Buying GPS local/overseas

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 13, 2005 at 22:49
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Hi all, been reading for a while and now looking for a bit of advice. Looking to purchase a Garmin GPSMap 76CS, problem is where from. Would like to support Aussie's, but comparative prices ($970 delivered in Oz, $650ish AU delivered from US) make it hard to justify. Considering I will be loading City Nav, will I notice a big difference with a US loaded basemap? I would like to reinforce, I would love to buy local and support local trade (I am a serving Aussie Defence member), but I'd like to find a local price even $100 cheaper. All advice and opinions appreciated.

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Reply By: Brian - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 00:30

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 00:30
The Garmin's are regionalised! Meaning that to get the correct base map for Aus/Asia you need to buy in Aus/Asia, Same goes for Europe And The Americas.
And I believe that the Base maps are unchangable!
There are also warranty issues as well I believe??


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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 11:30

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 11:30
Yes - but I think the question was will it still work in Australia with US basemap - considering that a detailed Aussie map will be loaded? Should do shouldnt it ? ...or if you travel the world do you need a Garmin for each region? That would be a bit silly...but maybe Im wrong?
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 12:22

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 12:22
You can get basemaps changed over but by Garmin, if they are like Magellen they would take pleasure in charging you $300 to do a 10 minute job. Not a bad hourly rate eh.

$300 in your pocket is a lot of coin... I'd live with the US basemaps, same issue with Magellans.
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Reply By: Simo73 - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 12:59

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 12:59
I know the unit will work anywhere globally, but curious to know if the Oz basemap is close to detailed as to negate the expense of the City Nav? If so, $1000ish here is the same as $650ish(imported) plus $300 for additional maps. If the Oz basemap was decent, it won't really work any better costwise after adding map pricing. Would like input from any 76C/CS owners on their opinion of the unit.
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Reply By: locallaw - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:40

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 18:40
Gidday,Ibought a Garmin in Sweden and used it all through Europe.Worked well everywhere even on the high speed trains(304 K'ph).Returned home and no go.I had to send it back to the US of A.They had to change it to the Aus base map (no charge).
Seeya Locallaw
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 21:43

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 21:43
When you say "No go", do mean it refused to return a position? Or it refused to show your position on the map?

I would have thought that the base map on a mapping GPS would not stop you from using anywhere in the world. It would simply be a little less convenient.
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Follow Up By: locallaw - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:31

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 22:31
Gidday,When I said no go I meant it would not show any towns cities etc.You can still use it for showing long and lat and a moving screen etc.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Ronnie - Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:53

Monday, Feb 14, 2005 at 20:53
Bought my Garmin Emap from the states cost $220.00 Aus. added Mapsource MetroGuide no problems at all. big savings on Aus. price at the time.
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