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All 8.4 Uconnect systems Nav compatible?

Hey there. I bought a used 2016 Dodge Challenger in Pearl Blue (a special order color) with blacktop conversion package. I traded in my 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan manly-van for it. Let's just I've upped the coolness factor by eleventy-billion.*

I have a specific question about my Uconnect 8.4 system. I would like to add the navigation system to this, and it seems like it's possible. At least, when I did the research and found the Uconnect system and upgrading to the Nav system, pictures on the Uconnect site seemed to suggest that the Nav system is buried in ALL 8.4 Uconnect systems, and it's just a matter of paying the fee to unlock and access it.*

HOWEVER, I just called my Dodge dealer to inquire about it. The parts person asked for the last 8 digits of the VIN; when he ran the numbers, he said my 8.4 Uconnect does not have the feature. I'm not sure I believe him as it seems to contradict what I found online. However, I am aware that the internet sometimes traffics in falsehoods.*

And the Uconnect site does say "make sure your system is compatible before upgrading" but offers no way to check that compatibility.*

My question: is there* a site I can go to in order to definitively check for compatibility? Are ALL 8.4 Uconnect systems Nav compatible when you pay the fee to unlock?*
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There is an RA4 and RA3 version with the later not equipped with nav.
https://www.infotainment.com/pages/u...3-vs-8-4an-ra4

Here is the PDF on dealer activation for RA3 for nav.
https://www.dealers-mopar.com/downlo...guide-1231.pdf

Here is excerpt where it seems to suggest certain VINs are eligible.

Enter the last 8 characters
of the customer’s VIN and submit.
• DealerCONNECT will verify that the vehicle is
equipped with sales code RA3 (8.4A
touchscreen radio) and navigation has not
previously been activated
If the VIN is eligible for navigation activation,
DealerCONNECT will return the full VIN
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Do you know what model radio you have? My 2016 came with the 8.4A, so I paid the price to have my NAV activated, and it works just fine. The 8.4NAV radio would already have the navigation active from the factory.

Since you bought the car used, I have to wonder if the previous owner didn't up grade from the 5" radio to the 8.4? That's why when the dealer runs your VIN, it says the radio doesn't have that feature because it thinks you still have the 5" screen. That's just my best guess on what is happening here.

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Try the three buttons at 1:48 and see if you get the VP3 Activate Navigation option


uconnect-nav-guide-1231.pdf

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If you have the 8.4" RA3 radio - you can do it yourself.

The uConnect site details the steps on how its done - you purchase the software key and go through the installation steps.

Any database updates are an item you pay for each time. Depending on the build date of your head unit, the map databases will be from that time frame.

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Hey there. I bought a used 2016 Dodge Challenger in Pearl Blue (a special order color) with blacktop conversion package. I traded in my 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan manly-van for it. Let's just I've upped the coolness factor by eleventy-billion.*

I have a specific question about my Uconnect 8.4 system. I would like to add the navigation system to this, and it seems like it's possible. At least, when I did the research and found the Uconnect system and upgrading to the Nav system, pictures on the Uconnect site seemed to suggest that the Nav system is buried in ALL 8.4 Uconnect systems, and it's just a matter of paying the fee to unlock and access it.*

HOWEVER, I just called my Dodge dealer to inquire about it. The parts person asked for the last 8 digits of the VIN; when he ran the numbers, he said my 8.4 Uconnect does not have the feature. I'm not sure I believe him as it seems to contradict what I found online. However, I am aware that the internet sometimes traffics in falsehoods.*

And the Uconnect site does say "make sure your system is compatible before upgrading" but offers no way to check that compatibility.*

My question: is there* a site I can go to in order to definitively check for compatibility? Are ALL 8.4 Uconnect systems Nav compatible when you pay the fee to unlock?*
Just call uconnect directly yourself. www.driveuconnect.com to find their number. The parts person might have been looking to see if your car HAD nav, not if could be UPGRADED to nav.
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