I would be quite mad.
Try to feel good though, that you didn't pay $4,000 for the Navigation system and the separate lcd screen/camera:
I inquired this week at a local dealership about a back up camera and was given a figure of $2,000 just to add the camera and separate screen (plus the cost of the Navigation system which they said was another $2,000 since the in stock model didn't have it) They said the only option was to have the screen mounted on the windshield which sounded weird to me (I have seen one in a Lincoln Navigator that was integrated with Nav. screen and I loved it - the camera came on when you put the car if reverse).
Then I researched it and found out the '07's will have it as an option and that it's integrated into the Nav. screen. Actually, I think that is already an option for the 2006 models. Needless to say - had I opted to fork over $4,000 for it (and gotten it on a separate lcd screen to boot) and then found out it was actually $195 + 1,200 from the factory...ughhhh! Needless to say - do your own research...and I was dealing with the manager of a very "reputable dealer" here (because the salesman had no clue about any of it) - obviously he didn't know much either and/or they were just trying to rip me off! To think that I drove 15 miles (when there is another dealership right down the block) to have my Grand Cherokee serviced at this dealership, too, for 5 years when I had it, leaves a really sour taste in my mouth - because I thought they were honest - they have lost my respect and business! Live and learn.
Personally, I would raise cane about the windshield mounted screen...they tried to tell me it was neat to be separate and on the windshield and I thought it sounded weird...make them take it out and give you the ParkView - maybe write a formal letter addressed to the owner of the dealership - but then again, I can get mean
. In fact - I think I will call that manager that told me it would be $2,000 for the windshield screen/camera and $2,000 for the Navigation system and tell him exactly what I think of his dealership!
I do have a concern that the factory screen is too small to see what is behind you because the Lincoln Navigator screen that had the camera integrated into it was much bigger and you could see what was behind you amazingly well...Anyway, I am glad it is a factory option now...
One other thing - the Lincoln Navigator's Navigation system's screen tilted 3 ways so you could view it better and flipped down to insert CD's and DVD's - so, when the vehicle was in park, you could watch a movie if you wanted to - I thought that was kind of cool.
I wonder, too, do you think the cameras which are mounted on the liftgate near the liftgate handle can get stolen off of your car easily?
Are you sure the price for the ParkView is $195 (is that MSRP?)? Is the Nav. system still $1200 MSRP? Do you think the most sales people/dealerships really don't know much about upcoming features, models, addons, etc.? I found one salesman who took the time to find out the information for me and I will be buying my car '07 from him as he earned it in my mind!
What do you mean that the camera works through any radio too?
Thanks and good luck.
I can't wait to get my Commander.
P.S. Does anyone know anything about Sirius TV - I was told that was coming very soon and we can all watch TV on our LCD screens in our cars (and in our homes)??
I guess I am getting too old to keep up with all of this fast changing techno stuff!