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Tell me what satnav to buy

I know nothing about the things.

I don't need bluetooth or mp3 - I have all that on the stereo. I just need the best satnav you can get without paying for stuff I won't use. I need it to have European mapping.
I need to be able to update the mapping regularly enough that it stays useful without it costing me an arm and a leg.

I do NOT want to attach it to the windscreen, both because I don't want it nicked, and I'm a bit of a traditionalist - I like to use the windscreen for looking through. So any fitting advice for a 156 would also be gratefully received.

So: Tell me what to buy. preferably with reasons, or even reviews.

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Re: Tell me what satnav to buy

The Sony U73 /U93 have what you are looking for, plus a years free speed camera alerts. Its widescreen, and has a fitment that will go on the windscreen or dashboard.
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garmin best on market.
also cheap.
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Wait for the new TomTom's if there is no rush.

Come with ‘IQ program’ that remembers what routes you take and the time of the day to give you a more accurate time of arrival.

Can get speed camera updates on them too. Easy to read maps, customisable colour schemes and voices. And above all dead easy to use!

If there is a rush, buy a TomTom XL, clear screen, simple menu's and never steered me wrong yet!

I have steed me wrong with it, but, wasn't the Sat Nav's fault
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Ordnance Survey - don't be so lazy.
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Re: Tell me what satnav to buy

May be driving to Austria in August, and the points of interest to find hotels could be invaluable.
Also will be driving to London on Saturday, and traffic avoidance could be very useful then.

What's the deal with updated maps / updated speed camera database?
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What's the deal with updated maps / updated speed camera database?
Most sat nav brands will charge you for the updates - the amount varies greatly from brand to brand.
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May be driving to Austria in August, and the points of interest to find hotels could be invaluable.
Also will be driving to London on Saturday, and traffic avoidance could be very useful then.

What's the deal with updated maps / updated speed camera database?
TomTom's update everytime they are plugged into your computer.

There are two was of doing traffic on a TomTom you can either connect them via blue tooth with your phone and it gets traffic info from an internet subscription you have to buy or you can (for about 50) by an RDS reciever that gets information from the road side traffic info beacons and this gives the TomTom traffic info to plan the jouney around or through...
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Re: Tell me what satnav to buy

Tom tom systems are the best- even better than all factory fitted sat nav. If you just need a no thrills sat nav then the tom tom one europe is the one to get.
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Re: Tell me what satnav to buy

Just updated my 'old' TomTom 700 with a 'new' TomTom720T (T is for Traffic). Didn't feel the need to wait for the new 730 version and I find this one is great and a big step up from the 700.

Includes ongoing speed camera/map updates when you connect to PC - already includes the new sections of A1 which have been open a matter of weeks. Points of interest can be customised (massive list on TomTom site) and the screen can also be personalised. Speed limits are a godsend changing within metres of the road signs which is a great help in Switzerland when limits are strictly policed.

A bit cliched as it's one of the best selling items but I think it's with good reason.

Prices don't appear to be discounted much but if you're travelling abroad remember you can save the VAT in the airport/ferry terminal.
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Re: Tell me what satnav to buy

which one - i say none.

not being quite sure how to get somewhere is all apart of the fun of driving
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May be driving to Austria in August, and the points of interest to find hotels could be invaluable.
Also will be driving to London on Saturday, and traffic avoidance could be very useful then.

What's the deal with updated maps / updated speed camera database?
Buy the tomtom XL Europe... When you buy it gives you the latest maps and speed camera updates.. if you want to do it more frequently you can pay about 50 a year.

I got one last week and it is very good. Plus you can clip it to the dash.
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The Snooper systems get the best reviews, hence why I bought one. Also £99 buys you a lifetime of speed camera and map updates - you can't say that about the TomToms or Garmins (Annual maps updates are about £90 alone).

Incidently - I almost bought a Garmin but about three reviews I read said they got lost in cities with tall buildings and were particularly poor in London and Glasgow.
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May be driving to Austria in August, and the points of interest to find hotels could be invaluable.
Have a look at the viaMichelin ones.

Their middle and upper models have the Michelin
hotel & restaurant guides built in.

Got my dad one and he loves it, but it's
his first GPS so has nothing to compare it to.

TomTom has quite a few hotels in the POIs but doesn't
tell you about them. (Just tel. number) You have to know the hotel
before picking it, if you see what I mean.
 
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I really rate Garmin for ease of use & quality of the maps etc. None are foolproof though. Unless you get the settings just right, they can lead you a merry dance, as we found out in Italy

You just can't beat a good up to date road map IMHO providing someone cane read it. I'm luck, Clare is an excellent navigator I am not
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Tom Tom - cheap and easy to use - I have a Tom Tom Go V.3 with European mapping. Nothing fancy just gets you from A-to-B. It can be updated via TomTom website too to include new PoI, new speed camera positions etc.
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Maps cost £50 a pop?
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There's a few things that need addressing here, firstly your need NOT to have a windscreen mounted satnav is going to limit your options. The alternative for a PND is to mount a permanent disc (comes with the sytem) to the top of your dash and mount the system on that - in my eyes this is even more of a magnet to the thieves than the telltale rings on the windscreen.

An alternative is for a hardwired system that takes the place of the radio, these are considerably more expensive to buy and update, though there's less faff when you want to use it and no cables.

Aside from this your looking down the phone route coupled with a handsfree cradle, the screens are small and the phones expensive, I'd steer clear.

All depends where your priorities lie, personally I'd look at a Garmin Nuvi 255T. The system's very easy to use and contains NAVTEQ maps.

Alternatively the TomTom units are very good, and very easy to update. It's true that they have a free mapshare update, but this is a map update derived from user info, not from the map supplier (Teleatlas).

To be honest, the loss of signal in cities is common to all systems, though doesn't tend to last too long and most of the time you can figure out where you're headed whilst the systems trying to locate itself.
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I got one last week and it is very good. Plus you can clip it to the dash.
It clips to the dash in the 156? Whereabouts? You got any pics?
I must admit, I've been heading towards exactly that model. Tomtom XL 22 EU traffic, I beleive it's confusingly called.
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£60 for a map. Mattalan do the 2008 AA UK version for £1.99
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TomToms have always done me proud Bazza. On my 3rd unit now - upgrade to a newer model every 2 years or so. Still got the original one running in the works Panda
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I got the cheapest of the cheap Tomtom One V3 UK for Christmas and it's been absolutely spot on!
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What's all this v3, v2, 22 malarkey though?

What does the '22' refer to here?
TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems - XL Europe 22 Traffic (new)
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What's all this v3, v2, 22 malarkey though?

What does the '22' refer to here?
TomTom, portable GPS car navigation systems - XL Europe 22 Traffic (new)
I assume V3 stands for version 3, the latest one.
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