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#637923 - 09/20/10 07:43 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: randy]  
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I replaced my 2730 with the 665. The 665 is a very nice unit. The screen is very large and bright. Much, much larger than my 2730. It's also much faster. My problems with the XM aside I think the 665 works very well as a GPS unit. Though there are a few little annoyances.

For one there is no map button that always takes you directly back to the map screen. Sometimes it's a multi-step process to get back to the map screen. And with gloves, sometimes the touch screen is hard to activate. This is why I debated buying a 550 vs. the 665 since the 550 still has hard buttons for certain functions. And some of the functions on the 665 are several layers of pushing buttons deep to get to. Sometimes 5 or 6 layers. I found on more than one occasion taking my attention off riding while messing with the GPS. This can be dangerous! The 665 probably has more functions then I will probably ever use. But it does what it's designed to do very well. And I love the new weather radar. That's when the XM antenna works.....Ugh!

If I had it to do all over again I may have went for the 550. It's proven technology that's still several generations ahead of my 2730. But I may just be saying that now because of my issues with the XM.

Doug

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#637926 - 09/20/10 07:48 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: randy]  
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Originally Posted By: randy
i have a 2730 which I love. I was also wondering how do you like the 665? any feature stand out, any feature missing where you are scatching your head.

probably the feature I missed most from the old 26XX unit to the 2730 was the "next exit listing". you could click on next exit and it would tell you gas, shopping food all features for one exit. never could replicate that on the 2730.

anything like that on the 665?


Randy,

There is a fuel funcion that gives you the distance to gas stations in a list. You can then click on any one of them and the GPS will take you there. But this function is again sevral layers deep in the programming.
Doug


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#637936 - 09/20/10 08:09 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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Keep in mind when it gives you distance to fuel or food etc., it is "as the crow flys, not as the road goes. It is not until you click on "take me there" that i calculates the route. I once clicked on a diner that was only 4 miles away and once calculated, it was 90 miles via road. It was on the other side of the Columbia river.


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#637971 - 09/20/10 09:26 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: johnlt]  
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If the 665 has the same set-up as the 550 it's most likely the mount, not the puck. My 550 w/GXM30 does the same thing every now and then when it gets wet. Garmin replaced two mounts for this problem until I figured out all I needed to do was unplug the GXM30 puck and let the USB port dry out. Brings it back to life every time.


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#641565 - 10/02/10 09:01 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: 3Putt]  
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The new GXM 40 antenna that Garmin sent me seems to be working fine (so far!). So far no need to use the new wiring harness. We'll see how it goes. Hopefully the problem is resolved.

Doug


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#641622 - 10/03/10 03:02 AM Blue tooth Issue [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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set up:Zumo and starcom1 with DroidX

Starcom works great as intercom and music from droid

Zumo works great directions interupt music or I can listen to music that is on the zumo with out droid.

Problem: connect via bluetooth zumo and droid. receive call,zumo tells me incoming call I select answer . I can hear the person on the other end of the phone but they can not hear me through the headset mike. Has anybody ever run into this before


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#642762 - 10/06/10 09:47 PM Re: Garmin 665/GXM40 issue [Re: Doug_Baliko]  
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I have the same Garmin units and have had no trouble wiring thru the Centech unit. There have been reports of some defective garmin motorcycle mounts interfering with the communication between the 2 units. I have had none of these issues and am very happy with the GPS after over 10k miles using it.

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