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Hi. I've just imported my VW Touareg from the US. The VW dealer already did some changes required by law. But they don't know what to do with the GPS and how to install the European maps. They told me that most likely, I will have to change all the system which would cost me about 4-5K CHF. Does anyone have any experience with VW GPS maps, radio, etc.?
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Old 29.09.2011, 12:27
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Not me. But I do have experience with an excellent Garmin GPS, which cost a few hundred francs only. TomTom is anotheralternative and of course there are loads more, if it turns out that the dealer really can't download European maps to your system (sounds highly unlikely, intuitively!)

Another alternative (to solve the FM radio problem) is to buy a complete unit second-hand from a wrecker's yard. If any Touareg has ever been wrecked, that is. They're pretty solid!
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Old 29.09.2011, 12:53
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is it not a DVD-based GPS using a Navteq source?
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NOOOOOOOO!!!!!! DON"T LET THEM PULL THAT ONE!!!! They are in UK terms *taking the P*ss out of the auuuuslander*

The AMAG system is the same, wish them a fair day and go... then goto another VAG dealer and get the european maps or depending on where you are based I know a service manager at a dealership that I can put you in touch with...
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Re: Importing VW from US

also check out this forum

http://www.gpspassion.com/

someone on there is bound to have done it already, most systems will have 'hidden' options where you can change things like the FM frequencies to make it work here as well, but again someone on that forum will be able to point you in the right direction
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also check out this forum

http://www.gpspassion.com/

someone on there is bound to have done it already, most systems will have 'hidden' options where you can change things like the FM frequencies to make it work here as well, but again someone on that forum will be able to point you in the right direction
Good Idea Then it's just the dvd load
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http://www.navigation.com sends VW ownrs to their dealer.... just take a different one!
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Hi. I've just imported my VW Touareg from the US. The VW dealer already did some changes required by law. But they don't know what to do with the GPS and how to install the European maps. They told me that most likely, I will have to change all the system which would cost me about 4-5K CHF. Does anyone have any experience with VW GPS maps, radio, etc.?
SAve yourself the trouble and cash. Every GPS gismo I have ever seen works great until you're close to your intended goal (ie when you need it the most) and then it starts to go stupid.
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Re: Importing VW from US

Hi, as you already know your FM Radio works fine, probably better than one here always searching for a better reception. Best forget the changing of GPS in your radio and buy a Tom Tom or Garmin. My Tom Tom takes me right to someones door. Hope the dealer didn't screw you too bad for putting parking lights in your headlights, disconecting the front yellow side marker / running lights which I really think are safer than having none, especially since there's no stop signs and cars pull out in front of you that you think your going to hit. Plus he turned down your headlights so they shine right in front of your car so you can't see ahead of your driving speed at night, rather dangerous not being able to see ahead at night. You know a few years ago they made guys take out the third brakelight or disconect it. Also better get it rust proofed as they use salt here insead of chemicals to melt the snow and ice, rusts your car really fast but gives the body repairmen work, plus gives the men at the MFK something to point out that needs fixed. My car in the U.S in snow country never had a rust problem, but my state used chemicals on ice and snow. Welcome to Switzerland
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Mmmm, chemicals accumulating all around our roads (and in the water table) -- now there's an appealing alternative. Why didn't the Swiss think of that?
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Hi. I've just imported my VW Touareg from the US. The VW dealer already did some changes required by law. But they don't know what to do with the GPS and how to install the European maps. They told me that most likely, I will have to change all the system which would cost me about 4-5K CHF. Does anyone have any experience with VW GPS maps, radio, etc.?
Hello,

I am using a 2005 V8 in Nigeria which I imported from the US. Nearly never used it because of none-existing maintenance there. Now thinking of importing it in Switzerland (Valais) to use it during holidays.
Could you tell me more about your experience? Which model? What kind of changes were required? Cost?
Thanks for advice and feedback.
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