Navman My Escape III

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 12:03
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Greetings Learned Colleagues,

Has anyone used a Navman My Escape III? I got one 2 weeks ago and have had nothing but problems with it. It keeps freezing for 20-40 minutes at a time, this it catches up for between 10 seconds and 2 minutes and then freezes again. Navman told me to do a firmware upgrade which I did and now it still freezes but only for a few minutes at a time. I consider this totally unacceptable and that the units being shipped with firmware errors is completely unprofessional.

I have asked Navman for a refund but am still waiting.

The big question now is what to get. I have a 200 series Land Cruiser towing a 20' van. I bought the Navman because it has "Large Vehicle Assist".

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Short list:
1 Hema Navigation 7
2 ????

Regards & Thanks,

Snoopy2

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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 15:20

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 15:20
That model is really a truck unit as it would be really big on a car dash

If you had read the reviews here you may not have bought it

http://www.productreview.com.au/p/navman-my-escape-iii.html

Unfortunately most of the reviews on that site about ALL Navmans are bad.

I have TOMTOM which is 7 years old and works well The GO series are the best ones and the new 600 is the eqiv of your Navman and about the same price.
Perhaps time for a refund and a change of brand

I have also used a Garmin for a few months and it was Ok but prefer my TomTom
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 16:25

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 16:25
Hi Tom,

Yes, in hindsight I should have avoided it. Navman have agreed to refund my money so now I need to decide on what else to get.

Size is not an issue as the 7" unit is the same as the HN7. It is not in the way. The only reason I purchased it was because of the large vehicle assist. I will have a look at the Go600.

Thanks,

Sn00py2
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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:24

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 09:24
The GO 600 will be "Onroad" only I think whereas the Escape also has tracks.

My friend bought a Navman a few months ago on special from DS and when we installed it it wouldnt start took it back and neither would the second one.
Third one is chugging along Ok. It is a 7" but not the My Escape
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:23

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:23
Navman have come to the party and are going to refund my money. Looks like all the My Escape series have issues.

A friend of mine also told me that they had a Navman MY75T and that it would also freeze on occasion.

I'm certain now that I will avoid Navman like the plague.
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Reply By: Member - Terry W4 - Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 17:15

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 17:15
I have one in my Prado. I upgraded from a Navman MyEscapeII in July. I find it very good - I also have attached a reversing camera.

I have found Navman after sale service to be pretty poor though as you are dealing with a call centre in the Philippines. The battery in my Navman II failed within the warranty period so I sent it back up to them with tracking. They lost it - saying no trace of evry having received it. Called the call centre they said they would follow up - no response.

I bought the Navman III in desperation. Then the lost unit turned up fixed. I sold it for $100.

When I say my experience has been good using it. No problems with freezing up and it tracks quite accurately although some of the alerts are a bit out in identifying where they are.

I do love the big screen.

I would make arrangements to return it to Sydney and have them FIX it and give them one more try.

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Follow Up By: TomH - Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 21:35

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 at 21:35
Did you read the reviews
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:26

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:26
Hi Terry,

Thanks for your feedback. I've sent the unit back to them and they have agreed to give me a refund.

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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 06:17

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 06:17
Do not bother with warranty!!!!!!!!!!!!
Been there and done that with Navman My Escape I.
A good friend in retail suggested the following after being dicked around for 2 months trying to go through warranty.

"Return product to retailer and claim a refund under product not fit for use under manufacturer's intended purpose."

So I did and the retailer had to take it back and fully refunded me.


I've had my III for a year and seems to be holding up.
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:45

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:45
Not the best approach in all cases Cruiser, especially at the start.

The seller has the opportunity to do one of three things when it is "broken" as the OP's is, 1. Fix it, 2. Exchange it, or 3. Refund.

A properly working unit is fit for purpose (the op chose it) so one could be said to be lying using your suggested approach.

You should give the seller the opportunity to fix it. You have a good chance of a refund as it sounds like it is really faulty.

Sellers are only human and should be treated as such. Put yourself in their shoes and be fair about it.

