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Sat Nav Recommendation

Hi, I'm looking for a Sat Nav for my 156 but have some fussy requirements.

Firstly I hate Sat Navs perched on top of the dash, and secondly hate wires coming from the cigerette lighter trailing across the console.

So the Sat Nav I want would ideally sit in a powered cradle / holder plugged straight into the cigerette lighter.

Or course it can't protrud too much to avoid fouling the gear stick.

anybody got any idea's or am I asking to much ?


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you're asking too much. get an A to Z.
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I have a Blackberry Curve with Satnav.

It doesn't need power or any connections, it is free with many contracts, and it has all of the most useful features without the stupid, flaky gimmicks many of the others provide, and you can hold it in your hand while you punch in the postcode.

Also the Alfa 156 fag lighter is especially shallow so anything that you try to plug in falls out apart from the genuine Alfa cigarette lighter.

Maybe part of their campaign to save the cigarette lighter?
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Get yourself a tom tom and get over the cable. Its better than being lost. You can get tom tom one for around 100 quid and it is very good. Much better than the navman i had before.
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have a look here.....Sat Nav Brackets: mounts your unit without drilling

not cheap, but it seems to do what you were asking for
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Re: Sat Nav Recommendation

I've got an hp travel companion 514 and i can wedge it in the gap next to the fag lighter in the centre console - looks nice and neat resting in there. I got mine for nowt as i work for HP but otherwise i wouldn't recommend one - battery life is awful (surely you only really need sat nav for the longer journeys?!) and on this alone i'd get a tom tom. Other features are great though (bluetooth, expandable memory etc)...

You other option is to get an all singing, all dancing stereo with flip out screen and sat nav. I know the DVDs to update the software can be expensive though - My dad was quoted 1500 to update his in his Lexus, and i imagine they may all be of similar pricing?!!

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you're asking too much. get an A to Z.
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I use an HTC TYTN II, a phone with built-in sat nav and runs TomTom software. The beauty of a windows mobile phone is you can choose any satnav software you like, whether you prefer Garmin, TomTom, Navman, AA, CoPilot, Wayfinder, whatever, you're not tied down to a single proprietary product like you are on Apple and Blackberry, plus you can keep up to date with all the speed camera updates for free if you know where to look

You could whittle up a mount for a standalone GPS device and mount it where you like in the car, you only have to put up with wires trailing from the lighter socket if you don't hard-wire it in and route the cable behind the dash and bring it out wherever you like with a nice little rubber grommet or something to keep it loking nice.

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