Jan 27, 2012, 5:09 PM
The NAVTEQ site does not work, it is completely mas-functional. We live on Calle Dos, it is in the north of the city, all of it is in one colonia. There is another Calle named Calle 2 here. It starts in the north of the city, it is not continuous, It goes through The city into the city of Temixco in the south, it passes through several different colonias.
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When I enter my address as a starting point, it shows our house as being on Calle 2 , which they have renamed Calle Dos. I suspect that they only list businesses that have paid them a fee, the same as Garmin does, They even tried to steer me to restaurants in Tepoztlan, which is not a part of Cuernavaca. They have no name listings for restaurants.
The Post Office will never rename a street here, and the house addresses are numbered as the houses are built. We have odd and even numbers on both sides of our street. Our house is number 5, houses numbered 6 are on both sides of us. I frequently get mail addressed to number 6. I need to look at the name on the envelope to know which house to take it to.
The last option for me to try is the BICI maps program, at least it is a Mexican created program, and maybe it will be more accurate to navigate in small. Or medium sized cities here. If that doesn't help, the trash can is my next option.
I went online today, my map is up to date with a 2012.30 map. I also downloaded one software update. I was a little concerned about whether it downloaded correctly, as my Garmin was connected to my laptop downstairs, and it could not acquire a satellite signal. If acquiring satellite signal is critical, and I don't know if it is, I will try connecting to my desktop upstairs, or I will take a folding table and chair into the front patio to get any more updates using my laptop. My car is parked there, and it does get satellite signals there.
When I took it outside to connect it in my car, it showed that the map and software was up to date though. If it is anywhere near accurate for México (City) I can drive to the BICI office there and buy their maps on a memory card. I only paid $190 US Bucks for the latest Garmin, so I might as well gamble another $40 Bucks for the BICI maps. If that doesn't work, I will take a hammer to it and put this pile of crap in the garbage where it belongs.
Many of the solutions offered to me were evidently for older models of Garmins, and they will not work in the newer models like I bought. The only language choice I have is for spoken Spanish, no choice of speakers. I have enabled it, I don't know yet if it will be an improvement, but I can understand correctly spoken Spanish a lot better than the garbled mumblings of an English speaker that is trying to speak very fractured Spanish. It did not come with a printed user's manual. Only an online manual is available, it is very time consuming to use it.
I would buy and pay for a printed manual if one was available. Maybe that piece of junk would be usable then. I gave up on the printed Guia Roji maps years ago, too many, many errors and omissions on them for city travel.
Garmin appears to have tried to save money in the wrong place, making their units almost unusable for most users. In my former life, I was an electronic instrument technician. I can always make something work, if it is not faulty.
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