Garmin Nuvi 255W Satellite Navigation with Full EU Mapping (Newly Overhauled)
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- Widescreen sat nav with European mapping including UK and Ireland, with 90-day nümaps guarantee
- Features ecoRoute™ software, which finds you the most fuel-efficient route to save fuel and money
- Built-in Cyclops™ database contains the locations of fixed, mobile, temporary and red light speed cameras
- Where am I? emergency locator shows your exact position and key services nearby
- Photo navigation guides you to the scene in a location-tagged photograph, without needing the address
|Garmin occasionally makes reconditioned units available for sale at a reduced price. These refurbished, ex-service products have been newly overhauled and fully tested to ensure they meet Garmin’s trademark quality and service standards. Newly overhauled units come in a white box rather than standard retail packaging but carry the same limited global warranty as new products. The Warranty is applicable from the sale date to the end user. End users will be required to provide the proof of purchase when returning any product to Garmin for replacement or warranty service.
Top Customer Reviews
I bought the Garmin Nuvi 255WT after looking at everything on the market. The Garmin had the brightest, clearest screen. The maps are easy to read and the voiced instructions clear and precise. A wide choice of languages. Programming a destination is child's play, and can be done before leaving the house.
I do not read the maps while driving. I listen to the voice and my wife monitors the LCD display. On a recent trip into a big city I was apprehensive about finding our hotel among the many one-way streets. The Garmin delivered us to the main entrance of the hotel with no problem. As with many modern inventions, I wonder how I ever managed without a machine like the Garmin during my 65 year motoring history.
No bag is supplied, but I bought a close fitting one from HAMA.
We felt the windscreen glass was too far away, and so I mounted the supplied hard plastc disc on to a flat part of the dashboard. The suction foot of the cradle is mounted on that disc. The cradle can be dismounted in one move, for storage elsewhere. When parking I unclip the Garmin from its cradle and carry it in the top pocket of my jacket.
I also leave the glove box open to show that the Garmin is not stored in there. The box contains nothing but paper items and a small tin of boiled sweets !
The machine and its cradle are manufactured to a high standard. Using a USB2 cable plugged into a PC or laptop one can access Garmin's website
for information and help.
Thoroughly recommended as a good buy.
I have experience with a wide range of makes and models of SatNavs, and units from Garmin always come out top when compared to similar priced products from other manufacturers. They're solid, reliable, and easy to use.
After purchasing this unit, I immediately discovered I was eligible for the 2009 map updates which I downloaded from Garmin's website and installed easily. This took a long time as it was nearly 3GB in size, but was worth it.
I have also installed three firmware updates with absolutely no problems. Other people have had problems (usually due to not following the instructions), but installing a new firmware on any electronic device is always risky, and usually optional. Just take your time, follow the instructions, and most importantly give it time to finish rebooting afterwards, and all will be well. If you do break it, then give Garmin a call on their free number and they'll email you a program to fix it.
Instead of the Speed Camera data from Garmin, I chose to continue using the PocketGPSWorld speedcamera database as it seems to be considered to be the best and most up to date. For all I know Garmin may very well source there data from the same place - I never tried it. The speed camera locations, along with a nice selection of other custom data sets I use, are very easy to load into the unit using the standard Point of Interest (POI) Loader from Garmin's website.
The unit is very fast compared to other GPS units. If it has been used for a reasonable amount of time within the last few days then it can get a satellite fix in literally a couple of seconds using AGPS/Hotfix technology.Read more ›
1) with a USB (mini) cable, you CAN recharge your Garmin Sat Nav by connecting to your PC/Mac, which is not clearly mentioned in the user's guide. Remember, your Sat Nav doesn't come with this cable or an AC adapter (you need to buy them separately!), so you can't recharge the battery until you connect it with the vehicle power cable (12V), which is not very useful as you'll want to configure it before you start using it;
2) with this USB cable, you can also download the latest map, update the software, and configure the Sat Nav via Garmin's website. You'll need to do all this (and it's simple) if you want draw out the maximum performance from your Sat Nav!
3) If possible, get a good cable, such as this one AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to Mini-B Cable (1.8 Metres) rather than a cheap one.
*You might already have this cable at home, because the same cable is used for many electric devices, such as mobile phones (such as Motorola), digital cameras and external HDDs.
Hope this helps!
My first impressions were very positive. It looks very simple, and is easy to use. I was happy to see that you could change the mapping options, from the perspective view, to a view from above, where the map moves under the car, and another view from above where the car moves on the map (which is aligned north), which is my own setting.
Second to this the voice commands are clear, and the display is excellent, even in extremely bright weather. The night mode inverts the map, so that it doesn't glare, and this turns on automatically.
However, there are a few points I wasn't too happy about. A few times now, it has told me to turn when the road turns that way anyway, so I'm not actually turning off the road. This I found annoying, and I found the time estimations to be off, on a long journey, with no holdups worth mentioning, it was short by about 15%. The searches for amenities, or `points of interest' can be a bit hit and miss, but when you use the map, especially when out of your car in `pedestrian' mode, to find local things it is very helpful, and impressive in the scale of the coverage.
The speed camera detection is brilliant and has worked every time! The traffic detection works as well, (which has an ariel in the rather bulky car power lead), and the mapping is excellent, picking up one way systems with no problem.
I heavily recommend this sat nav.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Regularly use this sat nav and without any issue.
Never sent me anywhere I didnt want to go to except for the time it detoured my wife by an extra 3 hours whilst travelling... Read more
I have had this unit for a number of years now and it never let me down, either in Ireland, England or on the continent. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JRD
While it is relatively good at getting me to my destination, I hate the following
Cannot input a street unless I enter a street number
Map shows next turn right, voice... Read more