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March 31, 2010

Audi A6 Symphony II to RNS-E Retrofit: How to Update Your Audi With 2010 Electronics

Audi A6 Symphony II to RNS-E Retrofit: How to Update Your Audi With 2010 Electronics

I wanted to upgrade the aging factory stereo on my 2004 Audi, and get all the goodies that come with a 2010 car: built-in GPS navigation, Sirius Satellite, Bluetooth, MP3 playback, and multi-media capabilities. But buying a new car seemed a heavy price to pay for what amounts to a few creature comforts.

Basically I'm still quite happy with the car. I just wished there was a simple way to upgrade the electronics while still keeping the Audi factory look. Turns out there is. I upgraded my car, and you can too. And it's not as difficult as you might think.

You can have the Audi dealer do it all for around $3.500. Or you can do it yourself for around $1,400.

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March 27, 2010

Hertz NeverLost Gen5 Review

Verdict: Delightfully Old School

Hertz NeverLost Gen5 Review
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Review Highlights

  • Generation 5 of Hertz's legendary NeverLost system
  • Brings 2-way GSM connected services
  • Still offers best of breed navigation with unmatched ease of use
  • Could do a lot more with wireless connectivity than just weather and flight status data

This year, Hertz will begin deploying the 5th generation of its popular NeverLost GPS navigation system. Already available in select U.S. markets (for $12.99 per day, or complimentary in Hertz Prestige Collection cars), the Gen 5 NeverLost system brings real-time two-way connectivity, and advanced features such as online trip planning services, weather, and flight status data.

I had the chance to spend a week with a Gen5 NeverLost equipped car, and put the GPS system through its paces. How does the NeverLost Gen 5 stack up against previous NeverLost versions as well as stand-alone PNDs? Read on.

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March 17, 2010

Rand McNally Intelliroute TND 500 Truck GPS Review

Verdict: A Solid Truck GPS With Room For Improvement

Rand McNally TND 500 Truck GPS Review

Review Highlights