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Honda CR-V Navigation System

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  • rkmagulurirkmaguluri Posts: 4
    This CR-V 2007 has a PC card slot. You need to buy PC MCIA type II card reader which takes any of the following memory cards SD/compact/MMC/XD/memory stick pro as input.
    then you have to but a memory card too.
    Follow this link. you can find the PC card reader
    PCMCIA Type II
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    Just bought an 07 EX-L with Nav. I bought a Sandisk Compact Flash PC Card Adapter and a 4GB Sandisk Extreme III Compact Flash Card. The adapter can be found for about $15 at Best Buy, and I found the 4GB at Adorama Camera online for $75. There is a manufacturer's rebate for $30 good through May 31st, which brings it down to $45.

    I was able to load about 980 songs on the card. 4GB is perfect for the 999 file limit that Honda imposes. I'm still trying to tweak how to best arrange the songs on the card in the folder. The great thing is that it will display the Artist, Title and Album name on the screen. That's just awesome!!

    But I can tell you this. The sound quality is awesome!! It totally blows away using your iPod through the mp3 aux jack. This is pure uncompromised sound coming directly from your mp3 file to the stereo. For about $60, I essentially have a 4GB iPod equivilent loaded into my CRV.

    Finally, the navigation of searching through the 999 files is great. There is a keyword search where you can type in a partial keyword and it will find all songs that match that keyword. Type in "MAD" and it will retrieve all your Madonna songs for example. Then, you can just select which song you want to listen to and it starts playing immediately. Once the Flash Card loads for the first time and reads the file structure, access to any and all the songs is instantaneous. No lag switching between songs.

    If you love your music and can live with a 999 file limit, then the PC Card is your best solution to getting the best quality music and functionality out of the system. Leave your iPod at home!!

    So, the initial question posted in this forum asked if it's worth $2K for Nav. Given that Honda gives you an upgraded 270Watt system with 7 speakers and subwoofer, a backup camera, and a PC Card that can essentially double as an interal 4GB iPOD Nano, then I say emphatically YES, it is worth spending the extra $2K, because this is best bang for your buck for a nav system your going to get.

    Good luck to everyone thinking about an EX-L with Nav.
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    After having the vehicle for a week and playing with my PC Card filled with 900+ songs on it, I am running into a few problems with the "random" feature, particularly when in "Artist Mode". Everytime I turn off the random button (Preset #2) and turn it back on, it will always start with the same track number (#37) and then when I skip to the next "Random" song, the second, third, fourth, and even fifth songs are always in the exact same order!! It's like random really isn't all that random after all.

    Also, I'm finding that it's always playing many of the same songs over and over again. I have over 900 songs on the card, and while in random mode, there have been some songs that I've heard 4 or 5 times, sometimes even after just having played a few songs earlier.

    Therefore, I question their software algorithms for creating a true "random" session. Even after a week, it's easy to determine that the functionality is flawed. I'm also not suspecting that the Honda service technicians are even going to be trained to understand my problem or even care about my concerns. They'll probably just scratch their heads and not understand what I'm saying.

    Anyways, just be on the lookout for issues like this when using your PC Card and report back if you find similar problems.
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    This is a brand new 07 CRV, supposedly with the latest nav software. However, in our recent trip to Williamsburg, it failed to find several hotels, restaurants, and department stores that have been there for more than 2-3 years. Same thing closer to home where a shopping center has been there for almost 3 years and not a single store or restaurant is on the nav system. Very disappointed. I have a 2 year old Garmin 2620 that has all this information and that software is over 2 years old.

    I can tell already that the Honda software has very few Points of Interest in their database, and hasn't been updated in quite some time. This software appears to be far inferior to the offerings of someone like Garmin.
  • stevecarstevecar Posts: 148
    I have my CRV with Nav three months. I haven't used the PC card feature yet.
    I'm not as familiar with it as many others. Can I download from i-tunes to the flash card or will it prevent me from doing that with purchased music?

    Your detailed explanation of where to buy and how to do it was helpful so I thought I would ask about this.
    Thanks.
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    I assume you're talking about songs that you've purchased on iTunes? If so, I haven't tried it, but I do not believe you can. There a directions out on the web that will help you to burn your iTunes songs onto a CD and then you can rip them back onto your hard drive and save them as an .mp3 file.

    Once you have the .mp3 file on your hard drive, it's as simple as copying the file to the Compact Flash card.
  • stevecarstevecar Posts: 148
    Thank you. It's worth a try.
  • mikelynnmikelynn Posts: 1
    Can anyone help..

    the other day my 02 CR-V sat nav decided to continually restart itself after the inital disclaimer text. it does not even come up with disk read problems.
    i've pulled the fuse "8" to see if this would reset the unit but no joy.
    is it worth disconnecting the battery, or has it decided to give up on me?

    any suggestions would be greatfully appreciated.

    thanks

    Mike
  • bigdog999bigdog999 Posts: 6
    That has been the one disappointment in my purchase. I've dealt with GPSes for years, and the software used by Honda is poor. Unverified streets, that BS. The POIs in this product is low, and with no ability to enter your own. i also would like to see being able to enter locations by coordinates.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    That has been the one disappointment in my purchase. I've dealt with GPSes for years, and the software used by Honda is poor. Unverified streets, that BS. The POIs in this product is low, and with no ability to enter your own. i also would like to see being able to enter locations by coordinates.

