magellan colour gps

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 12:18
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I am interested to know if you buy a magellan gps from USA that has an inbuilt USA base map,can that be changed to an australian base map. Has anyone ordered from the USA and actually done this? Also what are the waranty implications buying from another country. Any advice apprieciated.
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Reply By: srowlandson - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 13:27

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 13:27
Yes, you can safely bring a USA Meridian Colour and Change the base map.

I have brought in a couple now, and regularly do as i like to try different GPS's.

I am personally looking at bringing in a FX324 Colour or another Meridian Colour at the moment.

We paid about $1200 for 2 x 256mg SDCards, Antenna, Unit, Vehicle Mount, Power And Data Cable.

Steve
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Follow Up By: mark - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 10:47

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 10:47
Steve,
Can you explain how this change to the Australian basemao is done. I would imagine that you have to buy the world wide basemap and the upload into the unit. Would you be interested in giving me the details of which retailer you used to purshase your units from. I don't want to buy from a shonk.
Thanks Mark.
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Follow Up By: srowlandson - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 12:12

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 12:12
I downloaded the MagUp software from Magellan, and 'found' the Australian Basemap online which i then uploaded to the GPS.

We get ours from GPS City in the US.

A collegue in the States orders them, ships them to his place, repackages and mails to us here. (he gets the $50US Rebate then.

Steve
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Follow Up By: mark - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 23:27

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 23:27
Thanks for the info Steve
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Follow Up By: mark - Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 23:28

Thursday, Mar 04, 2004 at 23:28
Steve,
I have a heap more questions about this subject. Could you contact me at markwilk@powerup.com.au.
Thanks again
Mark
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Reply By: Rick Blaine - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 16:39

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 16:39
I dont know about the USA but my son bought one in Hong kong and it cost less than $1000 for the complete setup and works perfectly, I'll get the details... I want one myself.
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Reply By: Will - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 17:56

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 17:56
can be done by someone knowing what they're doing. i've heard Magellan here will charge you about $200-300 to do it purely because it p*isses them off. warranty should be ok, but again they could? make a fuss or make you send it back to US. remembe duties and taxes also. if it comes via postal service (ie USPS) then less than AUD$1000 value will avoid duties/taxes. if by courier ie fedex then less than AUD$250 will avoid duties taxes. otherwsie you'll pay 10% gst, 5% duty and $50 fee on top.

Will.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oskar(Bris) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 10:39

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2004 at 10:39
Caution
From experience..... there is no warranty on GPS units bought on ebay sites that are not authorised resellers.
I got caught with a dud and it costs over $300 for Magellan to repair if it fails (more than the cost of the original item).
I always wonder if the cheap units on ebay are seconds or end runs which are flogged off in bulk lots at auction in the states so as the manufacturer can avoid warranty obligations.
The ebay seller I bought from got his supply that way.
That's my unfortunate experience anyway.
Hope you're more fortunate
Cheers
OskarThe real oskar
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 20:15

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2004 at 20:15
I bought a Sportrak Color for 299 USD and moved my Australian basemap from a Map 330 to the ST color. No probs.Bob
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