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post #1 of 11 Old 03-07-2015, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of replacing my two Garmin Zumo 550's with something newer. These are from 2007 / 2008 and getting a little long in the tooth. I do use the traffic and weather features, therefore I'd like to retain those functions. I have Lifetime Maps so they are up to date. I am partial to Garmin so staying with that, so here are my questions:


1. If you have done a similar swap, please comment on which unit you went with and why.

2. Is the change really that much of a change and worth it? NexRad better than cartoon weather.

3. Would I be better off just using my iPhone with Google Maps and streaming XM as I have the online account?

4. Currently, the Zumo is run through my J&M 2003.


Again, thoughts on this since not a cheap. Wondering the GPS is the best option given the capabilities of our phones and such now.

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-07-2015, 11:12 PM
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My Nuvi 765 is getting old too but I won't replace it until it dies, the features that it has aren't available for cheap. I've been thinking I'll just buy the garmin or tom tom app for the iPhone when it dies

Features it has
-mp3 playback
-bluetooth stereo output
-lifetime traffic (only works with a special cable/antenna)
-radio broadcast (i can live with out this one if i switch to my phone, particularly since i'm going to upgrade the jeep to a bluetooth stereo and also have a radio broadcast mount for my phone)

The garmin and tom tom apps have all that (internet connection and a subscription required for traffic).
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A $150 Costco Nuvi and the G Z590 have the same capabilities. Z 590 is the ONLY Garmin with a transreflective color LCD display and it is sunlight readable, really, it is. Otherwise I would still use my Nuvi 2450 with a plastic sandwich bag, if necessary. Most troopers who have commented on other threads about this either don't care about the sun or they do, and everyone else cares mostly about price points. My Z 590 has a big screen, shows me freeway lanes, and ramps and has bluetooth, which I don't use but the latest Nuvi has all of that too. IMHO, "upgrade" is not really the right word because they all do the same things but only one works in the sun. The Garmin tech support folks are trained to argue the Zumo line is worth the money because of the beefier case??? Today, G only offers the Z 590 and 390. A Nuvi has more features than the 390, costs less than half and they both use the same display. So, you could "downgrade" to a Nuvi and have the latest features and capabilities or you could spend 7 times more and have the same capabilities but could see it in the sun. I never was able to test this out but when I finally discovered the display type in the G 590, looked it up in Wiki/Google, and ph'd a Garmin tech support guy who confirmed the display situation, there was nothing else to be done.
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My Nuvi 765 is getting old too but I won't replace it until it dies, the features that it has aren't available for cheap. I've been thinking I'll just buy the garmin or tom tom app for the iPhone when it dies

Features it has
-mp3 playback
-bluetooth stereo output
-lifetime traffic (only works with a special cable/antenna)
-radio broadcast (i can live with out this one if i switch to my phone, particularly since i'm going to upgrade the jeep to a bluetooth stereo and also have a radio broadcast mount for my phone)

The garmin and tom tom apps have all that (internet connection and a subscription required for traffic).
My Nuvi 765T is also getting old but I think that by the time I need to replace it I will be in the market for a new bike and I may just get one with built in navigation and radio.
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I have a 500 (topo) and 550 that I paid $150 each for. Added lifetime maps to the 500 and I'll run that until it dies. Can't beat the cost for something waterproof. I have 30,000 miles on them riding in a ton of rain without a single issue. One is hard wired to the Vstrom and the other to the ST1300. Personally, I can't see spending big $$$$ on a bigger ZUMO until these bite the dust. If you got the money, spend it :-)

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Just a warning that some Nuvi's have Bluetooth but it will not give voice guidance via Bluethooth.

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That's what I like about the 765t it gives navigation and plays music via Bluetooth. It also pauses the music while telling you to turn right/left.
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But... nuvi 765T will not bluetooth your phone to your helmet headset, and of course like all nuvis it isn't water resistant, which is a pretty big deal for anyone that does any touring. When you spend a couple weeks on the road you can't not ride when it rains, and you still want to know where you are going. I tried running auto GPSes in sandwich bags when I first started using a GPS on a bike, but it was too much of a PITA for me.

I now have two zumo 550s, one for my 3 bikes (multiple cradles) and one for my son's, bike, both with lifetime maps. I load my maps onto SD cards rather than onto the device's internal memory, which makes the entire GPS run better.

If I were to "upgrade" it would have to be to the 590LM, but honestly the old zumos do everything I need and want and I already own them. I guess when one dies permanently it will be time to lay down the bucks.

They have each had the touch screen digitizer replaced, and one of them has had the hard buttons RT sealed from the inside.

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But... nuvi 765T will not bluetooth your phone to your helmet headset, and of course like all nuvis it isn't water resistant, which is a pretty big deal for anyone that does any touring. When you spend a couple weeks on the road you can't not ride when it rains, and you still want to know where you are going. I tried running auto GPSes in sandwich bags when I first started using a GPS on a bike, but it was too much of a PITA for me.

I now have two zumo 550s, one for my 3 bikes (multiple cradles) and one for my son's, bike, both with lifetime maps. I load my maps onto SD cards rather than onto the device's internal memory, which makes the entire GPS run better.

If I were to "upgrade" it would have to be to the 590LM, but honestly the old zumos do everything I need and want and I already own them. I guess when one dies permanently it will be time to lay down the bucks.

They have each had the touch screen digitizer replaced, and one of them has had the hard buttons RT sealed from the inside.
My 765t does sync with my Bluetooth headset, headset is bluetooth2.0 that I got off eBay for 80$ A pair. I also some times sync it with my Sony Bluetooth headphones (also 2.0).
Edit, I've had zero problems with sandwich bags and waterproofing.

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I am not suggesting anyone get a Nuvi, but I believe there was at least one Nuvi a few years back that was waterproof.

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