Replacement for Nuvi 3790T? Does Garmin have any new flagship products coming.

 

My faithful Nuvi 3790T finally but the dust after 5 trouble-free years (touchscreen went belly-up).

I'm looking to replace it but I'm not liking the 2015 models they have so far. I don't like the cheap plastic construction and the non-powered mounts. I think the 3790 spoiled me.

Noticed the closest thing seems to be the 3597LMTHD. Their site lists this as a 2013 model, but it's under the 2014 models too, so who knows? Amazon says it's discontinued. But best buy has them in stock locally for $329.

I really like the looks of this model, but would hate to purchase something that is 2 year old tech, possibly being discontinued, especially if they have some new stuff in the works.

Thoughts? I need a replacement by May at the latest. I want to stick with Garmin but I'm not afraid to spend $300-$400. Don't want anything bigger than a 5 inch display. Thanks!

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Welcome to The Factory

Check through the Garmin forum and you will find many who feel the 3597LMTHD is the best nuvi model Garmin ever made. I am one of them and would buy one over a newer "Advanced" model for many reasons.

If you do intend to consider the 3597, buy soon unless you're willing to shop eBay in the used market.

Thank you for this great

Thank you for this great feedback!

Here's one of the most recent threads here

davedogcaddy wrote:

Thank you for this great feedback!

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/44215

I would just like to add...

that I agree with CraigW 100%. And I am also a 3597 owner. If I had to replace my 3597 I wouldn't even consider one of the newer "advanced" models. IMO, go for the 3597 ... you can thank us later. smile

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3597 is the way to go. It's

3597 is the way to go. It's the best made by Garmin too bad they don't have a replacement for it yet.

Consider A Refurbished

Welcome to the site.

As many have stated the 3597LMT is an outstanding unit.
I wouldn't be concerned if it's discontinued, in time they all will be. Newer is not always better.

You may want to consider buying a Garmin Factory Refurbished unit at a huge savings over Best Buy (329.00) new price. These "GARMIN FACTORY REFURBISHED" units come with the same 1 year warranty and look no different than a brand new one. The only difference being is they come in a plain white box.
I would not hesitate to buy one if I were you.

You can get a Factory Refurbished one with free shipping for 229.95 at the GPS Store at the link below.
GPS Store is an authorized Garmin Dealer.

http://www.thegpsstore.com/Garmin-Nuvi-3597LMTHD-Refurbished...

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Great insight!

Thank you everyone for your great insight and taking the time to write it. Sounds like this is the unit for me. That's some good info on the refurbs too - definitely something to consider.

Glad I found this site - I'll let you know what I end up doing!

Let Us Know What You Decde

davedogcaddy wrote:

Thank you everyone for your great insight and taking the time to write it. Sounds like this is the unit for me. That's some good info on the refurbs too - definitely something to consider.

Glad I found this site - I'll let you know what I end up doing!

You will not be disappointed with a refurb unit, personally whenever a model is available in Refurb, I would buy it for the cost savings over a new one. Who cares what the color of the box is as long as it's contents is the same as a new one at considerable savings.
Many members on this site have bought refurbs and are very happy with their purchase.

You just must make sure the ad states it's Garmin Factory Refurbished and comes with the 1 year warranty.

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+1

muell9k wrote:
davedogcaddy wrote:

Thank you everyone for your great insight and taking the time to write it. Sounds like this is the unit for me. That's some good info on the refurbs too - definitely something to consider.

Glad I found this site - I'll let you know what I end up doing!

You will not be disappointed with a refurb unit, personally whenever a model is available in Refurb, I would buy it for the cost savings over a new one. Who cares what the color of the box is as long as it's contents is the same as a new one at considerable savings.
Many members on this site have bought refurbs and are very happy with their purchase.

You just must make sure the ad states it's Garmin Factory Refurbished and comes with the 1 year warranty.

Ditto for recommending a Factory Refurb. That's what I have and except for packaging, it's identical to New.

DaveDogCaddy, once you've got your GPS, stick around as there's an immense amount of advice and support here to make the GPS even more useful to you.

Best Nuvi 3597?

