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When I click on the Navigation icon I see the compass with a message that my vehicle is not equipped with navigation system, but I can purchase such from a Mazda dealer. :surprise::surprise::surprise:

I do not have a SD card, but want to know how can check whether anything additional is required to use the navigation ?

I'm the second owner of the car, so don't know whether the 1st owner ordered it with navigation...

Asking my local dealer is not an option, because the car is imported from Canada and I'm in Bulgaria (Eastern Europe), so the local dealer does not recognize the vehicle VIN number. No such car they say.... communication has to go through Mazda Europe. I want to avoid such hard communication...

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Pre-Equpped just need the SD card, you can find them on ebay (legitimate ones) for around $100 (US), don't let the dealer talk you into spending 400. Free updates for 2-3 years.
 

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Yes u can insert navigation sd card
Then u have navigation.
Only SD card and nothing else? Any additional navigation module or whatever box they call it? Maybe I'm too suspicious, but want to be sure whether there is any hidden cost for using the navigation.
@DMshadow, thank you! Saw your post after posting this.
 

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Pre-Equpped just need the SD card, you can find them on ebay (legitimate ones) for around $100 (US), don't let the dealer talk you into spending 400. Free updates for 2-3 years.
Why buy from ebay? You can download from internet and make SD card for free. Just need to activate by running scripts if you have access to you CMU (firmware less 59.00.502). I have successfully added EU maps on Canadian car.
 

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Why buy from ebay? You can download from internet and make SD card for free. Just need to activate by running scripts if you have access to you CMU (firmware less 59.00.502). I have successfully added EU maps on Canadian car.
How I can do that? My case is exactly the same! Canadian car in Europe.
 

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Read this about patching procedure or search "Mazda Nav SD" on this forum (add http://)

mazda3revolution.com/forums/2014-2017-mazda-3-skyactiv-audio-electronics/190514-there-chance-buy-eu-map-navi-sd-card-3.html
 

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Here's an interesting question for which maybe the answer is obvious or not...

What happens if someone bought a used Mazda which previously had an SD nav card inserted, but for some reason the SD card was removed prior to that person buying the car....keeping in mind in this scenario that the person buying the car never knew either way if there were a SD nav card previously used and inserted.

It seems the only way to get a working nav SD card in this scenario is to go to the Mazda dealership (and buy and have programed a new Mazda SD card) because the previous SD card would have been locked to the car and updated thru Mazda toolbox? Correct? So buying a Nav card from ebay in this scenario would be a waste of money if there were previously a SD card locked to the car's vin.

I bring this up for anyone who may have bought a used Mazda which has nav capabilities but did not include the nav card. You take a chance wasting your money first on ebay if there were a nav card installed previously.
 

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Nope, when u buy a new sd card
Withun a few miles it locks to youre car.
The other card will not been blocked.
But is only usable in youre car.
 

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It seems the only way to get a working nav SD card in this scenario is to go to the Mazda dealership (and buy and have programed a new Mazda SD card) because the previous SD card would have been locked to the car and updated thru Mazda toolbox? Correct? So buying a Nav card from ebay in this scenario would be a waste of money if there were previously a SD card locked to the car's vin.
Not exactly. You can add new SD card and drive 100km until it will be locked to car. Then connect to mazdatool and update. Just your free update expiration date will remain the same what was with original card. Naviextras.com have your car VIN and expiration date is locked to that VIN. I've bought a used car with original NA maps SD inserted. Removed that card and installed new one with EU maps. After driving and locked to cars VIN card was first time connected to Mazdatools. Mazdatools regonnized my VIN and said that I also have NA maps and updated both Europa and USA maps on the same SD card. Expiration date remaining the same what was on original card for both maps.
In my case I've added different maps card, but it should word with the same region maps.
 

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Not exactly. You can add new SD card and drive 100km until it will be locked to car. Then connect to mazdatool and update. Just your free update expiration date will remain the same what was with original card. Naviextras.com have your car VIN and expiration date is locked to that VIN. I've bought a used car with original NA maps SD inserted. Removed that card and installed new one with EU maps. After driving and locked to cars VIN card was first time connected to Mazdatools. Mazdatools regonnized my VIN and said that I also have NA maps and updated both Europa and USA maps on the same SD card. Expiration date remaining the same what was on original card for both maps.
In my case I've added different maps card, but it should word with the same region maps.
So that make sense...What is interesting in your case is that both maps fit on one SD. So when you say "NEW" SD, is that an Original Mazda SD or is that a copy you made with larger memory or one you bought 3rd party with larger memory. My 8GB Mazda SD card is already 80% full so don't know how another region map would fit. Is Mazda using larger SD's now?

So what do you think would happen if you put a new SD into the car's system but the VIN's subscription is expired? Do you drive 60 miles to lock that card to your car's VIN and then attempt use Mazda tools to renew your subscription and update your card? That means an ebay card works regardless and one would save themselves having to pay full price at Mazda.

Digressing a bit...I make 2 additional back up copies of my original Mazda SD using 15GB cards in case something should happen to the original. I keep the original at home, one of the back ups in the slot and the 2nd back up in the car as well.
 

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I made a patched SD 8Gb with Europe maps for free (found instructions on this forum how to). When connected first time to Mazdatool ran update, mazdatools said there is no enough free space on card. So I moved card content to 16Gb SD and connected again. This time both maps was installed successfully.
If subscription is expaired then this is the end. Only way to extend subscription is to buy it from naviextras officially. VIN is locked with expiration date and every new card will have this expired date. In my case I have 2.5 years of subscription for both maps because first map was activated on mazdatools 0.5 years ago.
 

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I made a patched SD 8Gb with Europe maps for free (found instructions on this forum how to). When connected first time to Mazdatool ran update, mazdatools said there is no enough free space on card. So I moved card content to 16Gb SD and connected again. This time both maps was installed successfully.
If subscription is expaired then this is the end. Only way to extend subscription is to buy it from naviextras officially. VIN is locked with expiration date and every new card will have this expired date. In my case I have 2.5 years of subscription for both maps because first map was activated on mazdatools 0.5 years ago.
Got it...so I wasn't that whacked on my logic.
 
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