I just got back from a good trip from AZ to IL. The power cord on my Nuvi 2595 appears to have a short. Since it has traffic built-in, I wanted one that has a traffic receiver. My wife has a 1450 that came with the same cord. I used her cord during the trip and the traffic does not work with her cord, even though the coprds are the same model (GTM-26). I was thinking about buying another cord, but it appears that even another GTM-26 cord may not do the trick.
I really like my 2595 and it does everything that I want it to do. I haven't done any research on the new models, but can anyone tell me if the new Nuvi models offer a substantial benefit over the 2595 I have now?
The GTM-26 should be swappable between your 2595 and your wife’s 1450. I use a GTM-26 traffic cable with both my Nuvi 265 and 1490 units. The 2595 is also compatible with the newer GTM-36 cable.
You say the cable has a “short”. Will the unit boot and can you navigate with it? Will your wife’s 1450 work with your 2595 cable? If so, it is possible the problem is with the 2595 itself. I would do a backup, a factory reset and then reload the firmware to see if that helps.
There have been quite a few posts here at the factory about the unreliable nature of the Garmin GTM-26 and GTM-36 traffic receivers. Even their newest GTM-60 “HD Digital Traffic” receiver isn’t much of an improvement.
In the rural area where I live, I get very poor traffic reception using any of the Garmin traffic receivers. I get much better performance using a newer Nuvi (a 3597) that is compatible with Garmin’s “Live Traffic” using their “Smartphone link” app on my smartphone.
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I agree with member bdhsfz6’s stating the 1450 & 2595 traffic cords are interchangeable.
If your wife’s chord didn’t work I think the problem lies with the traffic cables connector into the 2595.
Since neither the 1450, or 2595 come with power cradles, we can rule out the cradle being at fault.
You can try what bdhsftz6 suggested first by a hard reset and reload the firmware after backing up.
If the Nuvi is working properly with the questionable cable other than no Traffic, I frankly don’t think that will help.
This problem is usually caused by stress on the cable into the delicate USB connector on the Nuvi.
Sometimes the soldered connectors to the main board are separated. To avoid this you should wrap the cable around
the mounting arm, whether a windshield mount or bean bag.
If what you think is your 2595’s has a shorted cable, but works in your wife’s 1450, then I believe this is your issue.
It can be repaired and you can get an estimate from one of our forum members here, he has a repair shop in Pennsylvania. His name is Jim and below is his site.
If you scroll down to charger problems you will see the 25XX series are susceptible to loose or broken USB ports.
Thanks. My wife's cord works on my 2595 for power, just not traffic. I always thought it was a port problem. I have been wrapping the cord around my beanbag mount for the last couple of months andnit's worked fine that way until last week. I will try the hard reset, but have my doubts.
Thanks for the insight/advice.
I doubt this is the problem, since I think you would have checked, but did you look to see if the 2595 has Traffic enabled, and checked the box for Traffic in avoidances?.
Pesonally I have no confidence in FM Traffic, in my area, 80% of the time it's the opposite of the actual traffic conditions. I have traffic disabled on both my Nuvi 2460 and my backup 660.
If you can live without traffic on the 2595, it may not be worth investing in a repair. Best of luck in whatever you decide.
Yep, I have had traffic enabled since day one. Although not totally accurate, it provides enough useful information in the Phoenix area to be worth using. I checked out the Sharcnet repair website and they are full with pending repairs and not accepting new ones. Their repair costs seem reasonable if they were accepting units in for repair. Apparently, the repair business is pretty good. Good for them. I think I'm going to start researching new units to figure out what I'm going to do.
Sometimes Sharcnet is busy (Jim), but if you check in from time to time you will be able to contact him.
Other forum members have used his service and were pleased.
Good luck with your research and whatever you decide.
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