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nüvi 1450 Reliability?

 

In monitoring and searches of this forum I see a fair number of people using the nüvi 1450 and most seem fairly happy with it. However, even the recent Amazon reviews are littered with negative comments about this unit's reliability, which gives me concern. This unit hits my sweet spot -- I want the 5" screen, don't want lousy traffic and don't need bluetooth -- though, as always, I wish it had wi-fi and a browser.

Anyway, I now see that Amazon is offering nüvi 1450 refurbs for just $110 -- a full $60 less than new units. It looks like a great deal, but at that discount I can't help but wonder if I'd just be purchasing problems. Refurbs are usually discounted by $20-$25, not $60.

So 1450 users, are you happy with it? Had problems with it? Should a buyer beware of $60 refurb discount?

Thanks for any help/advice. Link to the refurb:

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Portable-Navigator-Factory-Refu...

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nüvi 1450 Reliability?

Bought a new 1450 3 months ago and I am very happy with it. I noticed that even the new ones went down quite a bit since I bought mine.

I am the type of guy who does not buy refurb units. I am always afraid to get a bad one... surprised

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Clem - Garmin 2495LMT, 1450T & C530

Nuvi 1450

I have a 1450 as well. Have lots of Favorites loaded in it and POI databases on an 8GB micro SD card. Operation as been flawless. No complaints on this end. Good Luck to you !

1450 also hit my sweet spot

Bought a 1350 at Wal-Mart about 3 months ago. Two days later saw the 1450 at Sams Club for only $10.00 more. Returned the 1350 and got the 1450. Could not ask for better reliability. For me it's got the right stuff and has never failed. The only problems I've had is when I didn't set Route Preference or Avoidances right.
Mine is a new unit, no experience with refurbs.

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Nuvi 1450 Newbe When you see a fork in the road, Take it!

Nuvi 1450

I've had the 1450 for about 6 weeks and I'm pickled tink with it. Absolutely no problems at all, and I really like the juction view and lane assist functions. Even the eco-stuff is interesting. Not particularly useful, mind you, merely interesting. I'm happy as heck with the 1450. I got it for $176 at Amazon.com and added the extras and lifetime maps.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

nüvi 1450 Reliability?

Seems there plenty of posts in here that tell you no matter which model you get, you could end up with a lemon. I, for one had that with my first 7x5 series.
Garbage. There are plenty of people in here that didn't have issues with it. From what i heard they all have the same chip in them, so they should all function identically? The difference is in the options. One has no bluetooth, one has transatlantic maps. Got rid of the 755T and got a 765T. What a difference. Touch screen was a bit annoying till they fixed it, but i could have lived with it. I bought mine at Costco. Return policy is good. I could have brought it back over and over till i got one that worked. Didn't have to. All i'm saying is that Garmin's quality control seems a lot to be desired. My advice...buy it and cross your fingers. If your not satisfied, return it.

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nüvi®3790LMT nüvi®3590LMT| We do not live in Igloo's, and do not ride to work on snow mobiles

1450T Reliability

Bought the unit in May and was very pleased with the features. Since then the unit has locked up a few times. In Toronto on Sept 9th, I realized it was stuck, shut it down and restarted and when it came back to life I was passing my exit. Sat in a traffic jam for the next 30 minutes trying to get off the next exit. Today (Oct 2), it shut down just after crossing the Canada border at Alexander Bay and it will not restart. I have contacted Garmin and waiting on a response. Not too happy with it right now.

What happen?

Don't own a 1450 but something sure must have changed.Early on some users were reporting very good results and being well satisfied with the unit.Kinda make you wonder if a update along the way caused problems.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 wt and 2597 LMT.

Heat?

I do own a 1450 and have always had the latest software and maps. Changed "recalculating" to "OK (my name) new route." I have a 2Gig. SD card on which I have placed as many as 24,000 extra POIs and it has never failed.
Heat is the biggest problem for electronics. Mine is never on the dash in the sun. But even then if you run your fingers across the back when it has been on for awhile, you can feel a warm spot.
The inside of a car can get very hot. That plus the fact that it generates it's own heat may be shutting the unit down.
Just a thought.

