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Navigation – For those of you with Navigation systems (factory installed or aftermarket) if you had the chance to do it over again would you still choose the one you have and why? For aftermarket NAV systems, which ones do you recommend?

Second row seats – I like the look of the captain’s chairs and the console would be handy for holding my kids books, magazines, headphones, etc. but many of you say that you prefer the bench seat. Can anyone tell me if the bench seat is as comfortable as captain’s chairs? I like sturdy armrests - Does the center flip down cup holder/armrest feel solid?

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If I were to go through buying another truck/car, I will get the one with factory NAVI installed. In my opinion, it looks a lot clearner on the dash board/console if you want NAVI on your vehicle.
The only thing I wish is Nissan would have a touch screen instead of the stupid joystick. I have an ACURA TLS and the NAVI has both touch screen and joystick.

The good think about bench seat on Armada is you can adjust the incline on both sides of the "chair". The bench seat is pretty comfortable to me. I like bench seat because we could have an extra passenger on the second row and it provides more space.

Just my $0.02.

Cheers !!!



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Navigation – For those of you with Navigation systems (factory installed or aftermarket) if you had the chance to do it over again would you still choose the one you have and why? For aftermarket NAV systems, which ones do you recommend?

Second row seats – I like the look of the captain’s chairs and the console would be handy for holding my kids books, magazines, headphones, etc. but many of you say that you prefer the bench seat. Can anyone tell me if the bench seat is as comfortable as captain’s chairs? I like sturdy armrests - Does the center flip down cup holder/armrest feel solid?

Thanks for your help.
 

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I opt'd not to get the OEM Nav system ... my only experience w/it was during a test drive (in a Titan). So I didn't get too much of a chance to play w/it and the sales person (wasn't that familar with it to show me all the bells-whistles)

So rather than spend that kind of $$ .. I decided that if I were to invest in a Nav (GPS) system .. I'd get a portable unit (so I can move it vehicle to vehicle) and w/4 at my disposal (counting the Armada) this made convenience sense.

I recently acquired a StreetPilot 2620 .. its a smaller screen than the OEM unit (which is fine .. I felt the OEM screen was too large (lol))

The 2620 has color screen, touch control and voice prompts.
I just mount it in its "bean bag type" mount .. when in use .. REMOVE it from the dash (away from prying eyes and sunlight) when not in use ..

Ohh ... and I got the 2620 as a gift ... :)

And .. we (wife and I) decided collectively to go for the bucket/captains chairs for the 2nd row seats .. the console stores the kids dvd system/dvds ..
(it works for us)
 

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I like the factory NAVI and bought my Armada with the tech package to get that feature. It has already really saved my bacon once when mapquest let me down....

The joystick can be a little annoying, but the screen is really too far away to use as a touch screen anyway. Integration in the dash is excellent with the factory unit and will add to the resale. The "push the button" every time to accept is also annoying...but there are solutions for that too.

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I never had the NAV before this one. I'll never not have nav now. It adds more than just the map feature. I actually use it fairly often. Yes it could be a lot nicer with a few more convienent features but I think its worth it and its about the only option that shouldn't loose its value
 

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Same opinions with my Nav. I absolutely love it. I don't think I will ever buy another vehicle without it. It really helps out when you are traveling and are not familiar with the area.
 

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I absolutely love the OEM NAV system, it is my first and will never go without again. It was not a selling feature at first but would be now. Also love the rear camera view, it is very useful when backing up the beast, lots of kids in the neighborhood. As for the seats I went with the bench for the extra passenger potential. Do with I could have the extra storage, but giving up the extra seat was not worth it to me.
 

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Love the OEM Nav system, its fantastic, ordered it in my wifes Infiniti FX also, these things will definitely be a lot more common in cars as people get familiar with them. I like the bench seat because I have 3 kids, seat is comfortable.
 

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NAV Yes and no.
I love it. It works great. The only problem I have is that it is integrated with the stereo and I'd like to do an aftermarket setup. I'm not sure what the implications are or what I can do without messing it all up. If it was independent of the stereo it would be yes, get one.
As for second row seat, bench all the way. More flexible, the back of the seat folds down to make an armrest and cup holder. Seats themselves on the sides are pretty much the same with or without the bench. They recline just like the front. I also like the ease of making the storage area flat as well. ;)
 

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Nav is a must have. besides, it's great for the resale value should you ever have to sell it. The birdseye view is very helpful.

I too had the captains chairs/bench dilemna, but after riding in a yukon XL with captains chairs and only room for 6--that third row can't possibly fit 3--I thought it was silly not to have a bench in the middle. I love my bench. It's very comfortable and ALWAYS comes in handy.
 

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No nav and captains

I decided to get a portable NAV so I could use it in my other truck and motorcycle. Same thing with the entertainment; a 14" laptop on front console for DVD's, this allows us to use it in our travel trailer also as well as a spare computer at home. I let my two kids decide on the seat option, they thought the captains chairs were more comfortable and liked the console storage. Another plus in our case is we remove the console sometimes to make a path so our dog (my favorite kid) can make her way from the rear to the front to visit my wife (her "mom"). Besides its one less screaming kid I have to take on field trips. Our Armada for all purposes is a "stripped" LE: passenger power seat & hatch, all mats/tray, cabin filter and mud guards. I would not change a thing.
 
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