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Old 07-26-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Garmin Zumo 660 takes a beatin and keeps on tickin

So last night on my way home from work, I thought I felt something hit my leg that felt a bit odd. I could not figure out what it could possibly be. Upon arriving home, I noticed a zipper on my tank bag had been left open and immediately realized it was my Zumo that came tumbling out. I couldn't believe I could be so careless. Absolutely sickening feelings over came me. I am leaving for a trip through Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah on Sunday and had no time to replace nor did I wish to shell out the clams for a new one even if I could aquire one. Immediately I went back but was unable to locate it. On the way home today, there it was on the side of the road. Even though it was in pieces, it was a beautiful sight. Better yet, it still worked. After snapping it back together and removing rubber marks off of the screen, it looked a little something like this:







To Garmin's credit, this thing is one tough cookie and I am thoroughly impressed. After sealing the crack with super glue and markering the plastic black to conceal some of the wounds, it looks like this.



The Zumo now has some character and seems to be working like a champ, even with the watering hose spraying on it. In short, Garmin has earned my business with this tank of a GPS unit.
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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They are beasts. There's a reason those fuggers cost so much. What else is built to withstand the sun, the rain, and then proceed to have gopro-like durability?
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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Write to Garmin and tell them you tested the 660 in harsh conditions for them, and suggest they send you a replacement so they can feature yours in an ad......just sayin'
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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yet I killed one just with handlebar vibrations in just 3 months. So, adjust your stats...
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:00 AM   #6
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Been going a year strong on and off the road with vibrating prone blocks on the front wheel. Therefore, I will not adjust my stats and continue to be thoroughly pleased.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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Sometimes it is just a matter of luck on how it falls.

I had dropped my Zumo 660 several times in the past with no issues but recently I dropped my Zumo from about 4 feet onto a paved road and it shattered the screen. The screen no longer worked and it had to be replaced.

I think it's a great unit but it isn't invinceable

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Old 07-27-2012, 09:19 PM   #8
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Tom. You are correct. Nothing is invincible but some things are better than others.
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Old 07-29-2012, 07:53 PM   #9
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yet I killed one just with handlebar vibrations in just 3 months. So, adjust your stats...
I've used mine on a thumper, parallel twin, and now a boxer. All of these bikes vibrate or buzz greatly. wtf are you riding? a Harley? then hard mounting them directly on the engine?

They are allegedly designed for vibration in mind, plus any half decent mount will incorporate rubber dampeners, might want to loosen your screws on the rubber bits or add rubber bits if you're missing them.

That said it isn't the first time I've heard of failures...
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:59 AM   #10
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I have absolutely gotten my money's worth out of my zumo 660. It is awesome. It has a few scuffs where I dropped it. It can't be beat.

A year ago a buddy with a TomTom suggested I look at one of them. I did look and found them to be inferior, especially the custom route capabilities.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #11
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BTW the serial # on mine is 68, so one of the first ones in the wild. I bought it right when they became available. 3 years now no problems.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #12
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Great story, love my (new ) 660. Last 2 years with a 220, that was perfect all its life, till I sold it with a bike as a package.

Prior to that 2 failures out of 2 on TomToms.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:03 PM   #13
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Question 550 maps in a 660?

If I buy a 660 do I have to buy all new maps or will Garmin let me use my old maps in the new unit?

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Old 07-31-2012, 02:12 PM   #14
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Question 660 vs 665

Could someone tell me what the difference is between the 660 and the 665?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:07 AM   #15
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I've used mine on a thumper, parallel twin, and now a boxer. All of these bikes vibrate or buzz greatly. wtf are you riding? a Harley? then hard mounting them directly on the engine?

They are allegedly designed for vibration in mind, plus any half decent mount will incorporate rubber dampeners, might want to loosen your screws on the rubber bits or add rubber bits if you're missing them.

That said it isn't the first time I've heard of failures...
ninja 650r. just touch the unit while riding to feel how badly it is mistreated., mine shakes as much as the handlebar. Im saying not all units are equally robust. there are some pretty fragile. Im convinced that assembly quality and soldiering quality is uneven. My 2nd unit seems thougher.
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