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5.0 out of 5 stars First Sat Nav - No Worries, 8 July 2010
This review is from: Garmin Nuvi 1340 4.3" Sat Nav with UK and Western Europe Maps (Electronics)
This is the first sat nav I have ever bought, so I spent quite a bit of time reading reviews and talking to friends with sat navs.

I've read some negative reviews about the nuvi 1340, but decided to take the plunge and so far - five days in - I haven't been disappointed.

It is very easy to use. The screen is big and clear, the instructions concise and easy to understand. It updates and recalculates routes, when I have purposefully gone the wrong way, very quickly. There are other useful functions on there, like the points of interest, and the 'where am i' function would be very useful in an emergency. Safety camera alerts are a Godsend.

I appreciate that different people have different expectations, but I'm quite demanding and wouldn't waste my money on a pile of tosh, so I can recommend this sat nav.


I've had it for about five months now and still think that it is fantastic. It has got me around the UK and Europe with no problems at all. It was great for finding a petrol station in the middle of France when I needed one on the hurry up, for finding a cashpoint when driving around rural England and for finding a Thai restaurant in Bournemouth when we decided what we wanted to eat on a whim. Ten minutes and we were there.

What's more, all that driving and no points on my licence thanks to the camera alerts.

This sat nav is a very, very useful piece of kit.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2010 12:24:23 GMT
Just wondering if Switzerland is included on the list of 22 countries? Thanks!!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2010 20:14:33 GMT
Cossy says:
Hi HPM, yes it does. Here is the full list:

*Andorra*Austria*Belgium*Denmark*Finland*France*Germany*Greece*Italy*Liechtenstein*Luxembourg*Monaco*The Netherlands*Norway*Portugal*Republic of Ireland*San Marino*Spain*Sweden*Switzerland
*United Kingdom*Vatican City

My review was created after five days. I've used the sat nav plenty of times this year, both in the UK and on the Continent. It has been unbelievably helpful. I'm even more chuffed with it now than I was then.

Take care, Cossy.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2010 10:38:34 GMT
Fantastic, thanks for your reply Cossy, and the helpful review!! Happy travelling :)

Posted on 13 Dec 2010 16:44:30 GMT
Maximus says:
Whats the cost of updating maps,either UK or Continent. Also, can it be used by a pedestrian/cyclist.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2010 07:22:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2010 09:15:03 GMT
Cossy says:
Maximus, you get one free update when you buy & register the sat nav. The later costs change, so here is the link to Garmin for the latest prices and what you can add;

Pedestrian use is good, but for cycle use I wouldn't recommend it - unless you've got a v.good way of connecting it to your handle bars.

If you trawl through the Garmin site, they have sat navs for motor bikes, so you might find something more suitable there.

Or you could try this link for some ideas;

Good luck and have a good Xmas,


Posted on 29 May 2011 16:26:52 BDT
P. Salmon says:
I want to drive to bulgaria so need good satnav but cant find what i want

Posted on 20 Jul 2011 18:49:01 BDT
S. Duffell says:
Does it tell you the speed limit of the road that you are on? some of the roads where I am staying for example chance from 30 to 40 to 50 to National speed limit back to 40 etc it drives me nuts and if you miss one - you could get done. I would really like a sat nav that says "speed limit 30" for example- just so I can be sure - also thanks for an excellent review!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2011 15:18:31 BDT
Cossy says:
Hi, it does tell you, but not vocally. In the bottom right of the screen, the current speed limit is shown. It does change quickly - within a second or two - of passing the new speed limit sign post. How good it will be with that road you described will be interesting!

Thanks for your appreciation.

Posted on 19 Aug 2011 14:29:10 BDT
Just wondered if there is free map download for this system (Garmain) ???

Posted on 26 Aug 2011 12:33:23 BDT
SDBAX says:
Am considering lst sat nav. In my 6o's and looking for straightforward reliable easy to use product. Mainly U.K., but occasional western Europe. Please advise if you would still recommend the nuvi 1340 after one year's trial - or if I should choose another version. Many thanks.
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