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Garmin nüvi 205W

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin nüvi 205W

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Overall 1
1.0

"15 month life span"

bobw111, CNET
18 February 2011
  • Pros: Slightly better than my TomTom in multi-lane and parallell road situations.
  • Cons: Died at a fairly young age. This unit died when the battery got too low. It kept trying to autostart when I plugged it into the car or USB, and wouldn't stay off when I turned it off manually. Apparently it couldnt charge enough to stay shut off.
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Overall 1
1.0

"Waste of money."

pstravis, CNET
16 September 2010
  • Pros: Good sound, great features and easy to use.
  • Cons: It quit on me every time I used it and finally died for good after being used 10 times.
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Overall 2
2.0

What a piece of junk!

kitso4111, Amazon
20 August 2010
  • Summary: I had a previous Nuvi 205 and it was a good, practical piece of equipment that mostly got you where you wanted to go, even if the routings were a little weird from time to time. That's why I ordered another when the first died. This Nuvi 205 has been dumbed down to almost useless. It doesn't give street names out loud--a real disdavantage when driving alone in cities. It has also atempted to route us down some really bad dirt roads in national forests.
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Overall 2
2.0

Irritating

Susan, Amazon
7 August 2010
  • Summary: I bought this 2 months ago and find it can be useful but it is inaccurate often enough that I would never rely on it. Although I have it set for fastest route, it has repeatedly sent me down dirt roads. It has shown 40 miles to my destination while estimating my arrival time in 6 minutes. It has sent me to a supposed gas station in a huge corn field and a Kohl's department store in a vacant lot on the wrong road 1/2 a mile away from the real store.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 6
6.0

User Review

Walmart
20 July 2010
  • Summary: This gps does not read street or fwy names it just states "turn left in 200 feet" it's not helpful if you need to keep eyes on the road I return product and purchased tom tom which has many useful features
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Overall 1
1.0

"After two months of ownership it no longer works"

beverlsc, CNET
8 June 2010
  • Pros: There are none since it doesn't work at all.
  • Cons: It doesn't work at all
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Overall 2
2.0

Limited view of critical roads.....

Alan G. Good, Amazon
9 May 2010
  • Summary: This model of NUVI does not show county highways...........and that is not acceptable to me. After all.....unless you never leave the freeway or state highway......you need to see them! I returned this model for a better one.
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Overall 2
2.0

garmin gps 205

daddymack41, Ebay
7 February 2010
  • Summary: I bought a total of 3 gps for my kids this last Xmas . 2 from Ebay and one from the store . one of the one's i bought from Ebay was no good It will not find satellite.I have already tryed it in different cars and it still wont work . Not too happy .
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Overall 2
2.0

Won't display approaching streets.

Roland J. Plasser, Amazon
14 December 2009
  • Summary: I upgraded from my old 200W to the 205W when it was stolen. The 205W locks on to satellites much faster, otherwise, it is more or less the same, which is good, except for one MAJOR unacceptable change. Unlike the old 200W, it will not display the approaching street name on the top information bar. It does it on freeways, but for some inexplicable reason, won't do it on streets. Countless times I have driven past the street I wanted to turn on, forcing a u-turn.
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Overall 2
2.0

"Poor Battery Life and Overall Performance"

markh5150, CNET
15 May 2009
  • Pros: Easily understandable voice directions; will identify the street, not just when to turn.
  • Cons: Very poor battery life; will not charge adequately in vehicle. Directions not always up to date.
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