Originally Posted by vettdvr
For those complaining about $$$ Garmin and price are a bit like saying no taxes just doesn't happen. Garmin is EXPENSIVE. I have a portable garmin GPS in my plane and pay $400/yr for updates. SO $149 doesn't appear out of line for a car.
My issue with the $149 fee is that I can purchase a complete GPS system - including the screen/CPU, a charger, and up-to-date maps - for $99 on Amazon or in any Best Buy in the US. My $129 TomTom came with lifetime map updates, and that's 3 years old now and came with a 5" screen/CPU unit, a car charger and a USB cable to connect it to my PC.
Compared to that, the map updates are completely overpriced, unless someone can show me a good advantage that the map updates offer that my 5" portable system doesn't have.
Compare that to MS making the price of a Windows 8 update $499, which is about the price for a Laptop that includes a new version of Windows 8 plus the hardware. It just doesn't make sense.
To me it feels like Garmin knows we don't have a choice when it comes to map updates and gouges the Chrysler owners on price, since they have no alternative if they want to keep the built-in GPS system up-to-date. Not that that's any different to owning any other vehicles with built-in GPS systems, Audi and VW do the same for instance - or their map suppliers do ...