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Acura MDX Navigation System Questions



  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    I still think the update information is preliminary. I do know that will have information on how to do it. I think it has some sort of ID that lets you get a security code. Maybe you buy a coupon at and let the dealer do it. Infiniti requires you to purchase a coupon and then go to your dealership to have them update the GPS. However Lexus requires you to get it at the dealer. Those HDD Navigation systems use proprietary update tools that aren't available to the general public.
  • nyernyer Posts: 32
    For the 2009 MDX with Navigation, what does the screen display when not in Map mode? Does it show trip information including avg mpg, avg mph, distance until gas tank is empty, a history of mpg etc.? I had this on my 2005 TSX and my current 2006 non-nav MDX. Wondering if it still exists. Thanks.
  • jkl99jkl99 Posts: 11
    I just purchased 2009 MDX with Navigation two weeks ago and wondering how to show the Trip Information to the big screen as well, but I cannot find the way to do it yet. I am very interesting to learn whether anyone know how to do this or there is no way to do this on 2009 MDX with Navigation system. Thanks,
  • There is no Trip Information screen on the '09 Nav screen. My RDX had this and I miss it! :cry:
  • nyernyer Posts: 32
    So if the navigation system is off, does anything display on the screen or is it just blank? Where does all the trip info appear if at all? I would think you can see what your average MPG is etc somewhere. Thanks.
  • grandzugrandzu Posts: 25
    The screen is black when off. But it can display audio info if desired when not in map mode.
    The MPG info is in the MID in the dash, which also shows tire pressure, outside temp, and used for key settings.
  • jkl99jkl99 Posts: 11
    I am disappointed about MDX doesn't show other useful information at the Navigation screen. It will be very helpful if the Trip Computer, Keyless Setting, as well as the Bluetooth and other settings can be done on the big screen. The Navigation system I have on the 2006 BMW 330i is way better than the one on the newly purchased 2009 MDX. Am I asking too much?
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Updates for the new HDD system is fairly easy. You can call the nav fufillment center or order them at There is a caveat. It can only be updated on one systems. You'll need your VIN number and a NAV ID. This prevents people from copying the disc and using it on another vehicle. It should take about an hour to update it. Hope this helps.

    Edit: You can preview the update status in the new system. Thats a very cool feature though you'll need the update disc.
  • We have an 2006 MDX (which we love) and want to update the Nav software. Do I have to go to the dealer? Is it an easy do it yourself project? Any idea on cost? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Thanks. Do you happen to know if it changes the system in regards to being able to make changes while driving. Errrrrr, I mean so that the passenger can work the navi while the other person is driving. I know some newer systems don't allow navi operation while the car is moving. My wife would not be happy if she couldn't mes with her system anymore while the car was moving.
  • I have a 2009 Tech and I am disappointed with the backup camera. There seems to be alot of glare, and in bright sunlight both the nav screen and the backup camera are washed out. I am continuously fiddling with the brightness, contrast, and black levels. I wish that the backup sensors were standard on the car. In Canada last year I believe I could have installed the sensors for around $700, this year Acura wants $1100. Any suggestions out there
  • Hi. Would the Pioneer unit work with the other capabilities of the touch screen info center? Right now my nav unit isn't working and I just had a major service done to the car and the info center is stuck on the "Please check disk" screen and I have no access to any functions at all.
  • Hello everyone. Last year my nav unit gave up. It would boot to the screen with the warnings in yellow then switch to a screen that said that I had to go to the dealer. I go to the dealer and they said that the unit itself cannot be repaired. Does anyone know if this is true? Also, the dealer then informed me that could get a new unit for $1500. I laughed in his face and left. I have just learned to live without it and if I got lost I used Verizon Navigator on my phone. It's not the same thing but it helps. Now I just had a major service done to my car and the info center won't start because it wants to download software from the disk but the disk isn't reading. Does anyone know if there is a way to bypass the nav unit so that the info center will work? Has anyone ever had a nav unit repaired successfully? Has anyone purchased another nav unit to put in the car that works with the info center? Any and all replies will be appreciated. :(
  • I've got a 2005 MDX that obviously requires a navigation update. Is the 2010 manufacturer offered DVD map update ($185.00) the best option and will it work with the 2005 MDX? If not, any other suggestions? Any difficulties between the 2005 edition versus the 2010 version?
  • grandzugrandzu Posts: 25
    edited February 2010
    The 2010 White DVD Map Update for 2005 RL and MDX v4.81 will work for the 05 MDX.
    For the changes between 05 and 10, you gotta read each years updates but according to Navteq and Acura it should have no difficulties. - -Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewStandardCatalog-Browse?CatalogCategoryID=.VgKCghB.hwAAAEch- - CN9YZDi&ShowAllProducts=YES&PersistNavigationMenu=YES
  • my 2003 mdx navigation system is not working. the screen comes up and show the nav screen and then blinks. i can't get to the control panels. the touch screen will not work. when i turn on the heat the ac comes on too. it's a bit cold here.... :confuse:
  • araliceaaralicea Posts: 2
    :mad: I have a 2005 MDX Tour/Nav for which I purchased the 2010 Nav upgrade. After 20 days of using the new version, I did not notice any significant improvements to my previous version. I decided to return the DVD and now the only way I can re-install my previous version is to take my MDX to the dealer and pay them to reset the system. I call NAVTEQ and they say there is nothing they can do. Acura customer service says we do not have any agreement with NAVTEQ to reset your system and you need to pay us to fix it. So, I am wondering if there is a way I can reset my system without going to the dealer.
    Thank you!!!! :mad:
  • grandzugrandzu Posts: 25
    Assuming you have the old version DVD, you ccan try this:
    Reverting Back to Old Firmware

    When you put in your old disk and come up to the "Error" screen do the following :

    1) Hold down MAP/GUIDE, MENU and CANCEL at the same time
    2) This brings up a Menu
    3) From the Menu, select "Version"
    4) Then select "Download"
    5) This will download the old disc into your system.
  • araliceaaralicea Posts: 2
    Thank you. I will try and report back.

