The most recent software for the official Saab 9-3 comes from the year 2010. Even from this series only a few copies came into circulation, so that the mass of 9-3 drivers with even older versions is on the way.
The topic is a hot topic for some Saab riders, and the bad news is that there will be no replenishment from Sweden. This is definite and not negotiable. The management of Orio AB has taken this decision and communicated for reasons that are incomprehensible to us. A clear annoyance and incomprehensible, because for the company from Nyköping it would have been a safe deal.
To prevent any misunderstandings: the lack of supplies is not due to the lack of commitment of the German branch. The topic was up-to-date at each of my visits and was strongly represented to Nyköping. Maybe, even that's possible, the update fails but not to Nyköping, but is a licensing issue, in which Detroit has a say in the matter. Anyway, problems are there to be solved.
Navigation Update for 45,00 €?
There are various sources of navigation software on the Internet, and we have self-tested two of them for the readers. It starts with the NavEuro software, which promises an 2013 map booth. The site itself is a bit dubious, it lacks the imprint. Actually, the mind says "Stay away", all the warning lights should now light up. But we have a blog as a mission and want to test what is offered there. So we invest 45,00 € for our test.
The fact that a Chinese address appears as a payee at the time of purchase does not really increase our trust.
But two days later, the Navisoftware, which was sent from Spain, in our mailbox. Should I have been wrong? Not good is the absence of the bill, and otherwise there are no accompanying documents.
The tension increases, even if the feeling is very skeptical. On the same day I test the DVD, which promises a current map status.
Read error during navigation
The test does not start well. On the first try, my device does not recognize the software, only ejecting it again and inserting again causes the navigation system to load the DVD. All this is slow and audible reader sounds, which I do not know from the original DVD. The result is strange. I can not see a map, just a white field, but can enter a navigation destination. I program our Saab Hangar to meet with friend Achim there and start the Turbo X. On the way there, I see the streets in crossroads in the detail image, while the main map remains empty. But, and that is the only good news at this point in time, the stand seems up-to-date and all new building measures in my environment are familiar with the system.
At Saab Hangar the software changes the device. From the Turbo X from year of construction 2008 the DVD migrates now in the Aero TTiD from 2008. The result is a new variant. The TTiD shows the map, but no crossing areas. And with both devices, the map scale can not be changed. And there is another surprise. Back in Turbo X, a miracle happens. Suddenly all the cards are there, and even the POI can be called up and displayed. What loud NavEuro should not work. However, the map scale still can not be changed. Happy ending with startup problems?
Back on the A3 then the disillusionment. The DVD gets out with read errors. Where the problems come from shows later a look at the DVD. In direct comparison with what comes from the factory, we see that the software supplied by NavEuro is delivered on DVD media, which are available in every computer store. These are not media from one of the manufacturers' copiers. These "home-burned" DVDs have my Saab navigation system problems and crashes at some point with reading errors.
Problems with "self-made" media
However, this does not happen in every 9 3. Because over the years, 2008 and 2009 lasers with different quality have been installed. If you're lucky, you have a high-quality reader that reads the software without any problem. Who not, he was unlucky, like me. Alternatively, but you can install a new laser, which is recommended, because then all self-burned should be read without problems.
An issue that interests us for a number of reasons, and we will write about the problem of polluted or inferior lasers at a later date.
The test result
There is no doubt that NavEuro supplies goods with up-to-date maps. From which sources the material comes, I do not even want to speculate. Also in terms of the legal background and what Navteq would have to say, that would be an issue in itself.
The fact is that vehicles can cause problems that lead to a system crash of the navigation system. It is also a fact that in none of the tested vehicles was the displayed map scale to be changed. Readers who use the software also report the same problem.
So there is no purchase recommendation from our side. We searched further and tested further. The next software test for our Saab 9-3 navigation, from another source, comes on Tuesday.