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Old 04-21-2009, 09:00 AM   #61
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I've had a Garmin bean bag mount for a number of years. Initially the thing was so sticky that when I moved it, I literally had to pry it off the dash. Over time, though, the stickiness receded and it started to slide around. I applied a layer of clear silicon caulk to the underside and it was sticky again for about a year - then back to slippery.

It might have to do with my living off a gravel road - always dust on the instrument panel.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:06 AM   #62
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No offense taken. The beanbag mount sounds like a good idea, the only worry would be a quick stop.

My sister had a bean bag mount... the problem is not quick stops but an accident... which she had... and the unit was flying around... but then again maybe the windshield mounts (suction cups) would not hold with that much energy...
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Thanks to tmm's info, we have it on the windshield. That dash would never work on our Echo.

We have it on the passenger side, down in the corner, and I can't believe that any cop in the world would cite you for something in that location.
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No offense taken. The beanbag mount sounds like a good idea, the only worry would be a quick stop.
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The beanbag mount comes with a little hook that you affix to the dash, just to prevent it from sliding around (although it's pretty heavy).

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In case any one is wondering who the real voice behind the Garmin units is, Meet the voice of GPS — and she's good with directions | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
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In case any one is wondering who the real voice behind the Garmin units is, Meet the voice of GPS and she's good with directions | Front page | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
I think you have done us a disservice by not including her photo...
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A little to the left...

Yeah, that's it...
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Inspired by the photo of Ms. Garmin (and DW saying "I'm buying a GPS"), we just got a small Tom Tom One 130S. Refurbished, 6 month guarantee, $70 delivered.

DW really likes it, and I liked the price. But I'm still using a map...
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In the 1970s the submarine force briefly experimented with a kinder, gentler more specific alarm indicator.

One submarine was refitted with a voice-announcing system. Instead of the vehicle equivalent of "Your door is ajar", this one was for emergencies. No more garbled watchstander reports or ear-banging general alarms-- instead a seductive female voice would announce "Fire. Fire. Fire in the engine room." [Now that I think about it, she sounded a lot like the Star Trek ship's computer. Was that Majel Barrett too?]

Submariners run a LOT of drills, and have a few casualties as well. Her voice became pretty well known and within a week the crew had taken to calling her "the b!tch in a box".

The experiment never made it to the fleet.

Doesn't Garmin offer a bunch of celebrity voices for their GPS audio? Can you imagine getting directions from Joan Rivers or Steve Carrell's "Office" character?
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Love my old Magellan Roadmate 760. Prefer with the female voice - now if we could get Sean Connery's voice on that sucker, I'd be all over it! I travel with it and it takes a few minutes to decide I am not 2300 miles from my destination when I fly from coast to coast! I like the fact I can turn up the voice volume and not have to look at the screen when driving in busy traffic (had to get to LaGuardia last night from NJ - always an interesting trip!)
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I like the fact I can turn up the voice volume and not have to look at the screen when driving in busy traffic (had to get to LaGuardia last night from NJ - always an interesting trip!)
It'd probably be easier to take a plane...
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Love my old Magellan Roadmate 760. Prefer with the female voice - now if we could get Sean Connery's voice on that sucker, I'd be all over it!
I hear they have Marlon Brando as he sounded in On theThe Waterfront.

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I don't like it when I hear some beep, but I don't know what it's for. Is the cell phone low on batteries, does the microwave need attention, is the Tivo running out of space?

On our computers, I've changed all the alerts to meaningful text. At least for them, I'll hear "A device has been connected" instead of some mysterious bloop.
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Great idea!! Gosh, I can hear him now:
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NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooo!!!!!!! You should have turned LLLLLLEEEEEFFFFFTTTT!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAggggghhhh!!!!!!!!
I think it's perfect for whatever car our teen is driving...
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OK, the revival of this tread has gotten me off dead center and I've replaced my 5 year old Garmin Ique - which wasn't easy, as I paid $500 for it and I still feel like it should last forever.

A recent trip from Michigan to North Carolina found me too often driving through open fields on the GPS screen, indicating that the map data base was waaaay old. I just about had myself talked into a refurbished Magellan on Amazon that responded to voice commands <"Magellan, nearest coffee!">, with Bluetooth and AAA data base when I decided to scrutinize the reviews and found a large percentage were smoldering mad over reliability issues and Magellan customer service - or lack of.

So bottom line, I popped for a refurbished Garmin 255W. Less bells and whistles, but it has a one year warranty and a reasonably happy customer feedback record. At $130, it doesn't feel like a huge risk.
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So bottom line, I popped for a refurbished Garmin 255W. Less bells and whistles, but it has a one year warranty and a reasonably happy customer feedback record. At $130, it doesn't feel like a huge risk.

Annnddd . . . unless the device fails, you can update the maps at a reasonable price at the GPS Store. I've had mine 3 years, only updated maps once so far.

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Annnddd . . . unless the device fails, you can update the maps at a reasonable price at the GPS Store. I've had mine 3 years, only updated maps once so far.

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Ironically, I could update the map base on the Ique, but the cost is a large percentage of the cost of a much newer device. Such is the price of technology - yesterday's high tech wonder is tomorrow's door stop.
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