Chrysler 300 has always been a beautiful car despite the several design changes over the years. I was in awe when it first launched in 2005 and followed its progress as it evolved into its latest version.
The built-in GPS is an added benefit, but you must keep it updated to have the latest maps and features. A guide on how to update a GPS in Chrysler 300 will help, and that’s the blog’s purpose.
The system for updating GPS in Chrysler 300 is relatively simple if you don’t mind paying a few bucks. You’ll need to go to the UConnect website and enter your car’s mode.
It will ask for your current application version and let you know which update you need to install.
Once you have the answer, you’ll go to the checkout, pay for the update and transfer it onto a USB device. Attach the USB device to your car’s system and follow the prompts.
And voila! Your system will be updated.
How Much would a UConnect Subscription Cost?
The above information looks excellent so long as you like the bill that comes with it.
Unfortunately, the UConnect subscription and map update can cost you nearly $300 annually, and that’s quite a lot of money.
Several of you likely want a less costly option, and I am here to present the standard options.
But first things first. Your first need to consider if you need to update the GPS in your Chrysler 300.
Why do You need to Update the GPS in Chrysler 300?
The core reason you need an updated GPS is that it will give you the latest version of maps for navigation.
While using an older version (a couple of years older) may not cause extensive issues, it can still be inconvenient when they lead you to a dead-end in the middle of the night.
The good news is that you are not as stranded as you might assume. Do you have a smartphone? You likely do. Your smartphone is your free access to maps and can help you bypass the lack of upgrades.
It is even better if you have Apple Car Play or Android Auto because you can connect it to the system and let the navigation commence!
Do I Need UConnect?
You might be wondering why you even need to pay all that money when you always have access to your smartphone. Well, it depends on your car usage.
Think about what you typically use the car for. Do you use it to drive to work, get groceries, and find some local source of entertainment?
Congratulations! Your smartphone will be enough for your navigation. Keep a power bank if the battery runs low because you’ll be lost if the phone dies.
However, these congratulations will not apply to you if you regularly travel long distances for work or personal reasons.
While your phone can continue guiding you through the twists and turns, there is one major drawback. Neither Apple nor Android can function without a signal.
During longer road trips, you will always encounter areas with no signal. How will you navigate then?
Your phone will not work, and you will need to rely on the UConnect maps to get you through the strip. So, what will you do then?
How to Update GPS in Chrysler 300?
My guide on how to update GPS in Chrysler 300 includes two options. One is the costly route where you buy the update from UConnect and incorporate it into the car’s navigation.
You likely read it in the second paragraph of the blog. The second is a bit more fun, and it involves eBay.
You will need to follow the same methodology as the previous option until the UConnect website tells you which upgrade you need to buy.
Once you know the application version, log on to eBay and look for people selling the version you need.
If you’re lucky, you’ll find what you’re looking for without paying more than $70-$120. Sure, it may seem like a lot, but it is still better than $300.
The only drawback of this method is that you cannot be sure if the seller is honest.
They will essentially sell you the USB drive containing the version you need to install in your GPS. Some con artists claim they are selling an advanced version only for buyers to discover an older version on the USB.
Your best bet is to buy from a seller with high ratings or one who lives close enough for you to visit and confirm the version before finalizing payment.
Once you get the USB, connect it to the system and follow the installation prompts, and you’ll get the update you need.
Can I Update the GPS in My 2016 Chrysler 300?
Yes, but you will first need to confirm if you are running the updated UConnect Software that can run the map update.
According to UConnect’s website, you need software versions 8.4A (RA3) or 8.4AN (RA4) to update the maps successfully.
If you are running an older software version, update the software before buying the map update.
I hope you found my guide on how to update GPS in Chrysler 300 helpful. Please use this guide to update your navigation software and regularly check for future upgrades.
There are times when companies change policies that affect installation. So, it is best to know the details before spending money.