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Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:56 pm


Going to be doing a lot more driving, so opting for a Sat Nav.

I have very, very limited Sat Nav experience, so will base my choice purely on recommendation.

I only need UK maps, and don't want to spend more than £100.

Last Sat Nav thread was about a year ago, with only one reply.


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RE: Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:42 pm

Get a Garmin 250 Widescreen. They can be had for about £100 and are fantastic for the money.

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RE: Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:44 pm

Don't try and drive anywhere in Yorkshire in a 5-series. You may end up on the edge of a cliff.

Seriously, however...
I don't have a sat-nav, but I used a widescreen Garmin nuvi in the States (the one that Avis hire out at a lucrative rate) and found it to be very good. The larger screen size compared to the budget TomTom models (not actually driven with one of those, but been in a car with a friend who was using it) is pretty nice, and the mapping is nice and clear. They rent out the models higher in the range, but the basic features (i.e. what I liked) are the same as one I saw for about £97 in Tesco yesterday.

There's my limited experience... all 1300 miles or so of it.
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RE: Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:00 am

I use sat navs all the time, and while I can't speak for the map accuracy in the UK, here, I found the Garmin Street Pilot 530C far more accurate and relaible than the Tom Tom XL One. The XL One couldn't track the main (and only) east-west highway through Northern Ontario, and I mean... The highway has only been there since God knows when.
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RE: Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:48 am

Tom Tom seem to get great reviews from Stuff magazine (stuff.co.uk) and I have had a TomTom for a few years. Whilst I dislike all of the extra services they try and charge me for, its been pretty handy.

I was going to go for a Garmin Nuvi 765 (above your budget) as I like the look of them, and I think the lane assist function would be really useful.

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RE: Sat Nav Recommendation (UK)

Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:13 am

I have a Tom Tom One V2 and I absolutely detest it now.

It's very slow to start up and the battery, when left overnight goes completely dead (with power off). The Garmin devices seem to get a good recommendation. Time to upgrade to one of them I think!


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