garmin gps 496 unit info

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by hotwheels22, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. hotwheels22

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    anyone know anything about this unit?

    value?

    can it be used on a motorcycle?

    car?

    well made?

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  2. robxxx

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    My cheap skate, two pence worth of opinion........

    Why would you want to spend a shed load of money on one of these? Looks to be discontinued. Will cost a load even second hand. Will need you to spend a load of cash on Garmin map updates. And because its an aviation based unit, no real handlebar mounts.

    Unless your getting one for peanuts, go get a cheap 'droid phone and waterproof case.
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    hey robxxx
    thanks for the reply. i think the deal is it looked like a slick looking unit and i was hoping i could use it in the car or on the motorcycle.
    i may be able to pick it up for peanuts so the issue would be if i do this if i could use it or possibly flip it for a couple of bucks...
    THANKS
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  4. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    I think that unit is a member of the 276c family.... in which case there are good rugged mounts, power connectors, etc.

    No need to buy Garmin maps these days anyways.... the OSM topo maps are good, and the OSM street maps are pretty good too.
    The only problem I've run into with the OSM street maps is that you have to load the whole chunk - 3+gb for North America.
    Haven't figured out how to load them into the PC so I can load partial loads for my older Garmins.

    That is a rugged, waterproof unit with a robust, waterproof power connection. Yeah, it's an older GPS chip so it doesn't receive well.
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    yeah, so under a hundred to have a play with it and resell it later if it doesn’t work? more? they seem like they go for 4 or 5 bills used if i am not mistaken. but that is assuming it works of course....
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    holy cow. scored this thing. guess i need to read the manual.

    not sure what the disk looking xm sirius thing is <esit: i guess this is for music or weather or something. not sure if the subscription comes with the rumor or if i have to pay for it...>
    not sure what the two cables are in the second photo <edit: looks like these are extension cables>
    the two things with the three suction cups on them<looks like these are antennas for the car instead of the one that fixes to the unit>

    the deal with the speaker looks like a car power cord. not sure if i could use that in the MC.

    the other power cord looks like it must be included accidentally i think.

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    drewjb7 Been here awhile

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    thanks drew,

    i am reading up on the xm radio and have the owners manual here.

    a digital version of the manual and the link are going to come in real handy.

    thanks to all for the assist in this. sort of embarrassing what i picked this up for but if i balanace it against how much i’ve spent on the bike and other gear it is nice to have a tool/toy that helps balance this out.

    also quite fun to have something to learn some things with.

    regards and THANKS

    jon
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