Originally Posted by Steve_R
Other than the fact that it has the BMW dealer database and the BMW logo on it, why would anyone purchase it for more than the Garmin Zumo 660 which it is based on.
1. The BMW-specific cradle, with its hard buttons (I'm NOT going to defend or attack the worth of the cradle -- everyone should accept that for some it is a worthwhile accessory, and for some it is not -- I don't believe in questioning or belittling someone else's choice to get an accessory just because I wouldn't buy it).
2. True plug-n-play mounting and wiring to the bike -- for some, having a BMW-designed and finished wirng harness and mounting system means no-hassle installation (e.g.
, not having to figure out how to wire in, cobble together cable connectors and/or chase down RF noise issues).
3. Having the BMW dealer database is not required (if one wants to invest the time/effort to find and install and update alternative dealer listings, the BMW-sourced info isn't needed). That said, the one time I needed it I was grateful it was there in my Nav I (before alternative dealer lists were available) when my first FD died outside St. Louis on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend).
4. Having BMW warranty and support -- while BMW/Garmin are slow in getting updates out, my experience is that they have always been rock-solid.
5. While a minor issue, some of us feel that having all BMW accessories can help with resale, as well as preserving a "factory" look (yeah, I'm one of them -- when I installed a set of Phoenix switches this weekend for my garage door opener and future farkle, I cannablized an old run of BMW wiring harness to have a BMW-factory wiring harness sheath running from the switch cluster down into the tupperware
FWIW, while I have been known to be somewhat handy with a soldering iron, right now I do not begin to have the time to research and figure out how to hook up a 660 to my RT and the J&M CB/intercom. Given the pitifully small amount of spare time I have at the moment, the convenience of a complete plug-n-play system that I know will go in easy and be instantly compatible with my existing intercom and bike harness *more* than justifies the additional cost -- to me. I intend to be one of the first in line at my dealer for the Nav IV package.
I fully recognize that the package BMW offers does not represent a good value to many folks who are not in the same position as I am; on the other hand, remember that just because you may not have a use for the BMW-specific features at BMW's price point, that doesn't mean that others are of diminished mental capacity for being willing to fork over the cash for a solution that meets their needs/circumstances.
p.s.: Steve, the "you" above isn't speifically "you"
and I don't think you were putting anyone down -- I'm just addressing those that feel compelled to belittle others for choices they wouldn't make, before the unthoughtful posts start arriving.