After almost ten years it's time for me to retire my Garmin Nuvi 1450. What's a good replacement for it? My needs are simple: all I need is a newer model that does the same thing a 1450 does. I don't need anything fancy-schmancy; for example, I don't need bluetooth or wifi. I need a box that has the larger screen and that will hold the large junction view file or the newer split-screen junction view. Recommendations?
Pretty much any model in the Drive series (Drive, DriveSmart, DriveAssist) will do what you want and will be a good replacement for your 1450. They all have split screen junction views now.
A couple of things to be aware of ...
If you want a traffic receiver, many of the older (2016) Drive x0 models come with a traffic receiver. However, the newer (2017) Drive x1 models do not. However, both x0 and x1 models that have Bluetooth interface can use Smartphone Link traffic app which is generally superior to the traffic receivers. But if you want a traffic receiver, stick with the older x0 LMT models.
Do you need maps of Canada and/or Mexico? If so, be careful if you are looking at the low end models like the Drive 50 or Drive 51. These low end models tend to only have the "Lower 49" map.
Once you decide what model you want, check to see if any of the suppliers offer factory refurb's of that model. That will save considerable $$. For example, Amazon is selling a Drivesmart 60LMT refurbished for $77.41. That is a real bargain IMO.
Plunder, you seem to be a person who buys and keeps a device for a long time as long as it works.
Although your 1450 didn't have it, I ask you to consider a GPS with a powered mount since that substantially reduces the stress on the socket of the GPS device itself and USB socket failures are often the cause of a device failure. If buying a device without a powered mount, consider getting a 90-degree USB adapter to reduce the stress. Or better yet (admittedly at a higher cost), consider buying a device with a powered mount:
I also second alandb's suggestion of looking to refurbs.
Please explain how a 90 deg usb adapter would help? One is still putting stress on the adapter when connecting the power source.
I found this on ebay. These are a challenging item to search for, that's fore sure!
In a way these are nicer because the adapter isn't one solid piece which reduces the stress on the gps unit during R&R.
I have a similar adapter for the driveluxe 50. Specifically, it's a micro usb to 90 deg mini usb. There's a USB power source near the bottom left corner of the windshield. I use an 18" usb A to micro male cable to power the cell phone when attached. The same mount has a 17mm ball for use with garmin mounts but the driveluxe 50 has the connection on the side. It took some serious hunting to find the right one. Order several because shipping is on the slow boat!
Edit: here's one with free shipping
It's my personal opinion that the best thing to do to minimize the strain on the power connector is to take sufficient power cable and wrap it around the mount behind the GPS unit. I've done this for 10 years on two 265WT units without any issues. I also do this on my 2689 recently received.
I agree with CraigW about the advantages of a powered mount. But the newest models that have it (nuvi 3597LMTHD, DriveLuxe 50 and Driveluxe 51) are getting very hard to find any more, either new or refurbished. Everywhere seems to be sold out of the DriveLuxe 51, including Garmin itself. I have never seen refurbs available for this model. There are still a few sites selling the DriveLuxe 50 new and refurb, but they are getting scarce. The 3597 has been hard to find for the past couple of years.
It makes me wonder if Garmin will ever announce any new models with powered mounts (or any new Drive series models at all).
To follow up on my previous post, I notice that Garmin now lists the DriveLuxe 51 (as well as the DriveLuxe 50) as "Previous Models". I think if you wanted a DriveLuxe 51 you are pretty much SOL. And as I said in the previous post, the DriveLuxe 50's are getting pretty scarce. If you want one, I wouldn't wait too long.
I wonder if they're dropping the premium devices or if new models are about to come out including a Luxe replacement.
I hope it is the latter but I suspect it is the former. Now 18 months without a new general purpose automotive device from Garmin; the longest dry spell since 2005. Eliminating the DriveLuxe 51 before they have a replacement? Why would they do that? And they have discontinued all road navigation apps ... not good signs. What is the next thing to go? Map updates perhaps?
