Nuvi 760 Map Scale

 

I am looking to upgrade from my C340 Streetpilot to a Nuvi. I love the C340 but it's kind of bulky to put in my pocket whenever I leave the car. Right now it's OK 'cause it's cold and I'm wearing a coat or jacket. But Spring is on the way and the C340 is not gonna slide into the pocket of my jeans so easily.

I went to Best Buy to check out the Nuvi 760 because it has other features that I'd like. I specifically went to hear the audio because I've been reading that the internal speaker is kind of "tinny". I found I can deal with the sound but I was more upset to find the map scale in the lower left corner missing! I know it's not on the 3D setting but I couldn't get it to come up in North Up or Track Up either. Next to the 760 was a Nuvi 780 which DID have the map scale. But I don't really need all the stuff the 780 does and I sure don't want to pay the extra money just for the scale!

I'm sure that the demo unit at Best Buy doesn't have the latest software upgrade, so I am asking you current Nuvi 760 owners:
Is there any way to get the scale on the 760 while navigating?
I can't imagine that Garmin would deliberately remove the scale! I find that I reference it a lot to get a better idea of the map's relationship to the road.

Comments welcome! (While you're at it, I'll also take suggestions on how to tell my wife that I want to replace her Christmas present to me - not sure how that's gonna go over! wink )

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750

Map scale

Greetings,

I have a 750 (a 760 without Bluetooth and without included traffic) with the latest firmware update and map. I don't see a scale, at least with the built-in City Map and 3D viewing. I also have bought the Topo 2008 and have my nearby 4 states on a SD card that can be used with the nuvi and do see a map scale, but then the Topo maps lose a lot of the routing features, etc. of the base map that comes with the device.

760map scale

I have a 750 with the latest downloads. I see the scale in both track up and north up modes. Perhaps a 760 user can comment; I would be surprised if this is different for the 760.

Map scale is there in 2D

With the 2.6 firware loaded on my 760 Nuvi the map scale appears in the lower left hand corner while on @D screen view.

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Garmin Nuvi 760 Garmin GPSMAP 60Csx

I checked my 760 with the

I checked my 760 with the simulator "on" and navigated a route. The map scale was in the lower left corner

Probably an upgrade

That's good to know. Thanx for the responses. I'm thinking I'll check out the 760 in a few more stores and try to catch one with the right version of software. At least I'll know I can do an upgrade if the one I buy has an older version.
Amazon's price has been fluctuating between $456 and $473 lately. Seems like a decent price compared to others.

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750

Yes I too see the map scale.

Yes I too see the map scale. You might check "CNET" to get comparitive prices for the 760. I have a 760 and like it very much
JRO

340 to 760

I've also thought about going from the 340 to 760. What are the PROBLEMS or DISLIKES folks have with the 760's features?

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Mark - Nuvi 265T NUVI 50LM

Nuvi

I have a new 750 and I downloaded the latest version from the Garmin website...2.7 which is for both the 750 and 760. I also see the map scale but cannot say whether it was there before I downloaded the new version...If you don't need the bluetooth PCNation has the 750 for $348.80 with 2-3day free FEDX and no sales tax. Got mine in 2 days and fantastic company to work with I found.

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Bobby....Garmin 2450LM

Scalemap?

I hate to sound ignorant, but can someone explain what you mean by scalemap in 3d? I have a 770, and I don't think I see anything but the 3D map in 3D... I have updated to the latest firmware.

Frank

No scale in 3D

FrankNL wrote:

I hate to sound ignorant, but can someone explain what you mean by scalemap in 3d? I have a 770, and I don't think I see anything but the 3D map in 3D... I have updated to the latest firmware.

I've never seen the scale in 3D mode. In 2D mode, there is a scale located on the lower left, just above the arrival time readout. I think of it as a 'zoom'. It typically sits at '800' while cruising, then tightens up to 500 and then 200 as I approach the next turn (on my C340 - can't speak for the 770).
I don't think having the scale in 3D would be meaningful, because the bottom and top of the map are probably at different scales to create the 3D effect.

