New to UK section, looking for sat nav help

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by michael ward, Apr 7, 2004.

  1. michael ward

    michael ward Rookie

    Feb 9, 2003
    Hi guys,
    I have just shipped my car to UK and will be spending ,most of the summer driving it round Europe and am looking for some help on Sat Nav. I am leaning towards a fitted unit rather than hand held or portable kind. Does anyone know a good person to talk to about what to fit and anywhere decent to get it done (either London or Nottingham area pref)?.
    Many thanks in advance.

    ps I have been reading threads here for a while and it helped greatly with my insurance. thanks
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  3. Robertb

    Robertb Formula 3

    Nov 19, 2003
    South Oxfordshire, U
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    I have a factory-fit one in my BMW. It is v good, but slow sometimes; I'd therefore recommend a DVD based system.

    This style looks good, as it minimises disruption to your dash.

    Alpine do DVD based ones, as do other manufacturers. A TMC (traffic message channel) facility is good as it downloads traffic info into the system, and can inform you of delays via the map or a list, and divert around probs.

    These Pioneer ones look excellent. From the spec they'd be my choice.

    Why do you not favour a portable one? Much cheaper, and can be moved from car to car (and also good to have hand held if you get lost when walking through Barcelona!) I thought these looked good

    Hope this is helpful

  4. matkat

    matkat Formula 3

    Mar 18, 2003
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    Dave McGuire
    Michael,you say you are looking at a fitted unit but my experience anyway,I have a tom tom navigator 2 and find it useful and relatively easy to use the advantage being you can install it on an existing handheld and will cost you around £200 got mine from Dixons in Stansted airport,they also had Garmin which was about £800 again good as it is easily removed and refitted.
  5. harmitc

    harmitc Karting

    Nov 2, 2003
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    Bernard R
    I use a Navman almost daily on a hand held, so far 100% reliable. I don't bother even taking a regular map now. You can swap between cars and still use it as a palm top if you wish.
  6. Blackspider

    Blackspider Karting

    Mar 2, 2004
    for what its worth i've had a "Becker" system fitted to my Ferrari, fantastically easy to use, idiot proof even. Single cd disc for the whole of Europe and they are now standard fit OEM for Ferrari. Nuff said.
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  8. dpsuk999

    dpsuk999 Formula Junior

    Feb 12, 2004
    Leeds UK
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    Im in the process of fitting a becker sat nav system in my 348TS which I removed from my Porsche Boxster but the only wire I cannot locate is the one for the speed sensor (GAL). How can I identify this in the 348?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  9. exiges

    exiges Karting

    Feb 26, 2004
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    David Brown
    You may find the wheel-speed sensor connection is optional.

    I fitted a VDO Dayton satnav to my partners Corsa and wasn't able to hook up that lead.. it didnt' cause any problems.
  10. michael ward

    michael ward Rookie

    Feb 9, 2003
    Thanks for the responses. I already have a Pioneer system fitted in it (using a hard disk drive rather than DVD) but i used that in Japan and it won't work here. What i am hoping to do is keep the front end (TV screen that comes out of the unit) and use a DVD based back end. I guess if i can't do this i will go with something like Tomtom.
  11. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
    I have same Becker Traffic Pro in my 360 - great system.
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  13. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
    Does any one know where i can get the Ferrari transfer for the front of the stereo as it has the same front panel to the official Ferrari system but has the words Becker Traffic Pro instead?
  14. hedge

    hedge Formula 3

    Jun 11, 2003
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    I just bought an ipaq bundle with the latest bluetooth compatible tomtom 3 software. Should arrive next week - I will report back how it performs.
  15. jjustin

    jjustin Karting

    Jan 20, 2004
    East Anglia - UK
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    I've been looking at a similar package - be sure to report back once you've given it a try :)
  16. EK3R

    EK3R Formula Junior

    Mar 26, 2004
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    Eric K
  17. ric355

    ric355 Guest

    Dec 21, 2003
    I also have TomTom 3 with GPS receiver. Works great.

    For those who have it or are getting it, have a look at where you'll find download links for CheckPOInt (there are other similar apps but this is the one I'm using) and a safety camera database.

    There is also another safety camera database at, which is created by the author of CheckPOInt.

  18. Stewart 430

    Stewart 430 Guest

    Buy a real Ferrari instead of that fake you have.


  19. Izza

    Izza Formula 3

    Nov 3, 2003
    What? Like your Ferrari RS6?

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