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Nuvi 1450 Newbe When you see a fork in the road, Take it!

Happy to read this!

plunder wrote:

I've had the 1450 for about 6 weeks and I'm pickled tink with it. Absolutely no problems at all, and I really like the juction view and lane assist functions. Even the eco-stuff is interesting. Not particularly useful, mind you, merely interesting. I'm happy as heck with the 1450. I got it for $176 at Amazon.com and added the extras and lifetime maps.

I am on the edge of replacing my c340 Street Pilot, and this is the unit I am thinking of getting. I hope to be "pickled," too!

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Ted in Ohio, c340, 1490T with lifetime maps

1450T Reliability

Unit started working again by Sunday morning. Hats off to Garmin. Got an email on Monday with instructions to upload lastest data and do a soft reset. Unit works great now with some new features.

1450t

Just got the 1450LMT about three weeks ago and it works great. Love the lane assist and junction view.
But another poster stated that the price of the 1490LMT had dropped on Amazon to $249 which is what I gave for the 1450.

1450LMT

I ordered one a few minutes ago for 235.99 from Amazon. I gave my 265WT to my grand-daughter today.

Nuvi 1450

I have a Nuvi 1450 they had a software problem and the screen would go on and off,and if this happened you had to send it back to Garmin,I had this problem and after a little run around got a new unit like I wanted persistence pays off.No problem with the new unit so far,I added the traffic plug to mine,so if you want the traffic info buy the 1450t.

Nuvi 1450

The 5 inch screen will really spoil you, it has better sound quality than the other nuvi's, i have had a couple of times it has locked up on me but just a reboot and it works fine, maybe 2 times in the last 6 months,

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Jerry...Jacksonville,Fl Nüvi1450,Nuvi650,Nuvi 2495 and Mapsource.

no prob

Bought one several months ago. It works great.

I love mine. Bought a

I love mine. Bought a 3790T, but thinking about just using the traffic receiver and the 1450 again. Love the big screen.

1450 update history

Does anyone have a link into the Garmin site for the 1450 update history? What is the latest update?

Re: nüvi 1450 Reliability?

Of course "Your Milage May Vary" applies here.

I'm waiting for my *third* Nuvi 1450.

First one was crashing all the time.

Second one crashed twice at bad times.

Third time better be the charm.....

http://mtiernan.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-newish-garmin-nuvi-1...

hmmm....hmmm...

Speed2 wrote:

Seems there plenty of posts in here that tell you no matter which model you get, you could end up with a lemon. I, for one had that with my first 7x5 series.
Garbage. There are plenty of people in here that didn't have issues with it. From what i heard they all have the same chip in them, so they should all function identically? The difference is in the options. One has no bluetooth, one has transatlantic maps. Got rid of the 755T and got a 765T. What a difference. Touch screen was a bit annoying till they fixed it, but i could have lived with it. I bought mine at Costco. Return policy is good. I could have brought it back over and over till i got one that worked. Didn't have to. All i'm saying is that Garmin's quality control seems a lot to be desired. My advice...buy it and cross your fingers. If your not satisfied, return it.

Unfortunately that's reality of latest garmin quality products...what a pitty...your purchase is dependent on your luck...new way of doing today's business...I learned my lesson with 765t and honestly it was enough...I just feel sorry for the other folks who wouldn't learn from previous experiences...

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vk

I love my 1450T

I purchased a 1450T a little over a month ago. It has worked very well, and I have fully enjoyed the traffic functionality on it (I travel a bit). I would highly recommend this unit to anyone.

Nuvi 1450

Bought one this week, seems from this site it was a good purchase so far.
Will let ya know later how it works.
Virgo

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Virgo53 Nuvi 780/265W

i have a 1490T and the only

i have a 1490T and the only major complaint i have is traffic. some days it's spot on with traffic delays. but other days it misses big things. like today, not alerts or detours for the LA MARATHON. oainful driving experience.

Over here (wave's hand)....

My 1490T has been 100% for the last nine months or so that I've owned it. Love it!

