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post #1 of 23 Old 08-10-2009, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Where to buy a Garmin Zumo 550 ?

I've been looking around online at the Garmin Zumo 550 to find the best place to buy one. The price seems to jump from place to place. Is there something that I should be looking for besides new or refurbished ? Where and when did you buy yours and would you buy from them again ?

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I bought mine from Amazon last year for $688.00. I just checked and the price dropped to $652.00. I've always had good service from Amazon, and the price was WAY lower than anywhere local.
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Just wait, hasn't the 550 been discontinued....I would imagine it will get really cheap this winter.
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Just wait, hasn't the 550 been discontinued....I would imagine it will get really cheap this winter.
The 450 has been discontinued.

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I would buy the newer 660 over the 550.

Has:

- higher res screen
- lighter
- better battery life
- double the way points
- lane assist + 3D
- Bluetooth A2DP (stereo)
- "where am I" feature
- Querty or ABC keyboard layout
- Photo navigation (navigate to geotagged photos)
- World travel clock, currency & unit converter, calculator
- MSN Direct compatible
- Speed limit indicator (displays speed limit for most major roads)
- Garmin Garage™ voices compatible (download custom voices to your device

The only thing the 550 has, which may or may not be too important, is XM Navtraffic & Radio for U.S. compatible.

The 660 is $100 less at retail, is the newest model, and for the most part, is more feature rich. I personally think the 660 design is much nicer, have always thought the 550 was a pig of a unit. I know it's a proven, functional device, but it's FAT & ugly IMO.

Food for thought......
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The 660 should push the price point for the 550 down a couple hundred dollars or more this winter. The 450 might actually be affordable for me at christmas.
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Found a used 550 yesterday. We'll see how it goes. I have not heard or seen anything good about the 660.

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Found a used 550 yesterday. We'll see how it goes. I have not heard or seen anything good about the 660.

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Same crap... way overpriced just because it is for a motorcycle... I will buy a Nuvi 550 (water proof with 8hr batt life) for just over $300 CDN (already have a RAM mount for it)... Still overpriced, but..... What features makes the 660 worth so much more?

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I have not heard or seen anything good about the 660.

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I haven't either and I own one. At the present time, Garmin has it for repair.

On second thought, that's not completely fair. The advantage of the 660 over the 550 is a bigger screen, MUCH faster processor, and MUCH improved internal storage space. There's something like an extra 4GB onboard memory in addition to the micro SD card slot.

The AMA discount is 20% and was worth $175 off the 660 when I bought mine.

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I read some reviews on the 660 and remember: Zumo 660 from this site.

The 550 will be my 1st GPS, so I'll have to see what I like and don't like for myself.

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