I hope I am wrong tho, as I am not enamored with Google or Here navigation apps, and I don't have an iPhone, so Apple navigation is out of the question.
Edit: Garmin stocks are way up from a year ago, so they must be doing something right from the stockholders perspective. I don't own any GRMN tho, so it doesn't help me.
What am I missing. What’s the special deal with the DriveLuxe?
I'm not sure what you're asking? Is it why folks tend to love it, or why it's hard to find now, or ??
Why people seem to favor it?
From a cursory look at the specs it looks like any of the currently offered GPS units by Garmin.
I don't have a DriveLuxe so can't discuss its various functions compared to others. But of the Drive series of devices, the DriveLuxe is the only model to have a powered mount and for some folks, that's a good enough reason to pay a premium price for it. With a powered mounts, there's less of a chance that the USB socket on the device will break since the socket is mostly used for map and software updates, POI loadings, etc., not regular powering up and down for use in a vehicle. Powered mounts also allow the GPS to be removed from a vehicle with no need to disconnect/reconnect plugs and sockets.
Maybe a Luxe owner can offer other features of the Luxe vs. the other Drive models.
Software feature wise I think the luxe series is similar/same to others. I chose it because of the magnetic mount. The powered option wasn't much of a thought because my older nuvi's all had powered mounts. In fact, it appears this is another one of garmin's corner cutting strategy's. Units powered by onboard usb connections are cheaper to produce.
The other big deal was the screen. Not only the higher resolution (in a 5" screen), but also it was much brighter. I had a chance to compare (back in 2016) the driveluxe 50 to other drive series devices side by side at a best buy (when they had more than 3 life units on display). By far the display was clearer and brighter on the luxe 50.
I picked mine up on ebay for ~$240 at the time. To date the unit has been used sparingly and carefully. However a few weeks ago I discovered the device faulted internally. It refused to import gpx routes no matter what. I was a bit sol as it was out of warranty and was an ebay purchase. Ended up replacing it with another driveluxe 50.
In addition, picked up the drivesmart 61 from buydig for $150 (refurb model) as a backup. This has an even higher resolution (1024x600), and a 7" display. Side by side, the driveluxe 50 is still brighter.
Personally, I think garmin designs there so they fail sooner than later. Hopefully the issue with the other driveluxe was just a fluke... Find out in about 18 months!
They've messed up with mine then, I have units going back years that are still working
With proper care, my experience with my 4 Garmins is that they are very reliable and last for a very long time. The replacement devices I have purchased were for getting faster processors and new features. The old ones still work perfectly.
The failure on the DriveLuxe 50 identified by zx1100e1 is unfortunate indeed, but I think it is an unusual problem. In the various forums I frequent, I have not heard of another instance of this specific failure.
I had a number of 7xx and 14xx devices. In fact the last 1400 series I sold was still working, 4 or 5 years after I bought, as a refurb no less.
It's the newer units that concern me.
I agree, my issue was unusual. Then again, using these devices with custom gpx routes is not very typical either so the issue could go unnoticed.
Then again, using these devices with custom gpx routes is not very typical either so the issue could go unnoticed.
Not quite sure what you mean by this. I'm constantly installing routes into my DriveSmart 50 and never had any issues.
I wanted a powered mount design as well, but could not afford it at the time so I went with a small 90-degree USB adapter.
I ended up buying a DriveSmart 61 LMT-S.
I still have my Garmin Nuvi 1450 LMT. I purchased from BB in 2010 new. Had to replace the screen on it a couple years ago, but it still works well.
Its getting to the point where smartphones are making the standalone GPS obsolete.
Perhaps.. but not everyone has a smartphone and I have yet to see a smart phone with the same size screen as a stand alone GPS. Then there is the safety issue of trying to focus on that small display to read a street.. or read the latest text message while your smart phone is mounted on the dash.
I've been looking for a Driveluxe 51 for some time now and came across this link:
$210 is what I would expect to pay for a refurb but this is a new unit for $210. It's only available in their stores though.
I started a new thread on this in case anyone is interested.
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