Map Updates

 

Is there another way to get the map updates...that is, a way other than paying $69.99 to Garmin??? How does one know if the changes in the maps are worth that hefty investment? I'm thinking once every five years might make sense, but spending $70 once a year seems unreasonable. What do the rest of you think? What do you guys do? Nuvi 650.

Valerie

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Valerie

I think you are correct..

I personally have gone 4 to 5 years without updating, and my gps never led me astray because of it.... With the ability to add pois it makes it even less of a need….. You can check the update at Garmin prior to purchasing for changes in the map but not the factory pois…..

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Updates

vlbridges wrote:

Is there another way to get the map updates...that is, a way other than paying $69.99 to Garmin??? How does one know if the changes in the maps are worth that hefty investment? I'm thinking once every five years might make sense, but spending $70 once a year seems unreasonable. What do the rest of you think? What do you guys do? Nuvi 650.

Valerie

Keep in mind that the Navteq database used to create the maps is approximately 3 years behind for the most recent map update. Other than what is posted, a good way to spot check the data is to look up what interests you on Google maps because they use the same Navteq data.

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JRoz -- DriveSmart 55 & Traffic

No Guarantee

jrozsnaki wrote:

Other than what is posted, a good way to spot check the data is to look up what interests you on Google maps because they use the same Navteq data.

Not everything in Google Maps is guaranteed to be in the newest Garmin map update. You would be better off checking the new map on Garmin's site. Otherwise, Val might purchase the update thinking that it would then match Google Maps, and that might not be the case.

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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.

You can also...

...get the update cheaper than from Garmin. Check Google...

- Jon

alternate map updates

jbauer wrote:

...get the update cheaper than from Garmin. Check Google...

- Jon

gpsdiscount.com is also about $10.00 less on their maps too.

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JRoz -- DriveSmart 55 & Traffic

Very True

There is a whole shopping district in my area that is about 2 years old and none of the businesses show up on Garmin, but all of them show up on Google Maps.

I think I'm going to do the upgrade every other year or so.