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What to do with my 545s?

Old 10-18-2011, 01:57 PM
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Default What to do with my 545s?

My Garmin 545s just went to blank screen. All cards updated. Power to unit. Buttons still "beep" but screen remains black, even in pitch darkness. The model is discontinued and out of warranty. Do I just chalk this up as a loss and go purchase new or is it worth trying to have it serviced?
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Old 10-18-2011, 02:02 PM
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I'd say if Garmin will fix it for <$350, send it in. If not, sell it to me and I'll play around with it
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:03 PM
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I seem to recall that Garmin has a flat fee of $160 for that unit. Call and find out.
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Old 10-19-2011, 08:19 PM
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I think Garmin gets 250..mine went out this season but just installed 5212,,,will have them repair, but not till sring for warranty. Still great unit for cost of repair
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Old 10-20-2011, 05:19 AM
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I went through about 5 545s under warranty with the screen black out issue . I just had the last one blackout and it was 6 mos out of warranty - I called garmin and the first tech refused to warranty it, so I called back and the next tech sent me a refurbished one ! I love the features of the 545s but they are totally unreliable in my opinion . My standard horizon unit has given me no problems at all in the year and a half I have owned it.
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