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 from the German branch. The topic was topical every time I went there and was emphatically represented to Nyköping. Perhaps, that is also possible, but the update does not fail because of Nyköping, but is a licensing problem in which Detroit has a say. However, problems are there to be solved.
Navigation Update for 45,00 €?
Various sources of navigation software exist on the Internet, and we tested two of them for ourselves in a self-experiment. It starts with the NavEuro software, which promises a 2013 map status. The site itself is a bit dubious, the imprint is missing. Actually, the mind says “finger away”, all warning lights should now light up. But we have a mission as a blog 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 the Saab hangar, the software changes the device. The DVD is now moving from the Turbo X from 2008 to the Aero TTiD from 2008. The result is a new variant. The TTiD shows the map, but no intersection areas. And the map scale cannot be changed on either device. And there is another surprise. Back in the Turbo X, a miracle happens. Suddenly all the maps are there, and even the POIs can be called up and displayed. Which, according to NavEuro, shouldn't work. However, the map scale still cannot be changed. Happy ending with start-up problems?
Back on the A3 then the disillusionment. The DVD gets out with reading errors. A look at the DVD later shows where the problems come from. In direct comparison with what comes from the factory, we see that the software supplied by NavEuro is supplied on DVD media, which is available in every computer shop. It is not media from one of the manufacturers' copying plants. My Saab navigation system has problems with these “home-made” DVDs and crashes at some point with reading errors.
Problems with “self-burned” 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
It is undisputed that NavEuro supplies goods with up-to-date maps. I don't even want to speculate about the sources from which the material comes. Also with regard to the licensing background and what Navteq would have to say about it, that would probably be a topic 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 kept searching and testing. The next software test for our Saab 9-3 navigation, from another source, comes on Tuesday.