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Anyone got Garmin street pilot GPS?

am looking into getting a car GPS. Really want the Mopar RB! in dash OEM GPS version but am having a hard time to swallow the $1600 price tag. I like the Garmin Street Pilot GPS. (ebay new for $750)

Anyone got one of these and what do you think of it?

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heres the mopar version

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I have one. a friend gave it to me. It only has the chicago metro area in its memory now. Thats fine cause thats all I need. I just got a 32mb card and an upload reader. Gotta play with it some, but I like it alot. Small enuf to sit on my tank, he he. I need it to help me find all the places the crew hangs out at.
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not to be smart but... are you that bad with directions ? or getting lost ? Its a big pill to swallow when you have a lot of other options for directions

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I was thinking of one, because in Phoenix and when I was in Boston I rented a car with Never-Lost, I checked it out but $1600, no way I'll MAPQUEST thank you

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not to be smart but... are you that bad with directions ? or getting lost ? Its a big pill to swallow when you have a lot of other options for directions
no but when doing my lawn service all the new addresses it should put me exacyly where i need to go.

Sometimes i get a call and need to go to a new house that afternoon and don't have time to go home to logg onto mapquest.

i tried one out once in a hertz rent a car. beleive me once you try it out.you'll never undersdtand how you got along all this time with a printed map! I'm serious, it talks to you at every turn, if you miss a turn it'll rexcalculate a new route instantly.

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you can get a whole region onto it with the garmin. It'll take me from my house all the way to gingerman, tell me all the restaurants and atms along the way. The mopar actually has the whole usa on a dvd disc.

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I loved the NEVERLOST system, and driving in strange weird cities like Boston and NYC it was most excellent. I wish I had one for my bike....I'm directionally challenged

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Ohhhh and the voice of the Neverlost always gave me a woody too

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Well let me add this to the soup. Microsoft has bought Mapblast and I need directions on Sunday and of course they were wrong. I will get a gps one day.

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Bill,

I use MapQuest and MapBlast alot, and they are notorious for errors, especially in areas that have been recently built up, like Plainfield or LITH which went from cornfields to suburbs over night. I always hit both, in those cases another thing I do, is always check the options too, eg. fastest route is usually not the fastest, check the shortest route and least use of freeways also. Mapquest now has satellite imaging too, which is really cool.

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I have the older gps Gamin 12xl or something. Just the gps no color maps. Paid 100.00 and i hook it to the laptop w/ street atlas and it works awesome on trips. Went to the Hoinke bowling tournament and i put in my address and the hotel in Cinci and it took me all the way there. it tells you in voice "right turn in approx 6 minutes or 4.1 miles." Its awesome. Gives you true speed of vehicle/altitude everything. On a bike its no where feasible.

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GPS setups are nice, but they have to be GOOD to really be usefull. Try that Garmin out see if it even offers you the functionality of being in your car and saying I want to go here, and providing a route. Most of the handheld units do not do street level mapping right on the unit. They expect you to plan a trip on your PC then download it, along with the maps you will need.

I had a Garmin eTrex, it was nice for a kind of where am I type thing.

Used an iPaq with Teletype GPS and that one was good but still had a map loading issue.

Don't waste your time on the Navman GPS you have to connect to the interenet to do any kind of door to door routing at all.

Bottom line is, I've researched this for probably about a year now, tried many different solutions. Honestly if you want to get in your car punch in an address and say take me there the only way to go is one of the OEM units, OR Travroute's CoPilot Software.

My setup is an actual computer running XP with a 7" touch screen. I literally get in my car pull up a touch screen keyboard type in an address and let it show and tell me how to get where I want to go. Also has all the other great gadgets too, like finding logding, gas stations relative to where you are. Looks up to Contacts from Outlook. If you want a good GPS you are going to have to spend $$$$ to get it. But after you have it, you will ask yourself how you ever lived without it.
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LBK---
Autobuilt in OEM GPS?
Since its a computer do you have to upgrade software? how do you update? is there ports? is it cellular? just curious and is there a charge from (mechanic) to upgrade and upload?

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Autobuilt in OEM GPS?
Since its a computer do you have to upgrade software? how do you update? is there ports? is it cellular? just curious and is there a charge from (mechanic) to upgrade and upload?
Mine isn't an OEM, it is a solution I put together myself. It is an actuall PC that sits in the glove box, runs Windows XP. Any software updates can be done by simply taking it into the house hooking it up to a full size keyboard, mouse, monitor, and even ethernet if need be. Other than that for smaller updates I have a CF Card reader that I can copy up to 320MB onto. Use that for music and stuff.

But it works pretty close to an OEM GPS unit that comes with higher end cars.

Oh and yes it does have a Cell connection for weather, including radar maps.
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I have a Garmin GPS V it is a hand held unit. I use it both in the car and on my bike. You can input a new location on the unit and it will route you to it. It will also recalculate if you miss a turn so you don't get lost off route. The unit is very nice to have the only thing bad is it only has 19mb of memory and you can not upgrade it.
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both units i am looking at have the ability to recalculate on the spot and no downloading anything from a pc. it uses a navigation dvd that are updated yearly.

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