's onboard memory is somewhere in the vicinity of 4GB, and you can get SD cards with up to 128GB these days, you may never run out of storage space no matter how many updates you do.
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Given that the Garmin's onboard memory is somewhere in the vicinity of 4GB, and you can get SD cards with up to 128GB these days, you may never run out of storage space no matter how many updates you do.
IIRC, 8GB is the max that the 1450 nuvi will accept.
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Unhappy SD slot in Garmin doesn't recognize the SD card

I've been puzzled for a year now how to get the maps updated in my OEM Garmin. The Garmin installed by AS went bad in a couple weeks, so a new model was installed free (great!). However, I see it has out-of-date maps in some areas we drive.

I tried to follow the instructions and use the menus to get ready to add the new maps via SD card, but the unit doesn't seem to recognize the card when I click the card into the slot.

Anyone else have troubles getting their unit updated/loaded with new maps on an SD card?
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IIRC, 8GB is the max that the 1450 nuvi will accept.
You mean the micro SD card size? You might be right, but it could also be that was the largest card size available when the manual was printed. Since the cards all have the same contacts on the edge, it's entirely possible that the unit will accept higher-capacity cards just fine; it's just that Garmin won't guarantee that they'll work. You try it at your own risk.
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Anyone else have troubles getting their unit updated/loaded with new maps on an SD card?
On my Kenwood/Garmin DNX7180, I have to use the USB interface and a flash drive for updates.

I put a blank SD card in the slot just in case the built-in memory fills up and I need overflow memory, but I can't actually use the SD to update maps or firmware.
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If I run into another "not enough memory" situation, I'll call them again as they told me that 8GB was max. for mine. Maybe they can update the firmware to handle larger memory capacity.
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