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Does anyone know if the European maps are worth the money? I want to take my nuvi to Germany, but the maps are expensive. Is it worth the investment? My alternative is to rent a GPS unit while there (for 5 days).

Thanks in advance,
Jenn

Reverse the question....

jennyzita wrote:

Does anyone know if the European maps are worth the money? I want to take my nuvi to Germany, but the maps are expensive. Is it worth the investment? My alternative is to rent a GPS unit while there (for 5 days).

Thanks in advance,
Jenn

If you lived in Germany and were going to visit NM, would it be worth buying the US maps? If a gps receiver can be easily rented...I would lean that way. If I were to spend more time in Europe, then I'd buy the maps.

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........Garmin StreetPilot c550 / Nüvi 765...........

Maps

lsmonop wrote:
jennyzita wrote:

Does anyone know if the European maps are worth the money? I want to take my nuvi to Germany, but the maps are expensive. Is it worth the investment? My alternative is to rent a GPS unit while there (for 5 days).

Thanks in advance,
Jenn

If you lived in Germany and were going to visit NM, would it be worth buying the US maps? If a gps receiver can be easily rented...I would lean that way. If I were to spend more time in Europe, then I'd buy the maps.

This is a dilemma I was faced with too, whether to buy a US map or not for my Nuvi 660, I live in Ireland. I sold my Nuvi 660 and bought the Nuvi 670 which comes with both US & full European maps and it all worked out cheaper in the end.

that's another alternative

That's an excellent alternative.

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........Garmin StreetPilot c550 / Nüvi 765...........

I bought the european

I bought the european maps... found v8 on the web at a decent price.

Germany Maps

Jennyzita,

If you are interested, I have Garmins Germany Road and Rec Mapsource if you are interested.
I purchased it in 2002 prior to moving to Germany for three years - I beleive it is still accurate.

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Harry Streets Garmin Street Pilot 7200, Rino 120, TomTom GO 700

Used the Nuvi with the

Used the Nuvi with the european maps for three weeks... worked great!

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Love the Nuvi 370

I bought the Nuvi 370 since my wife's family live in France. it works great here. Before I went on my trip I bought the updated North America Maps along with the Rich Points of Interest in France. The Rich Points of Interest is great however if you have Google Earth and an internet net connection you can load the Nuvi of all the places you'd like to visit.

The roads here in France are very windy and most of the streets sign are hidden so having GPS is great. This is my 5th time in France and I can honestly say that I'm not at all apprehensive of driving around to explore.

Jhason

Auto

WE rented a car in Aschaffenburg Germany and the auto had a GPS with the car.

Buy a GPS with European Map

I live in the U.S. and travel to Europe a couple of times per year, for about 10 - 14 days each trip. I have only gotten a car with a GPS installed once (the rental company gave me an upgrade when they ran out of mid-sized cars smile). When I decided to get a new GPS last year, I found that the best deal (for me anyway) was to get a unit with a European map installed. I guess if you are only going over there once, and if only for a few days, renting would be the better option. In my case, I chose the GO 930, because it had both the NA and western European maps installed, and it was not that much more expensive than the GO 730 with just the NA map. I have been very pleased with both the NA and western European maps. I have even used my GO 930 walking around some cities in Europe, trying to find the shortest direction to various historical sites, museums & etc.

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Shooter N32 39 W97 25 GO 930, VIA 1535TM, GPSmap 60CS, Android w/Google Maps & TomTom USA, BMW built-in

Another Option --- Buy / Sell

When my daughter told me she was spending a semester in Spain, I immediately went to eBay to see if I could find a map card (SD chip) she could use with her Garmin eTrex.

I was amazed at how many were up for bids on eBay. While I'd caution you to seek out a reputable seller (via feedback mostly), it's an easy way to get a map for less than new retail pricing.

And then when you return from your trip and find you no longer need the map, it's your turn to be the seller on eBay.

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Magellan SporTrak, Garmin eTrex & nuvi 760

My Garmin...

