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post #1 of 203 Old 03-22-2015, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Successful nav upgrade to my 2013 fe se!!!

I can confirm that it IS possible to upgrade our FE's to have NAV and there's no funny business from LockPick, or any other aftermarket stuff.

I bought Turbonium911's salvaged 2013 FE APIM module with NAV, and it's plug and play! I have a 2013 FE SE that came stock without NAV, and after talking to the dealer, and surfing through the forums here, it seemed like Ford had our hands tied in keeping us from upgrading our FE's. Ergo, THIS IS EXCITING!

All you do is disconnect your battery, remove the front center trim around the MFT, remove the screen and APIM, swap the APIM, and put everything back together and reconnect the battery. *** My FE has almost 60K miles, so my warranty is out the window. If you do this, it may void some warranties, but if you're like me and you have nothing to lose, it's no worries

If you're interested, here's a solid guide video on how to pop up the trim:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoonUYXq4vc

*** He removes the connector from the negative terminal, but it's easier to unbolt the negative lead from the ground location on the underside of the FE's hood hinge....our FE's have the battery so close to the firewall, I don't think he really used a FE for the segment where the battery is disconnected, haha.

Please see the images below.

In the images is the NAV A5 SD card for the US and Canada. When you reconnect the battery terminal, SYNC does a complete reboot. You need to reload your contacts and pair your blutooth again, but it's totally worth it! It says to insert the NAV card and it auto updates. The rest is up to you to customize HOME, FAVORITES, etc!!!!
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Confirmed NAV :)

Here's proof of the NAV upgrade to my FE. I scratched out the street names for privacy reasons, but it works great Thanks Turbonium!
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Nice! Did you happen to inspect the new APIM for any kind of part number?

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Nice! Did you happen to inspect the new APIM for any kind of part number?
No, I did not. Probably would've been a good idea though. Hmm perhaps we could all just start looking for these from scrapped FE's though
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I'm not familiar with the guts of the system, but I thought there was a GPS module in there somewhere. That's cool that you got it to work. Maybe the cars come with the GPS module already installed. Ford parts list a GPS module. They also list the Accessary Protocol Interface Module, with and without nav. The one thing I noticed is that they sell multiple APIM, with the build date being the difference between them. Of course Ford is notorious for changing parts/part numbers throughout a build cycle.

Thing is, was this just blind luck that it works in your Escape? Do your build dates fall within the same part number? Do you have the VIN from the vehicle you got the part from? See if your build dates from both Escapes fall within the same time slot compared to what the Ford parts website says.

On the ford parts site, I can't use my VIN because my build was without nav. But if you just use the generic drop down menus, you will see all the APIM options under "Electronics and Telematics", then "mobile media".

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Thanks! I may try this. Did you happen to get a picture of the APIM module?

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Thanks! I may try this. Did you happen to get a picture of the APIM module?
That 1st pic in the post IS the APIM

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Here's proof of the NAV upgrade to my FE. I scratched out the street names for privacy reasons, but it works great Thanks Turbonium!
Does the GPS with the red 'X' go away for you?

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Does the GPS with the red 'X' go away for you?
I suspect that red x refers to calling 911, and it shows no phone connected.

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Thanks! I may try this. Did you happen to get a picture of the APIM module?
Yes, the APIM module is the silver block with the fins/slots as shown in the first pic with the SYNC Maps SD card. And thanks!
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