I've been looking at the Garmin GTM 10 FM traffic receiver, and have found it for a heck of a price ($129). I have a c340, and since the unit is not MP3 capable, I want to use my car radio to give me voice prompts. Before I plunk down the bucks, I would be grateful for any opinions about the accessory - how well does it work, is it useful, etc., and how and where you got it installed. (Garmin and the reseller both "strongly recommend" professional installation.)
I'm also looking at the traffic receivers, but haven't made the leap yet. Here is a link to some other discussions about them:
Hope this helps. Where did you find it for $129?
The GTM12 is compatible with a C340, and plugs into the USB port - garmin's site shows it for $160.70, but Amazon has it for $123.42
Installation of a GTM10 would involve removing parts of the car's dash to access the rear of the radio to pull the antenna wire and insert the part in between the antenna & radio. Could be a DIY project if you're handy fixing a car.
Interesting, this sounds like a Christmas project for my brother.
I found the GTM 10 receiver for $129 at gpsonsale.com/garmin. But I like the amazon.com price better (thanks, Keith!).
Keith et al...
Just checked the Amazon website. The GTM 10 receiver is $162.22 new. Used units start at $155. The GTM 12 - which is the silent, plug and play unit that requires no installation - is $123.42.
The $129 at gpsonsale.com is still the cheapest I could find for a GTM 10.
Well, after doing some digging (deep digging), I discovered that the GTM 10 is also silent..i.e., no voice alerts or instructions. Like the GTM 12, it uses the dings of the GPS unit to alert you about a possible problem, then displays the location and problem using tiny little icons on the GPS's screen. It displays alternate routes on the screen as well. So, the GTM 12 and the GTM 10 have identical end results. The GTM 12 is portable and requires you to stick its antenna on your windshield with suction cups. It plugs into the USB port for power and to provide data. The GTM 10 requires permanent installation and operates through your car's radio - a hassle - and uses the car's antenna to receive its signal. Oh well, it was a good thought!
I have the GTM 12 that I use with the C 340. It installs very easily and in my car (G-35 Sport Sedan) it works just under the front lip of the dash...so the wire and suction cups are almost out of sight.
In my area...the Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami area the reception and the reporting of the traffic situations are very complete and include the main interstate highways..the turnpike and local roads as well.
It could be the Clear Channel does a reasonable job in this area.
Bottom line....I like and enjoy this Garmin accessory.
"...the reception and the reporting of the traffic situations are very complete and include the main interstate highways..the turnpike and local roads as well."
How does the unit provide reporting? Is there a chime alert and then you look at the screen? There's no voice alert, correct?
www.provantage.com has the GTM 12 for $114.58 plus shipping. It also comes with 15 months of free service. Much better solution, I think, than the GTM 10.
That is a good question. In my case living in Boynton Beach area the unit works this way. I hit the Traffic symbol located on the bottom of the first screen. What comes up are all the delays that are occurring on local and highway situations. Some as far as 60 to 70 miles away from the location I am at; at the present.
No sound occurs...if I do hit a traffic situation ..a symbol appears on the map ...hit the symbol and it gives you the situation of that traffic indicator...no sound!
Hope that helps...bought mine at ANYonline thru Amamzon $116.00 plus shipping.
You will enjoy this accessory!Have fun.
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