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I couldn't sleep at 2am, so wound up poking around this site and researching the Uconnect and Garmin systems and updates. There are many previous posts about updating via the dealer, and the price as $322 by BeerGuy.

It seems the system we have is the 8.4" RB5, and is common with the 2014 Chrysler 300, and SRT Chrysler 300, 2015 Dodge Dart, and the 2014 Charger. The site here will show you each model year:
Uconnect® | Systems | 2014 Chrysler 300 Touch 8.4N/RB5

Selecting Order Map Updates at the bottom at this page:
https://auto-update.garmin.com/auto-update/?lang=en_US

will open this page:
Chrysler Group | Home | HERE

I used the 2014 Chrysler 300, and it opens the page to enter your 10 digit Unit ID. This you will find on your Mas MTC by selecting, NAV, Settings, System, About. See img_1008. Enter that number and you will go to instructions to purchase and download the 2015 maps for US and Canada. (Sorry, not sure about other countries.) Anyone with other maps, let us know if you can update with your data.

The price is US$149 + possible state tax (mine $10.43) = total 159.43.

Some problems are finding a blank proper sized USB. I tried my iPod and another usb, but the drive has to be blank. So I wound up using a 8GB CF card from my Nikon camera in a multi-slot usb adapter.

Also, the download is not functional on Mac. There is a download link and will download, but the program isn't working. So I had to run the Windows version on Windows, via Parallels. It was problematic, and required multiple resets, but eventually worked. It wouldn't show an internet connection and gave me several of those errors, but finally worked when I just opened a browser page and left it open. Likely not my system, but a poor program. The other option is to just have the usb stick delivered via mail, rather than downloading.

The download took about 3 hours, due partly to my slow connection, and uploaded to the Mas in 45 minutes. I worked in the garage, and just plugged in the battery charger. I'm not too keen on paying $108/hour shop rate for some guy to babysit the reflashing/upload for 45 minutes.

Here is a link to instructions. Once you put your usb in the car, it will upload into the usb the system/map versions and put in a Maserati file. After the download, I looked at the uploaded files (about 4GB), and it had the POI file, Chrysler, and Maserati. So don't think you're getting a lesser product, it they are all the same maps for the same system, but your car tells Garmin what files it needs. If you already have the update, it will give you the message that a 'duplicate file exists', as I recall reading somewhere.

To find your map version (img_1007) you can go to dealer mode. Thanks to hsandhu01 for posting 'MTC "hidden" dealer mode' in these forums.

That's all I can think of. Let me know any questions.

Cheers.

http://chryslergroup.navigation.com/static/WFS/Shop-ChryslerNA-Site/-/Shop-ChryslerNA/en_US/Documents/RB5 13+ Software Update.pdf

Sorry, photos won't upload. I'll keep trying...
 

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What is the advantage of this? Just updating the maps to the latest road changes? Or does this fit the issues with the IPhone synching or enhances the map display?
 

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This just updates the navigation maps from Garmin/HERE. I found no Uconnect updates that will allow SIRI/iPhone, or a different display. To do that you would need a Uconnect update for our model display, or a different display such as what is on the newer model Ghiblis.

The last map update quote I had from the dealer in March was US$399. And that just seems criminal to me.

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That's all well and good and I applaud your resourcefulness, but don't you find it a bit ridiculous this day and age to have to pay for map updates at all? There are any number of GPS apps one can download free of charge to one's smart phone that are head and shoulders better than Garmin (more user friendly and up-to-date on a real time basis.)
 

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Not really. While I have my phone with maps up, I don't necessarily mind paying to use my car. I pay for maps on my boat, my company pays for maps on my airplane, and 150 bucks versus 399 for dealer intervention is reasonable in my 92k car on my 8.4" display, rather than on my tiny iPhone.

All I did was figure out how to get rid of the dealer, and update the maps on your own just like every other Chrysler/Jeep owner has the ability to do.

