Garmin LMT (recommend a replacement?)

 

My Nuvi 3790 LMT has given up the ghost. What unit would be recommended to replace it? Is the life time maps still available? Don't care about the Traffic option. The Garmin based GPS in my Honda CRV is pretty good but doesn't give text to speech. It will say "Turn right" but my 3790 would say " Turn right on Main Street" Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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Nüvi 3790

I love my 3590

I don’t know much about the newer units since I use the nav system in my car and usually use Waze in my truck. But I understand that some of the Drive units are pretty good.

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With God, all things are possible. ——State motto of the Great State of Ohio

Drivesmart 55 LMT

This is the one that I have. On sale right now.

https://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-drivesmart-55lmt

Current Models

The current models, as far as I am aware are the Drive 52, the Drivesmart 66, 76, 86, and Drivecam 76. I strongly advise not going with the Drive unit, as it relies solely on FM traffic for its traffic reports instead of connecting to a smartphone and pulling down traffic information that way. The Drive unit's junction views are very simplistic and do not display the intersection as you see it. There are other niceties the Drivesmart units have such as voice command, but those aren't essential.

The Drivecam 76 is a Drivesmart 76 with a built-in dash cam.

Older units such as the Drivesmart 55 and 65 can be found by searching the Internet. The Drivesmart 65 is still available at Best Buy, despite it being apparently discontinued by Garmin.

Needless to say, I recommend any Drivesmart unit over a Drive.

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Happy with..

I am happy with my DS65, along with the Garmin app it gives reasonable traffic. Not happy it's been discontinued, wonder what the difference is with the DS66?

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Lives in Edmonton AB A volunteer driver for Drive Happiness.ca and now (since June 20 2021) uses a DS65 to find his clients.

I'd still be using the DS65

I'd still be using the DS65 if it would fit in the car. Using an older driveluxe 50 in portrait mode in the stinger (bottom left of windshield). Sadly the only other unit supporting portrait mode today is the 86 which is waaaaaaaay too big.

@Ralph6410

A proper comparison is between the 65 and 76. The 66 has a 5.7" screen while the 76 has the 6.95" screen. The 65 is available with your choice of either Alexa or Garmin voice commands. The 76 only has Alexa as an option. Other than that the only real difference I am aware of is slight updates to the interface.

Keep in mind that I am only assuming the DS65 is discontinued due to Garmin only promoting the 66, 76, and 86 on the landing page for automotive GPS. Garmin hasn't said anything one way or another.

Also, a correction: the current Drive model is the Drive 53, not 52.

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"Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job." --Douglas Adams

Pick the DS that has the

Pick the DS that has the screen size you want and you'll be good.

Why not repair it?

I'd call first but this individual used to be highly recommended for repairs.

https://www.palmdr.com/cart/repair-services-gps-repairs-c-31...

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John from PA

DS65

The DS65 has been super for me. It boots and locks on satellites fast. Moves through its screens fast. Have had it for almost 4 years.

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___________________ Garmin 2455, 855, Oregon 550t

DriveSmart 55LMT

DriveSmart 55LMT is a great unit.

Check e-bay and Facebook marketplace.

I picked one of on Facebook marketplace last year complete in the box for $50.

Totally Ditto For Me

Ralph6410 wrote:

I am happy with my DS65, along with the Garmin app it gives reasonable traffic. Not happy it's been discontinued, wonder what the difference is with the DS66?

Totally Ditto For Me

I'm very happy with my DriveSmart 65. Got it through Costco awhile back.
Nice size screen, without being to huge.

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DriveSmart 65, NUVI2555LMT, (NUVI350 is Now Retired)

Drivesmart

Any of the Drivesmart series would be a good replacement for your old 3790. Check the specs at Garmin.com and when you decide which one is right, look for factory certified refurbished units to save a few $$.

For example, GPS City has a refurbished DS66 on sale now for $130:

https://www.gpscity.com/garmin-drivesmart-66-(certified-refurbished)

If you do shop for refurbished units, look for those that are certified by Garmin and carry a 1 year warranty.