Beginner...Garmin 2595LMT or 50LM?

 

I'm a newbie and would like some feedbacks on which GPS system to purchase.

Garmin 2595LMT (going for CDN$169.99 with a free friction mount....basically a bean bag) or 50LM (going for CDN$114.00)?

Any suggestions, recommendations or ideas would be awesome!!

My last GPS was a TomTom XL140s. Maps were pretty outdated (7 yrs ago) and I refuse to purchase maps - not cheap at TomTom.

I heard that the Garmin 2595LMT does not come with the traffic receiver cable. Is this true? Whereabouts can I purchase this cable if needed?

Thank you in advance.

2595LMT

The 2595LMT is the way to go. If it's sold as Lifetime Maps and Traffic, then the proper Traffic power cable comes with it.

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Frank DriveSmart55 37.322760, -79.511267

Garmin

Garmin Nuvi devices come with the traffic receiver incorporated into the power cable so you don't need a separate traffic cable. If the 2595 is an LMT model it comes with Lifetime Map Updates (LM) and Lifetime Traffic (T).

If the 2595LMT only has a power cable without the integrated traffic receiver then the receiver will be incorporated into the actual device. Either way, unlike your TomTom, you don't need a separate receiver cable.

You can compare the 2 Nuvi's you are considering here:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/catalog/product/compareResul...

For my money I'd go with the 2595.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

Love my 2595LMT

Never even seen the 50LM, but I love my 2595LMT. It's kinda hard to go wrong with these LMT units at this price point. It's pretty amazing, actually.

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ETA: I forgot to mention that the voice activation works better than I thought it would ... not perfect by a long shot, but simple things work REALLY well:

Cancel route when you no longer need nav assistance ... always works
Go home ... always works.
Find Place ... works if the place has a crisp sounding name.
Find addresses ... I've only had spotty luck with this one.

NUVI 2555 LMT Also a Good Choice

I have the NUVI 2555 LMT, which is basically the same as the 2595, except for lack of the Voice Activation.

I have also used the 50 LM and I would definitely go with either the 2555 or the 2595.

Voice activation would be nice, but if there's a reasonable price difference, then you can decide if the Voice is worth the difference.

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DriveSmart 65, NUVI2555LMT, (NUVI350 is Now Retired)

Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the input. Much appreciated.

And a good report for the 50LM

...and I've never used a 2595LM but am very happy with my 50LM. The 50LM does not do voice activation or traffic, which may account for the price difference. I deliberately avoided a Garmin with the traffic function. Traffic is a YMMV situation. I know many people feel it's worth it, but at the time I was buying the 50LM, many others reporting on Garmins generally with traffic reporting were saying it misled them as often as it helped due to the time lag in reporting rapidly changing traffic conditions. Traffic reporting may also be spotty in Canada--not sure.

I have had one issue with the 50LM: the post mount ring in back broke. I could have sent it in for warranty replacement but didn't want to be without it. Instead I affixed Velcro strips and have kept it visible that way, and that's worked fine.

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JMoo On

2595lmt is an Excellent Choice

I recently bought a refurbished 2595LMT when I thought I had killed my 2460LMT. There's a step up in traffic over the 2460 plus the 2595 is compatible with the Garmin Smartlink to your cellphone that can provide weather (paid $5 a year radar if you choose), and additional traffic). I have also recently bought a 40LM for my Miata just for size and price. The 40LM is just a 4" version of the 50LM. The 40 is a good little unit (junction view included although less junctions than pricier Garmins), and is limited to 2GB internal memory which means it can't accommodate the current map size, and an SD card must be used. I believe this applies to to 50 also. Garmin Express took care of that overflow situation for me on the last map update. Also the 40LM and 50LM models are limited to the lower 49 state maps (no Canada or Mexico) , and the 2595 gets the full North American map. If you want bells and whistles, I highly recommend the 2595, but if you just want basic navigation within the lower 49, the 50 would be OK.
Larry

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Nuvi 2595LMT Nuvi 2460LMT Nuvi 40LM

Yes, true

larrypat wrote:

flow situation for me on the last map update. Also the 40LM and 50LM models are limited to the lower 49 state maps (no Canada or Mexico) , and the 2595 gets the full North American map. If you want bells and whistles, I highly recommend the 2595, but if you just want basic navigation within the lower 49, the 50 would be OK.
Larry

Larry's right, since you're asking about $CDN, you do want to make sure your GPS will give you Canada maps. Some if not all 50LM's do not include Canada.

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JMoo On

50LM / 2595LMT

ahlung, as suggested by others, the 50LM comes in either the Lower 48 State version, or at a $10 higher MSRP, the all US and Canada version. If you're buying from a Canadian vendor, I have to hope you're getting the US/Canada version but it should certainly be confirmed before buying:

Lower 48: Part Number: 010-00991-21
US/Canada: Part Number: 010-00991-20

The 2595LMT comes in only one version with all of North America.