Another 3597 very satisfied user! Both my wife and I liked paper maps, you could see what was around you as you drove mile after mile down the interstates. With a "cheap" GPS you just got a road from point A to B. At first sight I did not like the 3D view on the 3597, what the hell is that blue line? but on our first trip to the mountains we were very impressed with the view of the road winding it's way up and around the gaps in the hills. I had to do some shopping in Best Buy and took the time to look at the latest units. I could not find one that had the DEM file installed! Have Garmin dropped this feature?

And no tax!

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

Sorry Forgot The Sales Tax

davedogcaddy wrote:

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

I did forget to mention the sales tax has to be paid to Best Buy. But 30.00 is over 9%, where are you from Beverly Hills. laugh out loud

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Good old TN

muell9k wrote:
davedogcaddy wrote:

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

I did forget to mention the sales tax has to be paid to Best Buy. But 30.00 is over 9%, where are you from Beverly Hills. laugh out loud

I'm in North GA, but closest Best Buy is just over the state line in TN. Good maths there, it's 9.25%

Excessive Sales Tax

davedogcaddy wrote:
muell9k wrote:
davedogcaddy wrote:

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

I did forget to mention the sales tax has to be paid to Best Buy. But 30.00 is over 9%, where are you from Beverly Hills. laugh out loud

I'm in North GA, but closest Best Buy is just over the state line in TN. Good maths there, it's 9.25%

I never would have thought Tennessee sale tax would be higher than Beverly Hills (9%) and NYC (8.875%).
If you are set on buying the Refurbished 3597LMTHD I wouldn't wait to long. There has been a shortage of these units and only lately have they become more readily available at a reasonable price.

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Ordered.

Just ordered one from thegpsstore. Thanks again everyone!

I also have the 3597 and

I also have the 3597 and love and staying with it, so far it has been a great GPS

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Good Decision

davedogcaddy wrote:

Just ordered one from thegpsstore. Thanks again everyone!

I'm sure you'll be happy with your purchase, good luck with your new toy. Don't hesitate to ask questions.

In the meantime you should download the manual for it familiarize yourself with the Nuvi. No longer does Garmin include manuals with their products. The manuals don't include a lot of information and can be answered on sites such as this.

Manual located on righthand side of link.
https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/on-the-road/automotive/2013-...

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Good link to have

Excellent! Thank you. I'm sure much has changed since Garmin's 2010 units. Garmin giveth and Garmin taketh away away. wink

Will this case work?

Just looking for a simple sleeve style case for the 3597. I had a neat Garmin branded leather one for my 3790. Will this fit the 3597?

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-11793-00-Universal-5-Inch-C...

go to garmin.com

davedogcaddy wrote:

Just looking for a simple sleeve style case for the 3597. I had a neat Garmin branded leather one for my 3790. Will this fit the 3597?

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-010-11793-00-Universal-5-Inch-Carrying/dp/B005HN1UIG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425422632&sr=8-1&keywords=Garmin+soft+case+5%22

and look up the case part number then see what units are compatible with the case.

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3597LMTHD

I have two 255WT that function flawlessly and very content with the features & reliability they offer me. With all this talk / praise / hype about the 3597LMTHD in this thread and others, I'm seriously considering in buying one now grin

I certainly don't need a third GPS but listening to all of you and knowing that they'll soon be discontinued for good is something to think about.

I'll be in Florida next month and will decide then but seeing other members here that have 5 + units, I'm starting to say to myself that three isn't that bad after all mrgreen

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my "active" units

canuk wrote:

I have two 255WT that function flawlessly and very content with the features & reliability they offer me. With all this talk / praise / hype about the 3597LMTHD in this thread and others, I'm seriously considering in buying one now grin

I certainly don't need a third GPS but listening to all of you and knowing that they'll soon be discontinued for good is something to think about.

I'll be in Florida next month and will decide then but seeing other members here that have 5 + units, I'm starting to say to myself that three isn't that bad after all mrgreen

My "active" units are a 255WT, 885T and a 3597. There is no comparison between the functionality of the 3597 and the 255. It sits in a case, updated with the current release of maps and waits for one of the others to die so it can become the backup unit.

