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Question GPS: Navigation System

If you have one in your car, and are quite pleased with its operation, please tell me about it, as I am considering getting one for my vehicle.
I am tired of getting lost!

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Those build-in systems are nice gadgets, but for real navigation use your laptop and DeLorme antenna and software. $99 cost plus about $150 for high-quality laptop stand.
More for Topo, that will give you 3-dimensional maps.
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I guess the question was for those who do have the in-car navigation system in their car but I would find a laptop or even a Pocket PC clumsy in the car. Instead you can often use your own phone with amazingly good performance. A bluetooth GPS device with less than 100$ plus the navigation application like Route 66, Wayfinder, Navicore Nav4all, etc. etc. would be sufficient.
So far I only have experience of an inbuild navigation system from test car drives, I leave comments on that to those who have one in their own car (have one in my "in-order" car but mainly because it is standard, Command APS in a similar car where it is not standard would cost me some 3500 euros, not an obvious choice)
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There are numerous post on add on and portable units. I've got both. No question about it the factory units look wonderfull but are overpriced anchors. If you want performance and features then a unit like a Garmin will do you. When I really need to find something on a small road I always take my Garmin along with my factory unit.
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There are numerous post on add on and portable units. I've got both. No question about it the factory units look wonderfull but are overpriced anchors. If you want performance and features then a unit like a Garmin will do you. When I really need to find something on a small road I always take my Garmin along with my factory unit.
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I agree the Garmin Road Pilot and the Magellan counterpart....in my opinion...are far better than the MB ones. I, too, have both.
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I guess the question was for those who do have the in-car navigation system in their car but I would find a laptop or even a Pocket PC clumsy in the car. )
I installed base for the laptop in my wagon and it fits very nicely in E320. I found it so convenient, that even when not using computer I still leave it in the car, what makes nice table for notes and potential food table, although I don't eat in the car. I had it installed in VW for some time and the space there was limited.
I already posted some picture from my laptop GPS. Not only you have 3 maps in different scale display simultaneously, but it gives you 20' accuracy, so in the heavy fog you'll know if you are staying on the right side of the road.
Those portable GPS are good backups for taking a hike in the woods, or in the city, that you don't know (I found it priceless in Paris) but the advanced models still cost several times more, than $99 for DeLorme, while offering less.
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