Prestigious Society makes an override module for the CT200. What are these "side effects" you speak of? I haven't noticed any significant ones except the price, but if I wanted cheap I would have kept my Prius.rayzer17: The answer is "no" as they are, as you note, Lexus only but... if you have a cable and the Lexus Techstream software, you can do it. Do a search on that on eBay and/or Google and you will find what you need.
Daniel: No, you cannot override that easily. Well, I've not found it, anyway. Certainly not documented. There have been override boxes you can buy that will do this, but most have side effects you may not like (and I've not found one for the CT200h, yet). Also, the voice recognition is pretty good now and I have no problems with that while driving for the things I need. Have you tried those to get around the screen lockout?
Oh, bsnguy you are so right on. I, too, am not happy with the navigation in the Lexus car line -- it's my number one complaint. There are other car manufactures that are so much better. Why doesn't mother Lexus listen to us? Does she know better? Thanks for voicing your opinion.I agree 100% that Lexus treats us like idiots when disabling the nav system. I won't argure that! I don't like paying $300 to fix their problem, however I'd say that this entire crippling of a system that's supposed to help you get where you want yet not disabling access to all of the other menus (like energy consumption which BEGS you to look at it, constantly) is just plain stupid. Lexus/Toyota has been beat up about this for years and simply doesn't care. They have some of the worst navigation systems to boot (check out the competition and see how nice/easy they are to use in comparison). Yet my wife uses navigation just about every day and having it integrated with the car and on a large screen is simply required for her. I just wish I could get her to look at something besides Lexus/Toyota. I'm really fed up with the way they treat those who spend thousands of dollars with them.
Yes she does and has for more than five years. There are people that have started entire websites about the lousy Lexus navigation systems and still Lexus/Toyota knows better what its customers want. Let's be honest; their system is not that bad... by 2005 standards. It has just not made many (any?) improvements save better voice recognition (which is only better if you study the manual and do exactly as instructed... no room for error or poor enunciation).... Why doesn't mother Lexus listen to us? Does she know better?