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#1 OFFLINE   markd

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 12:46 PM

Ford sent me a letter stating that for $149 dollars they will send me a New a7 card. Is it necessary, can I find one on the cheap?

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#2 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:13 PM

I see them on eBay starting at about $100. :)

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 03:00 PM

$119 on ebay and $129 on Amazon from the same vender.

Edited by markd, 25 February 2016 - 03:01 PM.

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#4 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 04:19 PM

Yeah, and if you wait for a few months they will come down even further (I have seen both A5 and A6 on eBay a few months after release for around $50, which is where I bought mine).

 

The "need" for it really depends on the places you drive (in terms of what changes in the roads would be worthwhile having).  I still have A5 and it's as accurate as anything I need (then again, I live in the Orlando area and there aren't a lot of new roads added very often -- perhaps in an area where roads are added more it would be more significant).


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 04:36 PM

I think I will wait too, I have to get one for my wife's Explorer too. ;)

 

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 06:56 PM

Nothing ever changes here in Indianapolis, so I am staying put.
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Posted 25 February 2016 - 07:19 PM

I guess I'm going to be tempted, though I will wait for the price to drop on eBay. I drive a road occasionally that isn't on the A6 chip, so it would be nice if it included that road. OTOH, since I have an A6, my plan had been to wait for the A8 to be released.

 

One other option that might interest some here, as well, is you can get the B7 (I assume it is released, or will be soon) instead of the A7. The difference is that instead of Canada, you get the maps for Mexico and Central America; both have the same maps for the United States.



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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:04 PM

You might want to check to see if that road *is* included on any chip you want to buy (perhaps get on a local Ford forum or even go to the dealership and take a test drive on some car with a current chip and check that road out).  My experience with GPS maps over the years is that it takes a LONG time for any particular new road to show up (we had a road in Nevada that was about a mile from our house that took about five years to finally get on there even though four years previous I put in a request to the mapping place telling them about the road -- don't remember what it was but it was a Garmin and there was some sort of place you could alert as to roads that weren't in the system).

 

Would be a bummer to pay for a new chip only to find that road still isn't there.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 06:28 AM

MIne is A4 and we were driving thru the farmers fields on a trip according to the GSP, looks like all new roads. 

Probably updating it soon, since we do a lot of traveling, otherwise its been good. 

 

I hate using the little Garmen we have in the other vehicle, so used to mySync larger screen and split screens.


Edited by WNY, 14 January 2017 - 06:31 AM.

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 07:23 PM

I replaced mine last month.

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Posted 16 January 2017 - 06:38 PM

Such a ridiculous price for something that is super cheap to produce. I bought a Garmin GPS and a temp mount (a sandbag) so I use it only when needed. Cost? $150 with FREE LIFETIME map updates.


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 08:34 PM

Exactly where does the SD card reside? I can find no mention of it in the manual. The Ford site for navigation tells me I have the latest revision, but it does not mention A7 anywhere. Confused...



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:02 PM

Exactly where does the SD card reside? I can find no mention of it in the manual. The Ford site for navigation tells me I have the latest revision, but it does not mention A7 anywhere. Confused...

 

The SD card is in the center console, next to the USB and 12V ports. I believe the Ford site uses the Ford part number for the SD cards. It says "A7" on the front of the SD card itself, though I believe the longer number (GM5T-19H449-AA) is the Ford part number; you can see a picture of the SD card on this eBay listing.


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#14 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:45 AM

Going for around $70 now:

 

http://www.ebay.com/...3dYLK~C&vxp=mtr

 

So always worth it to wait a bit (I'm still in no pressing need of it, although might pick it up in a couple of months).


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:13 AM

Exactly where does the SD card reside? I can find no mention of it in the manual. The Ford site for navigation tells me I have the latest revision, but it does not mention A7 anywhere. Confused...

 

Your profiles shows you have a 2016 C-Max.  If this is true, you have Sync 3 and I believe the navigation is different and does not use an SD card


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 10:20 AM

Your profiles shows you have a 2016 C-Max.  If this is true, you have Sync 3 and I believe the navigation is different and does not use an SD card

 

OK, that makes me feel better! I could not find the darn thing! My car does connect to my WiFi while it is in the garage and will auto-update itself. I know that "Sync3" was updated last week this way.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:49 PM

OK, that makes me feel better! I could not find the darn thing! My car does connect to my WiFi while it is in the garage and will auto-update itself. I know that "Sync3" was updated last week this way.

Can you check to see what version number it says it's at?
Mine says 1.0

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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:55 AM

Can you check to see what version number it says it's at?
Mine says 1.0

Mine is as well








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