I purchased and had installed a Kenwood 6140 in dash GPS/Sat Rad/hands free blue tooth system into my vehicle for my epic 3 month road trip around the States. Just got back and 17,000 km later I would like to report that overall, I am very disappointed in the system and I shall be passing my comments on to the dealer who installed it, Kenwood the manufacturer and Garmin who supplied the GPS. The unit has several flaws - for example you are looking for a place using the search tool (which by the way was very poor - many times the GPS directions were off - once by almost 6 miles!) and you find it - the GPS displays the tel number but even with a bluetooth phone hooked into the system you cannot dial it from the 6140 - you have to use the keypad on the phone itself which is illegal in many states and dangerous. Whats the point of having a bluetooth device which allows you receive calls and speak with the optional hands free kit I purchased, but makes you manually use a cell phone keypad to dial a number displayed on the system? Also, what was very annoying is that the GPS would display a turning in advance but announce it sometimes only 200ft away through the text to speech engine - imagine driving a vehicle with a large travel trailer in tow doing 70mph down a very busy interstate and then being told you have to turn off in 200ft? Absolutely ridiculous and very very dangerous. The whole idea is to get advance warning so you have time to change lanes etc and with a text to speech engine there should be no need to look at the screen most of the time. The GPS system bundled with the expensive 6140 was very very basic - the worst I have used since sat nav was introduced many years ago. I have a Navigon system that I purchased 2 years ago that is far superior and only cost a fraction of the Kenwood system. My advice to anyone looking at a Kenwood 6140 is don't bother, it's a waste of money.
Publish Date: March 24, 2010 11:32 PM