BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      08-25-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
cloverro
Registered
2
Rep
4
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 bmw 135i convertible
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: mosul

iTrader: (0)

Nav or not

I'm going to purchase an '08-'09 135i convertible and was was wondering what opinions/experience people have had with the Nav/idrive system. To be or not to be...
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
135Pats
Turbo's Here
135Pats's Avatar
United_States
61
Rep
5,699
Posts

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Maryland

iTrader: (2)

It's pretty 'meh' in my opinion. At the end of the day, i'd rather nav than no nav, but there are systems out there (built in and stand alone) that are much better. Every now and then mine will act screwy and freeze, but with some stern talking to it works again after a minute or so. Idrive is....an acquired taste.
__________________
E88 N54 Alpinweiss/Coral Red/Motiv HTA 3586r Tial .82AR/Meisterschaft Race/Berk Resonated/ER CP/Synapse/VRSF FMIC/FFTEC LPFP/HFS-4 DO Stainless Lines/BMS Thermostat Delete/Rob Beck PCV Valve + Cap/BMS OCC/ST Coilovers/M3 FCA + Tension Rods/M3 Subframe Bushings/M3 FSB/DINAN Camber Plates/Apex ARC-8/Project Kics/VAC Hubs/Rogue Transmission Mounts/Alpina TCU Flash/Icarbon/Kerscher/BMW Performance
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
panoz7
Private First Class
United_States
3
Rep
121
Posts

 
Drives: 135i
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Durham, NC

iTrader: (0)

I have iDrive in my car. The nav routing seems a little weird, and the learning curve can be steep, but overall I like it.

For me the one killer feature is the ability to send destinations to the car via google maps (on desktop or phone). I hate typing in destinations, and I much prefer google's POI database to any nav system's that I've used.

Note that there's two different versions of iDrive in our 1ers. The 2008 models (and possible some early 2009 builds?) use an earlier version of idrive and have a screen that rotates closed. Later models have a newer version with a fixed screen and more buttons around the iDrive controller.
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 08:01 AM   #4
ejm3
Captain
United_States
9
Rep
660
Posts

 
Drives: 135 Convertible 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Connecticut

iTrader: (0)

Keep in mind that being out of warranty any gremlins in your nav system will be expensive to fix. I believe if you buy the extended warranty it's more expensive if you have nav.

I didn't want to ante up the $2500 when I bought mine new a few months ago. I have it in my other car and sometimes I miss it but it's not a deal breaker. If you see the car you want at a price you want I wouldn't not buy it because it didn't have nav.
__________________
2012 135 Convertible
2010 Lexus RX350
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 10:04 AM   #5
dorkdog
Big Mouth No Filter
dorkdog's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
587
Posts

 
Drives: 128i Montego Blue 6MT Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Puyallup WA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by ejm3 View Post
I wouldn't not buy it because it didn't have nav.
A positive statement out of three negative ones! Took me a minute...
__________________
We do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 10:15 AM   #6
dorkdog
Big Mouth No Filter
dorkdog's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
587
Posts

 
Drives: 128i Montego Blue 6MT Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Puyallup WA

iTrader: (0)

My wife and I have both had cars with nav - and it has turned out that if you want to update it costs more than it would cost to purchase a top-level Garmin - so no, we no longer want factory NAV on our cars. I would instead purchase the integrated Garmin thingy BMW has, I think.

My Garmin is hard wired; a hardwire is planned for our Santa Fe (which has outdated nav).
__________________
We do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 08:39 PM   #7
cloverro
Registered
2
Rep
4
Posts

 
Drives: 2008 bmw 135i convertible
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: mosul

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dorkdog
My wife and I have both had cars with nav - and it has turned out that if you want to update it costs more than it would cost to purchase a top-level Garmin - so no, we no longer want factory NAV on our cars. I would instead purchase the integrated Garmin thingy BMW has, I think.

My Garmin is hard wired; a hardwire is planned for our Santa Fe (which has outdated nav).
Excellent advice . Thanks !
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 09:28 PM   #8
Vigilante375
Captain
United_States
6
Rep
648
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 AW 6M 135i
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: WA

iTrader: (0)

I got Nav in my 135i but I didn't want it. Basically why I got it was because this 135i was the only 6spd in the state (WA). The next closest one was in CA so we got this one anyways as I didn't want to wait a couple of weeks to get the car and was using the wife's car to go to work in. It's only taken me to my destination 2 times out of the 4 or 5 times we've used it and it's not that great of a Nav neither. It doesn't say certain things like portable Nav's do, like your destination is on the left or stay left at the fork.