Before buying a Garmin nuvi, think about one more item. Automotive Garmin devices receive their power from a cigarette lighter cord--and the cord either connects directly to the nuvi or connects to the GPS cradle. The nuvis that get power directly from the cord require the cord to be connected/disconnected each time you want to remove the nuvi from the vehicle (for safety, theft, heat issues, etc.). The nuvis that get their power from a powered cradle simply snap in and out of the cradle allowing the power cord to remain permanently in the cradle making it easier to take the nuvi with you after parking the vehicle. The powered cradle GPS models are therefore less of a hassle each time you remove or replace it in its cradle. Both the 50LM and 2595LMT require the nuvi power cable to connect directly to the nuvi itself and the cradle simply holds the nuvi in position for use. Be sure that you're OK with this before buying--and if you want a model that uses a powered cradle, look for a different model.

Note that in the US, vendors can be found offering Factory-refurbished nuvis with a full warranty from Garmin. I'm not sure how available they are from Canadian vendors. I think the majority opinion here at The Factory is that a refurbished unit is well worth considering vs. only looking at new devices.

Enjoy--and come back with questions as they arise, whatever you buy.

[Update] I see your profile lists you as owning a 2595LMT, so maybe you've already decided and purchased your new Garmin nuvi.

Great info. Thank you so

Great info. Thank you so much everyone for the input.

CraigW - Thanks for reminding me on this...I'm new to this site and I didn't realized that I've picked "owning a 2595LMT". I originally thought this was a question line.

Welcome back

ahlung wrote:

Great info. Thank you so much everyone for the input.

CraigW - Thanks for reminding me on this...I'm new to this site and I didn't realized that I've picked "owning a 2595LMT". I originally thought this was a question line.

Welcome back, XL140S owner wink

Suggest The 2595LMT

The 50LM is one of Garmin's Essential (economy) series. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

That being said, I strongly urge you to buy a GARMIN REFURBISHED MODEL to save money. These units come with all the benefits of buying new and the units themselves look brand new. They are thoroughly checked and less likely to get a defective unit.
You MUST make sure wherever you buy that it states either Garmin Refurbished or Factory Refurbished.

Below is a link for a refurbished 2595LMT for US 120.00, that converts to 125.42 Canadian, the shipping is free, I'm not sure, but you may have to pay extra to ship to Canada.

http://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/3356-73008/Garmin-Nuvi-1...

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Muell9k • I called this

Muell9k • I called this place and they only ship to the States....not Canada. I'm out of luck. Anyways, thanks for your input.

@ahlung

Sorry to hear they won't ship to Canada.
Don't give up, continue doing Google searches using keywords "Refurbished Garmin Muvi 2595LMT" you may hit on a place that ships to Canada. At least you now have a baseline of 120.00 (US) or cheaper for a price target. I've seen other US sites selling for 110.00 (PC Nation). It appears they too don't ship to Canada.

BTW, welcome to the forum.

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Nuvi 2460LMT 2 Units

Try Tiger Direct

ahlung wrote:

Muell9k • I called this place and they only ship to the States....not Canada. I'm out of luck. Anyways, thanks for your input.

Tiger Direct has at least one outlet, in Canada. I bought my 2555 LMT through TD.

Mine was a refurb.

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DriveSmart 65, NUVI2555LMT, (NUVI350 is Now Retired)

Voice activation

GPSgeek wrote:

I have the NUVI 2555 LMT, which is basically the same as the 2595, except for lack of the Voice Activation.
I have also used the 50 LM and I would definitely go with either the 2555 or the 2595.
Voice activation would be nice, but if there's a reasonable price difference, then you can decide if the Voice is worth the difference.

I have an 855 and a 3790, both with voice. The older 855 is actually better for voice activation since you have to push a steering wheel mounted button to activate it. NO accidental self activation.

The 3790, even though I have a customized wake up code " Wake up dummy ", it still gets activated by radio programs, music and voice. Also it does have a hell of a time to understand words and sentences and continually replies with something totally different from what I try to command it with.

Save your money, voice still has a long way to go before it is 100%.

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Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

GPS sellers in Canada

ahlung wrote:

Muell9k • I called this place and they only ship to the States....not Canada. I'm out of luck. Anyways, thanks for your input.

http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin

http://www.gpscentral.ca/products.htm

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/sectors/category/store-locator.asp...

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Nuvi 2797LMT, DriveSmart 50 LMT-HD, Using Windows 10. DashCam A108C with GPS.

I'd go with the 2595LMT

The 2595LMT would be a better choice to go with as opposed to the 50LM. More features for not much more money. I think you'll be happier with the 2595.

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With God, all things are possible. ——State motto of the Great State of Ohio

I have

Melaqueman wrote:
ahlung wrote:

Muell9k • I called this place and they only ship to the States....not Canada. I'm out of luck. Anyways, thanks for your input.

http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin

http://www.gpscentral.ca/products.htm

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/sectors/category/store-locator.asp...

I have never dealt with TigerDirect but have the other 2 and they both offer excellent service. I'd vote for gpscity.ca but either one would be just fine.

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Nuvi 350, 760, 1695LM, 3790LMT, 2460LMT, 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, DriveSmart 61, Garmin Backup Camera 40 and TomTom XXL540s.

It comes with the traffic

It comes with the traffic cable.

It definitly cames with the

It definitly cames with the traffic cable. I bought 2 refurbished units over that last 3 months and it all came with the cable.