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#1 (permalink) Old 11-11-2009, 07:18 AM
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have a 2008 Prius. It has all the options except navigation. When i push the map button on the steering wheel it says the navigation system is not externally hooked up. I have ask Toyota if it is something that can be added and was told the whole system had to be replaced with a new one.I think this is bull and its just their way of trying to make $$$$. Does anyone know if its possible to get this added with maybe an ecm update or something along those lines?
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Hi, subbprius,

It's just not clear to me how your car would have a "map" button on the steering wheel & NOT come with the Nav system. Do you know the Pkg # or 2-letter Pkg code of your car [can be found on your window sticker (if the dealer gave it to you) or on your purchase order paperwork]? Did you buy the car new or used or as a salvage car? Did you (or a possible previous owner) change the steering wheel? If you bought the car new (& have less than 36,000 miles on it) then I would say the dealer owes you a warranty replacement of the Nav system that should have come with a steering wheel with a Nav button on it (they don't usually install a Nav type steering wheel on the assembly line on a car that isn't going to have the Nav system in it).

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Ken, starting in 06 or 07 Toyota standardized the steering wheel buttons on all of the Prius with Nav and/or BlueTooth. So all that have BT have the Map button, even though NAV is not installed.

For the OP, it would be very expensive to add an OEM navigation system to you car. Get a portable device like a Garmin. You will be much happier as it is a better system than the Prius system. Just DON'T try to stick it on the MFD! If you do, you'll be replacing the screen very quickly.
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Hi, firepa63,

I stand corrected & thanks for explaining that to me. I find your info very interesting. Now I feel I should just delete my whole post, but I won't because I know that would affect the continuity of the thread. And subprius, I recommend you do what firepa63 suggested.

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I opted to request a package that did not have NAV when I purchased my 05. Probably one of the best decisions I made when purchasing a new car. I like my Garmin much better than the Toyota NAV that was installed in the Prii up to the 2010 model year. Plus, I can move my Garmin from car to car, I can send it with my wife when she goes out of town in her car, and I can update it rather inexpensively as comapred to the DVD updates you are forced to purchase through the dealer.

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