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Hi, thinking of getting a 52 plate laguna 1.9 intial diesel touring. Is the SatNav for that year touch screen ? If not touch screen , how easy is it to enter details into the system? Does it door to door navigation with post code search and does it do street level navigation for western europe?
Would I be better of with a 1.9 or the 2.2 diesel ?
There is no other 3 year old car, with so many toys that comes close to the price of this. I really do not want to get that spartan Passat diesel estate, but the problems I have read re the laguna have worried me. Should I still take the plunge and get it ?
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I'm not a big fan of the Carminat system that's fitted to the car you're considering, but it's a usable system and all of its quirks are quite bearable.

On this class and era of car, I doubt you'll find factory-fit sat-nav with the features you're looking for. All the ones I've seen have had the 'twiddle-click' interface and postcode search still seems to be pretty much exclusive to some of the more recent portable units even now.

I was never particularly happy with Carminat's choice of routing between some locations, to the point where I'd plan a route from Town A to Town B myself and only trust Carminat to find the street address once I got there. It would usually get it right, but was quite capable of adding an hour to a journey when it got it wrong.

But it's worth having for 'address finding' alone - it's not perfect, but it's damned useful. If you're considering the car purely for the sat-nav, then buy something a bit lower spec and a bit cheaper and spend the change on a TomTom. On the other hand, if the sat-nav is just the icing on the cake, then go for it.

The standard CD for the full screen Carminat system provides street level coverage of the UK and Eire along with major routes and towns in Europe. If you want street level coverage for Europe, you have to buy additional CDs, and they're not cheap.
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Its not touch screen but you use a dial. Mines a 52 plate sportstourer initiale and has the full postcode search and TMC enabled software. Seems to do the job well to me!

By the way mines for sale, its a 2.2DCI. Had no problems with her at all, was cambelt serviced recently and had new front brakes (total cost 660). Details on for sale page. It fully loaded with almost every conceivable option, and everything works! The car is quick and economical.
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thanks for the quick replies. does the postcode search actually do door to door navigation ?
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