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    Default Is it possible to update the maps of Garmin navigation cards bought from eBay?

    Hey there.

    I have a W205 C-Class Sedan without Comand, so just the Garmin navigation. I bought an SD card for the Garmin from eBay, which has been working perfectly for around a year until now. Assuming this is a problem with an outdated map, the research I've done indicates that the primary way to update these is to plug the SD card into the PC and run the Mercedes Download Manager.

    However, there are two problems with this:

    - When I actually run the Download Manager and insert the SD card into the PC, it shows that the map is a 2016 version (V6.0), and the VIN field is pre-filled with a VIN, but after clicking Verify & Restore I get the error:

    Your VIN is not available. Please contact your hotline if you have an original Garmin Map Pilot SD Card.
    - Based on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and what I've seen on forums, as of 2017 the Mercedes Download Manager is only guaranteed to update the Map Pilot's firmware (what it calls the navigation software), and it's hit-and-miss as to whether it will update the maps along with it or whether the 60-day rule will apply instead.

    Does this mean that there is absolutely no way to update the maps of Garmin SD cards that are bought from eBay, and that the only way to do so is to buy a new one from the dealership? Is there no other way to update SD cards bought from eBay that doesn't involve spending more money?

    Thanks in advance, I'd really appreciate the help.
    Last edited by HAziz; 1st February 2018 at 06:34 AM.

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    I have a 2016 original SD card from MB to W176 and i have the same erro: Your VIN is not available. Please contact your hotline if you have an original Garmin Map Pilot SD Card.
    Evan it the error the Mercedes download Manager updated my SD card to V10 Software & V10 Maps.

    I guess the MB/Garmin data base lose the info about my Vin number, for now i think that its not a issue, if came to be a issue i have to contact them

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    VEDOC MB Dealer are selling PINCODES.
    First post of this thread all mentioned is correct. Time period of 60 days.
    So to update activation code in neccesary.

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    I bought a 'Genuine' SD card from EBay and installed it today. It's new with the latest maps (Jan 2018) so I don't expect there will be a new version within the next 60 days, and I don't expect to be able to update it free after that with the Mercedes Download Manager.

    After the 60 days presumably you would need to pay for updates or buy a new card from EBay (which ever is cheaper...)

    Are you saying the download manager doesn't give an option to upgrade maps on the EBay SD card at all? (paid or not).

    By the way the Garmin map pilot is so much better than the Becker Map Pilot I had on the older car I just traded in. It looks much better and works faster, but also it doesn't talk so much rubbish as the Becker!

 

 

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