One of the undoubted Achilles heels of the earlier DB9, V8 and other pre 12MY cars is the Volvo based Sat Nav system. Whilst it may have been beneficial in 2003-4 when it first came about, it has been left behind as technology has advanced at a dramatic pace. We’ve been told that the factory are no longer supplying map update discs for the earlier cars, so you either need to rely on using Volvo discs or non-genuine copies from various internet sources, sometimes with not great results.
The existing navigation is pretty well built into the fabric of the car, with the operating and programming done through the dashboard controls and lowering and lifting of the screen done through the operating system of the navigation system.
What we do is to take the screen assembly out and remove the guts of the monitor and the circuit board that controls the screen, leaving a metal framework and the motor drive mechanism. We then re-model a new Garmin touch screen and WiFi upgradeable navigation unit and bond it to the existing framework. It is machined down to fit between the hinge points on the top cover, in this way the new navigation unit will lift when the ignition is turned on and lower back down when the ignition is turned off. Programming is done simply by voice command or by touch screen, whichever you find easier. A reversing camera can also be fitted to it to aid parking. To update any maps or software, then park next to your house and search for your Wifi, connect and perform the update. We prefit the unit with a 16Gb micro SD card so this should be plenty for adding maps etc…
Cost for the unit, fitted – £599
Add reverse Camera – £200 (when taken with Garmin Navigation)