Shooter wrote:

I live in the U.S. and travel to Europe a couple of times per year, for about 10 - 14 days each trip. I have only gotten a car with a GPS installed once (the rental company gave me an upgrade when they ran out of mid-sized cars smile). When I decided to get a new GPS last year, I found that the best deal (for me anyway) was to get a unit with a European map installed. I guess if you are only going over there once, and if only for a few days, renting would be the better option. In my case, I chose the GO 930, because it had both the NA and western European maps installed, and it was not that much more expensive than the GO 730 with just the NA map. I have been very pleased with both the NA and western European maps. I have even used my GO 930 walking around some cities in Europe, trying to find the shortest direction to various historical sites, museums & etc.

saved my life in Arles...as it is a walled city, I got lost, and the thing got me out. It is worth it's weight in gold!!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

European Maps

I bought the Garmin 670 with the Europen Maps and worked well. If you have a good gps and want to use that in Europe I think you can buy the sd card. This way is better than renting a gps, because the rental is going to be almost the same price and if you buy and you can use the sd card other times and when you need it.

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Gps! ask where to go and get there! Best of all, what we need is to have accurate pois to reach all destinations

Garmin Europe maps are OK!

jennyzita wrote:

Does anyone know if the European maps are worth the money? I want to take my nuvi to Germany, but the maps are expensive. Is it worth the investment? My alternative is to rent a GPS unit while there (for 5 days).

Thanks in advance,
Jenn

I am from Denmark, have been travelling all over Europe inclusive Scandinavia. I am also travelling in the US 2-5 months every year.
The Garmin City Nav. in Europe is at least just as good as the US map, no problem.
Use your own GPS, inclusive all the European POIs installed! wink

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Nüvi 765T, Nüvi 1390T, Nüvi 2695 LMT, GPS12, GPS18 (used in nRoute and Oziexplorer on laptop), GPSmap76CSx, SonyEricsson X1 (For OziExplorer CE maps)

Is it wirth it!

I've had my nuvi 205w for about a year now and use it all the time. I bought the Europe SD card from garmin and used it recently on a trip to Spain. The data was very much up-to-date and I'm glad I had the unit with me. My wife was amazed at how I could navigate around strange towns. Only rpoblem I had was that I forgot to bring a base or window mount with me so I ended up holding it or having my wife hold it. I won't make that mistake again! So buying the card was well woth it. Maj

What about the hardware?

I'll ask you folks--you clearly have more overseas travel experience than do I.

I plan to take my nuvi 780 (yes, with the appropriate maps!) to the British Isles. Will my US car adapter work in the rental cars over there?

After all, I need an adapter for my 110 AC devices!

Thanks!

took a Nuvi 350 on a couple of trips to Europe...

... and never had a problem with the car adapter. Used a USB charger in the B&B's.

car voltage

HansenS wrote:

I'll ask you folks--you clearly have more overseas travel experience than do I.

I plan to take my nuvi 780 (yes, with the appropriate maps!) to the British Isles. Will my US car adapter work in the rental cars over there?

After all, I need an adapter for my 110 AC devices!

Thanks!

Cars in Europe have this same voltage like in us. And it works probably all around the world.
Usually it means that you will have 6V or 12V on motorcycles, 12V in all passenger cars or smaller trucks, and usually 24V in big trucks. And all cigarette lighter sockets in passenger cars are this same.
AC lines (regular home power lines) are totally different thing, and they vary in different regions of world with voltage and wall sockets, thats why you need adapters.

New European maps available?

I have read, somewhere else on POI-Factory.com I think, that Garmin has recently updated the European nuMaps.

Anyone have any information on this? Is it true? Any big changes/improvements/bugs to report?

Thanks....

European maps, free of charge

There is a site from which you can load all European (an notEuropean) maps free of charge. And it are excellent maps.
http://garmin.na1400.info/routable.php
Theonly disadvantage I found is, that the search fuction for the places does not work. But if you want to route, just find your destination on the map, point to it and start going. Or input the destination with the Geo-Cordinates.
Succes!

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