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Garmin nuvi 500
4.7 out of 10

Garmin nuvi 500

nüvi 500 features driving, walking, bicycling and boating modes Read more

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Reviews and Problems with Garmin nuvi 500

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Overall 6
6.0

Not all I thought it would be... DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!

ImaginePeace "Imagine Peace...", Amazon
10 March 2010
  • Summary: I did a lot of research when I decided I wanted to buy a "cross-over" type GPSr. I have an old Garmin eTrex, which works great for Geocaching, but wanted something that I could use on-road as well. The Garmin Nuvi 500 seemed like it would do the trick. 1.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good but not what I expected

East River Church "pastort", Amazon
20 May 2009
  • Summary: Good GPS but not what I expected. Screen is small and moving to different sections of the map is difficult. As I said good but I expected more.
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Overall 6
6.0

Get's the job done

Amazon Customer, Amazon
12 September 2008
  • Summary: This is a pretty good GPS, better than the last Garmin that was given to me as a gift a couple of years ago. The problems include freezing on route to my destination, making it necessary to restart the device, and this has happened several times since I've owned it over the last 2-3 months.
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Overall 6
6.0

Looking for a lunker...

Roy Campbell, Amazon
12 September 2008
  • Summary: Bought this mainly for the water resistance and the ability to take the Upper Midwest Fishing guide chip. I had to replace my last 500 since it is now at the bottom of the lake (grrr).
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Overall 6
6.0

Very basic

Bruce M. Monsees, Amazon
12 September 2008
  • Summary: I bought this particular GPS because it is waterproof/resistant. Beyond that it is very basic. I do wish it had the ability to "run" through my motorcycle speakers but it does not. Not via a cord or bluetooth.
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Overall 6
6.0

No bluetooth

Paul J. Morris II, Amazon
12 September 2008
  • Summary: I wanted bluetooth, but that's my fault. Garmins are fine, but I should have read the fine print more carefully.
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Overall 6
6.0

It would be great if I could only hear it

R. Baker, Amazon
11 September 2008
  • Summary: I bought the Garmin 500 primarily to use on my motorcycles. I have had experience with Magellan and Lorance GPS's in the past. My old Lorance iway 250C does an adequate job in the car, but the color screen is easily washed out by the sun on a motorcycle.
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Overall 6
6.0

dont expect it to find all addresses

gabe s, Amazon
11 September 2008
  • Summary: while this will lead you back to a starting point on or off road the road directions are questionable. it was recently used on a trip to scout out possible home sites.some addresses were right on the money a couple were way off base 2 taking us miles off and past the spot we were looking for and on...
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Overall 6
6.0

No Geographic POI

Richard F. Smith, Amazon
11 September 2008
  • Summary: I bought the Nuvi 500 specific for the Street and Topo maps. A friend has one and I was impressed with the topo and geographic poi's. When I recieved the unit the topos weren't even loaded onto the device.
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Overall 6
6.0

Overall a good unit but has foibles

lrathome, Amazon
11 September 2008
  • Summary: This is my third garmin GPS unit. Bought the Nuvi 500 as a crossover unit for the topographical maps. I had previously owned garmin Quests and REALLY liked them! The nuvis are a mixed bag. PROS/Improvements over the quest: 1) Excellent large touch screen.
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