    Call Honda Corporate and see what they will do for you. The number is in the Owner's Manual.
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    I've only had my CRV for two weeks and this is the first Honda Nav I've ever had, but it pales in comparison to my Garmin Streetpilot 2620 we have. The Garmin is 2 years old, but has more updated maps than the '07 Honda, and it has far many more POIs in their database.

    We live in Northern Virginia in Stafford County which is just outside the Metropolitan Area. As a result, we are part of what Honda calls "unverified" territory. While most of the roads seem to be there, the POIs are almost non-existant. The Wendys which is right off the highway and has been there for more than 10 years isn't even in the Honda database, nor are most restaurants or shopping.

    How can anyone actually travel with the Honda Navs? It's nearly impossible to find a restaurant or gas station when travelling.

    We were coming back from Williamsburg and looked up "McDonalds" and the stupid thing referenced a McDonalds more than 1,000 miles away!!

    The stupid Nav doesn't have a freakin' clue of where you are or where you need to go to get a freakin' hamburger!!

    I cannot find one positive thing to say about the Honda Nav System. Not one...........
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    I cannot find one positive thing to say about the Honda Nav System. Not one...........

    I am sure if you took it out and put it up on ebay there will be more than a handfull of bidders.

    Did you call Honda Corporate and expressed your thoughts, just like I suggested in the previous reply to bigdog? You know they are not mind readers, if you don't tell them, they don't really know what you are thinking. Most likely all it takes is the updated DVD from Honda, if they have one for yout area. They release new DVD almost every year.

    Did you or bigdog test the Nav system during your test drive? If not, then why complain?
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    I test drove the Nav where I bought the car which is in the county north of us. Prince William County is in their databse, so they have more POIs.

    The problem is with Honda's "Unverified Routes" where they don't include POIs (or very few). Unlike Garmin, which has POIs for everyplace within the US, it appears that Honda took a simpler and cheaper route by not going the extra mile to include a more comprehensive database.

    As for an updated DVD, I have a 2007 CRV (built in April 2007), so it should have the most updated DVD already. If not, that's total BS on Honda's part for not putting in an updated DVD. Online, the DVD for the CRV is totally different from any of the other vehicles.

    I guess I'm just curious if others are finding the same issues, particulary with the POIs. "unverified" could have drastic impacts when traveling with this nav system. Having a nav system is much more than just providing the routes on the road. POIs are just as much an integral part of the equation, and Honda's Nav system simply sucks at it.
  • bigdog999bigdog999 Posts: 6
    Yes I did test the Nav system when I test drove the vehicle. The area I test drove the vehicle was in a large metro area that is covered by the Nav System. Only later on as I drove to other areas, did I see the problems with the system. I operate hand held units on a regular basis, and have sold car units before at a sporting goods store i worked at. There as always are good and bad with the system. It has a nice large screen with good graphics and voice recognition, but in this day and age, there should be NO unverified streets and should have much more POIs. I will take your advise and contact Honda.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,798
    In the 8 years that I have been using laptop based Nav systems (Delorme, Microsoft) I don't think I used POI ever. As I am driving along, I look at the road side signs that say that next McDonlads is so far away, next gas station is so far away. So, I never really had to use POI built into those systems.

    But you have to admit that even with a poor POI database, it still beats driving around trying to find a street, or getting a map.
  • tcheeltcheel Posts: 1
    I purchased the EX-L with Nav on a new 2007 CRV in April for my wife. I was driving it this weekend and could not get the Auto Dim to work on the nav screen. I asked my wife about this and she said she has just been going to the settings button and manually switching to the night mode at night. I called the national Honda service and they said it should automatically switch from day to night when I turn on the lights, so I called the dealer (50 miles away) and he said he didn't know if it should work or not unless I take it in. I don't want to drive the 50 miles unless the auto selections is supposed to work. Has anyone else had this trouble?
  • You need to set it to "Auto" mode. and when ever you turn on the lights it goes to the night mode. when you turn off the lights it will come back to the day mode.
    Thats how they designed it to work.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Collegehillshonda.com has a portable nav system for Honda. It looks like Honda will be selling an add on one for those who don't have it. Looks interesting. A portable installed system. Maybe other companies could follow suit.

    http://www.collegehillshonda.com/honda_crv_accessories/2007_crv_electronics.htm
    http://www.collegehillshonda.com/instructions/gen3_crv/08a44.pdf
  • rrbhokiesrrbhokies Posts: 108
    That may be how they designed it to work, but that isn't the way it's working, at least for me. Do you have the Nav in your CR-V or are you just quoting scripture from the Honda Bible?

    I have mine set to "Auto" mode, and nothing changes when I turn on my headlights. It remains in Daytime mode. The only way to get it to change to Night mode is to go to setup and manually select Night mode. It's probably a software bug. Personally, I don't like the night mode, so I'm happy to keep it on daytime all the time anyways. It does make the cabin nice and bright at night though!!
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