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Hey people, just like you I have placed an order on the IS and can't wait to get the car. The only thing is, I have to have the NAV system, I can't leave the dash board with that ugly dent. So, if that option does not come out, I might not even get the IS anymore. If there is anyone who can tell me info about the NAV system, please do so.
 

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This question gets asked alot.
For $34K people expect a NAV system,
*but* there is no news of IS300 NAV
system for USA yet.

You could buy an aftermarket system
("Neverlost"), Alpine, whatever.
The stock stereo is "too nice" to just
toss on a whim, so you might want to
find something other than a DIN NAV
that replaces the stereo.
 

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I feel the same way as you tlin8. This car would be perfect if it had the NAV system available from the factory.

--k
 

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Hey TEG,
What exactly is a DIN NAV? And do any of the NAV systems you mention have the pop-up feature of the Altezza/IS200?

If not, I hope someone sees the opportunity to make up for Lexus' mistake and make an aftermarket one fits snug on top of the dash...
 

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DIN is a measurement system for interchangable
components.

Basically I think it means that most
European (and Japanese) cars have a
slot for the stereo that will accept
other "DIN sized" stereos.

There is probably some # that goes along
with DIN, but I think there is one common
size so they just refer to it as DIN size.
Also I have heard of "double DIN" or
"half DIN stereos".

I don't know for sure if the IS300 has a
DIN stereo, or a custom size. If it is
DIN, you could (in theory) pull out the
stock stereo and replace it with an
aftermarket unit.

There are "DIN NAV" systems that are the
size of a "regular" DIN stereo, and when
you push the NAV button a motorized arm reaches
out and presents a GPS NAV LCD panel.

Alpine DIN NAV:


Clarion:


Kenwood:


Blaupunkt with small display:


Alpine (not DIN sized)


Magellan PathMaster (not DIN sized)


Link to Matsu****a DIN Sized Navigation/DVD player
Panasonic

Alpine Navigation Q & A
 

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The car will be available in the 2002 model year with the NAV system and that's also when the 5-speed manual will be available.
 

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Hey Daverav4,

Any chance the NAV system will be available before the 2002 model year ?

If not, when will the 2002 model year first appear at the dealers ?

--k
 

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the stereo for the IS is not din-sized. If you look around in the galleries you'll see some kits that allows din sized aftermarket stereos.

[This message has been edited by is300pat (edited May 20, 2000).]
 

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Rumor has it from a Lexus dealer I talked to at the Kansas City Auto Show in Bartle Hall said that all of the Lexus vehicles will have the navigation system next year. Oh yeah... where are the cupholders in the IS? When I saw some pics of it, I couldn't find it(or them).
 
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