Audi Sat-Nav System

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by walkyrie, Mar 1, 2012.

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  1. walkyrie

    walkyrie Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    A while back we got a new Audi A1. At the time the dealer implied that because we had the all singing/dancing sound system, we only needed to buy an SD Card with the Maps on to enable the Sat-Nav option.

    As we had a TomTom, I had no desire to grease the dealer's sticky palms any further and I assumed that it would be simple enough to "acquire" a Map SD from somewhere else.

    The TomTom is rapidly becoming an expensive compass, so I've done a bit of digging into trying to get the Map SD and found some apparent flaws in my plan.

    a) Techno-Witch-Craft means that you can't just download the maps and copy/paste them onto any old SD Card - you need to buy a special one (£60 on fleabay)
    b) [Slightly contradictory] Due to Audi Techno-Witch-Craft the SD cards are linked to the VIN and therefore must be bought from a dealer (c£100-150)
    c) Despite having everything installed (according to the original dealer) and buying a SD Card, you then need to pay a dealer c£300 so that some spotty 19 year old can spend 30 second in your car with a laptop to switch on the satnav option.

    Can anyone confirm/deny my research? Any help or tips out there?
  2. Sounds feasible, its all to do with the Canbus system, every major electrical component is being watched, its how the onboard puter makes an indicator stay on continously when a rear bulb is out.

    £300 to switch on the option sounds too expensive, I would have thought it would be free if you bought the card at the dealers.
  3. Yeah, £300 sounds far too expensive to just flick an electronic switch, its generally less than £200 to reflash and remap your ECU which takes 1-2 hours. But hey, thats the price you pay for a top marque.

    Best bet would be to get an SD card from the main dealer and find some friendly Audi specialist to switch the sat nav on for a fraction of the cost. Unless the main dealer won't give you a card without also charging you for the privelege of installing it, in which case you're fucked.

    Or just go straight to your friendly Audi specialist and see what he says.
  4. (a) Wrong
    (b) Horsehit
    (c) Probably, but 300 bills is too much

    You need to know how to "Marry" the car and the card, thus "unlocking" the maps. I've only done this on the built in system on my Merc (which uses discs), but the practice is effectively the same for the handheld TomToms - you need to place the card and TomTom device into holy matrimony by placing the hardware unit's identity (usually a hexidecimal code) into a key generator

    The MB dealer wanted the guts of £400 notes to update the system in my car. I told him to poke it on the basis that I had not three months previously paid him £55k for the ******* car.

    Have a google for the satnav map torrents you require - you'll most likely get a how to .txt file with it.

    Viel Gluck!
  5. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Wouldn't bloody surprise me. Brand new Beemer, straight out of the box and only four digit postcode capability, WTF? To upgrade it to six? That'll be an extra £160 please! *******! Needless to say, I didn't bother.
  6. I'd argue it wasn't fit for purpose under the sale of goods act. I'd sit politely for a long time arguing until it was sorted.