Originally Posted by smerkal
Wondering what information is out there on the Kia Nav system/ Infinity sound system in the '09 Optima SX sold in the US. Who is it actually made by? How do I get updates? Is it compatible with the Kia Bluetooth accessory? Any mods discovered for it yet?
I am not sure about the Nav system but I am also interested in map updates. I will post if I can find anything.
Regarding the bluetooth option, not sure what you mean by Kia Bluetooth accessory. When we bought our 09, although we actually called ahead and went to the dealership to look at an 09 demo, the sales guy walked us through the options in the 2010 showroom car. I specifically asked him what the "little hole" was for in the headliner near the sunvisor. He replied,"it's for the bluetooth hands-free system".
When we got the car home, I looked all over for some instructions of how to activate the bluetooth and pair my phone. When I couldn't find anything I called the dealership back and spoke to the service manager, who then told me that the 2009 model does not come with bluetooth built in. That "little hole" is actually for the microphone for the voice-actuated nav system.
So I called the sales manager and told him that we were not happy as one of the main options we were looking for was built-in bluetooth (Ontario had just put that law into effect). He called back to say they were willing to install a "Bluetooth Accessory" no charge, which they had been doing for many of the Kia models in 2009. When I pushed for further details, I found out that they were just purchasing a visor-mounted bluetooth speaker box from a local electronics store.
At this point I told him that there is no way that I would accept this solution as I had already bought and tried 4 or 5 of these so-called bluetooth solutions in my truck and none of them were a worthwhile alternative to the built-in bluetooth system I now had in my truck (JVC CD/DVD/Nav/Sirus/BT).
Anyway, after much discussion they finally agreed to install a built-in aftermarket bluetooth solution. What we ended up with is a Motorola T605, which has performed flawlessly since it was installed.
Sorry to be so long-winded but to get back to your original question, the current Infinity/Nav system in the 2009 Magentis is NOT capable of bluetooth in any way shape or form. You must look for an aftermarket solution and in my experience, I would spend the extra money for a built-in solution over any "portable" unit, hands down.