I would also just talk to them. You can't express yourself properly with emails and sms's. So many people can't write or even spell correctly these days and so very easily get the readers hackles up by putting it the wrong way when written.

Even you yourself Cruiser said, "seems to be holding up"! Your way of putting it makes you sound not too confident. Nah Call them and hope they choose option 3 first. - Refund.

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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:05

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:05
Maybe I should've explained it better.

I did initially go through warranty with My Escape I 3 years ago, after being dicked around for 2 months without any positive results, I then took it back to the retailer for a refund as mentioned in previous post.

I have no faith in their after sales services, so why do I have a III now? It was given to me for free and yes it is holding up unlike the my escape I I had.

I am a bricks and mortar retailer and do stand in their shoes on a daily basis.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:08

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:08
Oh, and the retailer does not lose out on the refund.........they are credited from manufacture.
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Reply By: Member Bushy 04(VIC) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 07:17

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 07:17
Hi Snoopy,
I have had a hn6 and love it , no problems and also good of road mapping.
Have fun Bushy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:29

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:29
Hi Bushy,

The off-read maps seem to be very good but I have read mixed reports about the on-road maps and directions. 90% of my time is on-road so that is important to me.

Regards,

Sn00py2
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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:20

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:20
We have a VMS installed installed in the dash. Heaps safer in a prang. The VMS box does all we need with all the blue tooth, rear view, both street (iGo I think) and off road (Oziexplorer) navigation, DVD, USB, radio, etc and all integrated with the car's wiring etc. In fact three out of the three 4x4's in the family have a VMS installed.

A word on the TomTom (one was mentioned earlier); We also have a TomTom and it is useless off road, and stays at home in the garage. It may be okay for you if you don't want to go off road.

But one short fall of having the navigation box installed in the dash, that doesn't worry us, you can't pick it up and go for a walk. But we have been doing that for years and still manage to find our way. Amazing how lots of people these days can't.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:30

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:30
Hi Phil,

Looks like I now have 2 on my short list. Thanks for the suggestion.

Regards,

Sn00py2
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Reply By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:35

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:35
We looked at all the options, then bought a 7" Samsung tablet and installed OziAndroid and purchased the CoPilot turn by turn app for street navigation. Total outlay, including a screen mount $ 215. We already had maps for Ozi. (EO Topo and others). It all works well and on our recent european trip the continental CoPilot maps were only $21 and were accurate. Plus the tablet can be used for other things as well.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:56

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 08:56
X 2 on all of the above
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:07

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:07
x 3.

Used to run a Navman and very disappointed. 10" tablet in a RAM mount gives me a very satisfactory solution.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:31

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:31
Oops, now 3 on the list! This is what I am after.

Thanks,

Sn00py2
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 12:30

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 12:30
I've used an HN5 and the Android Hema Explorer. While the maps are well drawn the scale is too small for fine navigation and there is no shortage of errors. Maybe their new mapset will be better as it will zoom to 18k.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:08

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 17:08
I've been trawling around to see what maps and imagery is available, as far as I can tell the std maps are 1:250K GA topos with some state 1:100K and 1:50K available. Also Landsat imagery (IV I think) with 14 m pixels is sold by Hema. I much prefer the imagery as it tells you a lot more about the track than a dotted line, particularly if you towing something. Unfortunately I don't think 14 m pixels cut it as this is several times track width. Google earth/maps imagery has much better resolution than this for many areas. You can if you have the pro version of Google maps download images which then have to be georeferenced or registered I think is the correct word (sorry not a GIS person) but it's not too hard to learn and there is free software available that is fully capable (QGIS). Possibly something that could be done specifically for the off-road section of a trip?
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Follow Up By: Member - Sn00py2 (NSW) - Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:34

Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 19:34
Hi Sigmund and Warren,

Thanks for this feedback.

Regards,

Sn00py2
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 at 10:18

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 at 10:18
This could be a useful link for diy Scan and import paper maps in OziExplorer - Tutorial
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