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Old July 8th, 2005, 05:03 PM   #1
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TomTom Go 700???

Has anyone seen or installed a TomTom Go GPS in their car? I'm looking for a good GPS solution for installation in the cubby. The TomTom looks pretty sweet:

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Old July 9th, 2005, 07:29 AM   #2
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i sell these, at the car audio store where i work....Its the most popular GPS out there. I've played with every GPS, and in my opinion this is the best one. The TomTom should fit in the cubby, however you may need minor alterations to fit it.
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Old July 9th, 2005, 10:50 AM   #3
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I would suggest trying to mount your GPS a little closer to eye level. Looking down trying to gather GPS info can be hazardous to your health. just my .02
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Old July 9th, 2005, 12:32 PM   #4
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try lowrance iway 500c. i have tried some gps devices, i think 500c is the best.

it has the biggest screen, like 5 inchs. and surprisingly, it exactly fits to our cubbyhole under the head unit.
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Old July 9th, 2005, 12:33 PM   #5
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I wish that metra kit didn't move the a/c controls to above the HU.
I'd be all over a Pioneer Avic already if it didn't make it impossible to use the climate contols while the screen is out.
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Old July 10th, 2005, 02:43 AM   #6
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I tried out the TomTom Go Plus 300 for 2 weeks.. until I returned it because I'm a poor starving college student

But man those 2 weeks... Best two weeks of my life. The navigation is awesome to say the least. Unlike Honda's nav system, the perspective is entirely 3D-driver view, rather than flat birdseye view. The voice commands are great, provides plenty of warning ahead of time. Color schemes are customizable, but default is great during the day and it auto switches to night view at the appropriate time (I think or maybe I unconciously setted it..). Basically, it's the system you kicked yourself for not buying as the nav package when you bought the car in the first place.

There were two things that should be noted though. the TomTom (at least the 300 model) miscalculated feet when it gives the warning of 100 ft until a turn or something. This I've tested out driving really slow around my neighborhood so I know it's not a speed issue. It seemed like meters was the appropriate label for the measured distances (TomTom is a UK company I believe so mixing up meters and feet is plausible). Oh yeah, the screen is kind of small so it's going to be hard to view it from the cubby hole - believe me, I tried multiple arrangements - even sticking the suction cup onto the cubby hole door. If u search the forums for tomtom, you'll probably find my postings of some okay arrangements I found.

Man, just talking about that GPS just makes me want to run out and buy it again..
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Old July 12th, 2005, 03:24 PM   #7
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Update: Temptation too much... went and bought one of these again :-D

This time I got it for a lot better price: $534.95 - no tax because the company's based in NJ. YAY nav again!
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Old July 13th, 2005, 12:26 AM   #8
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I just bought the Lowrance iWay 500C Portable car GPS navigation for $800.00 bucks. I'm waiting for it right now
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Old July 14th, 2005, 12:36 AM   #9
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I just bought the Lowrance iWay 500C Portable car GPS navigation for $800.00 bucks. I'm waiting for it right now
im afraid to say that, BUT,,,

u r paying too much if u bought from internet site.
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Old July 14th, 2005, 01:11 AM   #10
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A PDA/GPS unit is a great way to get more for your money: http://www.v6performance.net/forums/...&highlight=GPS

But if you want a more permanent solution, I suggest the Garmin c330: http://www.garmin.com/products/sp330/

The Garmin units use an industry leading 5 million POI (Points of Interest) database and main navigation database from NAVTEQ (the same database Mapquest.com uses). And I suggest mounting it somewhere near the top of the dash. Having to glance down at the screen while driving isn't a very good idea.

BTW: That 3D view mode is very confusing to look at most of the time. Honda/Acura doesn’t even bother putting it in theirs and their navigation systems are arguably the best ones in the industry.



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TomTom also makes a PDA attachment which makes many Palm/Pocket PC models act just like the Go series. However, the 320x320 screen size of my Tungsten C (not to mention the crappiest mono speaker ever made) didn't really appeal.

I guess it's all personal preference, but I like the 3D navigation - it gives a better sense of road characteristics ahead in a more predictable manner. And when u have to take exits and turns - somehow I find it easier to follow this representation than just a flat map - but again just personal preference.

I think Nissan uses 3D navigation in their GPS units?
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I think Nissan uses 3D navigation in their GPS units?
They do but I think you can switch it to the standard "birdseye" top down view.



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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #13
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tomtom go 700

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Has anyone seen or installed a TomTom Go GPS in their car? I'm looking for a good GPS solution for installation in the cubby. The TomTom looks pretty sweet:

TomTom

I bought my TomTom Go 700 on ebay and paid a total of 715.00 compared to the 850.00 in the store. It's an excellent choice, my wife is a Realtor and the Tom Tom is the best thing since invention of the wheel. It's blue tooth compatable and allows you to use it as a speaker phone with excellent speaker quality. The point of interest feature is pretty cool, which pretty much serves as the Yellow Pages.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 12:24 AM   #14
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garmin 330 freezes alot
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Old December 31st, 2005, 12:55 AM   #15
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Palm sells a car navigation kit that I think uses the TomTom software. $250 for the kit and $200 for the PDA (Palm E2 or T5). There's a $100 rebate so it'll be $350 after rebate altogether.

http://store.palm.com/product/index....family#featBen
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Old December 31st, 2005, 12:38 PM   #16
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the Navigation from Clarion is a perfect fit in the cubby hole.
http://www.clarioncanada.com/en/prod...tion/NICE.html
No permanent mods required.
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Old December 31st, 2005, 06:50 PM   #17
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For the small portable like TomTom I like the Garmin Streetpilot better.

O have the C330 in my work car and its really nice and portable. Clear scren, updated maps, and a selection of voices.....
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Old January 1st, 2006, 11:30 PM   #18
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yeah i had my pocket pc and the tom tom 5 with the holux bluetooth gps reciver that was the best days of my life ...once you get a navigation you always have to have one LoL..
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...once you get a navigation you always have to have one LoL..


The next time I buy a new car, I'm going to opt for the OEM navi .



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