Garmin Montana 650 t

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Oz and Kiwi Land' started by micmen, Jun 18, 2016.

  1. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    I upgraded my Garmin gps map 62 s to a Montana 650 t about 8 months ago.
    It has work perfectly on many multi day rides since I got it.

    When I was out on Friday it shut down about 3 hours into the ride and now when it powers up it gets Garmin Logo up and tries to load maps then powers down.

    This happens when on battery power or on the powered cradle.

    Jonny Appleseed GPS said Garmin will replace it as he couldn't get it to respond in the shop.
    So no worries with back up service.

    Just wondering if anyone else had this happen with a Montana 650 t.
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  2. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    no , apart from the std issue of the battery moving inside the compartment , which just requires a couple of foam earplugs between the battery and the back door , mine has worked flawlessly for almost 3 years now .
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  3. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    Yeah I heard about he battery movement issue.
    My battery actually had 2 rubber packers at either end of the battery and it's pretty firm in the compartment.
    That's the first thing I checked when I realised it wasn't turning on.
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  4. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    JA are pretty good with backing their products , this is the second Montana I have heard about sold new recently with issues , JA replaced the other one with a new unit according to the purchaser , IIRC the issue was a bent battery pin / connector .
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  5. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    The guy in the store didn't seem worried he plugged it in and when it wouldn't connect to computer he just said they would replace it.
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  6. bigborett

    bigborett Long timer

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    Your riding to hard Mick. You've F#@$ed it.
    Mine's fine.
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  7. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    Wish that was true I ride like a pussy:D
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  8. thumper-darryl

    thumper-darryl Been here awhile

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    On my 3rd Montana. Recently found out that the Montana touch screen can not take heat or direct sun. Handy in Austraila. Back to a Zumo for me.
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  9. El Ponkin

    El Ponkin Bloodrunner

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    They suggest not to run a screen protector on the Montana in Australia as the screen can overheat with one fitted. I have never run a screen protector and had no issues riding in the sun even the desert.
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  10. Beer'o'clock Baz

    Beer'o'clock Baz Long timer

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    Ive had mine for years ( over 4 ), put a screen protector on straight away and haven't even bothered replacing it with a new one. No problems. Make sure you only use it in Landscape and put two earplugs in the battery compartment.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/garmin-montana.688775/page-654#post-29641403
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  11. Rider 101

    Rider 101 Highly paid idiot

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    Might be tempting fate but my Montana has a screen protector and runs in direct sun and heat without issue. I have had it for about 4? years now.

    edit. I always run it in portrait
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  12. micmen

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    I had a screen saver on mine from the start and had it in portrait mode no issues with the screen.
    It seems mine has had an issue with the internal hardware, not sure why we will see if Garmin give a report on the problem or just throw it in the bin and send a new one.
    I've always had it mounted in a powered cradle on top of my bar mounts so shouldn't have had any adverse vibration.
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    Yep , mine is always run screen locked in portrait and has had a screen protector on from new (3 years almost ), I have had a minor issue when I left the bike parked in the sun when I first fitted it , the screen would not respond to touch after sitting in direct sunlight , I simply skirted this issue by placing my helmet over the GPS as soon as I take it off , shades the GPS and gives me a place to put the helmet . No issue really , just something to be aware of .
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  14. Hendo79

    Hendo79 Paunchy Pipeline Pig

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    Micmen My Garmin did the same just out of warranty ! rang garmin up and sent it back for a replacement cost me I think $200 as the battery had shorted out and fried the unit internally. Been brilliant since
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  15. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    will be interesting to see what the problem is. I'm just glad its under warranty
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  16. Pounce400

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    My first one would get weird in direct sunlight every now & then, so I'd just spit a mouth full of water on it & all would be good.

    The screen protector I had on it got water behind it in the middle of the Laos jungle on a ride making the touch screen not work, so I thought I'd pull it off but the touch screen came away with it so be a bit careful if you ever need to remove the protector.
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  17. ciedema

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    I have had mine lock up from time to time processing some routing using the GPSOZ maps (around the Mooball lookout - more than once and some other places). Does it have a SD Card? Maybe try it without the SD loaded (if you still have it).
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  18. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Be wary of Garmin's customer dis-service. My first Montana, shit itself after a day and a half on the corrugations in Cape York, back in 2011. Got that replaced... that one shit itself halfway through the next year. Garmin's response was that there's only a 3 month warranty on replacements. Took a bit to remind them of their legal obligations in Oz.... ie, statutory 2 years warranty in NSW at least. After a bit of argy bargie, they gave me one that appeared to be a factory-repaired one. It's been through lots of tough treatment and has done a lot of work since 2012. I like the product, dislike the company attitude.
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  19. micmen

    micmen Been here awhile

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    Well lucky for me the 650t was discontinued about 8 months ago so Garmin replaced it with the new 680 t model.

    Good on you Garmin :D
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  20. Hoots

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    My 650T must be four years old now

    Strapped to the WRF, it's been through a lot of stacks - countless really - incl. one pretty destructive end-over-end

    No problems at all - has a screen protector and no probs with full sun - or full frost for that matter

    I use a Gizzmovest case, with RAM attachment to the bars - the Montana is supposed to be very rugged, but I feel better knowing something as costly as this is a bit protected

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