What replaced the Garmin 276C and 478?

Discussion in 'GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me' started by GotMojo?, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. GotMojo?

    GotMojo? Long timer

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    I see the 276C and 478 in a lot of the ride reports over in that forum, so they must work well for dual sport riding. I was interested in either of them, then discovered they have been discontinued. Doh! Why?

    Does Garmin still make something equivalent to those two models?
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  2. Jonzilla

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    I got a 60CX when they came out with the CSX and discontinued the CX. I went to amazon and they had tons of factory refurbs for 100 bucks less than new. It was in the box and has a factory warranty and everything just like new so I'd imagine the same may be available for other discontinued garmin models. I used to be weary of "factory refurbished" but if I didn't know it I'd think it was new and I saved some money.
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  3. Steve W

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    The cynic in me says they were dis-continued because they lasted too long, and no, IMO there isn't a replacement let alone an upgrade. There's a thread kicking around somewhere about the new GPSmap 6XX IIRC.
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  4. sanjaya_sugiarto

    sanjaya_sugiarto Been here awhile

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    The replacement is GPSMap 620
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  5. GotMojo?

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    Interesting. Looks like that is a touch screen only model. Doesn't have the physical buttons like the 276C and 478. I figured that might be one of the nice features to have on a motorcycle, wearing gloves and all.
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  6. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    There is no replacement that matches the 276-478 feature for feature...apparently Garmin is too brain-dead to realize the market that they are neglecting...and if they would only check Ebay, they would find that a used 276c is going for about 150% for the original new price...I should have bought a truck-load of them while they were still available from Garmin at $495.00...I could make more money that I have in the stock market...:boid
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  7. mcnut

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    The 620 does serve as a replacement for marine use but it is not suitable for off-road. It is lacking important functions while in land mode.

    Bruce
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  8. Jamie Z

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    I'm no analyst, but I'm confident in guessing that Garmin knows exactly the market they are neglecting. We're not even a blip on the radar.

    Sure, I'd love if Garmin produced an updated version of the 478, but how many would they sell? Not many at all. It's a simple business decision.

    Jamie
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  9. GotMojo?

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    So, anybody got any recommendations for a GPS to use on a Trans America Trail ride? That's what I'm shooting for.

    In the meantime, I might look for a refurb'd 276C or 478.
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  10. TLRam1

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    Business is simple, you hit the nail on the head, if Garmin were making a mistake...there are other mfg's that could pick up the ball and run with it.
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  11. 9Dave

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    IMHO - nothing has replaced the 276/376/478 series.

    The closest is the 660/665 which have been reported to offer track handling, though not nearly as easily.
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  12. markbvt

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    As far as features/capabilities go, the Oregon series would be the obvious choice, but they lack the big, bright screen of the 276/478. The GPSMap 62s would be worth looking into as well.

    I agree it would be nice if Garmin would come out with a true 276/478 replacement, but I don't think it's very likely. They seem to be more interested in selling different GPS units for different purposes rather than one that can do it all. (Oddly, the Oregon is largely an exception to that, aside from the screen size.)

    The GPSMap 620 with the Oregon operating system/software on it would be a killer combination...

    --mark
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  13. Pete O Static

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    Garmin seems to be more interested in making "gadgets" rather than proper navigation units.
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  14. willcasp

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    The 478 was a marine unit. The 640 is the replacement for it, and for marine functionality, it is pretty much a feature match.

    I would be satisfied with a 640 that supported XM WX in road mode. I would think that this would not be too hard for Garmin to turn up with a BIOS update.

    They are already selling the 640 to their target marine market. This would increase sales of an existing product, while satistying the market at the same time.
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  15. Steve W

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    Not so for on road use though. IIRC the feature set is reduced quite a bit once you're out of marine mode. I think there's a track feature or two missing as well. The whole line from the 276C and it's predecessors on were chartplotters or marine units.
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  16. kamakaziozzy

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    I'm looking for a similar GPS. I have posted here months before but before I pulled the trigger I became ill. I'm in the process of getting ready to head south till my fingers thaw then head west till I get there. I'm getting a better idea of what I think I want in GPS and would really appriciate some input. Here is a few things I think I would like:

    *Plugged in direct to battery
    *Handlebar Ram mount
    *show topography, show restaraunts
    *I think turn by turn voice instructions would be a plus for me, easy to use is a plus
    *$200-$650 give or take?
    *I’d like to use my PC & software to map out a route to download. I’d like to be able to download other peoples routes to follow. I’d like to be able to go into the woods and follow the same trail back out of the woods.
    *Water Proof, rugged for off road riding
    *I lean towards Garmin
    *I think I would prefer to buy new, I’m preparing to head out on a trip ASAP to the great southwest USA.
    *A must is the ability to ride off the beaten path, back roads, trails, once I get to where I’m going I like to stay off highway, so I don’t want re-routed to the next highway
    *12 channel parallel receiver system: Needed for best reception in difficult terrain and tree cover. (copy & paste)
    *I will use this GPS on 2 bikes, both with hacks, KLR650 & Suzuki Bandit 1200S as well as my truck.
    *Will be used for local trips around the county as well as around the U.S.
    Hope I'm not breaking any "wich GPS is for me" rules:eek1
    I was in a car accident 5-6-09 and I need a GPS to get from place to place, from home to town etc... So I think one that talks to me would be a huge plus as I tend to space out often. I know I should use the search button but with this freckin head injury it is confusing to do so. A big screen is also a plus, with color.
    Thanks for any help.
    Later
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  17. 20valves

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    Good to see the 276C is considered a good unit for off roading. What Are the specific map sets I should add for adv touring? I've used mine on the roads over the years but will be getting my first adv bike this spring and assume that my map source maps wont be helping me much when off road. Suggestions? :ear
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  18. GeckoSmack

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    I am also wishing Garmin would come up with a real replacement for the 276c.
    I will soon need a good gps for adv motorcycle use and from what I can tell there is nothing currently that is really suited for it. If I could find a used or refurbed 276c I may go that way, but I am not going to pay piles of money for one. Also It looks like it has at least one downside of its own... Garmin only map cards?? Hopefully they come out with something soon, otherwise I may have to just deal with a 62st or the Oregon 450t. At least I could use it for backpacking if they come out with something better for the bike later. sigh.... :becca
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  19. felipea

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    No real substitute for a 276c in my book, but found the aera500, to be up to par. Same form factor as the Zumo 660/65, Customizable data fields in map view and in nav-computer modes (within aircraft mode) and a run-of-the-mill nuvi in automotive mode. Can use the garmin zumo 660 moto mount, and it has a 5hz update rate (as opposed to the typical 1hz update rate for automotive/motorcycle units). One big drawback of the aera for me, is that it doesn´t have an odometer readout in airplane mode.
    Hope that helps.
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  20. Throttlemeister

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    The 478 is the perfect subsitute to a 276. I use both and the 478 is mucho better IMHO. You just need to find a bunch of 512mb cards to load up the extra good stuff:deal

    These are the only GPS worth running besides the smaller 60 and 76 series that work alright if you can't find one of the big boys:lol3
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