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Alpine NVE-P1 navigation map update rip off

by eugenethejeep / November 29, 2010 1:44 AM PST

Anyone else purchase an Alpine NVE-P1 navigation unit for their Alpine head unit? These units were $300 new and you were supposed to be able to update the maps and POI via usb computer connection. No software or map updates were ever made available. Now Alpine is charging you $99 to exhange your old unit with a new one with updated software and maps. Smacks of consumer fraud to me. Considereing filing a lawsuit.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 29, 2010 1:50 AM PST

A few months ago I had to get our second GPS unit as we moved towns and I didn't have time to learn the area. So I went with some 130 buck Garmin.

Given no cash income for maps, maybe they had to do this or go under?

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Did you ever find a solution to the NVE-P1 Update?
by johanndale / March 28, 2011 8:46 AM PDT

I'm in the same situation and wonder if you ever found an update solution that didn't include giving $99 to Alpine?



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by eugenethejeep / February 17, 2012 1:58 AM PST

No. Went ahead and purchased it. Now a year later every time you turn the unit on in addition to the initial warning screen you now get another screen telling you the maps are out of date and they want another $99 for update. Annoying as it gets. Ditching this unit as soon as the new Pioneer avic-z140 comes out this spring. Never buying anything Alpine again.

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Clarion was worse
by batvette / March 11, 2012 3:28 PM PDT

You think that's bad, back in 1998 I purchased Clarion's flagship head unit, the MAX2256, a double din CD cassette that was one of the first video head units on the market. It alone was $2k, with the TV tuner pack, VCR, and 18 disc changer and CD based VOICE nav unit, the whole deal was $4k. (today you can get most of that for less than $1k of course)The dealer I purchased it from was out of the voice navigator units and Clarion was back ordered so he got one from another dealer he knew to fill my order. I put it in my car not knowing it needed CD's to work, they were supposed to be included in the box but the other dealer pinched them for unbeknownst reasons. The CD's covered the whole US but you only got one region included with the $600 package, you were supposed to call Clarion and they'd give you a code.
Went back to my dealer every week for 6 months, kept giving me one lame story after another why he didn't have them. Finally about a year later he called me up and he had them. I called Clarion to get the code to activate them and they said they only issued codes for 90 days after date of purchase!
So all these years I have had a 600 dollar brick in my dash.
That's okay I never get lost.

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You win!
by eugenethejeep / March 12, 2012 10:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Clarion was worse

Great example of doing what it takes to keep a customer. NOT! So far the new one has told me to turn off of a bridge, turn into a concrete highway divider. Just got back from a trip to Dallas where it got so confused it just started making stuff up, I swear. Routed me one way going there and a different way coming back? The Pioneer is supposed to come out this week. Can't wait to ditch this piece of junk.

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why buy another
by batvette / March 13, 2012 12:49 AM PDT
In reply to: You win!

at this point doesn't your android/iphone cell phone have all the navigation most people need? Was looking at indash GPS units at Crutchfield, $550-1500, most around $700 still.
If I had money to throw at it I guess. I don't.

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