My Garmin 2610 (actually a pair of them) has been bulletproof. The Quest I
got my wife before getting her a 2610 was not so good.
The 2610 is discontinued but still available on the net. Replaced by the
I'll second that. Have had several Garmins over the past few years and
the 2610 is my favorite. Have the Quest as well to take on trips
(flying to destination and renting car) and haven't had a problem with it.
Another nice feature is that Garmin just lowered their price of the map
DVD upgrades to $75 and that's for TWO units, not just one. $75/yr and
I'm assured of having the most recent mapset for both the 2610 and the
I've always had good luck purchasing my Garmin's through www.gpscity.com
Standard disclaimer: No financial interest. Just happy with the prices
and service of this company.
Nice thing about the 2610 is that it will fit quite nicely in the
storage console beneath the radio on my 2006 Accord EX. Now, all I have
to do is figure out how to remove some of the trim so I can drill a hole
in there to run the external antenna and power cable to it.
Don't suppose you've done that yet, have you, Seth?
No. A) I use the area below my radio for assorted "crap" so it would be too
crowded and B) I move mine back and forth from my car to motorcycle too
often. Would make it inconvenient.
My wife's van I have to use an external antenna (and an external EZPass)
because of her windshield, so I might make a more permanent mounting for it
I've never bought from GPSCity as the prices always seem quite high. Almost
$100 cheaper at Amazon. IN fact, as of this posting they have a bundle of a
2610 with a 2GB CF card for $605 where GPSCity is $620 for the GPS alone.
Works pretty well. Stays on the dash of my '01 Accord except during HARD
aceleration (slides a little) and always stays on the dash of my wife's van.
Also comes with a moutning cup that's held on with double stick tape.
I use the Garmin motorcycle mounting bracket on my bike.
The unit ships with the bean bag mount and a extra quick release mount
with adhesive backing.
Bean bag's been my choice thus far. I find it's quite stable sitting on
the dash or on the seat. Bag fits just about any contour you're likely
to set it on and the base is a non-skid, soft foam material that keeps
it in place even when taking corners at speed.
In the first car I used it in, I had a stalk mounted on the side of the
center console (made for cellular phone handset) and just affixed the
extra quick release to it. Worked great for adjusting the angle for
I purchased the optional hardwire connectors so as to avoid using the
cigarette lighter plug. Also picked up and mounted a good external
antenna for mine.
Haven't moved this from my old Buick to the Accord yet but will do so
shortly. Using the external antenna I was able to just set the GPS on
the hump under the dash. While not the best angle of view (in the dash
would be nice) it was pretty good. The 2610 comes with a IR remote
control allowing me to manage all functions without bending over to
actually touch the unit.
Body Roll, wrote the following at or about 9/18/2006 11:08 AM:
Never tried it. I doubt it just as I doubt it would remain in place in
a rollover. So use the self-adhesive mount and anchor it that way.
You can place them just about anywhere that gives a good view of the
sky. It doesn't take much. If I use it or the Quest in my Corvette in
the winter when I have the hard top in place, it just sits on the seat.
The fibreglass is transparent to the satellite signal.
On my Park Avenue, I hid the external antenna completely - just as I
will do on the Accord. I checked out the rear package shelf and found
that it was constructed of plastic rather than metal. I found a spot
that gave a good view of the sky, took a piece of duct tape to test the
location and confirmed that it worked well there. I then put a liberal
amount of RTV compound on the puck, stuck it in place and put more duct
tape on it to hold it until the RTV cured. Bingo! Routinely get
accuracy readings of +/- 7 feet.
Since the data is stored on compact flash memory, the transfer should be
quicker than hard drive based. In any case the processor of the GPS is
the limiting factor as for speed. I use a high speed 2 gig compact
flash card which allows me to have the entire continental US, HI, AK,
and Canadian Provinces loaded at all times. When it first boots up, it
takes maybe 15 seconds longer to read the maps than it formerly did but
it's really a non-issue. Once the unit's warmed up and has acquired the
satellites, it takes maybe 10 seconds to plot a course to a urban
location 65 miles distant to my present position.
1. That I didn't buy one of these sooner
2. See number 1
Body Roll, wrote the following at or about 9/21/2006 10:55 AM:
That includes EVERYTHING offered and even then, it only requires maybe
1.5 gig. So don't waste your money on a 4 gig card. Were it not for
the fact that I landed a SUPER deal on a couple 2 gig CF's I would have
just stuck with the 1 gig I had and let it go at that.
Seriously consider the Garmin C320, I'm familiar with all the units
mentioned but as a thrifty person, I will laude the c320 all day. It has a
street price of about 300 bux and has been an absolute gem of a gadget to
me. I have been using it in the mid-atlantic, most gps complaints are
similar, as if people expect it to be a brain replacement which it is not!!
I just got back from a backpacing trip to central Idaho and was duly
impressed with its coverage! Even overgrown NFS roads were covered! It has
truly changed my driving perspective, sometimes for kicks I route to avoid
highways anf opt for the 'shorter distance' algorithm and you will come
across beautiful roads that have been under your nose for years! In central
ID where there are no interstates, you can see the lay of the road/curve as
you get to it, like Star Trek! hahaha I will never not have a car GPS unit
ever, it is just too darn cool.
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