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#1 (permalink) Old 04-19-2012, 06:08 PM
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Well againist my better judgement I updated my GPS navigation on my 2011 Optima EX which I purchased in Feb. 2011. Because I'm going on a cross country trip this summer from Florida to Washington State and back plus all parts in-between I decided to have the most up to date Gps map available. When I called mapnsoft they said that their updates are always the last quarter of the year so I figured I was a year behind so I went for it. I had received a coupon in the mail from Kia for 189.00 special price when I called the dealer for a bottom line price they quoted me 340.00 to do the update what a ripoff to put a stick in the usb port and push a few options on the screen. Anyway I called mapnsoft thinking I could download from the web to a stick in my computer well they don't do this you have to buy their stick (20.00 8g) then they send you the stick and update. Bottom line 189.00 for update (coupon price) 20.00 for stick 13.36 shipping and handling=222.41. Well I installed it today as follows after you go though a few setup steps you have to go on line and get a code to proceed with the update you then have to type in your order #, vin # and serial # (5 digits)? After five or so minutes trying to figure what serial number they were talking about I tried my zip code and it worked I guess putting serial # in instructions instead of zip code would make it too easy for the customer. Anyway after all the info it started to update they said it would take 60 minutes but it was only 45 minutes I just went for a drive down the interstate for an hour didn't want to sit in the driveway with just the power on. I guess I feel better now maybe I got a few new roads and some past mistakes cleaned up for my road trip. I do not think I will do this again I guess I had a weak moment, I do have a 9.00 8 g stick though.
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Sounds like an expensive software upgrade. I've only ever had after-market GPS units that cost about $150 and haven't bothered with the updates (which are supposedly "free" online). Too much danger of killing the unit during the upgrade, I figure. I've seen many examples of wrong information given for the registration process (e.g. an expensive encyclopedia CD required you to enter a code Exactly as printed on the sticker; i.e. after you ignored the leading zeros).

I haven't missed much by using the default maps. My previous GPS didn't know about a new overpass, and helpfully advised me to "Perform a U-Turn" in the middle of the bridge.
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