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OT Garmin maps

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Dickgshot, Nov 20, 2008.

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  1. Dickgshot

    Dickgshot Well-Known Member

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    The last time I bought the new maps for my Streetpilot was a couple years ago.
    They were absolutely worthless. Many new roads and construction -some that I knew about, that had been around for a long time - weren't on the update.
    I did a Google search and found a lot of similar complaints. So, the answer is
    NO, don't waste your money.
     
  2. Joe Woods

    Joe Woods Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou , I was just in the update mode, And felt $69.00 was high.


    Joe Woods/Ontario
     
  3. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    For me, last years update (2007) seemed to streamline driving through the DC area and a big update for the Jacksonville, Florida road system.

    It was aways a guess on how the unit was going to take me through DC. It did not always choose the best route. My last trip through was right on the money.

    I did not experience any problems driving around the Jacksonville region last winter. I shoot three clubs in the area and not a problem.

    The 2008 update seemed to update motel chains and restaurants chains, as I found some that were not listed previously when I was plotting my trip south for the winter, but some no name restaurants in my local area are not listed.

    I had issues with Orlando even after the 2007 update. Hopefully, they were addressed in the 2008 update.

    I will say the 2008 update was a large download. If you don't have a fast connection and plenty of disk space, it might be advised to purchase the CD.
     
  4. motordoctor

    motordoctor Shoji Tabuchi in Branson

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    ny friend T Garmin suggests that i update ABOUT EVERY THREE YEARS. remember that they are always one year behine anyway. motordoc
     
  5. noknock1

    noknock1 Active Member

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    I agree with motordoc. I was issued a 530 for work and find myself driving according to the GPS in a lot of fields. . . That was two years ago. About 3 months ago I was issued a brand new 550 with the traffic stuff. I am still driving in fields and going to walmarts, etc. that no longer exist because a new walmart was built 1 mile away. . .

    Don't waste your money. With my experience with Garmin, I won't pay money for about 5-6 years. Google this topic and you will read about all kinds of honked off people nationwide that are disappointed with the "updated" map.
     
  6. M-16

    M-16 TS Member

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    Were are you driving? If your in an area with no new road over a year old then a update is not worth the money.
     
  7. W.P.T.

    W.P.T. TS Member

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    Shooting Jack did it the right way, there isn't anything that you cannot get a deal on if you check out EBay and bid wisely ... I have saved a bundle of money by checking out EBay first on many things that I had to have weather I needed them or not ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  8. jimx200

    jimx200 Member

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    To bad the pop up did not say TomTom...as in map upgrades are free. TomTom One 3rd Edition at RadioShack.com...$100. and will be even less on a Black Friday deal (day after Thanksgiving).
     
  9. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Where on the TOM TOM site does it say the map upgrades are free. Would be something to consider.

    http://www.tomtom.com/index.php?Lid=1

    I think Garmin upgrades are free for the first year from date of purchase.
     
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