The features available with the 3597 and Smartphone link will have you wondering why you delayed so long. My advice is get the 3597 now and use it for your trip to Florida. You'll probably leave the 255 in a rest area someplace thinking someone may find it of use - or try to sell it on flea-bay.

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3597

Just one more point ... The magnetic mount for the 3597 makes it trivial to remove it if you leave your car in an "unsafe" place. Yes, get some case to carry it around it and beware of the magnet, it destroys hotel key cards! (and other magnetic strips)

good tips on hotel key cards!

good tips on hotel key cards!

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So will a money clip. Ask me

So will a money clip. Ask me how I know!

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Shhhhhhh!!!!

davedogcaddy wrote:

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

Don't say that to loud as many states EXPECT you to pay sales tax on purchases you make online.

Some states, if they catch you, first charge you for the original tax then assess a fine for not paying the tax on your own. I know of one state that can and under some conditions arrest you and charge you with a fellony!

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WHAT????

davedogcaddy wrote:

Just ordered one from thegpsstore. Thanks again everyone!

.you ordered a GPS instead of a waffle iron???? razz

Oh.. N' I have a 3597 also.. If you decide to change its wakeup phrase from hello Garmin ( as I found the door chime, the radio, the seat belt dinger and many other things activated it) I'm sure there are a multitude of folks here that can give good wakeup phrases.

Me, I use "Listen Carnak" if you don't know who Carnak is, Google it and watch one of the u-tube videos... Oh, n' my 3597 rarely wakes up unless I address it now!

Good luck finding a good wakeup phrase!

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Mine

BarneyBadass wrote:

I'm sure there are a multitude of folks here that can give good wakeup phrases.

I use "Hey Karen" which probably IDs my chosen navigational voice. I do find that the radio occasionally says something that makes Karen think I want her attention. The oddest is the NOAA buzz that precedes a weather alert. I suppose I could add something to the wakeup but I like the simple two-word choice I have.

of course..

CraigW wrote:
BarneyBadass wrote:

I'm sure there are a multitude of folks here that can give good wakeup phrases.

I use "Hey Karen" which probably IDs my chosen navigational voice. I do find that the radio occasionally says something that makes Karen think I want her attention. The oddest is the NOAA buzz that precedes a weather alert. I suppose I could add something to the wakeup but I like the simple two-word choice I have.

You could come up with something original like Yo Stupid! grin grin grin grin

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Good news

Lucky you..lol
I wish mine would go belly-up. Its a piece of junk.
My 3590lmt although smaller is better.

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great model

I just got the 3597LMTHD and love it. I replaced my 765t which was still working. I was concerned that it was discontinued but it is working great and has great features. From all that I heard, it is one of the best models out.

Discontinued?

bsp131 wrote:

I just got the 3597LMTHD and love it. I replaced my 765t which was still working. I was concerned that it was discontinued but it is working great and has great features. From all that I heard, it is one of the best models out.

I was under the impression the model was discontinued, but that's strange, Amazon appears to be the only one stating the 3597LMTHD is "Discontinued By Manufacturer".

Looking at the Garmin site, it does not say discontinued and I see new ones are available for purchase at Best Buy, and the factoryoutlet store.com.
These vendors make no mention of being discontinued either.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/garmin-nvi-3597lmthd-5-gps-with-...

http://g.factoryoutletstore.com/cat/29863-75964/Garmin-Nuvi-...

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Don't buy a Garmin neoprene

Don't buy a Garmin neoprene sleeve. I bought one with my 3597 and have regretted it forever. The 3597 is too thin and slick and will fall out of the sleeve sometimes. It has happened to me and I'm lucky I haven't broken it. I have been telling myself I should get a new case or take some thread to manually make the sleeve shorter so it is snug.

no income tax

muell9k wrote:
davedogcaddy wrote:
muell9k wrote:
davedogcaddy wrote:

Just occurred to me that if I order from thegpsstore that will also save me another $30 in sales tax....that option is looking more appealing all the time! Thanks guys/gals!

