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Posted: 9/11/2009 3:29:11 PM EST
I need some help deciding an which GPS unit to look at.
I know Arfcom's preferred brand is Garmin, but there are so many models that I don't know where to start looking.
Unit will mostly be for trips the wife and I take, being used to find restaurants and shopping at our destination.
I would like to keep the price around $200
What is the consensus on factory refurbished units. Best buy () has a Factory-Refurbished nüvi 285WT for $170, opinions?

Another question....I see some units advertise 1,000,000 Points of interest and other units advertise 6,000,000. Why is there such a big difference?
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 3:36:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 3:38:33 PM EST by Lightning_P38]
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 3:39:11 PM EST
My wife has a Garmin Nuvi 260w and loves it.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 3:40:55 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/11/2009 3:41:14 PM EST by Oakley]
I guess thats an outdated model...here is the new model

$220



Here
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 3:47:00 PM EST
Go Garmin definitely. I have the 255W and 260W (and the Garmin Astro too). Both are great and were around 160 bucks or so from Amazon. No problems with either and I definitely would go with a widescreen model vs. a square one. Acquisition of satellites is great with both and the menu systems are very user friendly.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 4:05:25 PM EST
We use a Garmin 205W and love it. I want a similar Garmin that announces street names for upcoming turns.

Link Posted: 9/11/2009 4:07:20 PM EST
I have the 255W and love it.

Link Posted: 9/11/2009 5:01:16 PM EST
Back when we had the thread going on the 260 for free for signing up for a discover card I got one of them. Until I got my Outback with the built in GPS this worked very well for me. Actually in some cases it works better than the in-dash system an dwill find places that one wil not. There are units you get alot of ancillary additions that you may or may not need but for just basic navigation whatever the current model of the 260 is is perfectly acceptable and will get you where you are going.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 5:04:50 PM EST
I prefer TomTom myself. I have had two Tomtoms and one Garmin. To me the Tomtom was much more user friendly.
Link Posted: 9/11/2009 5:16:00 PM EST
Last month I picked up a factory refurb Garmin nuvi 255w for $119 at Amazon. It looks brand new, comes with the standard warranty, and allowed me one map update just like a new unit. I couldn't be happier with this one.
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 10:01:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2009 10:01:31 AM EST by Floppy_833]
I get emails from TigerDirect and they show refurbs for as low as $50-$75 sometimes.

I have no idea what those models do exactly, but it might be worth a look.

––––––

I have no dedicated GPS, just a GPS cellphone with internet and Google Maps, which can do all kinds of fun stuff––but only while you're in cell-tower coverage range.
~
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 10:02:14 AM EST
Garman Nuvi. I have the one that also gives free traffic alerts, works great here.
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 10:49:43 AM EST
Thanks all
After looking some more I've noticed that the 285 wt is actually a discontinued model, so I'll skip that one.
I noticed a few have recommended the 255w, which was the first one I was actually looking at, just have to decide if I want to take the chance on a refurb or buy it new.

On a side note, my employer just bought us new phones that have the VZ navigator, unfortunately they wont let me use it, I assume It uses bandwidth that they don't want to pay for
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 11:14:20 AM EST
I picked up a factory refurb Navigon car GPS last fall for $79 at Newegg. I love it, and when it comes time to upgrade to a nicer, larger screen model, I will buy another one made by them.
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 11:18:17 AM EST
I have a TomTom One. It was less than a hundred and I use the thing constantly. Well worth it.

Having played with both a Garmin and a TomTom, I prefer the TomTom interface.
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 11:20:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 11:54:08 AM EST
I have a Garmin C340, It was OK, but my wife later got a Tom Tom... which was much easier to use, a better unit, in my opinion.
Link Posted: 9/12/2009 11:55:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2009 11:55:27 AM EST by Squid1]
Originally Posted By Oakley:
MyI wife has a Garmin Nuvi 260w and loves it.

ETA- Ha
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 3:37:49 PM EST
Bought the nuvi 255wt and I got some question.

It came with free lifetime traffic. From doing some reading I think that the power cord also has an antenna molded together into one cord.
The cord also has a small box with a connection for and external antenna.

So, do I need and external antenna to receive traffic, or is the one with the power cord adequate.
Also, if I can only use the internal, can the cord be hidden under the dash or does it have to be run, say across the dash?
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 3:55:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By ibffsteve:
Bought the nuvi 255wt and I got some question.

It came with free lifetime traffic. From doing some reading I think that the power cord also has an antenna molded together into one cord.
The cord also has a small box with a connection for and external antenna.

So, do I need and external antenna to receive traffic, or is the one with the power cord adequate.
Also, if I can only use the internal, can the cord be hidden under the dash or does it have to be run, say across the dash?


I have the 255w (as previously mentioned). Friend has the 255wt with traffic.

After a recent trip he told me that he has to keep the power cord antenna on top of his dash to get decent traffic updates. YMMV.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 3:56:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Oakley:
I guess thats an outdated model...here is the new model

$220



Here
This.

Mine came with the free traffic alerts, works well if you live in a large metropolitan area with coverage.

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:07:31 PM EST
Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By Oakley:
I guess thats an outdated model...here is the new model

$220



Here
This.

Mine came with the free traffic alerts, works well if you live in a large metropolitan area with coverage.



The one I got is the same except it don't have bluetooth.

I don't live in an area were the traffic is available which is why I was asking about the antenna.
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