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sterls18 Posted - 22 mai 2012 : 04:33:54
Hello everyone, I have a question on whatI should do. I have a Garmin Nuvi 760 which i got in 2008. I never updated it before and I need to do it now but I am not sure if I should update it for $99 or just buy a new Garmin. Please advise on what is best for me to do. Is it worth updating a GPS that is 4-5 years old or am i better off getting a new one. I am willing to spend up to $300
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NanaimoRick Posted - 30 mai 2012 : 05:44:42
Really a nice unit. I love my 3790 even if I did pay about $300 more than that current deal.
alandb Posted - 30 mai 2012 : 05:17:08
Well, it is probably overkill for the fairly basic needs you stated, but since you are in the US, right now you can get a nuvi 3790LMT refurb online for $160 (think largest retail store in US). The 3790 is listed as a "previous model" on Garmin's website, but it was Garmin's top of the line nuvi less than 2 years ago. That deal is hard to pass up.
sterls18 Posted - 30 mai 2012 : 04:32:43
I am confuse with what to do now, if to keep the 760 or buy a new one. I saw a few cheaper ones like the Nuvi 50LM and 2350LT in the lower one hundreds and then there is the ones in the $200's and $300's. Since 2008 the gps are so advance now, I dont know which one to get. I would like a gps with life maps and maybe life time Traffic, Lane assist, bluetooth. All I do with my gps is travel from point A to point B. I really need the forum help here
Boyd Posted - 27 mai 2012 : 04:48:03
Originally posted by Jim1348

If the device is repaired/exchanged through Garmin either under warranty or outside warranty, the nuMaps Lifetime subscription will transfer once you complete a Device Exchange

That is true. But I'd be willing to bet that the repair cost will approach the cost of buying a new unit, especially seeing how cheap things have gotten.

@popej, I was just responding to the image that was shown on the page at the posted link. But now that I look at the specs, I see it says the speed limit is displayed. Funny how they don't show it in one of the screenshots.
NanaimoRick Posted - 27 mai 2012 : 04:41:11
Elevation is shown on the 760/780 when you press the Sat. Strength icon on the Main Menu screen.
LChisum Posted - 27 mai 2012 : 00:48:45
@popej Seems like when I had my 780, I was able to get the altitude on the trip information screen (not mentioned in the reference material), but it may have been upgraded firmware or maybe just poor memory on my part.

Jim1348 Posted - 27 mai 2012 : 00:06:38
Not to sound like a cop out here, but I might be inclined to BOTH update the Garmin Nuvi 760 AND buy a new one, depending on what your needs and plans are for each device. That way you get a new one and have a backup. Or, you get a new one and give the Garmin Nuvi 760 to a relative, friend, neighbor, etc.

As far as the risk of spending the money for the update and then having a failure, Garmin addresses that here:{80e20ff0-dc31-11dd-5c1e-000000000000}
The nuMaps Lifetime map update subscription is non-transferrable. If you own multiple devices, or if you purchase a new device after some time, an additional nuMaps Lifetime subscription would need to be purchased for each device since this subscription cannot be transferred or sold between devices. The nuMaps Lifetime subscription is for the lifetime of that one particular Garmin device.

You may review the full terms and conditions for the nuMaps Lifetime subscription at the bottom of the following page:

The exception to this rule is if your device should ever fail AND if it is repaired or replaced directly through Garmin. If the device is repaired/exchanged through Garmin either under warranty or outside warranty, the nuMaps Lifetime subscription will transfer once you complete a Device Exchange in your myGarmin account. If the device is exchanged through a dealer please contact Product Support to provide an exchange receipt.

If you are a victim of theft and a device that has a nuMaps Lifetime subscription is stolen, please contact Product Support for assistance.

