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How to swap map discs in a 2011 Subaru Legacy – Click above to watch video after the jump

Pop quiz: Where's the slot to swap out DVD map discs for the 2010 Subaru Legacy's navigation system? No, it's not the one you can see with your eyes in the image above; that's the slot for audio CDs. The DVD drive is hidden. Answer: behind that blue plastic panel located directly beneath the CD slot.

Since the nav system in the 2010 Subaru legacy doesn't contain an entire atlas of North America on an internal hard drive, you'll sometimes have to change the map disc if where you're headed is on a different disc. I discovered this when having to make the trek from Ohio to Michigan because maps for the Wolverine State were on a different region disc than the one that was already loaded.

The manual, of course, makes the process of popping off this panel seem easy. Put your thumb on the top of the panel and lift the panel up from the bottom. In reality, the nearly invisible recess at the bottom of the panel is blocked by the buttons below it, and unless you have long and particularly strong fingernails, the tight-fitting pane is not coming off without some outside assistance. A pocket knife would work best, but all I had at the time was a small key. Since I didn't want to scratch the aforementioned buttons, I tried lifting the panel off a little to the right of the recess. With much effort and a grunt for good measure, the panel came flying off the console.

Most people won't be swapping map discs very often, as each one contains a large chunk of the country in which to navigate. But even if I had the fingernail length required for the job, I still wouldn't like having to pop off a cheap panel to do it. Follow the jump for video of a staged recreation of my first encounter with this panel.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      NAV is fast becoming obsolete. So many people have smart phones these days that have maps and live traffic and are always updated, all you have to do is buy a holder that attaches to the window. That's 2+K you just saved by not buying car with NAV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no experience with DVD-based Navigation Systems, so what happens if your start point is on a completely different disc than your destination?
        • 4 Years Ago
        What? Subaru is way behind on tech? What's new???
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's ridiculous that a 2010 model vehicle doesn't at least have all info on ONE dvd. My 2008 model vehicle has it all on one and the 2009 has it on a harddrive. Subaru is way behind on the nav tech.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Enjoy being shafted too on how much the navigation updates are:

      http://store.kenwoodusa.com/catalog.php?cat_id=S19/

      I have yet to buy an update for mine, since $240 is a ripoff, IMO. This means that I'll never see my home on the map (the road doesn't even exist in the nav). I agree with the above person, get a smart phone and use the built in navigation that it provides you. I have an Android phone myself and it's wonderful... and knows where I live.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you could probably find a torrent of it on demonoid or piratebay :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I did look at one time, but didn't find much. Additionally, I think they may be altered in some way so as to make duplication difficult. I think that's just conjecture on my part, though. ^_^
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope so. Then we can finally reclaim the dash. The giant screen will no longer be the center point. Designers will actually have to TRY, uh oh. Before its like "Oh we don't have to make the dash look good, we'll just make the screen bigger." I prefer something with some beautiful, tangible, dials. Something like the Bugatti Veyron's dash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      since when did Andy Rooney start doing ab posts? glad to see you're filling those quotas. lord knows this information isn't found anywhere else on the internets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just thinking the same thing. How is this considered news?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys keep asking who still runs nav on DVD.. The answer is nobody that understands how important information processing speed is when navigating..

      Anyways, I am tired of this OEM junk, rip it out and even a $500 aftermarket system with high speed NAND flash memory and 12m poi will trash it, and will have Bluetooth, USB with iPod and optional iPod video, OEM steering wheel connectivity, and most if all, much better sound quality..

      C'mon oem guts, you were doing so well...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's almost as ridiculous as this new "Share it!" bar that pops up at the bottom of every page on this site.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow, this is so annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The sharing bar crap is quite easy to kill. All you need to do is add the site "www.blogsmithmedia.com" to your restricted sites zone. In IE, go into the Internet Options, Security tab, Restricted Sites option, then hit the "Sites" button. Type the URL in, hit add, then close. No more crappy bar.

        You're all welcome. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        every time with this thing?
        shelly, come on!

        also i dont think they were the first to have the dvd drive behind a door- isnt the lexus IS like this too?

        either way i would never buy a lexus for one reason.
        -if i wanted a microwave clock, ill buy a microwave.

        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL I thought i had a virus or something, glad i am not the only one who is annoyed by it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        bravo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not really.

        The "Share it" bar is far more annoying because it's more intrusive.

        If you needed to change the nav DVD that often, people would be getting out the torches and pitchforks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed! Now how do I kill it?? Anyone??
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is some amazing Japanese ingenuity! Shouldn't there be a single slot, an integrated second slot or, if they insist on hiding it, a cover that you push and it smoothly rolls up? My car has a 40gb built in hard drive for this task so no disc changing. Built in nav looks much cleaner and integrates into the sound system seamlessly which is why it is a worthwhile luxury. Sure you can stick something tacky box on the windshield and have the cable running through the cabin, sucking power from an outlet, but that's not clean design now is it? The upgrade disc for my car is $199 but the upgrade per year on my old TomTom was $100 so it seems worth it to me. Using the phone for navigation introduces a whole new set of problems.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My exact reasoning to not ever order navigation systems from the factory.

      There is a map pocket for a reason.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not only are factory nav units expensive, they are as expensive now as they were years ago, unlike everything else in tech which goes down in price over time, even as capabilities increase. Sadly, the $200 stand alone units are typically easier to use in addition to being cheaper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Companies still use disks for Navigation? I thought most had switched to Hard Drive Navs which are much better. Its a faf with disks as you have to get a new disk every so often to cover new roads etc which are pretty expensive. Way better just to be able to update the Hard Drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A regular DVD holds 4.8gb, dual layer (DL) DVD's hold twice that - 9.6gb - so basically Subaru was too cheap to update all their DVD drives with DL capable readers and put everything on one disc?
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