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Toyota Avalon Navigation System

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  • I have an '08 Avalon. Does anyone know if I can find the new DVD online anywhere or do I absolutely need to get it from a dealer? Is this version Avalon-specific or does it work in other models?
  • Just want to confirm, to update the navigation system dvd for a 2007 Avalon with a Generation 3 system, all that has to be done is to place the car into accessory mode and then eject and replace with the new DVD. I would like to know if anything else needs to be done.

    Thanks all
  • Do you know what the upgrade will do that significantly changes the NAV system as delivered on the 07 Avalon? Does it change the system or only the maps?
  • With others, I hate the Avalon's navigation system. I am not currently using it. If I upgrade the DVD for this system, will it make it more friendly? Or just update the maps?

    Phil Russell
  • I beleive it only updates the maps.
  • mano3mano3 Posts: 8
    I just received a post card from Toyota offering the latest nav map update for "only $199." I'd love to update the '07 map, but not at that price. Anyone know of anything cheaper?
  • frontafronta Posts: 2
    I have the same problem on my 05 limited. Tried to reset switches but did not change. Do you have to remove all your saved locations?
  • I just got the Gen 2/3-09 DVD for my '06 Avalon I'm looking at my invoice from Longo Toyota and see that the list price is $199 and that's what the sold it for. Another dealer quoted $275 or something like that.

    I put it in myself:

    1. Put the key to Acc

    2. Take out the trunk floor mat and spare tire cover

    3. Lift up the cover over the NAV computer in the left rear corner. You don't have to remove the entire side panel for this.

    4. Slide the locking tab to the open position

    5. Push a little on the DVD drive door, causing the disk to come out.

    6. Remove it and slip the new one in.

    7. Slide the locking tab back.

    Then go up front and bring up Menu on the screen. Click on DVD. It will show Ver. 9.01 You will most likely have to restablish your geographic region.

    I don't know if there is something else the should be done since I'm not privy to the installation service bulletin. Everything seems to work except the secret Override stuff that worked for my original version 5. So, guess I'm back to pulling off the Interstate before my wife can find me a Starbucks. But then, that won't work anyway since Starbucks in no longer among the POIs! Guess Toyota wanted to make this a "profit center" bu charging stores to be listed.

    So, it looks like I paid $200 plus tak to have features taken away!
  • I have a 2006 Avalon with factory navigation. Never again would I get factory navigation, probably in any car I buy. Besides the high cost of factory nav, the Toyota one is ridiculously difficult/cumbersome process to use.
  • mano3mano3 Posts: 8
    Based on jagman's experience I think I'll keep what I have, or else I'll get the 8.01 upgrade which has newer maps and still allows the override.
  • I would like to find a price somewhere for newest navigation dvd for 08 Avalon.
    Are there any options other than the$199 price at the dealer? What is the part number?
  • Here is one option. Not great, but an option. Cost $188

    eBay has the updated DVD for sale. The 2009 is available now (don't know when the "2010" or next version might be available - might want to ask your dealer first.

    Item number: 260545921487
  • tonystewarttonystewart Posts: 10
    edited February 2010
    Has anyone created an image using the v8.1 loader but the new v9.1 maps?

    I've done it with Gen 5 in the past before abandoning them for a LockPick 2 WF.
  • There is a place (using BitTorrent to find it) that has the v.9.1 maps. It took about 2 days to download. It is a Dual Layer DVD (it seems to be unprotected), BUT it does not work on my 2008 Avalon. The car system does not recognize it. I tried initializing everything I could think of. Either I am missing something (I am a Computer and Electricial engineer), or the uploaded image has a bug in it somewhere. I verified the download and it still is not recognized by the car's software.

    Back to square one. I am assuming that the DVD is copyprotected, or that the DVDs are VERY car specific. I did notice that the v7.1 DVD is over 8GB, while the V9.1 is about 7.2GB. You wouldl think that a later version of the maps would have more info, not less.

    Does anyone have any thoughts? I have yet to be able to try the DVD on other late model, high-end, Toyotas.

