whats the garmin gps 38 like?

Submitted: Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 01:31
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has anyone used this model GPS? what is it like for battery consumption and more imp reception of satellites? Is $200 a good second hand price with the data cable?

many thanks (sorry about all the Q's)

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Reply By: Member - Cruiser1 - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 04:25

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 04:25
The Garmin 38 was a good GPS in its day but has been overtaken by later technology. I still have one and keep it as a spare. It never let me down when I was using it and still works well whenever I turn it on to keep the almanac data current. It only has 8 satellite receive capacity, as opposed to 12 for later sets. This makes it a bit slow for satellite acquisition.

They also ran out of 'time' a few years back and needed a software upgrade, this was easily done by downloading the update from the Garmin website. I should think if it has a data cable and is working, it must have had the upgrade.

Battery use wasn't bad but I also bought the 12v connection so I could use it on the boat and 4WD.

$200? Depends. If you're not too fussed about slow acquisition on start-up, don't plan to use it in forested country and are on a budget it's probably OK, although I'd try to get it down a bit.
Cheers, Cruiser
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Follow Up By: Adam - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 09:00

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 09:00
thank you both of you for your advice; i think ill go the etrex...

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Reply By: OziExplorer - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 07:23

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 07:23
Adam, I consider the most I would advise anybody to pay for a GPS38 would be $100 max - no more.

Considering you can buy a brand new eTrek with substantially more features that is a current model with two years warranty for $290 here:
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 00:30

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 00:30

So would you recommend the one above (new)

to this one ?

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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 07:32

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2003 at 07:32
eMap is a mapping unit and a good GPS. I very much doubt it will get sold for anywhere near that price especially with a 64Mb data card.
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