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Can I use a different SatNav?

Honda gave me my EX back 2 weeks ago with the reconditioned SatNav head-unit and it seemed to now be working just fine.

See here if you want the whole LONG story.

Well, the damn thing got temperemental again. And now it seems to have stopped working. No idea why. Exhausted with talking to Honda about it. Giving up.

So my question is this: Can I put in another SatNav (eg, TomTom, Garmin, etc) unit into an EX and have it show up on the built-in screen? Can I get a voice-activated one that uses the cars voice-activated tech?

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30 views and no response ... looks likely to me that it's not possible to do it and I need to be talking to the people I bought the car off so they can take the car back.

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Nothing is impossible.

But that would be so hard, I wouldn't even want to start thinking about it. Get it fixed!
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Did get it fixed. Twice. Still not fixed ... reliably.

Hence my question.

Thanks for letting me know what I suspected. I either put up with an unreliable / defective satnav or take the car back to Cargiant. I bought the car 2 and half months ago so my chances of a refund are, err, slim (Even though the satnav head-unit has been in repair for nearly the entire time).
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When Honda perform any work do you not get a years guarantee ?

If so then take it straight back. With all the benefits of the built in system it's a shame to let the car win.
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I hear you, Kremmen.

I love the EX - spent many months deciding that it was the marque for me. Shopped around, got what I thought was a fair deal. But if the SatNav isn't working hardly at all it makes it all pointless.

I'd keep the car in a heartbeat ... if only the satnav would work!

And if Honda have sent it away for fixing twice (taking a month on each occasion) I'm not optimistic it's going to be fixed if I contact Honda again.

I've emailed Cargiant "major fault, sale of goods act, blah blah" and will see what they say. Every moment since I bought it from them (2 and a half months ago) is justified (I was either waiting for an appointment for the repairs at Honda or it was actually being repaired. So they can't say it's been too long.

Will be sad to see the car go if I do have to get a refund ...
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I would absolutely insist that Honda fit a new unit, messing you about like this is just not acceptable.
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Not Honda's problem, pcr.

The car was second-hand from Cargiant - not under any warranty. They can fix it / recondition (which Cargiant have paid for, incidently) but fitting a new head-unit is going to cost serious green.

New head-units go for between 2-3K ... how mental is that!
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Why not go for an external Sat Nav?
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Why not an external satnav? A fair question...

Because it sits somewhere looking ugly - unlike the built-in option ... wires, everywhere. Because I can't use all the other integrated stuff like the hands-free. Because otherwise I could've gotten a cheaper, none-EX marque.

One of the main reasons I bought an EX instead of say a BMW 320i is the fact that the Civic looks really good inside - one of the best on the market. All BMWs look boring inside. Giving up and getting an external satnav would make my original decision pointless.
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Why not an external satnav? A fair question...

Because it sits somewhere looking ugly - unlike the built-in option ... wires, everywhere.
Mine sits to the side of the clock with just a single wire going down to the glove compartment. I'd say it fits in nicely and it gives me all the advantages of a separate satnav.
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I know its probably a long shot, but have you tried contacting any shops that suppy after market satnav systems to see if its possible to connect it to the honda monitor, in the same way you can with stereos by purchasing a wiring loom.
As i said i no its a long shot, dont no if there is such thing on the market, but certainly a lot cheaper satnav systems out there i certainly wouldnt pay that price to replace the unit sounds over priced to me.

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