Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: '94 E320 Coupe W124 (RIP) - '75 280S W116 - '11 Honda Accord Coupe V6 6-Spd (DD)
Location: Saddle River, Bergen County, New Jersey
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Then again, every car company is going to manufacture a bad example, and it may not only be one example, as you've mentioned.
Overall, I've heard more success stories than I've heard bad stories with Lexus/Toyota, and vice versa with Mercedes.
With what you said about the Nav system, what nav system actually works well? Just like tire pressure monitors on cars, they never work particularly well. In addition, I've also worked with a COMAND, Lexus's Nav system, Acura's Nav, BMW's iDrive, Infiniti's, and Audi's Nav through various family friends, family members and such. All I can say is the best system we've had so far is my mom's Acura, but then again that still made the occasional mistake. You also have to consider that not every map or map program is 100% spot on. Just think of how much time and effort it would take to make a digital, even a physical map of a region that's near 100% accurate. Just a random example, my house is located on the corner of two streets, but the nav system on all the cars I've mention all said it was a half a mile down the road.
Also, it's unfortunate to hear that attitude coming from your dealer. I've heard alot worse from people who've owned Mercedes, and ventured off to independent mechanics just because our local dealerships were just horrendous.