Local dealer says the BMW Nav V is on back order and priced at $1100. Will a non BMW Nav V have the same functionality, and what would one cost? The Nav IV clips in the new larger opening, but can anyone advise what the differences between IV and V are?
I haven't figured out most of the changes yet, but the screen is slightly larger on the V vs IV, brighter, and has higher resolution (more detail on screen, finer detail). I have not set mine up with Garmin Link (to cell phone, via Bluetooth), but will soon, as having weather maps available might be handy.
I've only had mine for a few days, so lots to learn yet, but so far I like it better than the IV, although it still washes out bad with direct sunlight hitting it, especially with dark glasses or the flip down sun shield.
I do find that I have to have it zoomed in more than the IV, as the finer detail make the roads look so narrow that they are easy to miss, and the speed reading is still hard to read, especially when it switches to RED, I hate that! Although, It could just be my eyes, I'm an old fart.
I don't know about Pricing up there in the "51st state"
, but if a US version will work for you, they're readily available down here, for a LOT less money than what you were quoted. I don't think there is any "non BMW branded" V (yet?) (Check the K1600 forum, I think one of the sponsors was offering a heavily discounted price to forum member, although I chose to support my local dealer. The Garmin 660 will fit, but you lose the wonder wheel connection, I think.
I suspect that a lot of IV's are/will be showing up on e-bay, as a lot of us have retired our IV's. I'm keeping my IV, will just move it over to my GS-A and retire the old street pilot (2620??) monster that's on it.