Originally Posted by Leismom
Newbie here...I am picking up my 2013 Solera s in 3 weeks. What GPS system does it come with and are you satisfied with it's peformance?
Your Solera will come with the Magnadyne M4-LCD in-dash radio. There have apparently been some problems with this unit in the past, apparently corrected with a firmware upgrade a few months back. I have this unit in my solera (Delivered in January) and have had no problems. The GPS has a lot of nice functions. Map software is updateable only by removing the unit from the dash to access a connection in the rear, and you must partiallly disassemble the dash to gain access. The radio is wired into the TV and DVDs played on the radio are viewable on the TV. Although the radio is "Sirius/XM ready, you'll have to purchase a Sirius/XM receiver and antenna for this feature. There is a built-in connector for an iphone/ipod/ipad (using the older 30-pin connector). One problem you'll notice is the dim lighting during daylight driving: the problem is that the MB headlights come on whenever the ignition is on, and the radio is connected into the headlights and automatically dims - you have to manually go back to the home screen and change the display to brighten it. If you pull the radio to install Sirius/XM or do a firmware/map update you may consider clipping the wire which senses the headlights - then of course you'd have to manually dim the display at night.
All in all, the M4-LCD is a feature-packed unit with adequate power. I've been pleased with it in my Solera, but there have been numerous negative reviews of it on the forum.