Go Back   MBWorld.org Forums > Mercedes-Benz SUVs, Trucks, Vans, Diesels, Other > M-Class (W164)
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


M-Class (W164) 2006-2011: ML280CDI, ML320CDI, ML420CDI, ML350, ML500, ML550

Welcome to MBWorld.org!
Welcome to MBWorld,

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!


Reply
 
 
 
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-24-2010, 12:38 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 18
Drives: 2008 ML350 4Matic
ML350 Navigation Upgrades

I was wondering if anyone knows of a company that has the ability to upgrade the navigation system in an 2008 ML350. I'm not referring to the updated CD that anyone can purchase from NAVTEQ. I'm talking about doing some sort of software or firmware upgrade on the stock navigation unit itself. The reason I ask is because, and please don't laugh, but my cell phone (HTC Incredible) has a MUCH better navigation system than my car does. I know, it may sound crazy, but man is it true. The graphics kick *** (don't think a software/firmware upgrade will help with screen resolution) and when using the phone's system, the flow of the graphics is as smooth as silk. My cars are jumpy and look incredibly outdated.
So, without changing out the head unit to a newer one (the thought of doing that makes me nauseous), is there a way to upgrade my navigation unit?
To remove this ad, register today or login if you already are registered!

JethroAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2010, 08:00 AM   #2
Super Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Posts: 559
Drives: 2011 GL450, '06 R500 traded, '08 ML350 sold
Of course your cellphone gps has better graphics and accuracy. It is a few years newer which in high tech electronic time is ages ahead. You can chance the COMAND to any aftermarket unit you like providing it fits. If you are asking to change the software only and not the hardware, the answer is no.
aggst1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2010, 10:54 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
pharaoh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 55
Drives: 2010 ML550, 2012 GLK350 4Matic
That is why Germans can't make cellphones like the Asians and vice versa.... See what I mean...
pharaoh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2010, 12:49 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 18
Drives: 2008 ML350 4Matic
Yah, I completely understand that the latest and greatest electronic gizmos are often outdated before they reach the shelves, but if software companies send out updates to their products, why can't the car manufacturers do the same for their software driven products? I had the hunch that it was hopeless, I just figured I'd ask.
JethroAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2010, 04:37 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 207
Drives: ML320CDI 2008 all options inc air suspension
Quote:
Originally Posted by JethroAZ View Post
Yah, I completely understand that the latest and greatest electronic gizmos are often outdated before they reach the shelves, but if software companies send out updates to their products, why can't the car manufacturers do the same for their software driven products? I had the hunch that it was hopeless, I just figured I'd ask.
If money is no object, you can have 09 or later command unit installed. They have a new interface
Vernl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #6
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 2
Drives: 08 ML 350
This is my single largest complaint with my ML. I test drove the 2011 ML 550 this week, and even with the new interface it is severely lacking. It seems that the colors and resolution have improved, but the functionality and capability are way outdated compared to my old 2006 Alpine unit I had in my previous vehicle.
omcinto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 01:03 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New Orleans
Posts: 178
Drives: 2008 S550 AMG
brownbomber elliottforman
It is pretty sad that my wife's 07 w164 is light years behind with the navigation, both data and graphics.

I do expect more from Mercedes. I could even see them just changing a couple hundred dollars per year for fully updated maps and graphics. If you think about popular software companies (microsoft, apple, etc)., they provide their updates via the web and in most cases for free.

Just my 2 cents!
brownbomber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 01:42 AM   #8
360
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 89
Drives: 2008 ML550
my 2002 bmw 3 series had a better navigation then the 2008 mercedes version.
__________________
360 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 11:57 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 18
Drives: 2008 ML350 4Matic
That's precisely my point. I honestly believe Mercedes has completely missed the mark with respect to their (or our) navigation systems. Like I Said, I know that technology changes daily, but my girlfriends two year old I-Phone navigation is far, far superior to the two year old system in my ML. I'm beginning to think that Atari is the manufacturer and that somewhere in my system lurks the start up screen for Ms. Pac-Man.
JethroAZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 07:07 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
roadrutz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary
Posts: 338
Drives: '09 ML550
Quote:
Originally Posted by 360 View Post
my 2002 bmw 3 series had a better navigation then the 2008 mercedes version.
That's sorta like a who's-got-the-ugliest-face contest. I had a 2002 BMW. Its NAV was bloody awful. So is my 2009 ML's. How sweet it would be if Mercedes outsourced their NAV UI to Apple.
roadrutz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-20-2010, 07:07 PM
 
 
 
Reply

Tags
2008, 350, add, cd, firmware, gps, m350, mercedes, ml, ml350, nav, navigation, software, system, update, upgrade



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:51 PM.


Copyright 2001-2012 InternetBrands, Inc. / MBWorld.org. All Rights Reserved.
Everyone's Personal Details