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Initial post: Dec 20, 2008 9:00:09 AM PST
MLJx5 says:
First of all I have to say - I am SO impressed with the forum and the help one can receive on here! I am also in the middle of a "which gps" to buy and I have been reading - and y'all have been such a great help.

Although I really have not decided which GPS to get (am leaning towards the nuvi 750 since you can get it @ Sams for $198) I really wouldn't mind the bluetooth on the 760 (not that I know what or even how to use bluetooth - I just like how it sounds :) I have an iphone - and am very google capable - so I'm sure I can figure it out :)

My question now is Refurbished VS. New - There is such a big difference in price - especially on ebay - Does anyone have any advice or pros & cons?

Thank you again - SO much - everyone here is such a big help!!!!!

Monica

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2008 9:36:14 AM PST
dsrussell says:
Refurbished units are units that have had problems (from minor to major). However, purchasing a refurb unit from a reliable source (I don't consider eBay a reliable source, but they may well be) will mean that the company will back these units with a full-factory warrantee. You get a price break simply because they are not new, had problems, and have been brought back up to spec.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2008 9:59:12 AM PST
MLJx5 says:
Thanks so much Russell - I was thinking that I should get a new one - I just needed to hear it from someone else I guess! :)
I want the 760 but I just can't justify it - I don't need it - I don't even need the 750 but I think $198 is a great deal. I wish I could get it @ Amazon for that price!

BTW - you've been amazingly helpful on the forums regarding which GPS unit to get and I really appreciate it!

Thanks again!
Mo

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2008 10:33:23 AM PST
dsrussell says:
Thank you for the compliment, Monica! The 750 is a really nice GPS, and right now it's a lot of bang for the buck (these units were selling for almost twice that much just a year ago). I doubt you'll be disappointed, but things can and do happen with any electronic device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2008 7:23:11 AM PST
MLJx5 says:
You're welcome - From what I can tell you've been a fountain of information for everyone!

Thanks again!
M

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 5:27:07 AM PST
A. Keller says:
Just a little quick input about refurbished units.

According to Garmin if you get a factory refurbished unit you get the same map guarantee (a single free update within 30 days of first powering up the unit) to guarantee the maps are current. I went for a Garmin 680 due to liking the MSN Direct component. At under $200 I must say that the unit is absolutely loaded.

Keep in mind also that refurbs can have different originating reasons. If a unit is purchased, opened, then returned for any reason (wrong one, doesnt work, etc) it must be recertified (refurbished). Many units are simple returns with no functioning problems while others may have had more serious flaws. As long as you can verify its a Garmin or licensed refurbishing depot and provides warranty its pretty hard to beat. The main problem I have run into with a few refurbs I have purchased is that they may be cosmetically flawed (in my case slight scratching of the case).

Good luck either way, all the units you mentioned are very nice.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 5:52:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2008 5:53:09 AM PST
MLJx5 says:
Thanks so much! I have been wondering if (since the gift is for myself :) I shouldn't just wait till next year - then get one the one that I really want - (the nuvi 760 or 765) for less. Last year I waited till after Christmas on a cell phone - thinking prices would go down & instead they all went up! (that ended up being a good thing since they put out a new iphone cheaper - so I just waited for that!:)

There are SO many GPS units out there that it makes my head spin! lol :)

Thanks again :)
M-

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2008 12:58:28 PM PST
Ruth says:
You can now get the 750 on Amazon for $203 - a great deal, since it includes the dashboard mount!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2008 6:52:14 AM PST
Skitty says:
I have purchased 4 Garmins over four years 3 refurb and one new. The only one that failed was the new one. The refurbs at least have had whatever is wrong corrected and been fully tested on the bench. They come packaged and looking as if brand new. CNET reports the 750 is very slow to calculate and you can miss turns which may be why it is so very heavily discounted now

Scott

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 25, 2008 12:25:26 PM PST
Penguin says:
I tend to avoid refurbished units as, in the past, I have bought refurbished electronic products, only to find after a while minor or intermittent problems. I think this is because often returned products are not returned with a good description of what is wrong with them. So if it is an intermittent problem, or a subtle problem, the refurbishing people simply do not see the problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2009 12:24:19 PM PST
J. Robinson says:
I just sent my 760 back to Amazon. What a disaster! The TTV (text to voice) did not work on my unit; and the navigation was so full of errors that I was reduced to asking someone for directions on the road. It's difficult to find a good GPS system, as I've learned the hard way. But don't buy the 760--despite the raves about it on Amazon and elsewhere--unless you have very low expectations. The basics--getting drivers from A to B as fast as possible--are lacking in this model.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2009 3:23:21 PM PST
D. Levine says:
I have an older Garmin gpsmap215. The screen is burned from the sun...unreadable. Am I better-off sending it to Garmin to have the screen replaced, or should I get a newer unit? The unit is flush mounted on my boat and it is a good unit. What would you suggest I do? Please reply to banginout@gmail.com

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2009 10:49:19 PM PST
dsrussell says:
The cost to fix/replace a screen is probably close to 150 bucks (you could call Garmin to get an estimate). Once you find what it actually will cost, then it's up to you whether or not to have it fixed or buy a new one.

J.Robinson: Yes, you had problems with yours. It happens. From the reviews and posts here (and elsewhere), it's obvious most people haven't experienced your problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2009 7:08:34 AM PST
D. Levine says:
thanks for taking the time to reply to my question on my burned screen. D. Levine
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