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Old 02-11-2019, 12:29 PM
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What I like about the MB navi is the ease of use of it. I hate all touch screens as in the car they are dangerous to use even the ones that come with the car. The command knob is so convenient, easy and safe way to do it.

Also, if you travel a lot, like I do, and drive long ways not knowing where you will stop for a night you can so easily search POIs as you drive for hotels and then call the hotel right from the information screen that is displayed. Doing this with a small touch screen phone requires stopping if done safely.

It also allows you to get navigation target from the phone book if you have saved address data there.

MB navigation is one of the best that exist but, of course, the map data needs to be up to date.
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Arrie View Post

MB navigation is one of the best that exist but, of course, the map data needs to be up to date.
I disagree.
On older MB navi, when I was coming down from the park, with about 1 mile of driving under the trees, the navi was showing my position in the middle of the lake 1 mile away. Endless routing where MB GPS wants me to drive highway around the city, where there is a street with 3 miles distance saving.
Now where I live we have "ladder" streets arrangement, so we can use 3 streets coming from the freeway for the same distance. I choose 1 for the best view, yet MB GPS for some reason prefers the other and even when I am 2 city blocks from my house on my favorite, the GPS wants me to go around to his favorite.
It will correct itself only on last city block.
So when I agree that build-in GPS is convenient, its accuracy and logic suck big time. What years MB brought recognizing street numbers? Getting on the street 5 miles from the number you are going to - sucks big time again.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:04 PM
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Another note, last year I was given dealer's ride in 2017 or 2018 model.
We were 1/2 mile from the freeway ramp, who had about 2 minutes traffic delay at lights.
MB live traffic guided us around city block, to come to the same ramp from other side about 10 minutes later.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:22 PM
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Its clear that depending where in the country you are can affect your experience with MB Nav. I can tell you in the NY Metro area its spot on all the time, and I've driven the car around CT and NJ quite a bit as well and never had a problem, and that included all the crazy construction on I95 in NJ, and I saw none of the issues everyone discusses.

I also agree I think putting your phone in front of a vent is a terrible idea, the vent is for A/C and heat, and as Arrie mentioned its a lot easier to manipulate the system using the MB controls once you're used to them, without taking your eyes off the road. I usually input my directions through Mercedes ME anyway, so that helps.

I've used a LOT of navigation systems on different cars, and the MB one, while dated looking, has always been the best I've used.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:27 PM
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I just use a Garmin dash mount. It just sits on the dash so you're not attaching anything to the dash or windshield.

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Although I might try this new mount.

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by fganter View Post
Hi, all,

I just got my first Mercedes and I'm new to the forum, so please forgive me if I ask some ignorant questions.

From what I've gathered reading the forums so far, it would appear using the built-in navigation system is NOT the way to go.
a) I have a 2014 E350 for which I would have to pay to get nav system updates.
b) There don't appear to be any newer updates since 2016, while there has been loads of construction where I live.
c) The updates don't appear to really be up-to-date, so it would be a waste of time/money.

While I like the idea of using the built-in bigger-than-my-mobile-phone display, it would appear I'm better off just using my mobile phone with Google Maps, which stays up to date.

Am I missing something?

If not, anyone have any good suggestions for a mobile phone holder (or whatever you do to view your phone's GPS) for the 2014 E350?

Thanks for your help,
Fred
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