The issue with the traffic might be that you haven't updated your firmware recently (using the web updater, not the "dashboard" updater). There have been two firmware updates specifically for the Traffic thingy (in the power cord) in the last three months or so.

Just use the web updater on your 1490 - you will see "updates for traffic, or FM update....yada yada" -select them - update, and the next time you plug the unit into the power cord and power it up - watch the screen - it will update the firmware in the traffic module - simple.

Enjoy ☺

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"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks" ~ Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, from Robert Heinlein's "Time Enough for Love"

1490LMT

Thumbs up for 1490. I have been using mine for couple of months now and only problem I have is unreliable traffic info. Garmin has been regularly updating the software and it keeps getting better. Make sure you buy a unit that comes with lifetime map updates (ie. 1490LMT). I had 2 map updates so far, and every time there's been significant improvement in map data. Recent update included many lane assist images here in Canada.

1450LM at Costco, new $169.99

Online store, includes Lifetime Maps but not Traffic.

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Nuvi 760 (died 6/2013); Forerunner 305 bike/run; Inreach SE; MotionX Drive (iPhone)

I like it

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So 1450 users, are you happy with it? Had problems with it? Should a buyer beware of $60 refurb discount?

I have had 1450t since just before last Christmas and really like it. I like the big screen for I can place it on the right side dash and see it real good. Been to LA and back and with the many POI's I have (nuclear sites, historical Navy ships, historical markers ,etc) I have not had any problems with it. I just did all the latest upgrades to it yesterday.
I am going to sell it as soon as I transfer my POI's for I found a new toy for the Garmin but one needs Bluetooth to use it so I bought a 1490. The toy is ecoRoute HD which plugs into the cars computer and sends the information to certain Garmin units (Garmin nüvi 1260, 1270, 1390, 1490, and 1690). With it one can read the engine codes and see what if anything is wrong or give you real time driving facts.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362648,00.asp

Today only $165 for the 1450LMT with a bean bag

Aero_Jonno wrote:

Online store, includes Lifetime Maps but not Traffic.

Yugster has the nuvi 1450LMT on sale (today only until supplies are exhausted) with a bean bag dash mount for $165 shipped.

I've bought from Yugster before. They're OK but a bit slow to ship. They're like Woot, one of the one-item-offered-per-day sales sites.

http://www.yugster.com/

It's advertised as being Factory Refurbished and includes lifetime maps, (ad-supported) traffic and a one year warranty through Garmin.

1490T sound problem

bigblackafrica wrote:

i have a 1490T and the only major complaint i have is traffic. some days it's spot on with traffic delays. but other days it misses big things. like today, not alerts or detours for the LA MARATHON. oainful driving experience.

My 1490T has a problem with the voice directions.
Most of the time I get the voice prompts, but sometimes there is just no sound. Very annoying.

Keeps re booting

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.
Second point, I never got one junction view over the whole trip. confused

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Nuvi 2555LMT,Nuvi 1490LMT, Nuvi 265WT, Nuvi 260, GPSMap76S. Captain Cook was a Yorkshireman too.

trip log?

bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

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"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

No problems

I don't know if there is a significant difference between the 1450 and 1490 other than bluetooth. I have both, but use the 1490 for long trips. Installed the 2011 maps and the full size JCV file. The photorealistic junction views are pretty impressive. I just wish they stayed on the screen longer.

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><> Glenn <>< Garmin eTrex, nüvi 1390/GTM-26, nüvi 2595/GTM-60 "A person's a person, no matter how small", Dr. Seuss.

Oops.

I meant 2012 not 2011 maps.

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><> Glenn <>< Garmin eTrex, nüvi 1390/GTM-26, nüvi 2595/GTM-60 "A person's a person, no matter how small", Dr. Seuss.

Are you getting good

Are you getting good reception for traffic report from both?

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Garmin Nuvi 260W Garmin Nuvi 1490T If you think knowledge is expensive, try ignorance.