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750

Looking at Nuvi 750

farrissr wrote:

...{snip}...If you don't need the bluetooth PCNation has the 750 for $348.80 with 2-3day free FEDX and no sales tax. Got mine in 2 days and fantastic company to work with I found.

Thanx! Since my first post, I had decided that I really don't need to have bluetooth. That's a good price for the 750. I'll check it out!

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750

Looking at the Nuvi 750

ronsan wrote:
farrissr wrote:

...{snip}...If you don't need the bluetooth PCNation has the 750 for $348.80 with 2-3day free FEDX and no sales tax. Got mine in 2 days and fantastic company to work with I found.

Thanx! Since my first post, I had decided that I really don't need to have bluetooth. That's a good price for the 750. I'll check it out!

I saw the Nuvi 750 for $285.00 plus $15 to ship it with no tax if you live outside of NY. Might want to look into this too. http://www.86photovideo.com/default.asp

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You can walk a horse to water, but a pencil has to be led.

NUVI 750

You have to be careful with the $285 price as it may not be covered by the Garmin USA warranty. Here is a direct quote from their website....1-Year Limited Warranty (1 Year Parts and 90 Days Labor.) The 90 days labor is the tip off. I believe this is their warranty and not Garmins...Here is what the Garmin website states for their warranty....All Garmin products are warranted to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. Within this period, Garmin International, Inc. will, at its sole option, repair or replace any components which fail in normal use. Such repairs or replacement will be made at no charge to the customer for parts or labor.

Before buying from anyone on the internet you should ask and be sure they have the Garmin USA warranty and are not grey market items. The price seems awful low...plus $15 shipping.

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Bobby....Garmin 2450LM

Dont bother trying 86th St Photo, I just did a web search

and this company is rated .18 out of 10. Yes, thats POINT .18 out of 10. I read a few reviews and they are really really not liked at all. Forget my suggestion about the Nuvi 750 at this place. The reviews I have read say that they have you call them back to confirm the order they try to force feed you over priced sd cards and other options. If you dont bite, they say the item will be delayed or is out of stock. Below is an example of the add ons they would LIKE for you to purchase! LOL They have just GOT to be kidding.

8GB Professional ULTRA-HIGH SPEED Error Free Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card With Low Power Consumption.

Availability : Usually Ships in 24 Hours

4GB Professional ULTRA-HIGH SPEED Error Free Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card With Low Power Consumption.

Our Price: $399.99

So the GPS runs about $300 including delivery, and the SD card for the unit will also will tack on another 400.
Yeah, thats sounds like I deal too good to pass up....

NOT!

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You can walk a horse to water, but a pencil has to be led.

86 St Photo

This is exactaly the same thing that happened to me in Jan. when I ordered a Nuvi750 for $393.00.

They I called to check on order and they tried to sell me the VERY HIGH priced accessories. Whem I said I didn't need them because I already had them from my previous Garmin Unit. I was then informed that they had just ran out of stock and it would be about 5 to 8 weeks before they could get any in. I said NO THANK YOU and hung up!!

H Hannah
Nuvi750

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"Those that stop and smell the roses, must realize that once in awhile you may get a whiff of fertilizer."..copyright:HDHannah1986 -Mercedes GPS - UCONNECT 430N Chrysler T&C - Nuvi 2598- Nuni2555 - Nuvi855 - Nuvi295W - Nuvi 750 - Ique 3600

Scam

H Hannah wrote:

I was then informed that they had just ran out of stock and it would be about 5 to 8 weeks before they could get any in.

I'm only aware of this scam being used by certain stores in the NY/NJ area, and offshoots of those stores who have moved to southern FL. If you don't cancel when hearing of the delay, they just wait until their cost drops over time to a point where they can make a profit, and then charge your card and ship. Given enough time, they know their cost will drop enough to allow them to sell at almost any advertised price. A slight variation, upon hearing you won't buy any of their high priced accessories, is to say, "Oh, I see we are currently out of stock on the promotion-priced units, but we'll be getting more in a 'few' weeks. If you need/want it sooner, we do have stock in our Chicago store at a pretty attractive price that is only $50 more. Which would you prefer?" The right answer, of course, is to say, "I would prefer to have never heard of your company. Cancel my order and good luck with the BBB."

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Nuvi 660 -- and not upgrading it or maps until Garmin fixes long-standing bugs/problems, and get maps to where they are much more current, AND corrected on a more timely basis when advised of mistakes.

Where to buy...

I can't recommend Amazon enough. Not only are their prices fairly reasonable, they give you a good warranty and customer service and you have a known company to deal with. For photo/video you can't beat Adarama and BH. I'm all for saving money on buying something that is fairly cheap, but I don't want to take a risk with shady companies when it comes to megabucks (your definition of megabucks may vary) particularly when it comes to electronics where you may actually need the warranty...

If you don't know the company, and can't find someone in your circle of friends who can recommend them and vouch that they won't sell you something that fell of the back of a truck, won't sell your phone and credit card details on, won't press you to buy overpriced no-use accessories, and will still be around when you need them, just don't do it. You can rely to a certain extent on internet reviews, but know that many of the shady companies actively try to influence their own ratings by posing as customers with good experiences.

F

Amazon caution

FrankNL wrote:

I can't recommend Amazon enough. Not only are their prices fairly reasonable, they give you a good warranty and customer service and you have a known company to deal with.

You have to be careful with Amazon, too. Some of the items are being sold by small independent sellers and the standard Amazon terms might not always apply. The order screens DO tell you that the order is being fulfilled by someone else. I think in that case Amazon is just handling the credit card transaction for a fee.

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johnc wrote:
FrankNL wrote:

I can't recommend Amazon enough. Not only are their prices fairly reasonable, they give you a good warranty and customer service and you have a known company to deal with.

You have to be careful with Amazon, too. Some of the items are being sold by small independent sellers and the standard Amazon terms might not always apply. The order screens DO tell you that the order is being fulfilled by someone else. I think in that case Amazon is just handling the credit card transaction for a fee.

They always indicate who is selling the product. If it is sold by Amazon. It would say so.

If you do a product search, Amazon is not always the main seller that pops up. The Amazon offering can in the side box. If you don't see the Free Shipping over $25. That's a dead give away 95% of the time.

Yeah, just have to be reasonably alert

Ein wrote:

They always indicate who is selling the product. If it is sold by Amazon. It would say so.

If you do a product search, Amazon is not always the main seller that pops up. The Amazon offering can in the side box. If you don't see the Free Shipping over $25. That's a dead give away 95% of the time.

Yeah, it's easy to tell if you are reasonably alert. I ordered something a while ago from one of the affiliated resellers and when I got to the "confirm order" page, it was pretty up front about who was actually going to ship the product and who would be providing warranty or service support. So you can always back out if you are uncomfortable with that.

Yup! There's the scale..

Just to close out the thread - I went with the Nuvi 750 from Amazon. Came with software version 2.3 - no map scale, but as soon as I did an update to 2.7 the scale was there.
Now I just gotta convince Garmin to give me the 2009 Maps!!

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750

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ronsan wrote:

Just to close out the thread - I went with the Nuvi 750 from Amazon. Came with software version 2.3 - no map scale, but as soon as I did an update to 2.7 the scale was there.
Now I just gotta convince Garmin to give me the 2009 Maps!!

Just register your unit with Garmin. If the update is available, you can order the upgrade from Garmin for free. If their upgrade policy has not been changed.

Should be good

Yeah, I read the 2009 Maps thread last night. Sent an email to Garmin. We'll see what they say. I don't anticipate any problem. They've been pretty good whenever I've dealt with them.

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Ron - StreetPilot C-340, Nuvi 750