I've got the 760 and it's great, but has options that I don't need. Best Buy has the Nuvi 260 on sale for $299.00 and comes with the mounting kit. Great deal and has all that most people need as far as options.
Which model do you think is the best for off road use, which has the best topo maps and is easy to use? I'm looking for one to put in my Jeep. Already have factory units in the daily drivers. Thanks in advance Bill
Dennis, be aware that Garmin charges for any map updates. I went with a TomTom One 3rd Edition and it's outstanding...and free map updates. See radioshack online for a $100. deal. I use mine for business calls about 4-5 times a day. The device has an excellent screen that adjusts for brightness, good battery life, and nice volumne in a loud environment...and when carried by hand..a cool feature is the "My Location" button...handy when you want to pinpoint a nice map view of your location on foot, bike riding, etc.
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I just ordered Garmin 260 units for my daughters for Christmas @ $147 ea. This unit has the text to speech feature, so you can keep your eyes on where you're going rather than reading the screen when in heavy traffic. I bought this model for my wife last spring and it works great and is very portable, easy to stash when you park. Now we don't have anything to fight about on trips!
Old Cowboy, what did you install that on? I just upgraded from a coffee grinder to a navcom thing with a VOR needle. Compared to flying the ADF that vor needle is the cat's meow. I can't imagine your GPS being better than that!!
Joe, regarding TomTOm, when I got mine it came with a insert paper that said I could get a free map upgrade until 12/31/2009. Don't know if the latest models offer it.
Regarding speech: absolute necessity in my opinion. In our traffic here in California, you will not or cannot be looking at a screen and looking for your turn. Really does not matter if it just says to turn or gives the street name to turn..in fact, a rep friend says the software has many mispronounced street names which might be a bigger issue in Ca. where many have a Spanish name. A big plus on a Costco purchase is they have a no questions policy for returns long after the purchase.
Have a Garmin 760 and love it. It's got voice, bluetooth and FM transmitter among other features. You already know about voice, but bluetooth when paired with your bluetooth cell makes calling and answering calls a snap, and the FM transmitter outputs the sound through your vehicle speakers. As a bonus you can download your favorite tunes (MP3 files) into an SD card and play them while you drive to your destination. You might want to Google "GPS reviews" to see the pros and cons of the major brands before deciding. Cesar
I picked uo the Nuvi 350 on Ebay for under $200, the unit usually sells for close to $400 ... I got everything needed to have it up and working in the car all in the box and they shipped it for free ... It works better than I expected and tells you well in advance when you have to make a turn ... This was new not reconditioned ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
A friend of mine just installed one on his '65 Cessna "Super"(180 hp) Skyhawk 172. Amazing little box with features too numerous to mention here among them.....WAAS enabled, IFR approved for random point to point navigation, computer generated glidepath guidance on non-precision approaches........
I don't think I'll get one tho'? My Cessna "Super"(180 hp) 170 is equipped with state-of-the-art (20 years ago) dual NavComms, ADF, DME, Transponder w/mode C, 3 light marker beacon, audio panel & Loran.........and I know how to use it.