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If you have too many segments in your installed maps, it will cause problems, even if the map is disabled. City Navigator typically doesn't have a lot of segments and should not be a problem. Not familiar with EU topo maps, but with their US 24k topo map products, there are a lot of segments. If you install just one of these plus City Navigator, you will probably be close to the limit of the device.
With maps installed on your computer, you can see the number of segments with Mapsource. I'm not sure offhand how to do this with maps that Garmin distributes as downloads. But one simple test would be to just remove one of the maps and see if the problem goes away.
Generally speaking, if you install 16gb of maps, you are likely at or beyond the segment limit. But of course, it depends on the specific maps.
Your favorite unit is one that was ridiculously overpriced, a huge failure for Garmin and was discontinued some time ago. That speaks volumes in itself! >:)
Aside from all my Garmin criticisms, something odd is happening to @samogps . You really should not have that many problems. Garmin simply wouldn't survive as a company if these problems were common.
I don't know what is happening in your case. I would only observe that if this were a common problem we'd be reading about it all over the internet. And I haven't seen anything like that.
I think Garmin is pretty much the "only game in town" unfortunately. Magellan has gotten a lot of negative feedback over the years. They could be better now, but there are very few people who use them. DeLorme used to be highly respected but Garmin bought them and discontinued their regular GPS line.
There's a company called TwoNav that makes handhelds. Have never seen one but I have used their software on Macintosh, Windows, iOS and Android. It seems very nice.
Then there's memory map. Have not used one of these, they look cool but are rather expensive.
Most of the market is moving to smartphone apps, I think there will be very few dedicated devices in a few years. You can buy a rugged waterproof Android phone for $100 or less and there are plenty of inexpensive apps to choose from. You can get cases with external batteries and solar chargers, etc. Not sure if those would work for you... I don't meet your definition of a "serious person". ;)
Doubt that I'll buy any more Garmin devices, have spent thousands on them over the years. Just last week the power button broke on my Montana 600, I bought it in July 2011 but it hasn't seen very heavy use. Was always happy with it over the years. Could see about getting it fixed but not really very interested at this point. I use my phone, but I don't do long hikes anymore.
I wish they had something new that could get me excited, but they just don't. The GPSMap 276cx looks kind of cool but has gotten a very negative response. There was a nice in-depth review where the author recommended it. He got such an angry response from disappointed buyers that he eventually had to change his review and say he didn't recommend it. I'd be willing to give it a chance, but not for $600 - that's ridiculous. And it is really only suited for vehicles and not handheld use.
Please don't post eBay links, it's against forum policy. Also note that Garmin doesn't warranty products purchased on eBay unless the seller is one of their authorized dealers.
I have moved this thread to the handheld forum.