I was fortunate enough to

I was fortunate enough to get the 1450LMT as a Christmas gift. Apart from the quirky issues others have mentioned with it taking sketchy roads, it has been a good tool to get to where I need to go.

GPS reboots

I had the same problem with my 1350LMT, I went through 2 - 1350LMT's in 30 days with the same problems with the lastest software and map installed, after working with Garmin tech support many times and spending a few hours of troubleshooting, the 1350LMT was returned, upgraded to a 2350LMT and no problems reported and the map display is much better to look at than the 1350LMT.

no reboots with 1490

No reboots with 1490. I have more than 1200 miles of breadcrumbs this trip. Navteq did not get memo about new road signs in Custer State Park

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Bread crumbs...

Box Car wrote:
bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

I will give that a shot.

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Nuvi 2555LMT,Nuvi 1490LMT, Nuvi 265WT, Nuvi 260, GPSMap76S. Captain Cook was a Yorkshireman too.

Diagnostics page on GPS

bpaine wrote:
Box Car wrote:
bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

I will give that a shot.

Go to the Diagnostics page on the GPS and search for errors like RTL trap errors: Bad memory handle, diagnostics pages (accessed via the speedometer) press and hold the center of the speedometer for 5 seconds or till the Diagnostics page displays. You may find out why your GPS is rebooting and may need to contact Garmin with error messages that you have found.

Traffic Reception

The Traffic Reception for my 1450 and 1490 is more dependant on which vehicle I am in than on the GPSr. My SUV seems to block the FM Traffic signal more than my Civic.

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><> Glenn <>< Garmin eTrex, nüvi 1390/GTM-26, nüvi 2595/GTM-60 "A person's a person, no matter how small", Dr. Seuss.

Hmmm

ScottK1968 wrote:
bpaine wrote:
Box Car wrote:
bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

I will give that a shot.

Go to the Diagnostics page on the GPS and search for errors like RTL trap errors: Bad memory handle, diagnostics pages (accessed via the speedometer) press and hold the center of the speedometer for 5 seconds or till the Diagnostics page displays. You may find out why your GPS is rebooting and may need to contact Garmin with error messages that you have found.

I have 20 "Data Abort" logs and 1 "RTL Trap"
Any ideas?

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Nuvi 2555LMT,Nuvi 1490LMT, Nuvi 265WT, Nuvi 260, GPSMap76S. Captain Cook was a Yorkshireman too.

RTL Trap errors

bpaine wrote:
ScottK1968 wrote:
bpaine wrote:
Box Car wrote:
bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

I will give that a shot.

Go to the Diagnostics page on the GPS and search for errors like RTL trap errors: Bad memory handle, diagnostics pages (accessed via the speedometer) press and hold the center of the speedometer for 5 seconds or till the Diagnostics page displays. You may find out why your GPS is rebooting and may need to contact Garmin with error messages that you have found.

I have 20 "Data Abort" logs and 1 "RTL Trap"
Any ideas?

Here's part of my email I sent Garmin,

My GPS is shutting down and locking up. Applied all map and software updates, software version 5.30, I checked Diagnostic Page/Shutdown Causes on the GPS,I have errors. Here are a few of the errors. Data Abort Remaining Stack Space:-184 STACK OVERFLOW, RTL Trap: no more NV memory left, Error number: 6e5d8007 RTL trap: bad memory handle, r0=task ID, r1=handle, r2=rtrn, Error number: 6e5d8002 out of memory, r0=not useful, r1=rtrn, r2=blk sz requested Error number 6E5D800F

Are your errors similiar to my errors I had?

Garmin requested the device be sent in for a new replacement unit since the GPS was less than 30 days old, they said the problem was hardware related.

Wow, nice selection

ScottK1968 wrote:
bpaine wrote:
ScottK1968 wrote:
bpaine wrote:
Box Car wrote:
bpaine wrote:

I have just got back from a trip from Montreal to Maine. My 1490LMT was on for the whole trip (approx 5 1/2 hours) and it re-booted at least four times during the trip. I have done all the firmware updates and I checked before I left to make sure that there were no new ones that I had missed. It was the same on the return trip, rebooting, but only three times. I thought that Garmin had got rid of the "reboot" problem a while ago.

