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Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

Hi there folks... I am about to get one of these GPS with a budget of $500-$600. I have been reading reviews all day but can't decide. I was leaning towards a Garmin Nuvi 350. Any advice out there?
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let me know what you go with. i'm looking to buy one before spring. i have a garmin handheld so i should probably stay with garmin because of possible software compatability.

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I bought the Streetpilot C330. I tested it today on a 40 mile trip. I was really impressed by its accuracy. There are certain features that this one misses, but that I don't really need. It was on sale for 450, can't beat that.
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Re: Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

let me know if you find anything you really like or dislike about it. my wife wants one that talks to you does yours?

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Re: Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

I have the Mopar Garmin Navus for my Commander. It sit on the dash and is easy to use. Was made for the Jeep and so it looks factory.
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I picked this so I could switch between vehicles. It does talk, and it gives you very useful info. For example it tells you in how many miles to turn, what lane to stay (eg. left exits), and when to turn. You can view route in advance and how map...

I didn't want to spend more than 450-500 as this is not a top priority item for me. For example, an upgraded model for about 750 can tell you in advance about traffic jams and alternate routes, of course to have that feature, you need to buy an additional antenna or something like that for another 150. I does work very accurate. I missed a few exits on purpose (familiar area) and it automatically recalculated an alternate route. Very impressive tool. Screen is very easy to read/navigate. It comes with a small plate you can adhere to the dash and then use the suction cup on that plate making it look like factory mounted or at least off the windshield. I messed mine up as I had armorall on the dash... :-( I guess I will have to buy two-sided tape.

Anyway, if money is tight, this unit will do the best job compared to other brands in similar price range. Originally sells for 650, I got it onsale at Best Buy for 449.00.
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I've used both systems, Garmin and Magellan (sp?) I prefer the Garmin, seemed a bit more reliable, but had fewer options than the Magellan. Very ahndy little toys

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Re: Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

For those that have PDA Mobile Phones (Treo, Cingular 8125, etc), Garmin is releasing the Garmin Mobile 20 cradle next month.

The Garmin Mobile 20 has the GPS chip built into a windshied mount cradle that holds your existing mobile phone. It utilizes your phone proecessor for the navigation software that comes on an SD or miniSD card. It is only retailing for $299, so it is an affordable alternative to a separate unit.

As a bonus, it acts as a handsfree speaker for your phone as well!

http://www.garmin.com/products/garminmobile20/
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Re: Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

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I bought the Streetpilot C330. I tested it today on a 40 mile trip. I was really impressed by its accuracy. There are certain features that this one misses, but that I don't really need. It was on sale for 450, can't beat that.
Do you have to buy a disk for each state or region and load it via computer? or is North America all on one disk?
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Re: Aftermarket GPS Unit Advice (windshield mounted)

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I have the Mopar Garmin Navus for my Commander. It sit on the dash and is easy to use. Was made for the Jeep and so it looks factory.
I was thinking of getting that do you have pictures?
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