Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 213.050 & 906.633
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Well, I payed some $4500 for my MB navi, I wouldn't have considered TomTom. I know TomTom even is better in several aspects, but not on all (go to an underground car park, zero satellites and the Comand APS still keeps on showing directions accurately!).
I wouldn't mind MB updates being cheaper. I don't know which one (TomTom or MB) would have to pay more to the map data supplier (per sold unit) but even if they paid the same, I consider it natural that a car manufacturer wants more profit when the customer has less options. One could claim this hurting their car sales, I leave this math to MB.
For a more fair comparison, would anybody know how much other car manufacturers charge for a comparable update (preferably Audi, BMW or similar)?
Considering TomTom, my friends are using it and they like it. I have nothing against TomTom specifically. However, I was not able to find any information about free map updates e.g. for TomTom 910. If it is a local offering, it does not justify asking free updates from MB to their cars (this was basically my only point on this thread). The $50 versus $350 is probably a fair comparison, or does tomtom update even include a wider map coverage, at least 910 seems to support a wider map data base than MB typically does.
Sorry about my positive attitude on MB, I just feel somebody needs to bring positive thoughts to forums like this which normally are filled with exaggerated negative comments (negative comments are certainly welcome, those are often well justified).