Looking for thoughts/opinions on in-dash VMS nav uints

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 15:41
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Hi All,
I am toying with the idea of having installed an in-dash nav/entertainment system from VMS. It is their latest unit to suit my vehicle (2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo). Had a look at this type of unit at the ARB store in Dandenong the other weekend and I found it pretty easy to use. Just looking for recommendation's & opinions.
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Reply By: MAVERICK(WA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 16:16

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 16:16
I gather the VMS is similar to the HEMA 5 I have - at least the operating system. So far 1 HEMA (the blue one) has been returned and replaced by the new orange one. No problems with that and the new one has worked ok and is getting extra "stuff" put on it at the moment Which means nothing except that it is far easier and simpler to take the unit in and out to either get repaired/replaced/upgraded than if it was inbuilt. Sort of like an outboard compared to an inboard - one just gets removed whilst the other needs the whole boat offline. rgds
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Reply By: vk1dx - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 23:00

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2011 at 23:00
We have a VMS and are pleased with it. One son has the latest and I prefer it. The screen in a bit bigger. Another son has one he put together himself. One big problem is that he cannot listen to music while Ozi is running. The VMS does it all.

But on the other side I hate the way the screens, not just VMS but lots of other screens tilt up, right at the sun. Making glare a possible problem.

Apart from the glare problem and the big cost, the VMS is tops.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Feb 03, 2011 at 07:55

Thursday, Feb 03, 2011 at 07:55
Seriously test that unit out for the functions you wish to use Chris - I found them much more difficult to upload/download plots waypoints etc to our house PC etc than just carry a clip out item to the computer.

Seperate to that another friend has found that cost of maintence was high (new maps & updates) and generally a bit awkward to use such that its "all to hard" for a non-enthusiast to use. But they still have a Melways which gets a lot of use.

Did look good though in dash of new Patrol , and brings to mind a comment I saw in a recent mag review of a 4wd-
"Its generally more important what a car looks like it can do rather than what it can actually do !"

P.S. I dont think the ARB dandy one is latest software release - worth checking.

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