Originally posted by soulstalker:
IF the factory nav can be installed, it's gonna cost a lot more than the $2000 option price. (it's probably like LSD, get it with the car and it'll be cheap, get it afterwards and the installation cost will be high)
Even if it cost $2000, an aftermarket system would be cheaper.
Which system are you refering to? The only systems that are aftermarket that would be comparable are the Alpine and the Kenwood. These systems are DVD based the same as the factory. The actual navigation unit can be had for under(Alpine only) the 2K mark, but that does not include a monitor nor does it include installation. The new kenwood is the ultimate on the market right now, but its MSRP on just the nav unit minus a screen is is 2.5K. The cool touch screen is 1.2K more. I'm in the after market buisness and I planned on adding a setup to my car and I have had several people ask about adding Nav to their vehicles. Everyone is sooooo disappointed when they here the cost. Especially when the factory unit is cheaper which makes no sense. Nothing factory is ever cheaper!! Maybe thats why these companies are complaing that Nav is not going that well in America, they are out-pricing themselves into a no market. Yes their are some cheap 1-1.5K units available, but they are not worth the $$$$, nor will they compare to the factory unit. A 300buck hand held will do the same job without the full color screen.Even if it cost $2000, an aftermarket system would be cheaper.