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    Dead GPS

    My five year old ZUMO 550 has died and will need sent in for x-change $150.00 so says Garmin. All the mounts i have for the 550 will not work with any other Garmin if i want to look at any other units i bet. Are there any units that show weather with the road. I like the 550 but five years seems a little short to me.

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    Have the refurbs been holding up?

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    I had a couple of 550 refurbs (I owned two GPSes), they were fine, but five years is a century when it comes to GPS model runs. The 550 is slow as molasses, the newest map sets will not fit, and it does not do weather. You need a 665 for that.

    I always sell my old units for good money when new models come out and that way the upgrade is relatively cheap.

    It's a few years ago now, but my first 550 sold for $450 and I bought the 660 for $625. When the 665 came out, the second 550 went for $400 and I paid about $700 for the 665.

    No regrets about doing things this way. I tear up 50k miles a year and consider the GPS essential and a business expense. It also beats the hell out of a GPS laptop like I used in 1995, although admittedly, that was in the cage.
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    I got a refurb unit to replace my dead 550 last year. I too was about five years old when it died. Seems to be the typical lifespan. Refurb one is working well so far. I considered upgrading to the 660, but in the end the price tag was more than I wanted to spend.

    I did end up getting a Garmin Montana this year to use on my GS and for handheld use. The 550 now stays just on the GT.
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    I can't wait to retire and have a fixed income. The one I have now is always broke.

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    Take a look back at some fairly recent posts of mine & related threads per my Garmin 550 experience. They will do the thing for 1/2 price if you have what seems to be persistence. I only needed the rubber replaced that seals the on/off rt side but got a new /er unit back for $75. Looks brand new to me as opposed to refurbed. One guy got his replaced for nothing so consistency is not their thing @ Garmin, so it seems.

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    Sent it in today for $100.00

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