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Old 12-12-2007, 07:03 PM
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Guys,

I am thinking of getting the wife a GPS for the car for Christmas. Does anybody have any advice or recommendations? Looking for something that is really easy to use and accurate.

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Old 12-12-2007, 07:05 PM
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garmin nuvi 4.3 inch screen very easy to use
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The Garmin Nuvi is nice, but I really havn't had any experiance with any other brand. If you have a Costco membership they have a great deal on their website right now on the 650.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:49 PM
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I just bought the Garmin Nuvi 200W (w for widescreen - 4.3 inches). It's a bare bones model, but I only wanted GPS and not MP3 players, photo, etc.

You can get it on Amazon for $246.67 right now - that's a sweet deal. Or you can save $50 and get the regular screen 200 model (3.5 inch screen). I think the widescreen greatly helps - and it's not that big either.
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I have the Pioneer AVIC system in my Excursion. It has been terrific.

Navigation, XM Traffic, XM, CD, AM/FM, backup camera and the unit is wired into the DVD/TV, so the screen shows the movies that are playing in the back. Might be overkill for what you want to get your wife though.

I believe in built-in/factory looking units. I don't care for those units that are stuck to the windshield or dashboard. Plus, auto burglars love those kind. Smash and runs have increased significantly in the local mall parking lots...

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I have the Garmin Nuvi 660 and could not live without it. I would buy the new one that has the same size screen that does not have the bluetooth, mp3's and all the mess that comes with the 660. The only reason I bought the 660 over the others was the screen size and now they offer the same screen size with the less complicated model. Besides, the extra features on the 660 do not work all that well. I thought I would use the Bluetooth but it does not work very well so I just end up turning it off.
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The Garmin Nuvi is nice, but I really havn't had any experiance with any other brand. If you have a Costco membership they have a great deal on their website right now on the 650.

My sister and I just got that one from Costco for our 65 year old Mom. We gave it to her this past weekend and she already loves it. $328 shipped to my sister's house in PA.
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Old 12-13-2007, 03:30 AM
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Can't go wrong with Tom Tom or Garmin. My wife uses the TT and loves it. I use a Garmin 76CSx and it takes me to the door everytime. Nice thing about the Garmin is that you can plan your trip (driving, fishing, or hiking) on your PC, scrutinize the route, change it, and then upload it to the unit. No voice prompts, but it beeps and shows you your next turn.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:23 AM
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I have the lo end Garmin 330 I think. I bought it this year and LOVE IT! SO easy my wife can even use it! Very good price as well. I love the Nuvi too but liked my price point better.
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Old 12-13-2007, 04:40 AM
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The most basic unit you would want to buy should have something often called "text to speach". Thats when your GPS unit say "turn right on Smith Street in 500 feet" and not just "turn right in 500 feet". The most basic units don't have this capability even the Garmin and TomTom.

There are endless other feature that you have to decide on. Things like "Blue Tooth", traffic reporting capability, route creating and manipulating ability, voice commands, remote controls, different form factors, screen sizes, internal batttery size, ect....

The best place to learn about them is Garmin.com. They even have the ability compare units side by side.

In my opinion, the Garmin 260 is the best balance of price and features at this time.
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Old 12-13-2007, 05:09 AM
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Sooo many good one out there. We have a Garmin 340 in our truck. Faultless so far in 15,000 miles of cross country driving. Prefere the simpler models as they are much less appealing to the thieves.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:17 AM
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I just bought a tom tom 720 and like it so far. Tom tom has $100 off all of their units now through christmas so that's why I went with this brand. I paid $399 which I have only had for 2 weeks and it has just about paid for itself already. The step down which is $299 is what I wanted to buy but they were sold out, it just doesn't have the bluetooth feature which gives traffic accidents and it doesn't say street names out loud which my unit does.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:45 AM
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i have factory nav system in the car and after having it, I'll never go back. we love it.

I just bought my father a Tom-Tom for christmas. From what I learned it should be a very easy unit to use. The garmin units look great too.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:52 AM
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[QUOTE]big money - 12/12/2007 7:03 PM

Guys,

I am thinking of getting the wife a GPS for the car for Christmas. Does anybody have any advice or recommendations? Looking for something that is really easy to use and accurate.

Thanks,


I picked up a Garmin nuvi 200W at West marine for 219.00 + tax. It seems like a nice unit. its a gift for my son. I ended up going back to get another one the next day for my wife and I.

I have Garmin on the boat and I love there products, and there service department is top notch.

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Old 12-13-2007, 08:01 AM
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Magellan Maestro 3225. It's only $200, it has text to speech, sd expansion card, and is quite easy to use. I tested about a dozen before I made my choice. Text ot speech is where it will tell you "take a left onto main st" instead of just saying "take a left". This option is worth more than you'd think.

I also have had six garmin units (5 in boat and 1 handheld) so I am not new to their product lines. I just just blown away at the price/performance of the maestro 3225 over the Nuvi. This is not the gps for someone who wants all the bells & whistles - this is for someone who wants a gps to get to where you are going in teh easiest manner possible.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:58 AM
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The Garmin Nuvi 350. I got it at Walmart.com for $299. The next cheapest place was $349. They were much more $$ earlier in the year. It has the "text to speech" option, which I think is very useful.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:12 AM
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On the high end, I've got the Pioneer Avic in my Expedition. All the bells and whistles you could ask for. It replaces the stock radio and has a factory look. One thing that is really cool is that when you play a CD it can automatically copy it to a 30 gig hard drive and is available on it's library. CD quality sound, not just that MP3 which is pretty degraded.

On the low end, bought a Garmin Nuvii 660 for $250.00 off at Best Buy. Very nice basic unit. It has the "text to speech" and bluetooth and a few other things. Pretty dependable unit.
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Doug in Bermuda - 12/13/2007 8:09 AM

Sooo many good one out there. We have a Garmin 340 in our truck. Faultless so far in 15,000 miles of cross country driving. Prefere the simpler models as they are much less appealing to the thieves.
Cross country driving in BERMUDA? You can walk cross country there, plus you can't get lost.

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Old 12-13-2007, 09:20 AM
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Garmin NUVI 200w is very good and easy to use.
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