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      09-05-2012, 07:00 AM   #1

Drives: 2011 BMW 550iGT
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: USA

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GT Navigation System

My 550GT is now a year old, I heard the 2012 navigation update is out, so I went to my dealer for the update DVD. Multiple attempts to find one for my model, but no luck. Turns out it can't be owner installed (which is what the manual says), you have to check the car in for service and they download it. Now comes the rub, this is not your usual $199 purchase, it's a $230 upgrade, plus labor, so it totals out at $350 ... almost 2x the outlay for my 2008 4.4 X5 navigation updates!! Needless to say, while I've always had a navigation system on my BMWs for the last 15 years, and updated them annually, I didn't do it this time. I can buy a Garmin stand alone for the same price, with 4 updates a year for the life of the model ... and it also gives me additional features, like weather weather radar, etc. Has anyone else come across this new navigation issue on later model BMWs?