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Old 18th August 2010, 17:47   #1216
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But now i am little confused on choosing Vx140 or Roadpilot
Karthik, I am also planning for one soon. How much was the VX140 quoted? Is the Blaupunkt co-branded Lucca available at Xenos. Shall we try to negotiate and buy together?
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Old 18th August 2010, 20:13   #1217
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Thanks. I will be getting the Friction mount and Case. I have narrowed down to 265W and 285W models. They are 184.35 and 194.99 respectively. They are here and here. Will book one of them this week.

The only difference i guess between these two are 285 comes with 3D maps. I cannot make out any other difference.
265 also comes with 3d maps. Don't bother going to 285. It's a discontinued model from Garmin. Go for the 265W or 265WT instead. Ofcourse the T part is useless in India.

And anyway, I tried the 3d option in 265WT in India. Satnav maps aren't so good. It doesn't show like the US/ Eu maps in 3d. And the rendering is also slower. So I've reverted to the 2d view in this.
But it's amazing when I simulate routing in 3d in europe!
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Old 18th August 2010, 21:02   #1218
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Just bought the MMI RoadPilot device.

The Device:

It's compact, touch screen is pretty effective and the voice navigation volume loud enough. It does get a little warm to touch after 20 minutes of operation, but I assume that's because the battery was charging.
Initial satellite lock was pretty quick, hardly 3 minutes for 4 sats. The device can lock on to 12 sats max.
The overall construction is pretty sturdy and feels solid to hold. It's a rubbery kind of plastic, which means that even if you drop it accidentally or falls down from the mount, there'll not be too much damage. The provided car charger was too big for the Ritz. In third gear, the gear lever is uncomfortable close to the charger. I do wish there was some flat surface in the front portion of the dash in the Ritz. I've currently stuck it on top of the coin box on the dash.
The screen is pretty cluttered with icons, some of which I want hidden, something which I've to find out if it's possible. I'm ok with the 3.5" screen as you have a pretty effective voice navigation that alerts you quick enough. The screen is bright enough to view in direct sunlight, in fact it blinds you having the "day" mode during nights. But I didn't like the look and feel of the night mode maps, but I guess that's what is most effective.
Otherwise, it's a barebones device with no other extra features. I'm quite happy that it has a take me home and favorites, which is what I need the most.
The provided mount is pretty fragile although it sticks like a gecko. I need to find a friction holder for this, as I dont want this to be on the dashboard.
I truly think this a VFM product if you only require basic navigation functions.

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Quite good in Bangalore. I tried navigating through some densely laid out layouts, took shortcuts through gully's but even then the route was recalculated correctly. I'll know the details of highways this weekend.
POI's are good enough to locate the odd gas station, petrol pump and restaurants. I should say that I'm quite pleased with the map detail. Even if it does not give me door numbers, and some street names are not accurate, I get to reach the destination more or less. It's easy to navigate yourself after that.
Route calculation is pretty fast, but I guess this more of a device attribute than a function of the maps. Map upgrade is not too expensive for 2 years and is worth buying if you're traveling a lot.

When i was at the dealer, I asked a few questions to which he did not know the answer, so he called up a person from MMI who was most helpful and courteous in answering to all my questions. I also have his phone number with a blanket permission to call him regarding any queries about the device.

Any one has ideas on where I'll be able to buy friction holders in Bangalore?
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Old 18th August 2010, 21:14   #1219
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Just bought the MMI RoadPilot device.
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When i was at the dealer, I asked a few questions to which he did not know the answer, so he called up a person from MMI who was most helpful and courteous in answering to all my questions. I also have his phone number with a blanket permission to call him regarding any queries about the device.
Hi,
Could you ask him about the format of the raw trackplot (GPSLogYYYY-mm-dd_HH-MM-SS.bin) file. So that we can do our own conversion. Their conversion routine removes even the timestamps!

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PS. MMI doesn't bother replying to EMails.
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@naveenventkatesh; I agree that the 265W is what you need (I have the same). Add the Rs.990 for SatNav maps, you are looking at under Rs.10,000 for the lot.
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Old 19th August 2010, 14:39   #1221
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Thanks guys. I will go ahead the book 265W this week. Hopefully my friend in the US can check it and use it there just to make sure everything is fine before getting it here. Will add SatNav maps and i should be ready to roll!
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I had been to Landmark for some purchase and was pleasantly surprised to see MMI and Satguide devices on the racks!
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Finally, I decided on MMI Vx240, after a lot of thought. Got the device this afternoon for Rs. 14990 from the MMI office in Domlur. I could have gone with the Garmin device + SatGuide maps, as per the strong recommendation on this thread, but the more demos I saw, the more I was inclined towards the MMI maps. And MMI maps for Garmin devices costs a bomb - Rs 7000, which pretty much evens out the deal (though you'd have a quality US-designed device in your hand).

Looking at how the company MMI is doing thill days, I get the feeling that they will continue to do well and perhaps be more successful than SatGuide eventually, which is why I decided to take the plunge with the Vx240. Well, I have reposed my faith in them and I sure hope they dont belie it.
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Finally, I decided on MMI Vx240, after a lot of thought. Got the device this afternoon for Rs. 14990 from the MMI office in Domlur.
VX240 for Rs 14990? Or is it VX140? VX240 cost Rs 16490. Just saw the demo from the MMI Sales guy about 40 minutes ago at Xenos.

Your comment about MMI is correct. They have entered the OE scene suppling to Ford, Audi etc. So they may stay on.

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Finally, I decided on MMI Vx240, after a lot of thought. Got the device this afternoon for Rs. 14990 from the MMI office in Domlur. I could have gone with the Garmin device + SatGuide maps, as per the strong recommendation on this thread, but the more demos I saw, the more I was inclined towards the MMI maps. And MMI maps for Garmin devices costs a bomb - Rs 7000, which pretty much evens out the deal (though you'd have a quality US-designed device in your hand).

Looking at how the company MMI is doing thill days, I get the feeling that they will continue to do well and perhaps be more successful than SatGuide eventually, which is why I decided to take the plunge with the Vx240. Well, I have reposed my faith in them and I sure hope they dont belie it.
Congrats. You should post a review on it soon. How did you get that model for 15K? The website quotes the price as 16.5K?
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I indeed bought the Vx240. I went directly to the MMI office and not through a retail dealer (like Croma, eZone etc), and managed to get Rs 1500 off the MRP. I will write a review in a week, during which I will be driving to Kerala and back.
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Got the device this afternoon for Rs. 14990 from the MMI office in Domlur.
Could you share there Domlur address/contact no. Thanks..
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if anybody can shell more bugs, there is one more option to go for a kenwood 6.1" or 7" visual display which has a GPS navigation as well along with other goodies like VDD, MP3, Bluetooth and many more, but it costs around 30k and you have to get rid of your exisitng ICE,
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Which maps are being used in them?
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I finally booked 265WT on Amazon. Will get it in October :-( It came to $184.13 with Friction Mount and Carrying case. Will have to add SatNav maps once i get it.

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