I will never get another car with Nav again, unless its a standard feature like the CTS-V has. I use my Android with the Google Maps app more than the Nav. Save the extra $$$ it takes to get a car, new or used, and buy a portable GPS.

You could sell your portable GPS every couple of years and buy a new portable GPS way cheaper than it cost to buy the updates.
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 10:08 PM   #9
KingOfJericho
Major General
KingOfJericho's Avatar
United_States
96
Rep
5,198
Posts

 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
I would stay FAR away from the 2008 nav but the 2009+ system is pretty nice. I you plan to use it exclusively as a navigation unit, it's a huge waste of money since that aspect is probably the worst feature, but the idrive system is otherwise indispensable in my opinion. If you use your iPod for music, navigation is a snap and the vehicle info is excellent. I actually like the traffic info and find it to be about 75% accurate. Each time I get a base model 3 series as a loaner, I miss the idrive the most for my daily uses. I would definitely seek it out as you rarely have people bitching that they got it, unless they rely heavily on the actualy navigation feature.
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 10:19 PM   #10
Mark16q
Second Lieutenant
United_States
3
Rep
223
Posts

 
Drives: 2010 135i convertible AW 6MT
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Agoura Hills

iTrader: (2)

Got it as it was the only CPO I could find with the other features I wanted. Have to admit, I feel lost when I don't have it. Makes using all the car features much easier, the traffic is good and I've had good luck with the routing. And I do love how I can send maps from my computer and have them waiting for me, or it'll map from my phone contacts.

Not sure I'd pay for it new but certainly will consider next time I'm shopping.

Also, a friend has the 08 Nav, and it's not user friendly at all.
__________________
'13 Miata Gt 6MT, '10 135i AW 'vert 6MT, PE and PPK1 sold. Sold '09 A4 Cabriolet, a couple of Miata's, 2005 Elise, 2004 S2000....
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 11:13 PM   #11
tuco44
Lieutenant Colonel
Canada
15
Rep
1,594
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 E82 135i MSport 6MT
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Western Canada

iTrader: (0)

Don't have it and don't miss it. Have had it on previous cars, but don't care if I have it again.
__________________
2012 135i E82 MSport 6MT Jet Black

Previous BMWs - 2012 135i MSport LMB DCT(sold), 2011 X3 35i MSport VR (sold), 2009 M3 Sedan AW (sold), 2008 535xi MSport AW (sold), 2007 328xiT Barbera (sold), plus 11 others in the 70s & 80s.
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 11:15 PM   #12
pinmagic
The Only Sane One Here
pinmagic's Avatar
United_States
19
Rep
1,137
Posts

 
Drives: 135i Convertible
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Arlington, VA

iTrader: (1)

The nav is atrocious - class-action bad, IMHO. The rest of the iDrive is pretty mediocre.
__________________
2011 135i VERT SGM/SB/MOONLIGHT - ED - with every single friggin' option they offered.
Appreciate 0
      08-25-2012, 11:42 PM   #13
bmw1racer
bimmerphile, technogeek
bmw1racer's Avatar
United_States
28
Rep
2,060
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 128i Coupe 6MT Sport
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SoCal

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
NOT.

Overpriced and just another thing to go wrong in a car with too much electronics already (IMO).

It's about the driving, not the gadgets... Less is more.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 02:12 AM   #14
zamboni
I want to drive a Zamboni
zamboni's Avatar
United_States
43
Rep
3,247
Posts

 
Drives: 13 E93 M3 14 F30 335i
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Monte Sereno, CA

iTrader: (5)

Garage List
Nav features lot of fucntions not just map alone, real time traffic info and you can send map info from your PC...... Get it you won't regret.
__________________
14 F30 335i Melbourne Red
13 E93 M3 Melbourne Red
12 E93 Space Gray ( Retired BMW buy back )
2006 E90 ( sold ) 09 E82 Space Gray ( sold )
My next vehicle would be a Zamboni
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 02:25 PM   #15
Section147
Good To Be Alive!
Section147's Avatar
United_States
9
Rep
606
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 135i ***Convertible***
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: The North Coast

