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I am trying to figure out my nav system...
Do I have a corrupted disk?
Does the user interface suck?
Is the feature I want simply missing?

What I had in a previous car was a display where I could see my car, represented by an arrow, move across the map with street names and points of interest. All I can get on the Maser nav is an arrow moving across a textured greenish background. I just want to see my car, on the map, where it is now...Impossible?
I can also go into Atlas mode, pull up a given address and then scroll around with a cursor. Once the cursor is over a street, I can read its name in a legend. Pretty lame.
I can also enter my destination and it will tell me how to get there with bulleted textual directions.
I only have the owner's manual which has a very brief section on the nav. Did your car come with a detailed nav manual?

Beers in the SF Bay area to those who have answers !
Thanks in advance

luke
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It is lame, but not as lame as you describe....

The system is slooooow, and street names on the map are not normally displayed, but while driving you shoudl see a map, with your current location and moving while you drive. Something is definitely wrong with your nav system if all you get is a blank green background with no streets shown.
The human interface is clumsy (we have a Lexus, which is the best I have seen, bar none), but it works. Also, it is very slow to load map info. Not sure if it is because it is CD based, or if the processor is slow, but, again, compared to our Lexus DVD based system, it is extremely slow.
I live in Los Gatos, with a 2003 Spyder CC if you want more info.
Still love the car, however, and recommend it highly.
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You should see your car on a map with streets, Make sure you set to smallest scale. In general it does seem slower than my CD based system that was on my M3. Mine is pretty fast showing car change direction as I turn to different streets once it gets going but it does seem that all the electronics are a little slow on Maserati, Even changing radio or temperature controls there is a little delay. My NAV does act up sometimes at first like when I am going to work some mornings and I live right on the coast and it shows my car driving around out in the ocean. Also my CD changer seems to have a mind of it's own. But these little issues will in no way stop me from ordering the next generation Spyder.
 

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same problem

I recently pick up a 02 Spyder and I get the same problem. The arrows move but it looks like you are on the beach surrounded by water. I am trying out different Nav cd given to my by the dealer. If same will bring it in. Let me know what fixes it. Thanks


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Thanks, guys !
My nav deteriorated to a point where I cannot even calculate the route to a given destination....I called the dealer and they suggested to reinitialize the cd. Namely, the procedure is as follows.

Turn off radio
Remove the CD
Make yourself some tea for about 5 minutes
Reinsert the CD
Pray

I will try this, but maybe because I burnt my CD (original one was missing), there are some issues with files, or who knows what...I will take it in if this does not work.

I have also asked for a manual, but by now, I am familiar with every submenu and option. It is painfully clear that the people designing the system have never been exposed to the concept of human factors and usability. Interface design is not about originality, the designer should cater to user expections instead. With this in mind, it is really a good idea to emulate the best of breed (Lexus and Porsche) when it comes to menu design, physical controls and information architecture.
Sorry, sopbox mode off...

The rest of the car is fantastic, and driving it work for even 3 miles is a grin inducing experience. Even my wife, who will not touch my V12 Ferrari, fights me for the controls on random errands.

Happy Holidays !
 

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My NAV system shows ONE street name at the bottom of the screen. It's the street on which I'm currently traveling. Most often, a glance out the window tells me more -- at least I can see the names of cross streets as I go by... :)

As far as I can tell, the Maser NAV system's sole purpose is to extract cash from your pocket on initial sale of the vehicle. It serves that purpose quite well, and no other.

When traveling in unfamiliar areas, I set my Garmin 2610 on the console so I have NAV capability in the car.

I agree with the Lexus statement. We have one in my wife's LS430 -- it's the best NAV on the market, IMHO.

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I do agree the NAV does fall behind others but I got it mainly as a toy, but the couple times I needed to use it, It did get me to my destination and that nice speaking English lady is much better than that Nazi who use to yell at me in my BMW. I do not plan on taking trips in my Spyder anyway but I would like to get a decent portable one for my 4runner, Any suggestions?
 

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Scott,

You must have better luck at choosing destinations that are in the NAV system's database! :) I never seem to be headed to places or streets that are known by the system.

I looked around for quite a while before purchasing the Garmin 2610. If you do not need battery operation, the 2610 is clearly ahead of the others on the market. I'm not as sure about the leading battery-capable unit.

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cultural issues are tricky, for sure...in western cultures, research shows that most people prefer a pleasant, yet stern feale voice. Folks subcunsciously prefer a voice most similar to their schoolteacher's...
:)
 
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