Have you cleared the trip log lately? It seems people are reporting bugs creeping in and feasting on all those bread crumbs...

I will give that a shot.

Go to the Diagnostics page on the GPS and search for errors like RTL trap errors: Bad memory handle, diagnostics pages (accessed via the speedometer) press and hold the center of the speedometer for 5 seconds or till the Diagnostics page displays. You may find out why your GPS is rebooting and may need to contact Garmin with error messages that you have found.

I have 20 "Data Abort" logs and 1 "RTL Trap"
Any ideas?

Here's part of my email I sent Garmin,

My GPS is shutting down and locking up. Applied all map and software updates, software version 5.30, I checked Diagnostic Page/Shutdown Causes on the GPS,I have errors. Here are a few of the errors. Data Abort Remaining Stack Space:-184 STACK OVERFLOW, RTL Trap: no more NV memory left, Error number: 6e5d8007 RTL trap: bad memory handle, r0=task ID, r1=handle, r2=rtrn, Error number: 6e5d8002 out of memory, r0=not useful, r1=rtrn, r2=blk sz requested Error number 6E5D800F

Are your errors similiar to my errors I had?

Garmin requested the device be sent in for a new replacement unit since the GPS was less than 30 days old, they said the problem was hardware related.

Nice bunch of errors you got there. All I got was the 20 Abort Logs and the one RTL Trap

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Nuvi 2555LMT,Nuvi 1490LMT, Nuvi 265WT, Nuvi 260, GPSMap76S. Captain Cook was a Yorkshireman too.

Is a 1450 a good buy for under $50?

Even if I have to update the maps it seems like a good price. What 'newer' Nuvis do more? I don't live in an area where Traffic is useful but I use my 855 extensively on trips. I have also (occasionally) used the voice option.

Could you 'update' a 1450 to a 'LMT'? Is it just the plug-in that allows for Traffic?

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If at first you don't succeed....redefine success

nuvi 1450

$50 is a good price on a 1450, especially if it is new or refurb. However, if you want/need lifetime map updates and traffic, you are probably better off buying the 1450LMT refurb directly from Garmin's eBay store for $125
Garmin nuvi 1450LMT 5" GPS Navigation w/ Lifetime Map and traffic updates

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Alan - Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra

Traffic Receiver

Traffic Receiver is part of power cable. If you don't have cable with Traffic Receiver then you'll not get traffic info. Regarding LM, you can purchase them separately.

I would go to a better one still for the same money

I've had the 1400 series and they are great units but now have owned the 2460LMT which is a much much better unit. And refurbished ones are out there now for around $130 from Walmart,etc. Refurbished from Garmin are great. That's all I've bought over the years..never know the difference and the guaranty is the same.
The 1450 can't hold the full Junction View menus and full US coverage due to small memory. You can add a Micro card but you have to know all the tricks to get a JV file to read.

Bad Signal in bad weather

I had some problems with signal in rainy or cloudy weather.

I have done nothing special

I have done nothing special to my 1450 and my JVCs always display. All is installed on the Micro SD card and just works.

1450LMT

I bought mine for $78 in November. Before I updated to 2013.40, I deleted all my CustomPOI, Favorites, JCV and all the text, voice, vehicles, help, keyboards and everything else that I could think of that I don't need.
All of US & Canada fit in memory with 2MB free. Then I deleted the file in the JCV folder and downoaded the large JCV to the SD card. That left me with about 28MB free for loading my CustomPOI.
On a recent 4000 mile trip, the JCV was impressive. Even with all the track logs and added favorites, the unit still has almost 10MB free.
We encountered road construction in St. Louis. The Traffic info accurately showed the congested area and the 3 minutes delay.

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

You can't load the entire us

You can't load the entire us and or have the large JCV file in there. You'll have shortened files. You have to load the maps onto a Micro card and the JCV file onto the gps. Also erase all languages you don't need as well as help files,text,voice other then english.
The 1400 series don't have large memories like other Nuvi's. Like my 2460LMT.

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