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Old 12-13-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Garmin 660 vs BMW Navigator IV

Does anyone know if the BMW Nav IV 660 software equals the Garmin 660. I recall the BMW 550 software was inferior to the genuine Garmin 550. Santa wants to know.

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Old 12-13-2009, 05:07 PM   #2
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I have the BMW Nav IV. While I can't tell you about the 660 software, I can say that the Nav IV absolutely does not do what BMW claims. Unlike the 660, all communications with the Nav IV is Bluetooth and it does not work.

My dealer and BMW North America tell me they are working on the problem while Garmin tells me they are unaware of the problem.

To me, the spoken turn-by-turn is a deal breaker.
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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The NAV IV does not allow a "mike in" function, a deal breaker for me.
BMW does not want you to talk while riding.

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Old 12-13-2009, 06:15 PM   #4
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I have a Nav IV and it works great. I receive all Nav instructions by bluetooth and can make and receive calls.

The software is the same version 3.3 as the Zumo, so I don't think there are any SW differences.

The Garmin provides a hardwire plug in for headphones and mic that the Nav IV does not have (or are blocked by the mount). But everything works by using bluetooth. I prefer going wireless anyway.
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:50 AM   #5
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I have the BMW Nav IV. ...Unlike the 660, all communications with the Nav IV is Bluetooth and it does not work.
...My dealer and BMW North America tell me they are working on the problem...To me, the spoken turn-by-turn is a deal breaker.
Do you mean th BT doesn't link up to your headset? What device do you use to recieve the prompts?

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Old 12-14-2009, 07:43 AM   #6
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Comparison: BMW NAV IV and Garmin ZUMO 660

I found this link very helpful. http://www.balderston.net/Navigator.htm

Based on this information, I'm going ahead with a Nav IV.

Cheers, M.
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Old 12-14-2009, 01:18 PM   #7
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Where do you get the IV?

i did a few googles and can't find it..
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Old 12-14-2009, 02:30 PM   #8
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Bmw Nav IV

Check with your local BMW dealer (in Seattle?). I just got mine for $675 at Cross Country BMW, Metuchen, NJ (no affiliation).


BMW Motorrad Navigator IV
71 60 0 440 186 -


see page 13 of - http://www.maxbmwmotorcycles.com/fic...dayCatalog.pdf

Intro press blurb - http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...avigator-4.htm

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Old 12-14-2009, 03:10 PM   #9
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That's a good price. Remember, you also need the mount. I paid more for mine, but Cliff's gave me the BMW mount for free. It's very high quality (better than the Ram mounts that come with the Zumo).
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:51 PM   #10
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Cliff's gave me the BMW mount for free. It's very high quality (better than the Ram mounts that come with the Zumo).
OK, I'm curious...what does your mount look like? Cheers,M.

Here's the RAM mount from https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8130#featureTab -

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:05 PM   #11
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Version 3.50, December 4, 2009

I noticed there's already an update posted at Garmin - BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, Ver. 3.50, as of December 4, 2009

See http://www8.garmin.com/support/colle...t=010-00727-20

I haven't even unpacked it yet. Will let y'all know how it goes.

Cheers, M.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:07 PM   #12
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I noticed there's already an update posted at Garmin - BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, Ver. 3.50, as of December 4, 2009

See http://www8.garmin.com/support/colle...t=010-00727-20

I haven't even unpacked it yet. Will let y'all know how it goes.

Cheers, M.
dam...am i so stupid! i can't find them for sale! how much you guys paid and where did you paid for it!
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:00 PM   #13
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OK, I'm curious...what does your mount look like? Cheers,M.

Here's the RAM mount from https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8130#featureTab -
BMW has a custom mount for the Nav IV for most of its bikes. Not sure what you have, but here is the one for the R1200R:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...55&hg=65&fg=13

The one for the R1200GS is very different:
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...46&hg=65&fg=13

The BMW mount causes less vibration than the Ram mount and looks nicer, IMHO.
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:41 AM   #14
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Question: why didn't BMW just put the stallite command right at the handlebar (some kind of remote), instead of putting it right at the craddle?
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Are there any more comparisons on this?

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger and I'm leaning towards the Nav IV.
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