Originally Posted by SteveR
My wife's car, Acura RDX has an integrated GPS system with traffic and weather updates along with XM radio. She gets updates from the car on service needs and can even call the dealer for an appointment through handsfree Bluetooth built into the car. The car gives here maintenance reminders based on useage not just milage. A message screen pops up on the GPS screen telling here that there is a detected problem and offers to contact the dealer. The dealer can also run a diagnostic on the car via the phone link. It monitors tire pressure, oil changes, many engine components, has a rear view camera also integrated into the GPS screen etc. Over all it is a really cool car. You can manually up or down shift from a button on the steering wheel and the drive system controls al 4 wheels independently. It is truly 4 wheel independent drive.
The GPS system is upgradable with a DVD that goes into the GPS master control box. It updates the maps on the system. I usually skip years as it is a couple hundred buck a pop. I usually only update my car as it is the toad when we travel via RV so we are in unfamiliar territory with it far more than with her car.
We also have the RDX and love the car. We are big fans of the GPS, great for the RV as well as weekend travels and finding new restaurants.
However our 4 yr old Magellan 700 gps puts the RDX's system to shame. We were in British Columbia on the way to Whistler and the RDX system reported "No Information" about 50 miles outside Vancouver. With the Magellan we drove all over BC and into Alberta--usually far further North than 50 miles and always had routing. Guess if we want to take the RDX north we have to buy a Canada CD? Do you know??
We have found that you should be "very very" careful choosing the "shortest distance" option for routing. You can almost guarantee being sent down residential streets and hitting many stops signs and the distance may only be a tenth of a mile. But Hey shortest is shortest.