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
I dunno...unless your a "traveling salesman" or you're constantly driving into unfamiliar territory, I think a nav is a total waste.
I understand traffic updates and some of the other bells & whistles are OK, but I don't get it. If you're doing a couple/few vacations
a year and you just can't get there without a nav (geez...how did we ever find our destinations before?), buy a Garmin or whatever
for a buck and a half. They work better, update a lot easier (and cheaper) and don't cost a fortune upfront.
__________________

Vermillion Red Boston Black Walnut Trim DCT M Sport Pkg. Premium Pkg. PPK1 PE
18" 313s Michelin PPS LUX 5k Blackline LCI Tails CF Diffuser & Mirrors XPEL Ultimate


"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" - W. Shakespeare
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 03:36 PM   #16
bmw1racer
bimmerphile, technogeek
bmw1racer's Avatar
United_States
28
Rep
2,060
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 128i Coupe 6MT Sport
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: SoCal

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by Section147 View Post
If you're doing a couple/few vacations
a year and you just can't get there without a nav (geez...how did we ever find our destinations before?), buy a Garmin or whatever
for a buck and a half. They work better, update a lot easier (and cheaper) and don't cost a fortune upfront.
Right on.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 07:34 PM   #17
BimmerE82
Captain
BimmerE82's Avatar
United_States
17
Rep
672
Posts

 
Drives: 2009 BMW 135i Sport package
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Tucson, Arizona

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 BMW 135i  [3.50]
I have it on my 09 135i but I bought the car used with 20,000 mies on it over a year ago. I must say it is a cool feature and I am glad it's there but not sure it's worth the $2500.00 price tag on new cars.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 08:38 PM   #18
BimmerEnthusiast99
Private First Class
1
Rep
186
Posts

 
Drives: '12 X5d; '10 335; '09 128
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Texas

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by KingOfJericho View Post
I would stay FAR away from the 2008 nav but the 2009+ system is pretty nice. I you plan to use it exclusively as a navigation unit, it's a huge waste of money since that aspect is probably the worst feature, but the idrive system is otherwise indispensable in my opinion. If you use your iPod for music, navigation is a snap and the vehicle info is excellent. I actually like the traffic info and find it to be about 75% accurate. Each time I get a base model 3 series as a loaner, I miss the idrive the most for my daily uses. I would definitely seek it out as you rarely have people bitching that they got it, unless they rely heavily on the actualy navigation feature.
Spot-on info right there.

+1
Appreciate 0
      08-26-2012, 11:56 PM   #19
ATSR
Captain
ATSR's Avatar
No_Country
13
Rep
853
Posts

 
Drives: TTRS - APR Stage I
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Miami, FL

iTrader: (0)

Don't get nav. It makes the dashboard look hideous and the system is a POS.

My car is an '08 with nav and I never use it. I use my smartphone if I need directions.

Not to mention that it died as I was driving tonight.
Appreciate 0
      08-27-2012, 07:19 AM   #20
KingOfJericho
Major General
KingOfJericho's Avatar
United_States
96
Rep
5,198
Posts

 
Drives: Yes
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: CT

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2010 135i Coupe  [2.63]
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATS View Post
Don't get nav. It makes the dashboard look hideous and the system is a POS.

My car is an '08 with nav and I never use it. I use my smartphone if I need directions.

Not to mention that it died as I was driving tonight.
The 2008 system was definitely a POS.
__________________
The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Bimmerpost.

2010 S4 Current | 2010 BMW 135i Retired | 2006 Lotus Exige Retired
Appreciate 0
      08-27-2012, 07:27 AM   #21
NYC6
Banned
United_States
29
Rep
2,078
Posts

 
Drives: '10 135i PPKI/06 C6 Z51 Vette
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: LI/NY

iTrader: (0)

-Didnt want the dash hump
-Didnt want to pay much more than its actually worth
-Heard horror stories about idrive
-Expensive to fix/update down the road
-Have new handheld that does just as good or better a job
that can be replaced much more cheaply with newest technology than the built in unit
Appreciate 0
      08-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #22
kensington
Private First Class
2
Rep
155
Posts

 
Drives: 08 135
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Tulsa, ok

iTrader: (0)

Another vote for Meh. I didnt get it in mine and havent missed it.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:34 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST