I put it off for a long time, but with the rising gas prices I thought maybe MSN Direct would be good investment. However, it looks as if I may have thrown my money away. While I don't get reception at my home, I do get good strong reception in the areas I drive most (Ventura & Oxnard CA). After the receiver was delivered I plugged it in while working (in Ventura) and it started loading up just great. However, when I left work to go home 4 hours later the nearest gas stations and theaters it showed were in Moorpark and Thousand Oaks (20 miles away towards Los Angeles). Even though I get reception, am I not going to get data for this area? Or does it take longer to load data for the fringes of the reception area? I thought when I looked at a unit in an Oxnard store that it had local gas stations listed, although I didn't look that closely and may have assumed they were local.
Well, I kind of answered my own question since nothing has loaded in over a week that is less than 20 miles away. Anyone want a good deal on an MSN reciever?
That is going to be hard to sell that receiver after that review.
If you look at the MSN coverage map here:
and then enter Ventura, CA it shows that there is reception coverage, but the reception looks a little spotty around Oxnard. Doesn't look all that remote to me, so I'm surprised if you're not getting coverage or data.
I have the TMC traffic receiver and it just stopped receiving traffic one day. I unplugged it from the lighter socket for a minute and plugged it in again and it started receiving again. Just like a computer, needs to reboot once in a while maybe.
I have MSN and really like it, but I don't really use it for gas. It is nice, but I like the other features. My wife uses it for the movies. I like catching up on the news and stuff. I like looking at gas prices for fun, but it is sad to think that with an average of 15 gallons, all you save it $1.50? We have a grocery store that says "Spend $100 and we will give you .10 a gallon off. That's only 1.5%. Gas is too high. Shoot, I saw $3.85 and I got excited.
There is not reason gas companies need to charge what they do. They keep saying the US only produces 2% of oil and such. Well, it's OK for them to make record breaking profits in this econonmy. They LOVE sticking it to us and they should be crucified. I am all for companies making a profit, but with the way the economy is, to have a record breaking profit is just rediculous. They are laughing their way to the bank.
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