I did forget to mention the sales tax has to be paid to Best Buy. But 30.00 is over 9%, where are you from Beverly Hills. laugh out loud

I'm in North GA, but closest Best Buy is just over the state line in TN. Good maths there, it's 9.25%

I never would have thought Tennessee sale tax would be higher than Beverly Hills (9%) and NYC (8.875%).
If you are set on buying the Refurbished 3597LMTHD I wouldn't wait to long. There has been a shortage of these units and only lately have they become more readily available at a reasonable price.

Tennessee sales tax is high, but we have no state income tax

I am leaning to the 3597.

I am leaning to the 3597. One question I haveis, do gar mins have different chips that make one respond faster then another. The reason I ask is that I have a 2555 (I think). Bad memory. But it seems to tell me to exit when I am right on top of my exit or turn. It was like that before I had to put in a SD card. But now she is horable. I need a faster card. Also it has a 4 gig storage. What does the 3597 have ? Thanks

8GB

firedog37 wrote:

What does the 3597 have ? Thanks

The 3597 is an 8GB device

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/34375

slow response

firedog37 wrote:

I am leaning to the 3597. One question I haveis, do gar mins have different chips that make one respond faster then another. The reason I ask is that I have a 2555 (I think). Bad memory. But it seems to tell me to exit when I am right on top of my exit or turn. It was like that before I had to put in a SD card. But now she is horable. I need a faster card. Also it has a 4 gig storage. What does the 3597 have ? Thanks

can be caused by many things. Clearing the trip log, cutting down on announcements (alerts) and other things that take processor cycles help. Also, making certain the unit has an unobstructed view also helps. If your unit is down low on a console or shielded by metal it may not receive position information without a lot of interference.

Try doing a master reset on the unit as this will also help clear a lot of "junk" the unit ma have been dealing with. Oh, you are certain you have the latest software updates installed aren't you?

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Look at this case

elasticmedia wrote:

Don't buy a Garmin neoprene sleeve. I bought one with my 3597 and have regretted it forever. The 3597 is too thin and slick and will fall out of the sleeve sometimes. It has happened to me and I'm lucky I haven't broken it. I have been telling myself I should get a new case or take some thread to manually make the sleeve shorter so it is snug.

I think a case like this one at Amazon would be a better choice.

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Universal-5-Inch-Carrying-Case/...

It has a better closure, has a little thicker material than neoprene for better impact protection and it is still fairly slim for carrying. It has great reviews and the price is right, at just $11.39.

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I have it

rlohnes wrote:
elasticmedia wrote:

Don't buy a Garmin neoprene sleeve. I bought one with my 3597 and have regretted it forever. The 3597 is too thin and slick and will fall out of the sleeve sometimes. It has happened to me and I'm lucky I haven't broken it. I have been telling myself I should get a new case or take some thread to manually make the sleeve shorter so it is snug.

I think a case like this one at Amazon would be a better choice.

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Universal-5-Inch-Carrying-Case/...

It has a better closure, has a little thicker material than neoprene for better impact protection and it is still fairly slim for carrying. It has great reviews and the price is right, at just $11.39.

This the case I have for my 3597. It's perfect.

Can't wait for a real trip!

My refurb 3597 arrived a couple days ago. While normally my GPS lives in my center console around town, I've been using it everywhere I go just to try it out. WOW! Love this thing! And everything works SO much faster than my 3790, from booting, to recalculating, you name it. Voice command, awesome! It 'just works' (I never used it on the 3790 because it didn't work very well). The build quality/fit & finish is fantastic (I'm a sucker for build quality). Love the magnetic mount - and it's speaker is even better than the mount for the 3790 (which was quite good).

And to anyone on the new vs refurb fence. GO REFURB. These guys/gals here know what they are talking about. I am VERY picky and besides the white box this unit is indistinguishable from a new one. Not a scratch, still has the plastics you have to pull off everything, etc. 2015.10 maps were installed, so not that far behind on updates.

I ended up ordering this case as it most resembled the case I had for my 3790: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7DUAU4/ref=od_aui_detai...

