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Old 04-19-2013, 07:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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I am trying to decide between two Garmins since my current one is going all wonky on me. One of them has traffic and I am wondering if it works well enough around San Antonio to spend the extra $40.00. Anyone have any experience with it?

TIA!

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:45 AM
 
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Most of the GPS systems with traffic data get their data from NAVTEQ traffic. My car has it built in and I find the traffic data to be very accurate and timely. It has allowed me many times to reroute or, if that isn't possible, to at least let me know what to expect.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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idk, i have a nuvi 1300 that does the trick.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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Never have tried a Garmin, but I know other love them.

We have a Magellan that seems to NEVER receive the traffic signals...we've used it here, in CA, in Dallas, and in Boston.

I've been using Waze, a GPS app available on my phone. Very accurate traffic!

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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The Nuvi 1300 has traffic? It is not showing as a model having traffic on Amazon.

I actually have Waze on my phone but don't use it because of the type of case I use, it isn't possible to put the phone in a convenient place to watch.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:32 PM
 
Location: San Quilmas, Tx
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The only problem I have with this app is...why does it need to know your contacts and why does it need to know what accounts you have on your phone ??? BIG privacy issue here.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:22 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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I wasn't asking about their app, I am looking to get a new GPS unit.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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i say spend the extra 40.00. It will last you a long time, so it is not a big investment to use spend the extra 40.00. We probably spend more that that on sodas and chips annualy. I say get it.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:38 PM
 
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I own the newest version of Garmin. It is super fast at re-calculating, and the traffic is usually very good. It never freezes either, which the older models used to. I'd recommend investing in the Garmin with the lifetime traffic. Amazon and/or Newegg usually has great deals.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX - Displaced Michigander
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I did end up buying the Garmin nüvi 2557LMT and have been very pleased with it so far. It the voice does better on pronunciation than my previous model and you are right, it does recalcuate much faster. It did take me awhile to find the trip planner (it was under apps), but now that I know where to find it, it works much better than on my previous model.
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