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jsarno 03-16-2008 01:32 AM

GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
It seems as if you buy a new car, the option for an in dash GPS Navigation system could be anywhere from $1600-2800. I bought a Garmin (I think it was an XPS) way back for my 2005 GMC (so I bought it right around december of 2004), and now it's amazingly outdated. I want to get a new one but I am unsure of what to get. Any suggestions? Does anyone have any experience with any of them?

That Guy 03-16-2008 01:40 AM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
AN/ARN-151 ;) might have a bit of trouble getting one with a working key though.

Mattyk 03-16-2008 10:58 AM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
I have a TomTom and it's great. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the major brands.

saden1 03-16-2008 11:07 AM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
What is outdated? The maps? Have you looked into buying updated maps for it? If by outdated you mean it's bulky and old looking then I would suggest looking at Garmin Nuvi models (600 or 700 series). That should hold you up for another 4 years before they start looking outdated too.

p.s. Once they come out with OLED devices in about 4 years or so pretty much everything is going to look outdated.

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EternalEnigma21 03-16-2008 12:21 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
check this out, it looks pretty nice. [url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H49LXQ/]Amazon.com: Garmin nüvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator: Electronics[/url]

also watch woot.com... they always have gps systems featured. Usually they're only around a hundred bucks, but you have to get on early for the best deals... if I dont check until 2pm, many times I miss out on the best woots...

saden1 03-16-2008 12:29 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
[quote=canthetuna;432420]check this out, it looks pretty nice. [URL="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H49LXQ/"]Amazon.com: Garmin nüvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator: Electronics[/URL]

also watch woot.com... they always have gps systems featured. Usually they're only around a hundred bucks, but you have to get on early for the best deals... if I dont check until 2pm, many times I miss out on the best woots...[/quote]


I have the Nuvi 660 and it's pretty nice :) It's relatively small and has a nice big screen. Plus it has traffic alerts (3 month subscription included, $60 a year if you want to continue with the service) and an FM transmitter which allows you to play mp3 files through the Nuvi and hear it through your radio.

jsarno 03-16-2008 03:09 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
[QUOTE=saden1;432410]What is outdated? The maps? Have you looked into buying updated maps for it? If by outdated you mean it's bulky and old looking then I would suggest looking at Garmin Nuvi models (600 or 700 series). That should hold you up for another 4 years before they start looking outdated too.

p.s. Once they come out with OLED devices in about 4 years or so pretty much everything is going to look outdated.[/quote]

The screen is not even in color. Yes, it's very bulky, I even bought a windshield suction cup for it, but it doesn't stay up very well cause it's so heavy. The maps are outdated as well, and everything has to be loaded by my computer which takes a lot of time. You can only have a certain amount of sections downloaded in the system. It's very annoying.

I am actually leaning towards the Garmin Nuvi. No loading maps, they are all in there for the continental US. It's small and light, in color and it's a good brand name. A friend told me about it this morning and said it was perfect. I'm going up to Roswell after the race today to buy one.

jsarno 03-16-2008 03:10 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
[QUOTE=Mattyk72;432409]I have a TomTom and it's great. I don't think you can go wrong with any of the major brands.[/QUOTE]

Is that the one that you ask it for directions by calling it Tomtom?

saden1 03-16-2008 03:28 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
[quote=jsarno;432440]The screen is not even in color. Yes, it's very bulky, I even bought a windshield suction cup for it, but it doesn't stay up very well cause it's so heavy. The maps are outdated as well, and everything has to be loaded by my computer which takes a lot of time. You can only have a certain amount of sections downloaded in the system. It's very annoying.

I am actually leaning towards the Garmin Nuvi. No loading maps, they are all in there for the continental US. It's small and light, in color and it's a good brand name. A friend told me about it this morning and said it was perfect. I'm going up to Roswell after the race today to buy one.[/quote]

Wow, that's pretty old thing you got there. If a product is annoying it's your duty to replace it :) BTW Nuvi suction cup is awesome, it's like super glue...taking it off is no small feet.

jsarno 03-16-2008 04:58 PM

Re: GPS systems for your car...best one?
 
Thanks for your help guys, you helped me make a decision. I will get the Garmin Nuvi.


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