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Old 05-12-2013, 10:52 AM
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I may be traveling a good bit in the near future. Never needed a GPS in a vehicle before. Maps were always fine, but figured a talking GPS would make things easier in unfamilar cities.

So I was digging around on the web last night and came up with the Garmin Nuvi 2597. I like that you can input destinations via voice commands ( I have very little patience and very fat fingers and HATE trying to type stuff into small devices like phones and such) and it will also double as a Bluetooth hands free for my phone - my truck is too old and does not have this feature.

Anyone have this model? Happy with it? Better one? Would like to keep the purchase around $250 or so but if there is another unit out there with feature(s) that are worth extra $, I would probably be willing to spend a little more.

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If you have a COSTCO membership, just go buy whatever one they have there that has lifetime traffic and lifetime map updates. Those are the only 2 features you need. COSTCO's return policy is very generous if you have a problem, and their prices are fair.

All the different Garmin model numbers don't seem to do anything except make comparison shopping hard.
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Just be sure it's a Garmin.
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If you have a COSTCO membership, just go buy whatever one they have there that has lifetime traffic and lifetime map updates. Those are the only 2 features you need. COSTCO's return policy is very generous if you have a problem, and their prices are fair.

All the different Garmin model numbers don't seem to do anything except make comparison shopping hard.

True! Looking at the 2597LMT (assuming LMT stands for Lifetime Maps and Traffic) for $219 compared to the 3597LMTHD for $350. Looks like the same unit but HD for the 3597. If I have voice direction and voice control, why the heck do I need HD? Is that really the only difference between these 2 models?
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no matter which one ya get...be sure to upload Dennis Hopper's voice to your unit. I love it on mine!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZah85pF4HI
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I know you said you don't like phones, but Waze on an android works well. On a trip to Chicago I had it running as well as my Garmin and the factory nav system. Waze won the test in my book. Plus it has the great feature of crowd sourced data... meaning you get an icon to see where the cops have been reported.
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I am happy with an old Garmin.
Although I keep the sound turned off. It annoys the snot out of me.
I just look at the arrows / directions / miles.
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My Iphone maps kicks most GPSs ass as it is constantly updated.

You can turn the voice on and off also.

I've used it all over the gulf coast and from Denver to Idaho without a single problem.
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Originally Posted by Design59 View Post
I am happy with an old Garmin.
Although I keep the sound turned off. It annoys the snot out of me.
I just look at the arrows / directions / miles.
Me also. I have an old 478 which is a dual road/marine unit. I move it from my car to boat where it serves as a backup to my 3210. It has the same functions and controls.
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I've used my phone as a GPS on several occasions. Actually works pretty well as far as it goes. I've been running the roads over a 3-4 state area for about 1 million miles worth over the past 20 years, but for this new deal I'm thinking a dedicated GPS that gives voice commands would work best. My wife has OnStar in her car and it gives voice commands along with a visual cue on the heads-up-display and it is easy to use and works well. The traffic updates also sound like a good idea. For $250 I'm willing to give it a shot. I really like the idea of being able to call out a destination in voice commands as I really suck at pushing small buttons. The handsfree phone function would just be lagniappe.

Guess I'm gonna go with the 2597LMT.

Thanks for all the advice!
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
Just be sure it's a Garmin.
^^^^^ THIS ^^^^^

Bought my wife a TomTom for xmas and its the biggest POS she ever owned.
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Go for whatever garmin you like - but I also like to run WAZE on my cell phone as well. Its a free app, and users provide real time data on everything from cats in the road, to cops, to accidents. You simply have it running and push an icon when something happens. It compiles the data and updates everyone else real time.

Typically there are 20-30 people within 10 miles that using and reporting - it can help save a ton of time and headaches.
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Go for whatever garmin you like - but I also like to run WAZE on my cell phone as well. Its a free app, and users provide real time data on everything from cats in the road, to cops, to accidents. You simply have it running and push an icon when something happens. It compiles the data and updates everyone else real time.

Typically there are 20-30 people within 10 miles that using and reporting - it can help save a ton of time and headaches.
Sounds like a good idea. I'll put it on my phone this week!
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Bought a Garmin Nuvi 50LM and love it. LM stands for lifetime map updates. Stayed away from the traffic feature as I read many reviews that said the pop-ups were annoying and really didn't care about that feature anyway.

Go Garmin whatever you buy.
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Garmin also lane assist is a must feature you need
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Garmin also lane assist is a must feature you need

Lane assist???
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
Lane assist???
Tells you what lane to be in when there are different directions to go. Very helpful when in traffic.
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Subscribed? I also want to replace my old nuvi 350 with one that inputs destinations via voice commands. Also do any of the new Garmins have a MP3 player built-in with an SD card like my old Nuvi. I use this on my motorcycle all the time.
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I got the Garmin app for I-Phone last year and haven't touched my stand alone Garmin since.
You pay for the initial download which has great features and then a la cart features (that are cheap) like red light camera alerts
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For less than $200 you can get a Samsung 7" galaxy tablet and load in your fav gps apps. It fits perfect on the truck's visor with some velcro. Good line of sight and stays out of direct sunlight. Works great on the boat too...
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