I just needed something to keep the GPS from getting banged up in my center console. I'll report back on how it fits the 3597.

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE. VERY SATISFIED.

Thanks For Informing

davedogcaddy wrote:

My refurb 3597 arrived a couple days ago. While normally my GPS lives in my center console around town, I've been using it everywhere I go just to try it out. WOW! Love this thing! And everything works SO much faster than my 3790, from booting, to recalculating, you name it. Voice command, awesome! It 'just works' (I never used it on the 3790 because it didn't work very well). The build quality/fit & finish is fantastic (I'm a sucker for build quality). Love the magnetic mount - and it's speaker is even better than the mount for the 3790 (which was quite good).

And to anyone on the new vs refurb fence. GO REFURB. These guys/gals here know what they are talking about. I am VERY picky and besides the white box this unit is indistinguishable from a new one. Not a scratch, still has the plastics you have to pull off everything, etc. 2015.10 maps were installed, so not that far behind on updates.

I ended up ordering this case as it most resembled the case I had for my 3790: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B7DUAU4/ref=od_aui_detai...

I just needed something to keep the GPS from getting banged up in my center console. I'll report back on how it fits the 3597.

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE. VERY SATISFIED.

Good to hear you followed our advice and got the refurb unit. It’s Nice to save all that cash and be an owner of one of Garmin’s best units.
Best of luck and do stay active on the forum, there is so much good advice here and friendly members.

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I Agree

CraigW wrote:
rlohnes wrote:
elasticmedia wrote:

Don't buy a Garmin neoprene sleeve. I bought one with my 3597 and have regretted it forever. The 3597 is too thin and slick and will fall out of the sleeve sometimes. It has happened to me and I'm lucky I haven't broken it. I have been telling myself I should get a new case or take some thread to manually make the sleeve shorter so it is snug.

I think a case like this one at Amazon would be a better choice.

http://www.amazon.com/Garmin-Universal-5-Inch-Carrying-Case/...

It has a better closure, has a little thicker material than neoprene for better impact protection and it is still fairly slim for carrying. It has great reviews and the price is right, at just $11.39.

This the case I have for my 3597. It's perfect.

I have that same case for my 2460 and feel it's well made and offers good protection. I was reluctant to suggest it because of the 3797's magnetic mount, I wasn't sure it would fit. Now that Craigw has confirmed it fits I think this is a good choice for a 3797 at a reasonable price.

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3597

Ordered the refurbished 3597 from the gps store. Can't wait to get it in. Have the 2555 and it has raised my blood pressure every time I go to Dallas area. She seems to be 1 step behind on when to turn. Ready for a better gps. Hope it comes in before Saturday, wife is headed to Tulsa on her own and is not that good with directions

3597

You might like the "Real Directions" feature on the 3597 firedog37. This feature gives more explicit prompts like "turn right at the stoplight" or "turn left at the end of the street". In some locations it will even say something like "Turn right at McDonalds". Also, I have not noticed a lag on receiving navigation prompts like you have with your 2555.

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Internal memory

I just posted in another area but. Just got the 3597 and am downloading new map. It says I have 1.23 GB free of 7.01 GB. But is loading the maps which said it was 5 gb. Am I loosing my mine or what

and

And I just replied in the other thread listing some of the files that take up most of the 3597's storage space and why that shouldn't be an issue for your map update.

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Sorry for duel post

Was looking for the best place to post and thought this was better then the other one. Did not know how or if I could delete post. Again, sorry

I just pulled the trigger !

I'll be getting my new toy, a refurbished 3597LMTHD from the GPS Store later this week grin

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3490>3597

I'm still happy with the 3490 'cause I do like to take it around (pocket size) in its leather case but I often wonder if I should change it over to a 3597. I don't really care about the larger screen or the animated exits but I do like the fact that things like Four Square can be used with iOS vs. Android only on my 3490. Just didn't feel the upgrade was worth it from the 3490 but still toying with the idea.

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Enjoy!

canuk wrote:

I'll be getting my new toy, a refurbished 3597LMTHD from the GPS Store later this week grin

Great choice ... I hope you like your 3597 as much as I do mine smile

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