Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S Vs. Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD

 

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 announcement of the new Garmin automobile navigators, I suspect that many here will look at the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT as a premium automobile navigator in the current Garmin line up. With that in mind, I suspect that at some point comparisons will be made to the now slightly dated Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD. I, like many here, have a Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD.

After going through the various differences, I am not necessarily overwhelmed by the new features of the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S. The built-in wifi for updates is nice and over due, but it won't make me rush out to buy one of these.

The Bluetooth functionality will now also allow text messaging. I was somewhat surprised that the 3597 doesn't have that. Perhaps a firmware update will add that at some point.

With regards to additional driver alerts, I suppose that I would have to be able to make am informed opinion, but my past experience with other similar alerts is that they are a bit too much and I would have a tendency to simply disregard them.

Anyway, for those here that have made a similar comparison, what do you think? Will you be the first to buy and try a Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S?

At the end of the day, the the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S and the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD are actually pretty similar to one another. The price differences aside, I suspect that a lot of the additional features can be disabled, if desired.

Features to get me to replace my 3597

The only thing it, and some other models do have, that have tempted me to replace my 3597 is the back up camera support..

I have a 4x4 that this would be a nice feature.

As per my understanding, non

As per my understanding, non of the 51 series features will be brought to 3597 model or any previous model. There are no compelling features which will force me to go buy new device. I paid lots of money on Nuvicam last year and still struggling with its bluetooth issues. Not sure how stable new models are going to be?

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Iphone XR, Drivesmart 61,Nuvicam, Nuvi3597

Not an early adopter

I will not be one of the first to switch from my 3597LMTHD to the DriveLuxe 51, especially now that Live Traffic is free on the 3597. I will be interested to see the early reviews. I will not be surprised if there are serious problems until a software update or two is released. Some questions that need to be answered: How much memory do the devices have? Does map updating over WiFi provide any significant advantage?

Once these have been out for a while, have the software bugs stabilized and start showing up as refurb's for a reasonable price, I may consider one. That is probably at lease 2 years out.

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Alan - Android Auto, DriveLuxe 51LMT-S, DriveLuxe 50LMTHD, Nuvi 3597LMTHD, Oregon 550T, Nuvi 855, Nuvi 755T, Lowrance Endura Sierra, Bosch Nyon

Agreed

alandb wrote:

I will not be one of the first to switch from my 3597LMTHD to the DriveLuxe 51, especially now that Live Traffic is free on the 3597. I will be interested to see the early reviews. I will not be surprised if there are serious problems until a software update or two is released. Some questions that need to be answered: How much memory do the devices have? Does map updating over WiFi provide any significant advantage?

Once these have been out for a while, have the software bugs stabilized and start showing up as refurb's for a reasonable price, I may consider one. That is probably at lease 2 years out.

A very good idea. My suggestion is to avoid these new map-update-via-wifi devices until some owners of these units have gone through a map (or software) update via wifi. Then too, Frugal Me would also wait until the new devices became available as a refurb. razz

I have been going over some

I have been going over some of the features of the new models and I find a lot of features that I like. The WIFI has came up in discussion and I found this info.Keep in mind you can always use the connection method if you prefer.

Updating Maps and Software Using a Wi‑Fi® Network
NOTICE! Map and software updates may require the device to download large files. Regular data limits or charges from your Internet service provider apply. Contact your Internet service provider for more information about data limits or charges.

You can update the maps and software by connecting your device to a Wi‑Fi network that provides access to the Internet. This allows you to keep your device up to date without connecting it to a computer.

Connect the device to a Wi‑Fi network (Connecting to a Wi‑Fi® Network).

While connected to a Wi‑Fi network, the device checks for available updates. When an update is available, appears on the Settings icon in the main menu.
Select Settings > Updates.

The device checks for available updates. When an update is available, Update Available appears below Map or Software.
Select an option:

To install all available updates, select Install All.

To install only map updates, select Map > Install All.

To install only software updates, select Software > Install All.
Read the license agreements, and select Accept All to accept the agreements.
NOTE: If you do not agree with the license terms, you can select Reject. This stops the update process. You cannot install updates until you accept the license agreements.
Using the included USB cable, connect the device to external power, and select Continue (Charging the Device).

For the best results, a USB wall charger that provides at least 1 A power output is recommended. Many USB power adapters for smartphones, tablets, or portable media devices may be compatible.
Keep the device connected to external power and within range of the Wi‑Fi network until the update process is complete.

TIP: If a map update is interrupted or canceled before it completes, your device may be missing map data. To repair missing map data, you must update the maps again using either Wi‑Fi or Garmin Express™.

A lot more information can be found here http://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/drivesmart51-61/EN-US...

Technology is changing so fast and the features keep improving that when you buy a new one.A model with more improved features appears. Most of us have models only a few years old that do a great job. I know mine does but they are slowly becoming old technology.

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

I own Drive Luxe50 and 3597 - not much difference

Jim1348 wrote:

With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 announcement of the new Garmin automobile navigators, I suspect that many here will look at the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT as a premium automobile navigator in the current Garmin line up. With that in mind, I suspect that at some point comparisons will be made to the now slightly dated Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD. I, like many here, have a Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD.

After going through the various differences, I am not necessarily overwhelmed by the new features of the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S. The built-in wifi for updates is nice and over due, but it won't make me rush out to buy one of these.

The Bluetooth functionality will now also allow text messaging. I was somewhat surprised that the 3597 doesn't have that. Perhaps a firmware update will add that at some point.

With regards to additional driver alerts, I suppose that I would have to be able to make am informed opinion, but my past experience with other similar alerts is that they are a bit too much and I would have a tendency to simply disregard them.

Anyway, for those here that have made a similar comparison, what do you think? Will you be the first to buy and try a Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S?

At the end of the day, the the Garmin DriveLuxe 51 LMT-S and the Garmin Nuvi 3597LMTHD are actually pretty similar to one another. The price differences aside, I suspect that a lot of the additional features can be disabled, if desired.

I own a driveluxe 50 (not the 51 mentioned) and the 3597. Not much difference. I believe the 3597 boots up faster. 3597 still supports ecodrive add-on but not the drive luxe 50. Not sure differences between the 50 and 51.

3597 and NuviCam LMTHD

I have both of the above in two different cars as I have no patience with the GPS in one of the cars and the other doesn't have Nav. For myself, the hook is the Magnetic mount. I had it first in a Nuvi 885, I can't recall, and am hooked for the ease of dismount and hiding features.

Another thing I don't see anything written about is the "HD" feature. They both do HD Traffic. I'm not sure if the 50 or the 51 still have those features. I believe the 50 still had it since it's a LMTHD.

Otherwise, the NuviCam has somewhat stabilized in terms of Bluetooth problems, doesn't drop almost at all. Yes, it doesn't always connect with my smartphone, but a simple, Bluetooth off, and on on the Nuvicam does the trick, plus we now have HD Radio in the Toronto Area for traffic, but I still prefer to use my phone's Garmin Smartphone Link app since the HD Radio sometimes drops between cities, or out in the boonies.

I hope this helps someone smile

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iPhone 6S, NuviCam LMTHD, 3597LMTHD, Nuvi 885T