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Subaru B9 Tribeca Navigation System Questions

I'm finding the nav. system on my o7 limited tribeca hard to use. First of all, I can't figure out how to turn it off. It seems to always require a destination, and the only thing I can do to avoid it binging and trying to redirect me is to turn the sound off. Does anyone know a way to tell the computer "I don't need help this trip"? Also the only time I've tried to use it, thr route it took me on used only surface streets, even though the freeway and a tollroad were nearby and I had entered "allow tollroads". Is anyone having much success with theirs?
Thanks,-Krista
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  • occkingoccking Posts: 346
    I have only had my car two weeks ago, and it will take me a while to get used to this Nav system. I had a Garmin Street Pilot for two years and took me quite some time to get used to it. The one in the Tribeca is much more complicated. Believe it or not, there were some features in the Street Pilot that even the one in Tribeca doesn't have.

    Average speed, altitude (although that is not very important to know) longitude and latitude (also something not exactly necessary to know)

    However, both of them still want you to sometimes take roads that don't make any sense; in some cases wanting you to go back and all the the way around to get to a destination. Garmin much easier to use to get points of interest, and I could play around with it & do anything I want while driving. You probably figured out only certain features avail in Nav on Tribeca while driving.

    However, I am confident as I use it more and become more accustomed I will really like it much better. I believe there are settings you can use that will eliminate a lot of the "instructions" it give you.

    Got to run but any questions you have please post & I will try to help you.

    Other than that, how do you like your Tribeca. What kind of gas mileage you getting? Mine was a demo, so far in 1700 miles per trip computer 22.5, actual around 21.7.
  • tsportytsporty Posts: 13
    It is not the easiest to use and must admit I'm enough of a geek to have actually read and re-read the manual a few times to get the hang of it.
    This might not be exact but if you get into the menu and then nav or trip options I think will bring up a cancel navigation choice which then appears on the bottom of the screen where you have to select that as well to turn it off.

    I found the easiest way on longer trips is to enter several memory points for any places or attractions you might be interested in going to and then you can access them on the fly anytime to start navigation when you think you need it. Be sure to look at the route choices to see if the freeway is being used and select the route that you want from the three choices given.

    Hope this helps.
  • Thnaks. I watched the informational dvd that came with it, and that answered some questions. I did finally figure out how to get to the screen that says cancel navigation or something like that. I agree that there's just so much it can do, it's gonna take some time sitting in the driveway playing with it to figure it out.
    To answer the previous poster's question, I've only got 350 miles on mine, and I'm averaging a pathetic 16 mpg. I drive a mix of around town and freeway. The average does go up with every trip; when I got it from the dealer with 30 miles on it the average mpg was 8.5!!! I don't know how to reset the trip odometer, that trip a and trip b screen. I'll have to read the manual some more. Subaru should offer a weekend class so we can learn how to use all our gadgets! : )
    -Krista
  • Another thought I had while driving around and loving my new car- there ought to be a screensaver function on the nav monitor so you can upload a photo or an aquarium or something. Wouldn't it be cool to have a screen full of swimming fishies? Maybe there's a way to get my cellphone to transfer data to the moitor. Any techno-geeks out there who know how to do that? Also do the limited models include bluetooth?
    Thanks :)
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    no bluetooth. the NAV is not user friendly. I have had 3 nav systems counting this one and I rank this the most user unfriendly... but its better then no NAV.

    I have been traveling for work and after using my Garmin Nuvi 360 portable with BT built in stuck to the rental car windshield, I realize how unfriendly the Kenwood (Subaru) NAV system is. plus it maps me funny off a main road onto a side road then back onto the main road... but like I said, its better then nothing.

    I seriously doubt you will be able to do a screen saver from pictures ect. but a nice idea. and no BT options I have seen yet. this I miss from my previous SUV (a Pacifica).

    The best route is usually the FASTEST Route option (typically set as your default route). but its not perfect. you can only select and deselect which roads to ALLOW. the option is not for PREFERRED Road types like in alot of other systems (ie. prefer highways)...

    Sounds like your first Subaru... as I was lost as well on where the buttons were. The reset button is located in the instrument cluster right above the stearing wheel (its black so hard to see). hold down to reset which Odometer you are on and the MPG will reset. it tracks both odometers separately in the MPG screen on the NAV screen.

    and TSPORTY is right. set all your friends and favorite locations up in memory points, you can select the first page of memory points or last locations while driving! you can not enter points manually while driving.

    also you should set up your very very used locations as memory buttons on the bottom. I have my home and work setup. so when you click destination the mini buttons on the bottom are there even when the SUV is moving :)
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 354
    ..."set all your friends and favorite locations up in memory points, ... I have my home and work setup. so when you click destination the mini buttons on the bottom are there even when the SUV is moving"

    I'm sorry I don't really understand. Do people use Nav systems to get to their home, work and friends houses? I thought it was just for finding unfamiliar places? Or did you just move to a very complicated city?
  • n0pan0pa Posts: 5
    Does the OEM Nav say street names, or just the "Turn Left/Right"?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I had a loaner for a week, and I own a Garmin c320 now.

