Originally Posted by wjcollier07
...Also, whats your rating on ease of use as far as the navigation goes? it looked good but some of these systems are kinda misleading while on the road.
It isn't the easiest I've ever used but it'* not too bad. I loved my TomTom GO700 for ease of use and features but hated the thought of an extra box bolted to my dash or stuck to my windshield. I did that with my '02 SE and don't want to go down that path again. I'm really about the "Factory Look & Feel".
Performance wise, it'* great while driving. There are some brief pauses while entering destinations because I think the processor is slower than some aftermarket units. Features differ between different GPS units I've tried, and this one does lack some that others have. On the other hand, it does allow you to do things like quickly navigate to a nearby hospital or police station in an emergency. It will also provide your exact Lat/Long to assist emergency crews in getting to you if needed. Another nice feature is that it will split the display and blow up the view of interchanges as you approach your exit. After having a 6.5" screen, I'm not sure how I ever used units that were smaller.
Available maps for larger centres aren't bad, but small communities seem less detailed. There are lots of POI'*.
The biggest reasons I went this route were
B) Integrates with other on-board systems (Steering Wheel Controls, OnStar, CD Changer, XM Radio)
C) Rugged / Durable - Delphi is generally really good this way
D) Provides the functionality I need.
I considered some of the other aftermarket units, but they just didn't seem to be built as solid, nor did they integrate as easily. Motorized screens that move up and down, etc. IMO, a jam waiting to happen.