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1. Interesting. One thing I like about my NAV system is that POI's that I have stored in memory appear instantly and the routing is extremly quick. It's much faster than the two portable Garmin units that I have.

2. There are two things I hate about the NAV system. One is that the DVD has to remain installed. Both of my Garmin units have all of North America loaded in flash memory. I guess having to have the DVD installed makes it easy to update the maps if they don't have a laptop computer. However, purchasing the DVD should get you a free dealer install into flash memory if you don't have a laptop to do it yourself. Second is the less than steller search function for POI's that are in the computer. As mentioned, one should be able to put in Pottery Barn, or whatever, and get a list of those within a specified radius. I should also be able to put in restaurant choice (Mexican, Italian, etc) and get a list of restaurants within a given radius. It that's possible I haven't figured out how to do it.

3. Something I like about the NAV system that has nothing to do with navigation is that the MMI on the A5 is moved from the dash to the console, where it more convienent and, in my opinion, looks nicer.
 

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Not happy about having the DVD installed to operate the NAV system because: (1) having to use the DVD means mechanical parts spinning platters, etc which means lower reliability - the Nav system is one of the more frequent reliability issues mentioned for Audi in consumer reports, (2) the DVD has to operate in adverse temperature conditions (below zero winters and above 100 degrees in the car interior in the summers) which can limit its operation due to temperature and is a prime cause of the poor reliability, and (3) the system is huge compared to my tiny little Garmin, which has more capability, includes Bluetooth and XM Satellite Radio capability, and runs on flash memory (I'd rather have the side area to store something). The Garmin also has text to speech so it tells me to turn left on Porter Street rather than turn left in 300 yards.

Complaints aside, if I had a choice to do it over, I'd still get the Nav system in the A5. It's not as user friendly as my Garmin, has less capability, and costs 5X as much, but its still a nice system AND it puts the MMI on the console.
 
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