  • katewakatewa Posts: 24
    Hi - I'm wondering if you did the nav system upgrade to your '06? I want to buy it but I want to know if there are any bugs before I do. I live in a very rural area and really depend on my GPS (since I have to drive about 2 hours to do major shopping) and I don't want to have to worry about it not working when I need it.

  • brs829brs829 Posts: 1
    Hi all, does anyone know how to turn off the voice read back which reads the title of each song on your ipod or radio station in your program list as you scroll through it without turning off the voice commands for the navigation system? When listening to my iPod or radio, every song or station I scroll through without selecting gets read back to me which turns down the audio while it reads me the song or station name. Its extremely annoying.
  • Hi I have the same use with my 03 MDX. Did you find out any answers in regards to this matter.
  • blondfarfblondfarf Posts: 1
    edited June 2010
    The 2009 MDX GPS is useless. We actually just purchased a Garmin and mounted it on the GPS screen. The MDX has us going down one way streets the wrong way, it could not find Montreal Quebec in Canada, and ACURA / Honda keeps telling us to contact the supplier who will do nothing about the unit.
    DO not touch the 2009 MDX GPS. The dealers tell you there is NOTHING they can do, and HONDA keeps saying "we didn't make it"
    NOT BAD FOR AN EXTRA $5,300 + TAX :cry:
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    I've only had my 2010 a couple of weeks but so far it seems spot on. I had gotten so used to Garmin portables that I was a little reluctant to to switch to the in-dash GPS, but so far it seems very accurate.

    One thing that I do like about Garmin is being able to buy lifetime map updates for around $100 (which I did) as long as you own the unit. I don't like the prospect of forking over $150-$200 every time I want to update the maps. But the bigger built-in screen along with the other features you get with the Tech Package made it worth the extra money to me.

    We'll see how happy I am in a year from now...
  • jack3636jack3636 Posts: 2
    Everyone I speak to who has an MDX (and they all love the cars) has horrible problems with the nav systems. For example, insert a store name (say "Target" or "Sears") and up pops a location from 2000 miles away!!! It is not that important where the Target in Seattle Washington is located whne you reside in Florida. I have the list of all Starbucks locations in Riverside, California, but since we live in Atlanta, that is pretty useless. Any word on when Acura is going to address this defect?
  • mohollandmoholland Posts: 6
    I have an '07 MDX and we've been pretty happy with the SUV. It is by no means perfect but it doesn't seem to have any glaring flaws. The NAV in my opinion is pretty good. I've used better but for the most part it is a good NAV system. If you start your search by using the categories, you can sort by distance... for instance if you want to find the nearest Starbucks, go to categories, restaurants and then keyword. Type in 'Starbu' and then on the next screen, select by distance. Granted, you should have to work around the system in this manner but it does work.
  • cloviskidcloviskid Posts: 23
    After reading a couple dozen comments on this blog, I have come to the conclusion that no one reads the navigation manual. Thus, all the problems and complaints.

    My 2010 MDX is on order but I have already downloaded the manuals and know how to work most every feature on the vehicle.

    It is so simple to find the nearest STARBUCKS by name, without going through the categories, etc. Just request STARBUCKS. Then, according to the simple instructions in the navigation manual,.....

    "If you move the Interface Dial down while the list is displayed, the display will switch to SORT BY DISTANCE or SORT BY NAME.

    During my test drive, I had no problem using voice commands for the air conditioner, stereo, and the navigation system. You have to know the proper commands to give and it worked for me the first time I tried it.

    All these complaints from those who, apparently, haven't bothered to read the operating manual. The instructions are there, and I found the 2010 MDX navigation system to be one of the best. You can even enter map coordinates instead of an address! You have a choice to be routed only on VERIFIED roads, or you can select the system to also use UN-verified roads.

    This system is far superior to the system in my Infiniti.
  • katewakatewa Posts: 24
    Well, good for you!

    You know, there are some of us who learn better by being shown or told how to do something - especially when it comes to tech gadgets.
  • I finally got around to reading the posts in this forum. I wanted to chime in that we also lost the NAV in our 2004 MDX (since traded in). The NAV/screen would work on occasion, but we always had to input the code in order to get it to work. Sometimes, the GPS would find the satellites. Other times, it didn't but at least the A/C controls and backup camera worked!

    We didn't care that much about the GPS since the unit was far inferior to a Garmin Nuvi. But the inability to control A/C was ridiculous.

    On top of that, we had an issue with our TPMS sensors and the TPMS light would come on within a few miles of driving. This happened even after we replaced our tires. Both the tire dealer and an Acura dealer couldn't figure out what was wrong.

    The car had just over $100K miles and was running quite well, but we had no confidence in the electronics and figure we may as well cut our losses. The cost of a major electronic repair could have approached 25% or more of the car's value.
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