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Looking for Garmin map update?

For those of you in the US with Garmin GPS units (the best ones IMHO) and looking to update to 2008 City Navigator for North America, I discovered a few things. If you purchased/received a new Garmin unit (that's compatible, of course) on or after May 1, 2007, you are entitled to a free update. You just need to register your unit on their web site and the option should show up on how to get the new update.

If you purchased before May 1, 2007 (like me), then you need to purchase the update. However, don't get it from the Garmin web site. Direct from Garmin costs $70 and will take 3-5 weeks to ship. You can get it direct from Amazon for $57.22. They will ship in a few days and it qualifies for free super saver shipping.

Enjoy...

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hawthornecub
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
weird, cause we have a garmin nuvi 350 and they sent us the cd for free.....we still havent figured out why we got it for free haha (we have had it for almost a year now)
snowboardjoe
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Grrrrrrr...

I thought I was entitled to the update too (got the 350 as well back in January 2007), but I can't find anywhere that shows I'm entitled to it. Nothing in the documentation that I could find. I asked Garmin directly and they said, "Um, no". :(

I'll look around again. Let me know if you find something that says you are entitled. Otherwise, it sounds like you were surprised by the free update arriving in the mail?
hawthornecub
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah i dont see anything on the disc or otherwise that says we were entitled to it.....and i was kinda shocked when it just came in the mail LOL I asked Dave if he bought it and he was like no they just sent it
snowboardjoe
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I just found a link to some other threads on this and appears that Garmin has been very inconsistent and had upset quite a few people. There was one guy who got his 350 in Dec 2006, registered his unit and got the DVD update with no problem.

I'll keep digging around. $57 is not going to break the bank, but would be nice if I did not have to spend it at all.
hawthornecub
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Well dave said you could copy ours all it asks for is your serial number and there isnt any online things to do, so it would copy easy.

If you wanted to do that, just let me know
snowboardjoe
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the offer, but Garmin won't do that.

When you register it, it uses a special unlock code linked to your unit and registers it with their web site. As long as one unit has it unlocked, no other unit can use it.
hawthornecub
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh ok...we used one disc for both of our units to update them but it might have been because they were different models LOL

Sorry i couldnt help more :(
snowboardjoe
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, you helped. It got me to fight a little more for the fee upgrade before throwing in the towel. :)
bearzendurham
Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Joe, thanks for passing along this information. Although I don't have a Garmin, Ben does and I've grown to like using it when we're traveling together in his car.

BTW, my sister got my Dad a TomTom for Christmas, and, after using Dad's, I really thought the Garmin was much better and easier to use.
bigredlug
Jan. 2nd, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Great info - just wish I still had one to make it worthwhile. hehe
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