¹If you purchase a nüMaps Lifetime subscription (sold separately or bundled together with certain GPS models), you will receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on Garmin’s website, for 1 compatible Garmin product until your product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. A product’s “useful life” means the period during which the product (a) has sufficient memory capacity and other required technical capabilities to utilize current map data and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. A product will be deemed to be out of service and its useful life to be ended if no updates have been downloaded for such product for a period of 24 months or more. Unless otherwise stated, the updates you receive under the subscription will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. In some instances, your Garmin product might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update to the map data, in which case you will need to either (a) select reduced map data coverage for your updates, or (b) purchase separately a microSD™/SD™ card (if and as applicable to your Garmin product) and load all or a portion of the map data coverage for your updates to the card and insert the card into the microSD/SD card slot contained in your Garmin product. If neither of the measures in (a) or (b) can be used to address your product’s lack of sufficient remaining memory, then Garmin may conclude that the “useful life” of your product has expired. Garmin may terminate your nüMaps Lifetime subscription at any time if you violate any of the terms of this agreement or your subscription. Your nüMaps Lifetime subscription may not be transferred to another Garmin product.

popej Posted - 27 mai 2012 : 00:00:01
760 looks like 200W. But check here, it can display speed at the middle of left edge:
Boyd Posted - 26 mai 2012 : 21:18:06
Sorry, I must be missing something... this is the image at your link

But this is the 765, which has the speed limit sign in the lower left. Also note that it has your speed of travel as well as lane assist, neither of which are shown on the 760.

Or perhaps they added speed limit display to later firmware on the 760?

WAASup Posted - 26 mai 2012 : 17:02:17
The 760 displays the speed limit "road sign" on the left side, mid-screen.

Boyd Posted - 25 mai 2012 : 19:58:31
I don't think it's a "waste of money", but there's an inherent risk to consider. The lifetime of consumer electronics devices is finite. So you may be "pouring money down a hole" if your 760 suddenly dies tomorrow (or 6 months from now, etc). Map updates are not transferrable to another unit.

In spite of the issues that new models have, the 760 is missing a few things that I find very useful: lane assist, speed limits and selectable data fields. Lane assist gives you a little preview in the upper left corner of the screen showing what lane you should be in. Speed limits appear like a little road sign in the lower right corner. Selectable data fields allow you to choose what is shown at the lower left corner (arrival time, distance, etc). Another thing I don't like about these older nuvi's is that they don't show your current speed while navigating a route.

Just some food for thought....

alandb Posted - 25 mai 2012 : 19:03:58
I would say if you are going to do it (new maps), you may as well go for a lifetime subscription (~$65) and a 4 GB or 8 GB SD card to hold them (~$10). The 760 only has 2 GB of internal memory which may not be enough for the newer versions of the full NA maps.
NanaimoRick Posted - 25 mai 2012 : 18:30:54
If your happy with the 760 and want to spend the money on new maps then they will work fine. Whether it's a waste of money or not is for you to decide. All we can tell you is what you already know, you'll have a working Nuvi, that you like, with new maps on it.

It's a waste of money if your really looking for an excuse to buy a new GPS.
sterls18 Posted - 25 mai 2012 : 17:36:43
So if I decided to upload the maps to my nuvi 760 and not buy a new one its not a waste of money right? or it could be a waste on money
Boyd Posted - 25 mai 2012 : 16:36:37
Actually I don't think it's quite that simple. Some of the newer models will show fewer road labels than older models even when you zoom in. They may also show fewer cities, and some of them won't show labels for your favorites. I would agree that you should play around with different models in a store, because the differences can be subtle and we all have our own personal preferences.

One reason I got rid of my TomTom Go 920 was that the small streets disappeared when you zoomed out. Older Nuvi's (like the 7x0 series) will show small streets (2d mode, max detail) through the .8 mile zoom range. My old TomTom only showed them through about thje .3 mile zoom. But newer Nuvi's were changed to also only show those streets through .3 miles.

Now, the newest 2012 top of the line models (like the 3490) once again seem to show little roads through .8 miles, but the less expensive ones (like the 50) only show them through .3 miles. It's gotten really confusing...

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