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Old 03-20-2015, 10:24 AM   #1
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Zumo 550 - Repair?

Have a Zumo 550 that came with the Vstrom 650 my friend gifted me when he passed away. My friend Scott bought the bike from the original owner who said the Zumo had stopped powering up - Scott tried futzing around with it with no luck. Garmin no longer supports the Zumo 550 - is there anyplace else that will or should I just toss it in the Recycle bin? Seems a shame as it looks like it hasn't been abused and is in good physical condition from the outside.
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:52 AM   #2
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So, I found a Electronics Repair business in Minnesota that says they do repair work on the Zumo 550. Should I ship it off to them and hope they can fix it or is the ancient 550 series even worth it? Any suggestions/advice is welcomed.

http://www.palmdr.com/cart/garmin-zu...ice-p-141.html
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Old 03-20-2015, 12:06 PM   #3
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I only recently moved from a 550 to a 590. I kept the maps up to date and was quite happy with it. It is still my back up gps.

If the cost is under $100 then I'd be very tempted to fix it.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:55 PM   #4
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Even if you decide not to use it,dont trash it,throw it in the flea market here.
Parts such as case,screen,rubber button covers,mounts,etc are in demand.

They are still very good units,current software still supported on these units.

Yes,I would send it off,think their basic diagnostics cost is not high.

Good working units are still trading in the $300-400 range.I just sold mine,as I have a new BMW Nav 5 and was not using the Zumo,but would have happily kept it,if needed.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:38 PM   #5
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As I recall the MC mounts for the Zumo 550 was famous for failing over time and exposure to the elements. Might be a bad mount.
Have you tried to power the unit up via the USB or car adapter?

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Old 03-31-2015, 09:41 AM   #6
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:48 AM   #7
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As I recall the MC mounts for the Zumo 550 was famous for failing over time and exposure to the elements. Might be a bad mount.
Have you tried to power the unit up via the USB or car adapter?

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No, I was just going by what my friend had told me. Before I send it off to Minnesota, I'll try & hook it up using the mount/cradle that it came with. Do you have any info on what exactly the failure issue was with the mounts?
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:36 PM   #8
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Never mind - I googled and found that while the Zumos themselves are waterproof, Garmin screwed the pooch in the design of the cradle connection.
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:52 PM   #9
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Last year when my 550 pooped the bed I shipped it to Garmin and for $150 they shipped me a refurbished one. So far so good.

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Old 03-31-2015, 01:03 PM   #10
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Cracked the screen on my Nav IV, contacted Garmin and they offer an exchange. It was my busted unit plus $60 got me a new one.
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:48 PM   #11
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Last year when my 550 pooped the bed I shipped it to Garmin and for $150 they shipped me a refurbished one. So far so good.

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550 is no longer on the exchange/refurb list with Garmin.
If you get the right person at Garmin,you might get a discount on a
new(er) unit.

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Old 04-07-2015, 01:15 PM   #12
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Garmin UK, swapped my busted 550 in July last year for a refurbished unit with no hassle, then talked helped install map updates.

Give them a call.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:31 AM   #13
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So, I found a Electronics Repair business in Minnesota that says they do repair work on the Zumo 550. Should I ship it off to them and hope they can fix it or is the ancient 550 series even worth it? Any suggestions/advice is welcomed.

http://www.palmdr.com/cart/garmin-zu...ice-p-141.html
My 550 shorted two circuits when I put it in the auto mount and this guy was able to diagnose it and fix it. So far I'm pleased with his service and it was a LOT cheaper than a new GPS.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:47 PM   #14
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Thanks for this thread and info about palm doctor.

He got my fried Nuvi 550 repaired.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:58 PM   #15
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It'll be a black day when I have to retire my Zumo 550. Its been a great unit and only failed me once ( dying battery). Replaced the battery and its been a winner since.
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