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Old 02-02-2009, 09:19 AM
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Is the BMW Portable Navigation System made by Garmin? The interface from the picture looks just like a Garmin Nuvi interface and they just put a BMW frame around it. Anyone know anything about these? They sell for $574.00 on the BMW NA site whereas you can buy a nice 700 or 800 series Garmin Nuvi for $400-$500.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:57 AM
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Is the BMW Portable Navigation System made by Garmin? The interface from the picture looks just like a Garmin Nuvi interface and they just put a BMW frame around it. Anyone know anything about these? They sell for $574.00 on the BMW NA site whereas you can buy a nice 700 or 800 series Garmin Nuvi for $400-$500.
Yes it is, and yes , I just picked up a Garmin 765T for $433 on Amazon. com.

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Old 02-03-2009, 02:02 PM
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Thanks. That's what I thought. Yeah, I'm looking at the Garmin nuvi 755T or 765T myself.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:55 PM
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Yes it is, and yes , I just picked up a Garmin 765T for $433 on Amazon. com.

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Old 02-06-2009, 01:07 PM
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I am looking at the 765T as well... you like it?

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Yes I do. I like the lifetime free traffic. I hate having to subscribe all the time. To get the traffic update thing, it has to be plugged into the car using the supplied FM TMC device. I'm still playing with it, haven't really 'traveled' yet. It has the where's my car feature for parking lots/street parking. When unplugged from the car, it sets in memory where the car is. Would have come in handy at Dodger Stadium the last time I was there.
It doesn't come with an AC charging cord, so I had to order one. It will charge from the car or the computer though. I also did a map/software update from the Garmin website. Not sure what I got , but it was easy to do.

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Old 02-06-2009, 02:08 PM
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I got a 760 last summer and absolutely love it! Am thinking of giving it away as a gift to a friend who wants a GPS (but has no job) and getting a 765T for the minor (but useful) improvements and lifetime traffic alerts. I found the 765T as low as $349 today online.

I took a week trip to SanDiego in January and took the Garmin 760 with me to use in a rental car. It got me everywhere I wanted to go in So. Cal. with no issues at all. This technology is fabulous.


Dj - I just bought an A/C to USB power adapter similar to this and charge the Garmin using the supplied USB cable.
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The interface from the picture looks just like a Garmin Nuvi interface and they just put a BMW frame around it.
And, according to the BMWNA page you linked, you get a complete database of all BMW service locations. Not gonna say whether I think that's worth the extra $100 to $200 though
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:10 PM
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And, according to the BMWNA page you linked, you get a complete database of all BMW service locations. Not gonna say whether I think that's worth the extra $100 to $200 though
And given that the Nuvii 760 series is wide-screen (The BMW version does not look to be wide-screen) and may have more features for a lot less $$, I'd probably recommend the non BMW branded 700 series Nuvii.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:25 PM
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Just bought the 775T today. 'Plan on using it when I rent a car in the U.K. this summer. I'll be interested to see how it works when I use the Bluetooth to link it to the 2009 BMW 328i I ordered last month. 'Spent a lot of time thinking about getting the BMW navi vs. going this route. As you can tell, I came to the conclusion that this was the better way to go.
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:53 AM
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I forgot which Garmin Nuvi model the BMW branded one is but, yes they have BMW dealer center locations added into the database and the warranty length is 3 years instead of 1 year if I am not mistaken.
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I am looking at the 765T as well... you like it?
I have an earlier version (360) and it (IMO) is the best Navigation system I have seen. Even better than what is in the Accords. The 765 is (hard to believe, but true) an improvement on the 360. If you are in the market for a Navigation system, you would be well-advised to check out the Garmin units. If you are skeptical, go check out the Garmin units. Then go to any dealer (Accord, Lexus, BMW, MB, Audi) and see how 'easy' their Navigation system is to use compared to the Garmin.

And no, I don't work for or am in any way connected to the Garmin company or its agents.
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I'm sold on Garmin. I have the Nuvi 350. When I picked up my 135i in Atlanta we wanted to go to a restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC 200 miles away. I touched near, typed magg, touched done. A list came up, touched Maggie Valley, touched restaurants, touched the one we wanted, touched go. Turn by turn.
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Thanks for the post. I knew the Nuvis were good, but I didn't know they were THAT easy to use.
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I knew the Nuvis were good, but I didn't know they were THAT easy to use.
Go check one out for your self. They are at Best Buy and other stores. They really are easy to use - what every other mfg. should aspire to.
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I'm sold on Garmin. I have the Nuvi 350. When I picked up my 135i in Atlanta we wanted to go to a restaurant in Maggie Valley, NC 200 miles away. I touched near, typed magg, touched done. A list came up, touched Maggie Valley, touched restaurants, touched the one we wanted, touched go. Turn by turn.
And it probably got you to within 10 feet of the actual destination. Try doing that kind of look-up with the Navigation system on the BMW. It won't be that easy. And the accuracy of the destination won't be that close either...
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:47 AM
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When you think about it, it only makes sense. Garmin is in the business to do the whole nav thing. It's their deal. BMW is all about driving and cornering and performance. They want a good nav system. I'm sure they want a great nav system. But it's not their main deal.
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When you think about it, it only makes sense. Garmin is in the business to do the whole nav thing. It's their deal. BMW is all about driving and cornering and performance. They want a good nav system. I'm sure they want a great nav system. But it's not their main deal.
And with the Garmin, you can move it to any car you drive, put it in a rental car, or switch it to "pedestrian" mode and use it sans Auto (Of course the BMW version is probably the same, right). Its the best of all worlds..... and only about $1500 less than the built in BMW NAV. Oh.... and I don't need to take it to a dealer to get software upgrades; just plug it into my PC and let 'er rip.

The decision seemed like a no-brainer to me. The only downside - the funky looking suction cup window mount and the power lead draped over the dash. IMHO... a small downside.
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The Garmin is many times better than the built-in nav for so many reasons... it is a no-brainer, really.

(Garmin builds military-spec GPS units for the government. Their GPS electronics are top-notch.)

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The best nav system is either Garmin Nuvi or the Tom Tom, all under $200 and portable.
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There are also plenty of mounts that don't involve suction cups. Check out the friction mount on amazon.com for about $25. (Price from memory... could be off by a few bucks.)
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There are also plenty of mounts that don't involve suction cups. Check out the friction mount on amazon.com for about $25. (Price from memory... could be off by a few bucks.)
I think the Professor has this one in mind. I am waiting for it to arrive from Amazon. $26.75

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