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    2012 WRX/STI Navigation System

    Does anyone local have this? I'm ordering a new 2013 WRX hatch to replace my 2002 WRX Wagon soon and wanted to see if the Nav was worth it or not.

    Side question, as anyone added an aftermarket nav and got the steering wheel controls for radio & Bluetooth to work with it?

    Thanks!

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    just get a tomtom, I hear that's what all the kids are using these days.

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    Re: 2012 WRX/STI Navigation System

    I have yet to find an OE navigation system that I like when compared to aftermarket solutions. If your main concern is navigation, look at Kenwood units, which uses the Garmin interface, which I've found the most intuitive. For steering wheel controls, you'll need an adapter like Metra. For BT, I'd use the mic included with your new unit.

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    just get a tomtom, I hear that's what all the kids are using these days.
    Depending on locale and LEO, a window mounted GPS could be grounds for an "obstructed view" citation. Whether it's likely, I doubt it, but it's something to consider.
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    Pioneer's Nav units are very good. I am a huge fan of them. The maps are simple looking, but I like that. I've had 2 different units in my two different STIs and both were very reliable.
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    Re: 2012 WRX/STI Navigation System

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikie13
    Pioneer's Nav units are very good. I am a huge fan of them. The maps are simple looking, but I like that. I've had 2 different units in my two different STIs and both were very reliable.
    I haven't been impressed with them. Grant it, I never played with them outside a store display, but I find Garmin to be more user-friendly. I will say, I run a Pioneer unit in my car (non-navigation) and like it; I use my Droid for navigation.

    Moral of the story, anyone considering dropping the kind of coin on an aftermarket H/U should play with the interface and see what works for them.
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    I had a Pioneer GPS HU in our SUV & I did not like it. It was actually quite terrible compared to our Garmin. I believe Kenwood uses Garmin technology in their HUs.
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    That's odd...I've had two lower end Pioneer nav HUs and both work very well...
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    Reason I ask is because I had the top of the line Pioneer double din headunit before (Z130BT) but the nav let a lot to be desired. everything else worked great. With some research, it seems like the Stock Nav is pioneer based, which is why it is discouraging me from ordering it.

    I have a 5" garmin nav which works great so I'll just stick to that. The only reason I wondered about the stock nav was that it included the satellite radio module, so I figured for a little more than what I was going to spend on the XM accessory, I could get nav.

    Thanks for the replies everyone.
    I ordered my 2013 Plasma Blue Pearl WRX Premium Hatch Saturday...so now it's the waiting game.

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