    I would like to know if anyone has had any success at this.
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    Just a hunch here.... but what speed did you burn the DVD at? I know that all three of my past Toyota CD players never played discs if they were burned over 16X. Just for kicks I would re-burn the image at 4X or 2.4X if you can and try again. The worst you be out is a blank DVD.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • Here is a procudure that I used for my 2008 Avalon:

    Save the uTorrent (uif format) file. Download takes about 2 days!

    Load a new Verbatim DVD+R DL DVD 8X into drive E: (lower DVD player)

    Execute PowerISO software

    Select Mount: Mount the (Open the uif file with PowerISO) the navigation file from hard disk

    Select Burn: Burn the file to DL DVD drive with verify option checked. Use 8x speed.

    Burn will take 40-60 min. When finished verify that the files show up on the new DVD

    At Car:

    Put car into accessory switch position; push start button half way down

    Open trunk and remove trunk liner from over DVD player

    Slide switch to right and press space under switch

    Remove old DVD

    Insert new DVD into drive.

    Close slide switch and replace trunk liner

    Turn on Navigation system

    Wait 2-3 minutes for new setup to complete.

    Go to DVD menu to verify that new version is installed.

    If above fails, reinsert last NAV DVD that worked using above procedure.
  • I tried burning at 4x and even slower. But I will try the directions posted on #360 for this. I am using very high quality DL DVDs with an excellent burner.

    Thanks for the suggestion. If I get it to work, I will post it here.

    Dave
  • cmb08cmb08 Posts: 24
    Hi.
    The 2011 models will be coming with new touch screen NAV systems.
    That leaves us the last of this past generation of Avalons. With 2011 there is a new body type..stereo as well.
    Question......with the additional 3000.00 rebate offered........is it worth getting the 2010 with this seemingly frustrating NAV system? In CA, the only ones left have NAV in them. I had hoped to find one without NAV...but nothing..
    I like the car otherwise. Just wondering what those who currently own 2009/2010 models think? The rebate more than compensates the cost of NAV if price negotiation continues as well as it has. Prices are great....but if HAVING the Nav...even if I don't plan on using it much is going to give me constant headaches...maybe not worth it? Spouse says if we buy 2011..doesn't want to pay for NAV anyway...so isn't a question of waiting for new technology with NAV.
    So.....buy 2010 for great price...and Nav sort of a free accessory OR eliminate headache (and possible service problems) and buy 2011 with NO NAV
    Please be candid with your comments.
    Thanks!
  • cmb08cmb08 Posts: 24
    Hi.
    The 2011 models will be coming with new touch screen NAV systems.
    That leaves us the last of this past generation of Avalons. With 2011 there is a new body type..stereo as well.
    Question......with the additional 3000.00 rebate offered........is it worth getting the 2010 with this seemingly frustrating NAV system? In CA, the only ones left have NAV in them. I had hoped to find one without NAV...but nothing..
    I like the car otherwise. Just wondering what those who currently own 2009/2010 models think? The rebate more than compensates the cost of NAV if price negotiation continues as well as it has. Prices are great....but if HAVING the Nav...even if I don't plan on using it much is going to give me constant headaches...maybe not worth it? Spouse says if we buy 2011..doesn't want to pay for NAV anyway...so isn't a question of waiting for new technology with NAV.
    So.....buy 2010 for great price...and Nav sort of a free accessory OR eliminate headache (and possible service problems) and buy 2011 with NO NAV
    Please be candid with your comments.
    Thanks!
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,025
    The nuts and bolts of the 2011 are basically the same as the 2010. The way I see it, if you can get the deal you want go for the 2010. Heck, even wait it out a bit until the 2011s arrive. They will be happy to off load a 2010. With all the bad press Toyota is getting lately I am sure you will have no problem getting 2010 for invoice less rebates.

    I had an 06 without Nav that I loved. Only had a two minor issues fixed under warranty and was a great car. I played with the nav before I bought it and would have preferred the touch screen. However, for as often as it gets used it wouldn't have been a deal breaker for me if I wanted it.

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

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