I have a Nuvi 3790 and may need to replace it. I have lots of pois and favorites that I don’t want to lose. I also don’t want to spend a lot. What recommendations would anyone have?
What recommendations would anyone have?
For a plain old GPS with lifetime maps, traffic, etc. get this one:
or for $70 more (list price) get a built-in dashcam.
When it comes to recommending a new GPS that is a hard one. Everybody has their own preference on what they are looking for. I am always looking around to see what Garmin has out there new. The Garmin DriveSmart51 LMT-S would be to my liking because of the new features especially the wifi updating and the Smart Connectivity. Check it out yourself at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/552072 .Better price at Amazon if they have it. Other models at https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/cOnTheRoad-cAutomotive-p1.ht...
Like Charlie said, everyone has their own preferences, so you need to decide what is important to you. Currently, the best "bang for the buck" in my opinion is the DriveLuxe 50 LMTHD refurbished ($149.95 at gpscity.com).
Nuvi 2589 LMT
I don't know if that's a better/worse device than what you currently have. I'd buy one if my current Nuvi 760 is dead.
I'd also go refurb from a reputable seller. You end up with either a cheaper result or a result with a much better GPS device than you could otherwise have obtained.
I second this. I have purchased several refurbs over the years and they've all looked brand new (always in plain packaging but who cares? We generally throw out the box anyway!). They've also always been super reliable for me.
Just be careful where you buy them, as others mentioned only buy from reputable dealer. Some vendor may offer only a 90 day warranty. I've had several friends that purchased refurbished units from gpscity.com and come with a 1 year warranty and are Garmin factory refurbished, it's like getting a brand new one.
The only difference they come in a white box indicating they are refurbished.
One of my friends just bought a 2689LMT from GPScity and was very happy with his purchase. He wanted one with a 6" screen since he's a senior citizen and his eyesight is not as good as it used to be.
Thinking about buying this one myself to replace my 1390-T.
That would be a very nice upgrade. Note that the DriveSmart 51 does not come with a traffic receiver. If you want traffic service, your options are to use the Smartphone Link traffic app (best choice IMO) or separately purchase a GTM-36 or GTM-60 traffic receiver.
I am not sure if the Traffic receiver from your 1390 will work on the DriveSmart, but it might be worth a try. It is probably a GTM-25 or GTM-26
The 3790 had 3d terrain right? Just keep in mind that the 3597 was the last model available with this feature. The new Drive series across the board don't have it.
I run a 2557LMT and (usually) love it. Touch screen works well, it has multi-point routing (Trip Save), lifetime maps and is an unobtrusive yet useful size (5"). The Guidance view for exit ramps is very clear and helpful. I recently got my wife one on Amazon, an authorized seller of Refurbs $109.
The only thing I dislike is adding Favorites, its very cumbersome to add a category name and other details (4 or 5 steps after Naming the favorite).
The 2-tone coloring of this model looks slick to me as well. It does not have voice command however, if you use that. I'm not a fan of it I have had mixed frustrating results with voice command of electronics.
Lots of good advice and recommendations in this thread.
This is helpful info.
2557LMT is good , not that expensive.
in 2015 I bought a refurb 2699LMTHD from buydig.com - it came in a brown box, looked brand-new and included a 2-year Garmin warranty. I wouldn't be concerned about buying a refurb unit as long as you get it from a reputable seller.
Learned a thing or two. Nice recomendations
especially for a guy who has both 350 & 370 units!
how does a 3597 used/refurb compare to a 51?
Compared to the nuvi 3597, with the DriveLuxe 51 you gain FourSquare POI's and WiFi for map/software updates, but you give up 3D terrain view, the external speaker in the mount and the LMTHD (GTM-60) traffic receiver.
There are a few other differences, but these are some of the obvious ones. Overall, the two models are very similar in features and function.
Of the several Drive models, remember, too, that only the DriveLuxe has a powered mount like the 3597.
I recently wanted to replace my 9 year old nuvi 260. Did a lot of research of Garmin offerings. I found the new DriveSmart and DriveAssist were great on software features but had shorter battery life. I also am not a fan of the wifi updating. The driver alerts and warnings, based on reviews, can be annoying and most people disable them. Besides, my wife does not hesitate to let me know if I am lane wandering or getting too close to the vehicle in front.
The dash camera, while appealing, limits where I can mount my gps and in which vehicle. I settled for a 2589LMT refurbished from GPSCITY. Got a great price from Amazon and it was delivered the next day. It has all of the latest features including voice activation and traffic. Using Garmin Express, I was able to automatically transfer my saved and favourites from my 260 and load my POI favorites from POI Factory.
@oakbayguy ... the change from a nuvi 260 to a 2589 is a huge upgrade. Although I am sure you will find a few things you miss from the 260, give it some time and ... ENJOY!
Thank you ... learning a lot
I recently wanted to replace my 9 year old nuvi 260. Did a lot of research of Garmin offerings.
I settled for a 2589LMT refurbished from GPSCITY. …
Good old 260.
I still have mine as a spare. Have been faithfully keeping the maps up to date.
I plan on keeping my 260 as long as Garmin continues to provide map updates. Still works well and is a good spare. Getting older and I need a larger screen, thus the 2589.
Just got ours in the mail today. Tracking number was no good, they sent us a USPS number and the GPSr went Fed Ex until it got 90 miles from the house. Only 5 1/2 hours to update it
GPS has started to randomly reboot. Time to start shopping as well.Thanks for great information in this thread.
Anyone know of a good model?
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