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Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by Boatman, Mar 15, 2012.
Good catch. GPSCity indeed.
Not that I'm suggesting you should stay with the 60Cx, but it shouldn't cost any more than $110 for a refurbished exchange, through the Garmin Out Of Warranty Plan. $110 is their flat rate for a 60Cx.
Odd. They quoted me much, much more when I emailed.
I had an REI dividend and the 20% card last weekend and stopped by REI. Noticed the fine print just as I was walking in the store. Asked about price matching and nearly got laughed out the door!!
Also was quoted by Garmin for the $110 flat fee to repair my 60Cx. Seems like they just exchange it for a refurb.
The Garmin referbs always look brand new.
Sooo,,, I'm ready to lay down the credit card for a Montana..... anyone find a better price than GPS City ($460) recently??
I bet the big dealers like GPSCity and GPSCentral will have sales on Easter weekend but if you buy now, they'll probably give you price protection anyway.
I bought mine on a Friday. The next Monday there was a sale on and initially GPSCity didn't want to give me the sale price until I suggested I could refuse the delivery and buy a second at the cheaper price, in which case they found a way to give me the deal price.
So if I was you, I wouldn't wait.
Well GPSCity isn't having a sale this weekend, according to the email I got from them:
Thank you for your email.
The Montana 600 won't be having a sale soon, as the Montana 650 is currently on sale at $499.95. This will be running indefinitely, so I would recommend you place an order as soon as possible as they price may change this week.
Let me know if there is anything else we can help you with. Thank you!
Thank you for choosing GPS City.
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A few of my friends are waiting on a sale on the Montana 600 gps. Is there
anything in the works? I thought I'd see something in time for Easter, but
Any sales on the horizon?
Rats! Thanks for checking Mike. I rarely used the camera on my Oregon 550 so the 600 is the way to go for me.
My 60CSX is only 18 months old, but I really wish I would have waited for the Montana. The large screen and the touch gizmo would be enough even at full price. Well, I gotta get another season out of the gear I have.
The solution is obvious: sell the 60. It still has a following but the longer you wait, the less it's worth. I sold a bunch of crap to get my Montana: a Garmin Oregon, a netbook I rarely used, a camera flash I hadn't touched in a year.
Soon enough, I had all I needed to get the 650. It all adds up.
Decent price, but $500 is still a helluva lotta cake!
I think I posted elsewhere, but I finally broke down and bought a mid-grade Nuvi from the outgoing lineup. It is not waterproof and useless off-road. But it does do routing and has free lifetime US/North America maps. All for $150. It arrived yesterday and has already pissed me off four or five times. ... Must be electronic.
I looked again and by golly you guys are right, $110 flat fee. Also I mis-spoke; mine is a 60CSx. So I have decided to pay the fee and RMA it. Now I'll have an on-road and an off-road setup, sadly just not in the same unit.
Also, Garmin telephone support has the nicest people. Call 'em, don't email!
The thing is, we forget how much cake went into buying it, while you won't forget how your cheapie keeps pissing you off.
But really, they're just a tool and if the cheaper one works for you, that's all you need.
GPS noOB here tired of playing following the leader on tracks. I was looking around at the 60csx because of the superior power cord vs. the 62 line. Now the Montana seems to be the way to go [newer technology vs. old and good power cord set up]
..but...My question is how durable is the touch screen in a dusty environment? The constant dragging of fine dust particles across the screen must build up scratches? Or is their a protective film you can buy replace from time to time? If so how does it effect the sensitivity of the screen?
Riding season 2012 is upon us and I need to pull the trigger any thoughts would be much appreciated!
What do you mean by "following the leader on tracks"? If you really mean "following the leader" vs. "following tracks" that is what really brought GPS to pure dirt riders. No more riding in dust, just download tracks to a bunch of friends and then each guy just follows them, no waiting at each corner for next guy.
The big difference between 60/76/62/78 and Montana is not the power cord or screen, it is what are you going to do with it. If you are just dirt and serious Dual Sport riding with tracks only, the 60-78 work just fine, but if you want advanced routing features plus all the tracks features, then the Montana is unit of choice. If you want state-of-the-art for both a dirt bike and your door slammer then Montana looks like the one size fits all (at a big price) to me. You can buy a 76 for your bike and a Nuvi for car for less than an Montana.
There are no durability issues as long as you use a screen protecter. Garmin supplies three antiglare films with the AMPS Rugged Mount or you can use another brand. You might just start with the Garmin protectors and then change if you want something else. When you do decide to remove a screen protector for a touch screen device like the Montana, search the Montana thread for the "proper" procedure.
First of all thank you for the response Countdown and DTBYK.
No, no .. youve got me all wrong ..follow the leader on tracks is exactly want it sounds like. I dont have a GPS hence I have to follow someone who has in order to enjoy all the wonderfull GPS tracks people share with each other. I am definitely pro GPS and pro Tracks!
I was under the assumption that the Montana has a better external power source [A row of external contacts that connect to the cradle mount] vs a venerable USB?
I was leaning 60csx to start with but thought maybe a step forward tech wise might be good. But do I really need more features? Do I really need a touch screen? I would have to say no on both. You're right, that is a lot of coin for something that will be bouncing around on my handle bars and car when I could have two units for the same $$$!:eek1
Ive seen refurbished 60csx units on Overstock.com for $274 does that seem fair? To me it does, if Garmin charges $110 to refurbish it.
A 60 series for the woods and a Nuvi for the roads should be good enough for a newbie like me to at least get started.
OK, follow the leader months later with really no dust.
$274 way tooooooo high for a 60, going price for 76Cx (don't need "S") is $150 at WestMarine.com best starter GPS there is. It will last you for years. 62 is non-starter for me because of no 12 V input, 78 is interesting with more track memory but why not jump to do-it-all Montana for the price difference?
I am thinking about maybe buying a Montana later this year. I was really hoping it has a brighter screen than my 60Cx, but nobody mentions that in extoling the virtues.
Is the screen brighter?
A guy I ride with has bought one, so I will be checking this out on some upcoming rides.
The enhanced track and map storage features of the Montana are also attractive features for me.
And all of this time I was expecting folks to start getting on my case for talking up how great the display was on the Montana.
You must have missed the first hundred pages or so of the Montana thread.