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2014 MKZh SYNC SD Card A4 vs A8 diff.


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#1 jm98

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 10:10 AM

MY 2014 MKZ hybrid has A4 SYNC card.  I am thinking of upgrading to A8 from eBay.  Any major/minor differences between two releases?  I assume A8 only has updated map data and no additional features. 







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#2 KenZ

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 07:20 AM

MY 2014 MKZ hybrid has A4 SYNC card.  I am thinking of upgrading to A8 from eBay.  Any major/minor differences between two releases?  I assume A8 only has updated map data and no additional features. 

 

I have not gotten the A8, but over the years I have upgraded from A4 to A5 to A6 to A7 from Ebay on various cars.  Maps and Points of Interest are updated on the SD card.   In my experience, there were no additional features available by upgrading the SD card.  I am assuming that additional features would only be available if they chose to implement them in a Sync update.  

 

Be advised that while the A# updates are newer data, they are typically not as up-to-date as Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze or other standalone GPS's that can have daily/weekly/monthly autoupdates.  I live in an area that is growing rapidly and new streets, highway exits, businesses, etc  - are way behind in the Sync A# card.   I have been watching the name of a local mall that changed 3-4 years ago which is still not updated in the Sync A# SD cards or even in my 2017 Sync 3 which does away with the A# SD card for (presumably) an online update at some point. Whatever the technology, it's all about the data!  



#3 jm98

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 11:25 AM

Just wondering A8 is out for a while now.  Is it worth spending $60 on it or wait until next release.



#4 JoeBrown

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Posted 24 October 2017 - 12:20 PM

A8 is the latest release. I just got notified that it's available. In fact just got the email that is has been shipped. If you can get it for $60 grab right away.



#5 drolds1

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

That's an awfully low price.  Where are you getting the card from?  Be careful. There are counterfeits on ebay.



#6 jm98

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:06 AM

I was looking at eBay.   Any reputable seller on eBay I should consider or other online source you guys recommend?



#7 drolds1

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 11:53 AM

I checked some of the sellers on ebay and the ones I looked at had excellent feedback.  You should be OK with them.  Maybe by now ebay has weeded out he bad apples.



#8 JoeBrown

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 02:08 PM

Just as a matter of information, the company that provides the maps for Lincoln is Here Technologies. They provide navigation maps to virtually all car makers worldwide.


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#9 JoeBrown

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Posted 29 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

I received the SD Card with A8 on it. I installed it and that's that. It was a non-event.








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