I purchased a couple of Garmin Nuvi 260's as gifts during the holidays and got them for $149. This baby does the turn by turn instructions WITH STREET NAMES, most lower end units do not. It is also supported by Garmin on the NuMaps's Lifetime program, so you pay one flat rate and get quarterly map updates for the life of the product. Some of their older models they do not offer this program for. This one has a small footprint and in my experience with it, works very well! Speaker is nice and loud!
Also don't be fooled by model numbers thinking for example the C330 is a newer model than the Nuvi 260 because it is not and they change their model number scheme a while back.
What's in the Box:
- nÃ¼vi 260
- Preloaded City NavigatorÂ® NT for North America
- Vehicle suction cup mount*
- Vehicle power cable
- Dashboard disc
- Quick start manual
Quick question: When they refurbish GPS units, do they update the maps? That looks like a good deal until you think about the fact you may have to purchase a map upgrade to go along with it, especially with your area changing (as mine is)
I just received mine today, from Tigerdirect.com and when i registered it on Garmin.com it had the current maps on it.
Usually when they are refurbished they do update the maps. I know I had purchased a reburbed Nuvi 360 for one of our company vans early last year and it had the newer maps on it.
I just ordered a Garmin Nuvi 260 from Costco for $130. It's discontinued, but it looks like a good deal.
The Nuvi 260 arrived yesterday. Updating the maps from the Garmin website was a pain in the ass, mostly because it insists on expanding the 2+ GB files on drive C. I had to create a junction to give that enough space. It took hours to download and install the new map, and the web site wasn't really clear that you have to register the device to get the free update.
The device itself is astounding. It's tiny, runs cool, has lots of different English accents, and knows the names of all the streets. I blindly obeyed it this morning and it shaved 3 minutes off my normal commute.
Yeah, but it is likely most people have enough space on drive c, so they won't have to jump through that hoop.
Then you'd be surprised. A lot of OEMs make C a 10-20G partition, and fill it with all kinds of crap.
I found a tool to help me make my own voices for the Nuvi, and another tool to help me make a Dalek voice. I can't wait to get that going.
Oh I would not be surprised at all! But folks like you and I this should not be a problem because the first thing I do when I get a new PC is clean all the garbage off thereby freeing up a lot of space.
Yeah the I've seen those program, they work for general terms, but they generally don't work for street names etc.