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Old 02-08-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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What's up with Garmin automobile GPS'?

I'd like to buy one, but their new top of the line isn't even for sale yet (pending FCC approval). The 2nd choices are all 3-5 weeks lead time. Is this happening in the marine market too??
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:20 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. K. Next to last GPS I bought for car (about 4-5 years ago I think) I had to pay Garmin for update ($40-$50). Bought Tom-Tom c/w lifetime updates as a replacement. No more Garmin for auto.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:24 AM   #3
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Garmin is real busy attempting to be an OEM for glass cockpit displays in new high end autos.

10 million cars a year , nice market if they can grab it with modified aircraft stuff.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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I have been a Garmin devotee since my first 330 Streetpilot, due mostly to their totally intuitive nature. I finally decided to go for lifetime maps, so chose the newest model at the time (3490), about a year ago. It was also a little bigger screen and only about a 1/4" thick. Very sexy. However, it turned out not be the intuitive operations seen on my prior two. Disappointing, but not a deal breaker. Long story short, that unit went black screen on me as I was trying to navigate from Soho, NYC to mid Manhattan. I think all the tall buildings caused to to lock up. After a day or so of navigating with my Blackberry app, I gave up and bought a little older model Nuvi 40LM. This unit was readily available at Staples at $150, and has the lifetime maps, and the same intuitive nature as my older units. While reading the quick start instructions, I then ran into a fix for the prior locked up unit. Just held the on switch a little over ten seconds, and away it went. Great. At least I then had a backup. As much time as I spend in unfamiliar territory, I really like a backup, but had chosen to travel light this time.

Bottom line, is that you might want a little older generation anyway. All of the Garmins I have purchased (usually with hotel points), still work, but just don't have all the bells and whistles. I still have my original 330 streetpilot, but would recommend the Nuvi 40LM.

I hope this helps in some way. As to availability of the newest models, I have no clue. :-)
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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I've had two Tom-Toms. The last one took FIVE tries to get one than worked longer than a couple of weeks. One replacement was DOA out of the box. I decided to go with Garmin for a replacement. However, not only do they have long lead times, but it appears that none of them will do the live traffic thing without a mobile phone (not an Iphone, which is what I have, and data rates apply).
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We bought a refurbished Tom tom for about $40. & it works great.
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