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So I bought the car used, came with nav cds but kept saying "function unavailable". I noticed there was no antenna or cable so I bought them and installed but the message did not go away. I took it to my local Maserati/Aston/Bent dealer and they "called the experts" which told them to not touch it since it had to come enabled from the factory.

Call me naive and simplistic but if it had the antenna, cable and head unit, it should work? is there an initial setup CD this dealer didn't want to or know to run?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
 

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jon81slk, what kind of car?

because you mention in your post title that its a "02 gs", which is impossible since the GS was first introduced in 2004. You either have a 4200 or its a later model.

this is important because the 4200 and the GS are totally different cars and of course have completely different navigation units.
 

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IIRC from my '02 4200 coupe, that message means you have no navigation.
You can obtain the original sticker and see if it's listed. Assuming you are in the U.S. Sharon Beckford at Maserati USA can get that for you.
 

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thanks! It's a 4200 CC.
if it originally had the navigation option then i wouldn't need to get the gps antenna and cable (but then again, if it didn't have navi then i wouldn't have the plug under the arm rest right?) - i was also told here and by the dealer that they were all navi capable and to enable it was a matter of having the antenna and cable or not. this seems to also be verified by looking at the schematics on eurospares but clearly it's not working so far...
 

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I just got my window sticker and ther is no-Navi system listed under the options. Good this I read the forums befire buying Havigation CD's.
I thought I had GPS because the info center has a working digital compass. And I assume the compass receives GPS signals to begin with.
 

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She's the best!!!
 

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From all I've heard, factory nav sucks. I paid 4 grand and got a bad ass Kenwood system installed with a 7 inch touchscreen, Garmin nav, xm, ipod hook up, and bluetooth. If you want to modernize your cockpit with good nav as well as peripherals I highly suggest doing this. I'll post pictures and specifics of my system soon.
 

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I would not invest a dime of my money or a second of my time to enable the fatory nav. It is quite possibly the worst ever made. It has more value as entertainment as you laugh at how bad it is.

Simple solution would be to get one of the new Escort radar detector/nav combos and call it a day.
 

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I took a different route w/ my GS. I knew that no matter what features my car did or didn't have, I'd want to have the ability to have an aux input so i could listen to Pandora. My solution, which I'm quite pleased with, is a Kuda mount to hold my iphone at the perfect position/angle and tomtom installed on the iphone. So, from a sound perspective, it's just like a stock sound system in that when I'm listening to music and there's a voice instruction for the nav, it lowers the volume on the music and the nav tells me what I'm supposed to do and then the music returns to the previous volume. TomTom on the iphone is a better navigation system that virtually any factory nav system (it has lane view, google search for locations and it announces street names). Having the iphone on the Kuda mount looks great too - it's not necessarily factory looking, but it looks great.

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From all I've heard, factory nav sucks. I paid 4 grand and got a bad ass Kenwood system installed with a 7 inch touchscreen, Garmin nav, xm, ipod hook up, and bluetooth. If you want to modernize your cockpit with good nav as well as peripherals I highly suggest doing this. I'll post pictures and specifics of my system soon.
I see that you have a 2003 Coupe. Did you pull the existing head unit and replace it, or did you use an aftermarket remote-installed unit as is available for "classic" cars that don't want to affect the original look?

One of my concerns with the non-GS versions is the "custom" head unit that comes standard. I don't mind losing the displayed instrumentation data like the fan settings et al if the unit can be replaced - you can see the knobs anyway - I'd just hope for a standard 1.5 DIN or double-DIN footprint so a conventional aftermarket unit (with GPS, Bluetooth, etc.) would fit easily. On the GS versions, it appears to be a standard single-DIN unit. I've seen a GS for sale with a JVC replacement radio in it instead of the Becker.

I note that neither Scosche nor Metra list adapter kits for this generation of Maserati.
 

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I see that you have a 2003 Coupe. Did you pull the existing head unit and replace it, or did you use an aftermarket remote-installed unit as is available for "classic" cars that don't want to affect the original look?

One of my concerns with the non-GS versions is the "custom" head unit that comes standard. I don't mind losing the displayed instrumentation data like the fan settings et al if the unit can be replaced - you can see the knobs anyway - I'd just hope for a standard 1.5 DIN or double-DIN footprint so a conventional aftermarket unit (with GPS, Bluetooth, etc.) would fit easily. On the GS versions, it appears to be a standard single-DIN unit. I've seen a GS for sale with a JVC replacement radio in it instead of the Becker.

I note that neither Scosche nor Metra list adapter kits for this generation of Maserati.
Existing NIT/screen is bolted under the passenger seat, if you remove it completely your knobs won't light up and you may have other issues. The Kenwood 1000 head unit is in the spare tire well, everything runs into it. The screen is a 7" Kenwood LCD that fits underneath a custom bezel made by a forum member that was painted to match factory trim. It looks awesome, I'll make a thread with pics at some point. Several members had gone this route, so I knew exactly what needed to be done. Creative Acoustics up in Raleigh on Atlantic Ave did it and did well, except I have continual Bluetooth problems. Everything else is awesome.
 
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