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Old 05-14-2008, 10:56 PM   #1
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GPS: my best interior accessory, so far.

I haven't seen much discussion about GPS around here, but I just got my first one...what a kick!. It's a Navigon 2100, 3.5" screen, and cost $105 delivered. The mounting here is a quick-and-dirty by removing the visor and using the inboard visor clip screw as an anchoring point for a metal bracket from my junk collection. It's just a steel strip with holes in each end...didn't have to cut or drill, just a little bending and it was good to go.

Anyway, I had figured that these things wouldn't work through a metal roof, so I used the suction cup mount for a while with the GPS exposed to the sky and the whole world. Then, experimenting with it inside the car I found that it still located 6 or 7 satellites. Woohoo! Using the power cord from the cig lighter socket is out of the question, but the built-in battery is good for over 3 hours. It could be hard wired if I wanted to work at it. So far I don't.

Using it to find the best route to anywhere is kind of a joke sometimes, and never does show the obvious direct route to the interstate from my house. Even so, it will get me to my destination one way or another, and the voice navigation on this model speaks the names of streets to turn on instead of just saying "turn right 500 feet" and so one.

Anybody here have any GPS stories, good-bad-whatever?




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I have a garmin gps and I used it on my trip to the east coast last summer.
Not only did it get me to all the locations very easily, but it also gave me info like hotels in the area,
fast food, gas stations, and even gave phone #'s of the different businesses.
It made me trip so much more enjoyable and stress free. I love it.
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I have a TomTom and as much i travel for work (at least 1000 miles a week) i love having it. I can ALWAYS find whatever i need. Best $150 bucks I've ever spent
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i have used a garmin as well. whenever me and my girl go out of town, we take it with us. we have never gotten lost with it. and as loudfocus01 said, it gives u locations for food, entertainment, w/e u would need. id HIGHLY suggest one!!! it got us around d.c. pretty easily.
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I have a Mio, got it for $250, I think it sells for $200 or less now but its awsome. I also think it was the best $250 spent, I've been able to find 2 different people from these forums easily.
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i almost got hit by an listening to his GPS, he was in the fastlane... it told him to get off on the next exit.... i saw him look at it then just swerve into my lane without looking... gah, im not a fan of GPS... ill pull over and look at my map.
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GPS FTW!!!

I dont have a real gps yet, i have to use my phone (which has built in gps), im debating on getting a small handheld unit, or picking up an in dash dvd gps system. I think i found what i want, but anything over $20 is a bit expensive... gotta hope i do well on my interview in a couple hours.
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I love my GPS as well... taken it with me on vacation to hawaii a few times too since it has its own battery... Mine's an Invion though... and it hates my wife with a passion... seems whenever she tries to get it to take her somewhere it takes her 30 miles out of the way... always works great for me though. I guess it just hates her.
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I have a cheap figi/samsung one that I found online, and was cheap. Best money I have spent! I drive from Milwaukee to Green Bay, and vice verse about 12 or 13 times a week, so when i get close to a McDonald's or BP, i have a voice reminder! I am about a week or so from hard wiring it, I need my cig lighter for my cell phone charger! :)
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garman. best thing ever. no more map qwest
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