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Old 09-03-2005, 01:44 PM
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New here, question about sat nav

Hi guys, im new here, from the UK. My parents bought a velocity red rx8 a few months ago. Thanks to me anyway! they were looking at boring saabs and mercs till i persuaded them to at least look. Anyway, its a jap import automatic version with flappy paddles on the steering wheel. Am not allowed the keys as im only 19, drive a suzuki siwft gti but if money wasnt an issue would definatley get an rx8!! As its a jap however, there is currently no navigation. They were quoted 1000 to change it as apparently they have to rip the whole thing out and replace it with an english version. Now, i dont trust dealers...is there not just a simple disc available that will convert it? has anyone else here had this same problem?
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Old 09-03-2005, 03:25 PM
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Hey,

Now, I don't pretend to know anything about the Japanese version of the nav, but I'd hazard a guess that they're the same unit. You'd need to get an English firmware upgrade/change (Mazda) and a European maps disc (Navteq).

If they are different, then you would have to get a new box. Best thing to do is take a picture of the nav box itself and of the screen with it switched on (menu screen or something like that) - then I can compare it to mine.
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Dear Lukey223,
Greetings from another 'noobie', who just happens to have a velocity red RX-8 with SatNav package!
I think 1000 might be reasonably close to the mark, considering that many car mags (eg TestDrive) quote 2500 from scratch.
I always thought SatNav was a gadget too far; now I wouldn't know what to do without it!
Having an installation (with the pop up consol) gives the SatNav an extra space-age feel - sad, perhaps! :o That said, it has its security benefits......:D
Go for it!
I'd be interested to know how you get on.
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