I sent the following to Acura, but thought it might be worth posting
Whereas I love my 2005 Acura TL, I feel that Acura should be ashamed
and embarrassed about the coverage of the navigation system. I live
in and bought my TL in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and on my very first
road trip out of town was very disappointed to learn that the area I
was visiting did not appear on the map. It happens to be a fairly
common and important route here in Alberta (specifically the Crowsnest
Highway between Fort Macleod and Fernie, BC). It was also at least
two years behind on some major road upgrades right here in Calgary
(e.g. the Highway 2 extension south of town)! To add to the
confusion, when on the Crowsnest Highway and requesting directions
home to Calgary, the navigation system plotted a route to the nearest
US border crossing in Idaho and then on a long, circuitous route
through the US (1200km) for a simple 200km trip!
Now if navigation systems were a new invention, this might have been
excusable. However, they have been around for a while. In fact,
whereas I paid $3300 for the navigation system in my TL, for $100 I
can buy software (e.g. Microsoft's Streets and Trips 2005) that has
MUCH more information. I took the MS software with my laptop on
another recent road trip, and that software had information for many
tiny centres in Alberta that are not even on the map in the TL. For
another $50, it also includes a GPS receiver, so for $150 I turn my
laptop into a navigation system that has so much more information in
its database that the makers of the TL navigation system should be
embarrassed. Now, whereas I realize that the TL's navigation system
is integrated into other functions in the car, the cost is such that I
could spend significantly less to buy the aforementioned software AND
a laptop to run it on! What's more, Microsoft's Streets and Trips
2005 will run on Windows CE devices, which I understand is what's
running the TL navigation system as well.
All-in-all, as I said, I love my TL, but the database in the
navigation system should leave Acura embarrassed!
Thanks for listening!
P.S. Please don't recommend that I get a "Navi Update", since 1) as
far as I can tell, my 2005 TL already has the latest available, and 2)
the price of the update should be another embarrassment. $280 for the
upgrade?!? That's another slap in the face when compared to the
commercial, off-the-shelf software competition.