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I have found on the Vauxhall website an update package for the Electron Sat Nav. For some reason it costs £209.00 for 2011-2013 models and £119.00 for 2014 onwards.
If it's anything like the update I bought on Ebay for my Astra GTC, all you get is an SD memory card to stick in the slot which updates the system in about a minute. That only cost £50 and was the genuine item.
Anyone want a Navi 950 sd card with 2012 maps on it?
 

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If the update got rid of the mad woman who gives road names it would be worth it. Apart from being out of date (and the mad woman of course) I found the SatNav worked very well when I did a trip last week, I have a TomTom but don't use that now. BTW I had 3 passengers on the trip and to my embarrassment the journey was interspersed with howls of uncontrollable laughter every time the mad woman spoke. I even had requests to go round side roads for their amusement.
@Astonman hope you dot mind me adding the link http://opel.navigation.com/product/Catalog/Catalog_Opel-Ampera_2013/GM-Navi-Audio-Package-Europe-2013/sku/22945592/en_GB/OpelEMEA/GBP
 

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If the update got rid of the mad woman who gives road names it would be worth it. Apart from being out of date (and the mad woman of course) I found the SatNav worked very well when I did a trip last week, I have a TomTom but don't use that now. BTW I had 3 passengers on the trip and to my embarrassment the journey was interspersed with howls of uncontrollable laughter every time the mad woman spoke. I even had requests to go round side roads for their amusement.
I use the Satnav quite often and it is good enough for most trips.
How Satnav Sal's shrill sister reading out the road names (text to voice) ever was considered to be released is beyond me. It hurts! :eek:
It cannot surely be beyond the wit of any software company to source a better voice!
I wish there was an option not to have the road names read out. That would be a vast improvement.
 

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I use the Satnav quite often and it is good enough for most trips.
How Satnav Sal's shrill sister reading out the road names (text to voice) ever was considered to be released is beyond me. It hurts! :eek:
It cannot surely be beyond the wit of any software company to source a better voice!
I wish there was an option not to have the road names read out. That would be a vast improvement.
Well said @Russ , my thoughts exactly.
 

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If only signposts had the road names as well as the A & B road numbers. How many times can you read the road name when you get to it. Why can't the silly woman use the road numbers, it is after all only at the last mile or so we are looking for the road name.

IMHO the inbuilt SatNav is now becoming somewhat of a liability! On more that one occasion I have come across road layouts and junctions that have changed. How many times have you come across a roundabout that is not mentioned or a turn left or right statement only to find that is where the road you are on goes anyway.

Sorry - I just realised that silly woman cannot see/use the dashcam :)
 

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I have found on the Vauxhall website an update package for the Electron Sat Nav. For some reason it costs £209.00 for 2011-2013 models and £119.00 for 2014 onwards.
If it's anything like the update I bought on Ebay for my Astra GTC, all you get is an SD memory card to stick in the slot which updates the system in about a minute. That only cost £50 and was the genuine item.
Anyone want a Navi 950 sd card with 2012 maps on it?
MY13 Ampera already have the latest maps available, which are listed as 2013 but actually late 2012. Most MY12 are likely to have older maps that can be updated but as the "newer" maps are still out of date, it is probably not worth the cost. It is very disappointing that recent maps are not available for MY12/13 only MY14 (different nav system)

I had my maps updated FOC on my MY12 at first service in 2013. It was a DVD with a code tied to the VIN.

Link to map updates Vauxhall | HERE
 

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Ive always treated SatNavs with caution. Its akin to asking for directions from what was possibly the village idiot. You follow the directions given but use your own judgement too.
 

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When my warranty is up I am going to have a look at the back of my unit in the dash. From what I have read on FB if it has a specific socket unused in the rear then you can buy a box to feed in from your phone either bluetooth or wired and toggle button switch to swap between the car display and the phone display then I can use google maps. Car is expected to hit the 100k around March next year.
 

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That feature has just been launched on the Mokka X and Crossland X. (Re-badged Peugeot crossover.....writing's on the wall for Vauxhall?)
You can link your Iphone or Android phone with the free app to the vehicles touchscreen and mirror say Google maps. I will have to look into that socket (not literally) when I collect my Electron this weekend. Can't wait! Have a 300 mile drive home unfourtunately partly on the M25 western side. Should test the extended range. Getting collected from the station by the garage in a Tesla. They specialise in electric vehicle sales but a bit out of my league with a £60k price tag
 

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It has been on other Vauxhalls for a few years now. They did have an 'App' facility before but it required a licence for the Sat Nav, not cheap but I had a free trial whilst I had it in a courtesy Corsa. This newer version of the ICE with Android Auto and Apple Carplay is great and it convinced me to include this facility when I had to buy a new head unit for our Japanese imported Nissan Elgrand.
 

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When my warranty is up I am going to have a look at the back of my unit in the dash. From what I have read on FB if it has a specific socket unused in the rear then you can buy a box to feed in from your phone either bluetooth or wired and toggle button switch to swap between the car display and the phone display then I can use google maps. Car is expected to hit the 100k around March next year.
yeah there is a video on youtube of some guy who has installed this to his Volt, looks good but also seemed like a fairly big job
 

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Collected my pearlescent red Ampera Electron from a south coast electric car dealer yesterday. Has 250+ mpg lifetime on it already so the previous owner must have done a lot of electric motoring (40k).
My return journey home included M3, M25, & A1 but I still had half a tank of petrol left when. I arrived home. Impressive. What had me in stitches was the sat nav's road number announcement voice. Snooty Sally must have recorded them when she was suffering from PMT or needed the toilet badly (appologies to all lady readers of the forum).
First impressions are what a relaxing and comfortable car it is to drive. The front A pillars are thicker than my old Astra GTC and the rear view is a bit restricted by the spoiler and high boot lip but reversing is fine using the camera. You need to keep your eye on rhe speed as there is no engine feedback noise! Need to use cruise control more?
Couldn't figure the radio tuning out on the move. Previous owner must have been a Radio 4 fan as this was the only stored station. She had left a great selection of 60's to 90's music on the HDD so I put the Bose system through its paces. The headlights were fine. The dealer said he sells each one he gets in quickly and thinks they are appreciating in value. Good news for Ampera ownership! Can't say that about the Tesla he picked me up in from the station with a £60k price tag Going to spend today familiarizing myself with all the toys.
 

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I tried to source an Electron, ended up with a Positiv, though I'd miss the nav , but I just use Sygic/Waze instead.
Would've liked the Bose though..
 
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