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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a cheap GPS

I want to get myself a GPS unit and am curious what other people have and what is good and cheap. I don't need on that is to expensive, color screens or all the bells and whistles.

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what type of application?...for the bike or car?...there was a thread i believe not too long ago about this...might want to do a search...but heard tom-tom is a pretty kick ass one to use for the car...

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Last week I order Garmin StreetPilot C320 for my wife.
Touch screen, trip meeter, voice etc. The only drawback is you have to load maps. It comes with media card, you can fit on this small card like a 5 states.
If you want, you can get bigger card and load all of them, or get c330 with preloaded maps (over 100$ more). Got it from www.buydig.com for 309$. I will use it on my bike, Garmin just released a program to create POI, with customizing your own way-points. You can get Streetpilot i5 much smaller, no touch screen, preloaded maps etc. refurbished for 299$ at www.gpsworldsupply.com located in west chicago. One guy here has monochrome i2 unit on his bike here
Or Streetpilot i3 (283 wallmart) same deal you have to load the maps.
Tomtom 300 & 700 are much more money.

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I got an eTrex Legend for 130 bucks. Bought the FULL US CD for 80 bucks...I used this all over OH, MI, IN and IL and it was friggin awesome. For the price I paid I am very happy. Probably doesnt do all the sh#t a 500 dollar system does but its perfect for my needs. Use it in the cage, bike and hiking.
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I got an eTrex Legend for 130 bucks. Bought the FULL US CD for 80 bucks...I used this all over OH, MI, IN and IL and it was friggin awesome. For the price I paid I am very happy. Probably doesnt do all the sh#t a 500 dollar system does but its perfect for my needs. Use it in the cage, bike and hiking.


Have you rode with it in the rain? Is it waterproof. I wouldn't want to fry one of these on a nasty day outside. What about cold weather as well

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dunno how much you're looking to spend, but the Garmin Quest's dropped a lot in price since the Quest 2 came out. Great size for a bike, very capable, waterproof. Only real difference between that and the 2 is that you have to manage your maps.
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This would be for my bike and maybe the car now and then. I don't want one over $200 so I like the idea of that eTrex one or the Quest. Thanks for the help and yes I did do a search last night before I posted, I didn't find anything really helpfull.

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Have you rode with it in the rain? Is it waterproof. I wouldn't want to fry one of these on a nasty day outside. What about cold weather as well
I have a natural force field that surrounds me that prevents rain from touching this body and anything in close proximity.

Cold weather has never been an issue for it, as for the rain, while Ive never been caught in it, eTrex claims that its waterproof for 30 mins which gives me enough time to stop and get it into a bag or something. I wouldnt ride with it for long periods in the rain, but hell i wouldnt ride MYSELF for long periods in the rain either !
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garmin streetpilot i2

i just got a garmin street pilot i2 from a buddy (i traded him some stuff), and he paid just over 200 bucks for it. I use it for work and it is great. it plugs into the cig lighter but also has a internal battery that lasts pretty long. it has a suction cup for the windshield but is adjustable for the bike where you can mount it on the tank. very easy to use.

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Streetpilot i2 is monochrome, same design as i3, only i3 is color.
Need to load maps form PC.
Two 2AA batteries, and they will work for around 6 hrs.
Price around 230$.
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i'd get one of these, its super cheap and is never wrong.


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This would be for my bike and maybe the car now and then. I don't want one over $200 so I like the idea of that eTrex one or the Quest.
Don't know if you can get a Quest for <$200, but I haven't looked lately... Last year they were down to <400.

I use my Quest 2 on the bike and in the car... and occasionally on foot . It's small enough to go in your pocket. Nice because you can pack it on trips and throw it in the rental car when you get to your destination. Just don't turn it on while you're on the plane...

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i'd get one of these, its super cheap and is never wrong.


Alex...I have one of those...a modern one....and I know how to use it better than my 2610 The only thing it won't do is find the nearest Starbucks!

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i just got a garmin street pilot i2 from a buddy (i traded him some stuff), and he paid just over 200 bucks for it. I use it for work and it is great. it plugs into the cig lighter but also has a internal battery that lasts pretty long. it has a suction cup for the windshield but is adjustable for the bike where you can mount it on the tank. very easy to use.
Anyone with internal batteries on their GPS and using it on their bikes, should put electric grease on battery terminals and/or battery connections, road vibration has a tendency to build carbon deposits on the terminals/connections, then over time the unit won't power up.

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Anyone with internal batteries on their GPS and using it on their bikes, should put electric grease on battery terminals and/or battery connections, road vibration has a tendency to build carbon deposits on the terminals/connections, then over time the unit won't power up.
Thanx Rick, I bet you know this from your own experience.

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Thanks rick, usally when being quoted here is followed by a smart-ass comment. Thanks for the useful info. now it's time for a smart-ass comment.

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+1 on the Garmin i2. Have used it for about a year now both in the car and on the bike. It never steered me wrong.

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Thanks rick, usally when being quoted here is followed by a smart-ass comment. Thanks for the useful info. now it's time for a smart-ass comment.

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