    The Garmin is easier to use, but I do miss the sweet voice on the Tribeca and the much bigger screen.

    -juice
  • pschreckpschreck Posts: 524
    You set a "Home" memory so you can geth the H--- out of SE Washington DC when you can't take it anymore. :surprise:
  • Thanks for all the tips! I'm glad this website is here since my dealer didn't know anything.
    :)
  • cluelesspacluelesspa Posts: 648
    my NUVI 360 Garmin has like 9 voice choices. I like the British and Aussie accented Female english voices :)

    and the Garmin does read street names, the Subaru doesn't. but none of my previous NAV built in car systems read names, but I think most of the new built in ones do.

    as far as HOME and Work .. yeah sometimes your some place else and need to get home from there, so its nice to have those preprogrammed in :P
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mine has a female with an American or British accent, but that's it. I prefer the American one on this unit.

    My c320 does not read street names, but the c340 or higher does, basically two steps up from mine.

    I've saved so many favorites that I usually have to search by name. I find it incredibly useful.

    -juice
  • ree1ree1 Posts: 1
    It seems that there are upgrade kits for the 2006 Tribeca to add the 2007 backup sensors...but not the backup camera. Does anyone know if it would be possible to simply replace the 2006 Nav system with the new 2007 system that includes the camera and backup sensors. I don't mind doing all the work in my backyard. Just do not know how possible it is.
  • tupintupin Posts: 71
    Anyone hear any concrete info on when the updated software will be out for the nav? Also, I wonder if you can just buy the east coast dvd instead of both.
  • I think you can... The retail version of the Kenwood system in the car does support backup camera. I done quite alot of research regarding this but never tried because getting parts was over couple hundred of dollars and it won't garrantee to work... :(
  • Does any one know how to stop having that screen appear every time I start the car that makes you pick your language and hit the "I agree" button? I have agreed to follow the rules of using the nav about 300 times now and it keeps popping up- will this always happen or did I miss something in the set-up? Help??? thanks! :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'll tell you but you'll need to sign a legal disclaimer first. ;)

    j/k, the lawyers do have their say, though.

    -juice
  • Thanks for a reply, but really-am I stuck with that foolish screen?
  • pschreckpschreck Posts: 524
    Yep. Do you hate lawyers yet? Thank the people who sue for no reason and the juries that award (reward) them for their own stupidity.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 354
    Do ALL navigation systems do this?

    What if you left it in Radio or MPG mode the last time, and you have no intention of using the Nav... does it still ask the question?
  • aka1aka1 Posts: 110
    No, the "sign you rights away" screen cannot be defeated by leaving it in any mode... Every time you remove the keys from the ignition, it gets reset- although if you are in the middle of a trip (with navigation directing you), once you press the "agree" button, the remaining route pops right up.

    AKA1
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 354
    Wow. That really really s&cks. What if you left the screen dark the previous time. Will it just retain that setting and come up dark so that it's easier to ignore?
  • That's great...so over time the touch screen is going to crap out in that spot from overuse... :sick:
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    Anyone heard the latest about software updates? Last I heard it was supposed to be in October, and that Subaru would notify owners.

    -Karen in AZ-
  • last week was talking to the dealer and he said they checked for some other guy and still waiting. I heard 2nd week of October but looks like later :(

    I am hoping by end of October.
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 354
    Are SW updates free? or do they charge you for them? (how much?)

    I'm in the process of purchasing a new 'beca, and perhaps the new DVD is something I should request as part of the deal?
  • When I test drove the B9 this past weekend, the salesperson told me that there was no need to buy updates for the 2007 Navigation system, that they would be automatically updated via the nav system. Is this for real?

    In my current Lincoln Nav....I have to buy the updates at $299 a pop. Needless to say, I haven't done it yet! :P
  • kmartinkmartin Posts: 427
    The system runs off the DVD software, which has to be physically updated. So, no, the system will NOT update itself. (Perhaps your sales person is thinking of a portable GPS that updates itself? Sounds to me like he hasn't done his homework :blush: )

    Last I heard from Subaru corporate office was that the new DVDs would be out this month, but that pricing had not been set yet. Anyone have any info newer than that?

    -Karen in AZ-
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    My Garmin has a lawyer screen, but at least it goes after after a few seconds.

    You can turn "safe mode" off so that the front passenger can enter destinations while you're driving.

    -juice
  • morey000morey000 Posts: 354
    Which Kenwood Nav system is the retail equivalent of the one in the '07 Tribeca?
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