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  • I've used 3 Garmins extensively (two that I've owned). All have something going for and against them. The StreetPilot c330 has nice speakers, external volume control, and the "ding" at the turn. My original 260 was probably my favorite, with a de…
  • Personally, I find Junction View not particularly helpful (although it's a nice representation). Lane Assist, on the other hand, I find extremely useful. I agree that Garmin has let the buying public down for not incorporating both features in a l…
  • Ragman: I reviewed the product on Amazon. Handstands use to make a sticky pad that actually worked surprisingly well. I used it for my 260 several years ago (until I left the pad while on vacation). I ordered another, however, they changed their …
  • This is really odd (although I've heard this before from several people). On the contrary, my 765t gives me too many warnings. The dang thing won't shut up. I get at least 3 warnings within cities before a turn (usually 0.2 mile, then at 200 or 3…
  • Unfortunately, it's not an isolated incident. This happens quite often. I often wonder if it is traffic related (even when no abnormal traffic shows up). Like you, I often ignore it. Of course, the last time I ignored it, it would have been bett…
  • I admit that I'm puzzled by Garmin models lately. There have been an increasing number of complaints this past year and many very unhappy motorists. Return the 765t or exchange it. Many people have had touch screen accuracy problems on this serie…
  • Obviously, Garmin (NAVTEQ) has a long way to go to match Navigon's very encompassing lane guidance feature (too bad they opted out of North America). Luckily, I live in SoCal, so both lane assist and junction view (I own a 765t) are common on the f…
  • The answer is yes (AFAICT, the highlighted route is correct, while the voice is wrong ... but fortunately, this happens infrequently). See the thread, "Why does the Nuvi keep trying to take me on back roads?". This problem and others have been dis…
  • Might as well put my two cents in. The number one complaint I see on Amazon is the routing, and it is generally across the board on just about every Garmin Nuvi model. Many of these complaints I take as a grain of salt, but many are quite mystifyi…
  • You are probably correct, SergZak (as usual). I did a quick check on Amazon and it shows that Junction View is also available for the 1370t, however, the chart indicates that it only has the Lane Assist arrows, so no wonder Dixie is confused (I am …
  • It may well indeed be "toasted". It sounds like the infamous "bricking" problem that has occurred on the 7x5 series (since you received that curious update message). Go to the topic that discusses this and you will receive information about how to…
  • I guess my post was not clear. Your 1370t WILL show a visual (junction view) on those highways / freeways that have been included by Garmin's map supplier. It is the same with ANY Garmin model that has this feature. The problem is that it isn't a…
  • Lane Guidance is a combination of Lane Assist (the arrows in the top left corner telling the driver which lane(s) to be in) and Junction View (a picture of what the interchange may look like). Are you saying that you don't see either? Unfortunatel…
  • The 7x5 series have had several problems, not including the last "bricking" fiasco (touch screen, speaker volume, routing issues, etc.). Of course the fm transmitter has always been weak and bluetooth may or may not work with your phone (people wil…
  • misterbill: Many people like the Samantha TTS voice. Unfortunately, that voice isn't available for my 765t so I haven't heard it. As far as free (ad supported) traffic, it's hit-and-miss. I'm glad I have it and it has saved me several times from…
  • I live in SoCal and find Lane Assist a valuable asset. Junction View, not so much. Oh, it's a nice representation, and a pretty picture -- I'm glad I have it, but it often comes on too late to be effective (on crowded freeways), and like many, I o…
  • sdlevitt: I'm not sure you'd be THAT happy with any Nuvi. First, no Nuvi that I've listened to can match the speakers in the StreetPilot series. Second, no Nuvi model has an external volume control (that I am aware). One has to flip to the main…
  • A few days ago I got that curious message when I turned on my 765t. I didn't press the okay button because the message made no sense to me. I just turned it off and turned it on again (I guess I was lucky). Anyway, and as everyone else is doing, …
  • That is no doubt one of the longest posts I've ever read (and yes, I read it all ... simply because it was a good, thoughtful post). And I thought I was long-winded;). Whether nuvifan knows it or not, he is fairly unique in that he does a lot of r…
  • Good explanation of your problem. I'm continually amazed by Garmin's extremely poor updates that try to fix one bug and ends up creating others. Your problem (one of many) is a perfect example. For me it was bluetooth. Once I registered the unit…
  • I don't know if other brands are better or worse. I do know this is a constant complaint from Fletch at gpsmagazine (and he absolutely loves anything and everything Garmin). There are also 3rd party FM transmitters that have had more positive revi…
  • I owned the original 260 (not the newer 260) and my girlfriend owned the c330 (we both have the 765 now). The c330 is the same as the c340 except it doesn't have TTS. Since I'm familiar with both of these units, here are my impressions: The c-ser…
  • There are several things about the 765t that are disappointing (or at least an annoyance). Personally, I find the FM transmitter and Bluetooth functions to be far more annoying than the map detail. However, I could get a phone to work with this un…
  • These units come with different feature sets. It's up to you to decide which features are important to you. For example, if you want the ability to have multi-point routing (although the 265 is capable of adding several waypoints), the "Where's my…
  • If memory serves me (I no longer have the 260), once you plug your 260 into the 12V cigarette lighter port it will come on. Once you unplug the unit there is a screen that comes up that gives you a choice; leaving your unit on or turning it off (or…
  • Upgrade? Is there something wrong with your 250w? Discontinued does not mean unsupported. New units come out all the time and they will have new bells and whistles, so you might be chasing your tail. As far as the 265wt, traffic is hit and miss …
  • Very timely question since Fletch at gpsmagazine.com has just run a comparison between the 265t and 760 models.
