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10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 09, 2017 07:58PM
Our first GPS is a Garmin Nuvi 350 NA and we used it for many years but we never updated the maps. Since we got smart phones, it sits virtually unused. Is there any point in keeping a stand-alone GPS these days? the new car also has built-in GPS and it is unlikely I will travel a long distance with the old car. I can't really see any use for it anymore, not even as a backup.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: GGD
Date: September 09, 2017 08:07PM
Still might be useful to keep in the old car just in case you get lost in an area with no cell reception.



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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: September 09, 2017 08:07PM
My truck has a built-in GPS... I use my iPhone and Waze with an innocuous magnetic mount.

Set my last TomTom GPS back to factory-defaults, pulled the memory card and gave it to the thrift shop a few years ago.



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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 09, 2017 08:23PM
Any way to update the maps?
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 09, 2017 08:32PM
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Racer X
Any way to update the maps?

back then I looked into it, it was ~$70 IIRC.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: Forrest
Date: September 09, 2017 09:19PM
The old GPS may come in handy if you travel - for your rental car.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: Michael
Date: September 10, 2017 05:13AM
Well, I have an old Garmin that I plugged in for the first time in years this last summer to use in a rental car up in the mountains where I wasn't sure of cell service. Since then I've just had it on my dash, running. Yesterday, Waze all of the sudden wanted me to get off the interstate just north of Atlanta (lots of traffic from FL). The Garmin didn't show any sort of traffic tie up so I just stayed on the interstate. It was fine. So, I'll keep it and use it as a second source of information. The old maps aren't much of a problem on interstates. If yours doesn't have traffic on it, I'm not sure of the utility of keeping it.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 10, 2017 09:02AM
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Michael
... If yours doesn't have traffic on it, I'm not sure of the utility of keeping it.

no traffic on mine
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: tenders
Date: September 10, 2017 09:20AM
Before smartphones, I thought the traffic feature on GPS units was highly suspect. Once I had a smartphone, Google Maps confirmed that the FM-radio-version of GPS traffic is uselessly unavailable, insufficiently detailed, and/or stale.

That said, I prefer in-car, full-time GPS to the hassle of futzing with my phone every time I get into or out of the car. Phone GPS is useful in traffic but the other 85% of the time I'd rather keep the phone in my pocket. But we cycle GPS units through our three cars - the newest in the most-driven, longest-tripping cars; the oldest in the summer car. By the time a new GPS is necessary, the oldest GPS is typically so scratched-up, battery-lame, and underfeatured that I toss it. Or sometimes it stopped working altogether, and that is what triggered the replacement. But the new one always goes in the most-driven car and the rest are reallocated.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 10, 2017 12:20PM
A boat owner might find it useful.



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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 10, 2017 02:14PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
A boat owner might find it useful.

I don't know any boat owner who can't afford a new GPS.

I don't know any boat owner who can't afford a USED GPS.

I don't know any boat owners, period!
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: rouderon
Date: September 10, 2017 03:41PM
I have that model (keep as a spare) - still works great! I bought the lifetime maps for it a few years ago. If I remember correctly, it came with 1 free update, so, if you have never updated it, you may be able to do so for free. Just download Garmin Express and plug the GPS into your computer, and it should tell you.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: tenders
Date: September 10, 2017 04:50PM
Boat GPSs use completely different map systems. Car systems are not useful as spares in the first place, and iPhones with the correct maps are often used as backups.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 10, 2017 07:33PM
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rouderon
I have that model (keep as a spare) - still works great! I bought the lifetime maps for it a few years ago. If I remember correctly, it came with 1 free update, so, if you have never updated it, you may be able to do so for free. Just download Garmin Express and plug the GPS into your computer, and it should tell you.

Thanks, I tried it. It found a software update, but map updates are NOT free for my unit. $50 for a one time map update, or $90 for lifetime maps. I shall pass, no thank you.
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: rouderon
Date: September 10, 2017 08:05PM
Dang! Was hoping you had a free one :-(
At $90 you could probably get a new one that comes with lifetime updates
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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 11, 2017 09:47AM
....so this is useful when motorboating.....???



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Re: 10 year old GPS, any use for it?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 11, 2017 10:00AM
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NewtonMP2100
....so this is useful when motorboating.....???
I don't need a GPS to show me good places to motorboat. <spit_take>
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