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Old 07-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #1
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Question Questions For Existing MyLink '13 Owners

I have to decide shortly whether to continue with my '13 NAV order or pick up a '12 off a dealer lot.

I spent some quality time with a MyLink last weekend.

I liked the look of it and the functionality.

However, I felt the placement (and viewing angle) forced me to take my eyes off the road for extended periods of time to accomplish tasks. For example: switching directly to one of the favorites I had setup on the different input sources. Also looking at the rear view camera took my view away from all the other mirrors and windows.

Note: I'm 6'3"

So the questions are:
- How long do you have to take your eyes off the road with the MyLink to accomplish your desired task?
- Have you ever felt the time you were not looking out the window compromised safety?

I know the steering wheel controls can be used for some tasks. I'm not referring to those.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:37 PM   #2
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I have to decide shortly whether to continue with my '13 NAV order or pick up a '12 off a dealer lot.

I spent some quality time with a MyLink last weekend.

I liked the look of it and the functionality.

However, I felt the placement (and viewing angle) forced me to take my eyes off the road for extended periods of time to accomplish tasks. For example: switching directly to one of the favorites I had setup on the different input sources. Also looking at the rear view camera took my view away from all the other mirrors and windows.

Note: I'm 6'3"

So the questions are:
- How long do you have to take your eyes off the road with the MyLink to accomplish your desired task?
- Have you ever felt the time you were not looking out the window compromised safety?

I know the steering wheel controls can be used for some tasks. I'm not referring to those.

Thanks in advance!
Different animal altogether, but my wife's new Escape has the MyFordTouch with nav, and there's no way you can do anything that requires actually touching the screen without taking your eyes off driving for what I consider too long. Plus, the newer Ford steering wheel controls are quite a bit different than the ones a couple years ago... so lots of folks are gonna be looking for something there too until they get the hang of it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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Anyone out there with the new Mylink care to share your opinions?
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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I just got my 13 yesterday... and I have no problems with it. I'm about 6'1" - 6'2" so I'm pretty close to your height. I just have the seat as low as I want and I get a good compromise between viewing angles needed.

Plus the buttons are pretty big so I didn't need to focus on it to get my tasks done.

...That being said, I normally wait for the car to stop to do more in depth tasks.
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:53 PM   #5
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I don't see this radio being any different than any other radio. Touch screen, or knob, you have to look at what you are doing.

About all I do while moving is volume, change channels or change inputs. Anything else is done while stopped.

The only real argument would be the backup cam view. While the radio screen is larger, the rear view mirror view makes more sense. With that said, it's no different than offerings in other vehicles. Some are better, some are worse. You just learn to live with it, or not use it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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I have a 2011 with the pioneer and 2013 with my link. Even though the pioneer has many more functionality, I like the my link the most. unless you switching sources etc for browsing playlist, everything displayed on the HUD including incoming call.

The placement of mylink dash is a little low and sticking out. partially due to avoiding the glare, I don't see any glare on the screen doesn't matter what time or direction I drive. Which is a plus over the pioneer which is slightly slanted up.

Doesn't matter what radio you use, you will take your eye off the road. With the factory system, some tasks can be accomplish with HUD and steering wheels.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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I've had mine for about 1300 miles and haven't noticed any issues with looking down for too long. I don't play with my radio much while driving and almost everything I need to do consists of Source,volume, and scrolling which is all on the wheel.

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Old 08-25-2012, 08:30 AM   #8
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I've had my 2013 three week today and no problems taking my eyes off the road. The controls on the steering wheel are more than adequate.
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:10 AM   #9
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Hopefully I'll be able to reply to this thread in about 3 weeks or so, and with information on the NAV option as well...
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:01 PM   #10
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there are alot of comans that we have to learn, once we get that down you should not take your eyes way from the road. also, is there an app for the phone that we can download and it would appear on the radio screen?
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:08 PM   #11
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I have a 13' and was debating if to get the unofficial firmware update that puts Igo NAV. However, my conclusion was that the onstar with the android/iphone app sending the directions you want are good enough. Another advantage of the Onstar is that it displays the directions on the dash or HID if you have it so you never have to take your eyes off the road. The cost just wasn't worth it in my humble opinion.
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:14 PM   #12
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I don't think it's anymore distracting once you get use to it. I set it up so i know right where things are and have gotten to the point where i can use it with the smallest glances.

You'll get use to it. You can customize where things are so you can group things together for ease.

It's my favorite feature of the car besides the dual exhaust mode. I think you'll regret it if you don't get it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:53 PM   #13
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No issues. I really like this radio/Nav/backup camera config much better then what I had and did not have in my 2010.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:41 PM   #14
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i use the voice commands mostly
http://gmauthority.com/blog/2011/12/...ull-ever-need/

I hear there are NAV ones as well but I never looked them up for reference.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:43 PM   #15
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:12 PM   #16
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I have a 2013 Camaro RS and am very happy with it. However, I can't figure out how to remove stations from my Favorites list. Any suggestions folks? Thanks!
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:17 PM   #17
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I don't play with my radio much while driving and almost everything I need to do consists of Source,volume, and scrolling which is all on the wheel.

Mike,

this - source allows you to move from favorite channel to favorite channel, continuing to next or previous page after the last/first favorite channel.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:11 PM   #18
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I dont have to look down for very long, but in the beginning I did have to. Took about a month to get used to it. The one thing I cant stand about the radio is the source button right above the volume knob. Every time i turn it up, my finger hits the dam button, then I have to go back to the source i was on. Other then that, I say pay the extra and get mylink and navigation.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:57 PM   #19
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I have found it too distracting at times...
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #20
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I came from an Infiniti EX35 and that has better placement of the screen, up high. So when I got into my Camaro the first day a few weeks ago it was a little strange for sure that it was so low.

Now after a few weeks I think it's fine. You honestly don't check it out that much.

Changing between favorites, the buttons are all at the bottom of the screen, easy enough to glance over and hit them without having to think much.

Directions are on the HUD and on the DIC.

You also have the voice controls that I've ended up using a lot "Bluetooth Audio" for instance to get it to play my tunes on my Windows Phone.

Reversing is also fine using it as a camera, most of the time I'm just looking at the screen and my side mirrors. Just go slow if you need more time.

It's a pretty awesome system overall, better than I was expecting.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #21
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Im 6 ft even, I dont take my eyes off the road to adjust the mylink more than using the stereo/nav in my other vehicles.
as mentioned the steering wheel controls do majority of inputs anyways.
when backing up I scan left mirror>right mirror>mylink backup camera before moving and it seems to work fine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #22
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unofficial Igo Nav firmware? I searched where does one read about that.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:32 PM   #23
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3 months now with the NAV, no problems. I am probably among a small percentage, that doesn't even use the back up camera. Not the way I back up. Window down, and head out, and I can just about put it on a dime.

I agree with someone above, it doesn't take me any longer to change a station or any other normal procedures than it did in my 2011 2LT.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:34 PM   #24
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I've got 10,000+ miles on my '13 and so far no accidents or even close calls. Only complaint I've had (and Chevy is still trying to find a fix for it) is the fan indicator number freezes when the car has been idle for awhile. I have to turn the car off then re-start it and it works fine. But for $35,000+, I demand perfection.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:37 PM   #25
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No problems here and I'm 6'. Well one issue and that is the HVAC control knob blocks my oil pressure gauge. Sucks being tall.
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