But as ever, it's Captain's discretion as to how you spend your money.

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Appreciate you sharing the information ... quite interesting.
Had I not done the upgrade through the dealer already I would have given this a shot.

It is interesting essentially having a Maserati "upcharge" for what appears to be the same Garmin maps, (used on select Chrysler's).
 

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Not really. While I have my phone with maps up, I don't necessarily mind paying to use my car. I pay for maps on my boat, my company pays for maps on my airplane, and 150 bucks versus 399 for dealer intervention is reasonable in my 92k car on my 8.4" display, rather than on my tiny iPhone.
Cheers.
I wonder why a guy who paid 92k for a car, has a boat and an airplane is worried about the difference between 150 dollars and 399. Plus how time consuming that seemed like, seems worth paying the extra money. Very resourceful though.
 

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Upgraded to 2016 maps. Now, rather than downloads, the USB stick comes in the mail. You have to activate the stick using the Unit ID number. 45 minutes to an hour, as standard upload time. Cost 149+tax=157.94. No need to schedule dealer visit, except of course for the two new recall/service letters for the rear tie-rod and now strut inspection. Was just there a few weeks ago for condensation in left rear taillight and brakelight failure, and squeak/vibration in rear door...not too keen on the loaner base 2016 Ghibli.
 

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Thanks for the information. Did the upgrade. Couldn't have done it without your help. ����
 

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Seems an antiquated technology, doesn't it. Why would it be so difficult to link or sync a smart phone to the car's electronics and utilize the car's screen to display any of the free apps available for download? Real time versions are much more intuitive and accurate than any hard drive resident can be. Just my two cents.
 

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ghiblihater, I agree. It's totally outdated tech. Apple/Samsung can innovate and produce a much better experience than any vehicle manufacturer, except for Tesla perhaps. The brand new baby Airbus I fly has a 1985 computer in it, which has never been upgraded to modern standards. My airline uses an Apple iPad for navigation charts, and it's so much better than the hardware in the aircraft. That really needs to change, and get faster government approval for modifications and upgrades. Nevertheless, it's what we have and it becomes something of a time capsule of tech. But I'll keep the car up to date until it becomes obsolete. Then, hopefully, there'll be an 8.4" upgraded hardware which can simply be dropped in as replacement. But unlikely.

only1swami, no change to UI/UX. Just updated streets, construction, etc. The 2015 car was equipped with 2014 maps, produced in 2013. So the day I took delivery, they were outdated.

I've used Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and the Mas Garmin/Here maps. All of them have to be taken with a grain of salt, as all of them have led me astray and had me cursing like a sailor.
 

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Duly noted. Look me up if you're in my neck of the woods. Awesome micro brew culture here in Minnesota. Would love to share a few with you. ��
 

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I live in Vietnam and my Ghibli is U.S. version. I wonder if it's possible to update to Vietnam/ Asia map?
 

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Hey atrinh, just wondering.
Since you re in Vietnam and it s hot and humid, i m just wondering how your GPS/Electronics hold.
Does your GPS blacks out once in a while? ( asking because mine seems to black out under really cold and really hot temps).
 

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Hey atrinh, just wondering.
Since you re in Vietnam and it s hot and humid, i m just wondering how your GPS/Electronics hold.
Does your GPS blacks out once in a while? ( asking because mine seems to black out under really cold and really hot temps).
I can't use GPS here because my car is U.S. version. I will buy the map for Vietnam and try to update to the new map.
other problem with electronic things are: the camera sometimes turn to dark purple during the night, half of the time it works ok. and if I leave the car under my basement for longer than 3 days,the AC will only blow air to front window defrost, doesn't matter what button I press, I guess it because of the humid build up on the AC sensor.
if I keep the car running for a day later with AC on, it will get back to normal stage.
so far that's only 2 problem Im facing.
this engine does get hot and the radiator fan will work maximum all the time, but engine temperature always stay in the middle level, so far im not too worry about overheating.
 
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