Originally Posted by pcc125
I have a 2011 A8L and my dealer tells me that there are no nav updates available from Audi for my year model. Is that possible? Has anyone used their dealer to update their nav data for the latest version?
My current nav database version reads 8R006088AC NAR 5.5.3, and I noticed on a friend's 2015 A8, it reads 8R0060884CA NAR 6.10.2, which tells me newer cars have different versions and presumably updated data.
The roads where I travel have changed quite a bit since 2011 and a lot of the exits and streets do not show up on my current version, and it sure would be nice to use the built-in car nav instead of my phone...
Any inputs on this subject will be much appreciated. Thanks!
Wow, I thought my dealer was bad. Think you have me beat.
Here is a snapshot of my MMI. This is my 2011 A8L and, as you can see, 2 SD and no SIM slots. As of two months ago, it has the latest software, K0814 and maps, 6.10.2.
I bought the car CPO in January of this year. It had the original software and maps with which it originally shipped with in 2011. Think the software was P0112 and Maps were 4.X.X.
I didn't initially ask about a new maps update. I was more concerned about the software version. My dealer tried to tell me there were no software updates available for my model. After a bit of research on this and other Audi forums, I figured out my dealer would not be compensated for the roughly 2 hours of work required to update the software unless the update was applied to address another problem. The two most common problems were Bluetooth connectivity issues and the sound quality of the Bose system.
Armed with this information, I went straight to Audi of America (AOA) and complained. They got back to me in less than 24 hours. Told me there was a software update that would address my issues and offered to contact my dealer directly. A week later I had all new software and maps.
The software update was covered under my CPO and the maps cost me a little over $450.
Interestingly, when I got the car back, the Bose system was malfunctioning. Turns out the software update broke the AMP which they later replaced under the CPO program. FYI, the new AMP and software made a HUGE improvement in sound quality.
You will learn that the A8 is equipped with very complex technology and many dealer shops don't fully understand all of the systems. You have to take charge and do your own research. It also helps to have at least a fair understanding of software, computers and networks.
Once you get your head wrapped around that part, there are a lot of undocumented features you can unlock and manipulate on your own that not even your dealer knows about. For example, did you know that your 2011 Audi MMI system is capable of running Audi Connect and Google maps? With a Ross-Tech Vagcom cable, a laptop, free VCDS software, an AMI to USB cable, a cheap portable wireless router and and a $5 USB hub, I was able to do this...
Audi Connect Menu
Google Street View (Google Maps)
There are 30+ other tweaks you can make to your MMI green engineering menu and VCDS software and a laptop. It's very easy and the procedures are all well documented in the Audi World and Audizine forums.