  • braymon13: There is a topic on how to find which chip is in your 760 unit (it's toward the top of the discussion list). Both the SiRF and MTK chips are fine receivers, but I doubt the SiRF chip can beat out the MTK. My older 260 has MTK (as does …
  • The terminology does confuse many people. Garmin splits what they call "Lane Guidance" into two functions: Lane Assist (the arrows at the top left of the screen) and Junction View (the static picture that comes up for about 12 or 13 seconds and re…
  • In my experiences, Nuvi's don't do well in large parking lots. My girlfriend has the c330 and I'm not so sure it did any better, but I honestly don't know for sure. What you can do is this. The next time you're at a large strip mall and want your…
  • After selecting the state the first time, I don't remember having to input that again on my older 260. I know I don't have to on my 765. As far as the city is concerned, that is another matter. I've had to specify the city. The exception is when…
  • Garmin use to have the ding on their c-series units, but took it out on the Nuvi series ... bummer. As has been mentioned, it warns of a turn several times. My 765t even repeats itself far too often (turn left on Main Street then turn right ... tu…
  • I too owned a 260 (gave it away as a present when I updated to the 765t). I thought it was a solid unit, and was especially pleased that it came with the MTK receiver chip (not all did or do). There isn't going to be much difference between the 26…
  • Just for information purposes: There was a complaint on Amazon about the 200 model, and that was space. There was not enough space to download new maps (he needed about 350 Mb free and didn't have it). While you may find extra rooms for adding PO…
  • Save yourself some grief and always buy from a trusted reseller even if you find it a bit cheaper somewhere else (Cosco, Amazon, etc. and check their return policy -- Amazon has a great return policy ... and I've heard so does Cosco). As far as the…
  • Sorry, you're out of luck.
  • That's the first I've heard of a model in the 2x5 series not having the same basic interface features (such as the turn arrow). Sounds more like a model in the 2x0 series. Then, again, Garmin upgraded the 2x0 series to have many of the same featur…
  • Ahhh, I think I get it now. In my example, the Garmin would consider the freeway to be the dividing line. It's just one of the many oddities that really doesn't matter (since the unit tells you which direction you should turn, name or no name).
  • I simply do not know what you mean. Could you clarify?
  • It seems many people who have purchased the Nuvi 200 have found that they can't load the new maps, because there is simply no room (this was also reported on an Amazon review). There doesn't appear to be enough files to remove safely to make room (…
  • No, you're right, Boyd. The nag screen goes off after about 20 or 30 seconds whether you're driving or not (I usually don't have the patience to wait).
  • One thing I've noticed. Almost all new GPS devices (or any electronic device) from almost all manufacturers look terrific on paper. It's only when one buys the unit does the truth come out;).
  • I have a Mac (and a 765t), but haven't seen this problem (while you're not the first person to say that the Nuvi won't mount on your computer, it "is" extremely rare (and usually a USB problem). Have you tried it on your girlfriend's Mac yet?
  • Yes, this is typical. I've seen this getting off the 91 freeway (SoCal). Turn left it's Serfas Club Drive, turn right it's Auto Center Drive. My Nuvi says Auto Center Drive even though I'm turning left (the info on the green banner shows both nam…
  • Wow, Tim. Very interesting article! No wonder I read so many complaints about routing (it's a no-win situation for human and computer alike).
  • The problem with specifying which brand has the best routing, may really depend upon where one lives. I've read enough angry posts saying the Garmin is terrible at routing. Personally, and where I use my Garmin, it routes very well (but has its is…
  • "I would think sinces its one of the higher number units it would be one of the best they sell??" Not necessarily. For instance, my older 260 (basic unit) had less problems than my new 765t. The more bells and whistles, the more that can (and doe…
  • Bulliever, my 765t works while plugged into my Mac, but I have to dismount it (put the Garmin drive icon into the trash) before it does. My older 260 couldn't do this, it stayed in charge mode, so Spyder's right, not all Nuvi models can will functi…
  • As wscott52 pointed out, certain cities (at least what the local public knows as the name of particular cities) aren't recognized. There are plenty of examples. Both my sister and son live in Alta Loma, California. The zip code, however, correspo…
  • Something similar happened between my Motorola W385 phone and my 765t. The very first try (before I updated the software), my phone paired and the Nuvi downloaded my contact list and created a telephone book (same with my girlfriends LG phone and t…