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Keep a road map nearby,
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This review is from: Garmin nüvi 40LM 4.3-Inch Portable GPS Navigator with Lifetime Maps (US) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
I have had the Garmin nuvi 40LM for one month and have used it for some minor direction finding around the Des Moines, Iowa metro area. It did a respectable job but on the two occasions I really needed help finding a new destination in that metro area it identified my destination as being on the opposite side of the road from its true location. Now for the real fiasco: I was traveling in the Chicago metro area and needed directions from the Ikea store in Schaumburg, IL to a location in Coralville, IA. After inputting the Coralville address I headed toward I-90, within sight, and where I thought I should be heading. The Garmin redirected me in the opposite direction. My wife and I decided to trust it and followed its directions for the next hour and one half while it continually tacked away from the interstate highway system, leading us through numerous western suburbs at 35-45 mph, with many traffic lights. We finally stopped at a Wal-Mart to ask directions to I-88, which we knew I-90 would have led us to. Wal-Mart customer service directed us to retrace our route about two miles and to take Illinois 59 south about six miles to where it intersected with I-88. The Garmin had actually taken us off Illinois 59 and away from I-88. After a cooling off period, I have edited this review and upgraded to three stars from one star. I'll continue to use the Garmin but I also know now to keep a road map within reach to verify directions.
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2014 12:27:19 PM PDT
Teri Davis Newman says:
You might have had the "avoid toll roads" feature enabled which saves me a fortune in tolls when I am in Chicago.
Posted on Jul 1, 2014 7:36:44 AM PDT
Thomas L. Biggs says:
Did the same thing to my wife and daughter. We bought it to help my daughter navigate to college. My wife rode along when my daughter recently went down there for orientation. There's a very simple path to get from I-81 to the PA Turnpike, but when they missed that exit, the GPS took them WAY out of the way, trying to get them to go north of Harrisburg and around and who knows where. My wife finally pulled out the atlas and basically did a U-turn after the GPS led them 20 miles out of their way.
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