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Product Reviews for Garmin Nuvi 660 Portable/Vehicle GPS Navigator

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In my opinion, the quality stopped here.
By RogWA3FLEVerified Reviewer from Southeastern Pennsylvania on 3/27/2009
Pros:
Acquires Satellites Quickly, Comes with AC Adapter, Comes with slipcase, Compact, Easy Menus, Easy To Read, Easy To Set Up, Excellent Bluetooth, Excellent speaker, FM Transmitter works fine, Large Screen, Reliable Performance, Simple Controls
Cons:
Can't compare routes, Can't pre-plan routes
Best Uses:
Faster Routes, Finding Specific Address, Planning Trips, Rural Navigation, Urban Navigation
Describe Yourself:
Casual User
How are you with directions:
Great w/Directions
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

In choosing the 660 over the newer--and now cheaper 760--I felt that I was buying a more robust, better-built, accessory-rich, Golden Era nuvi, especially after reading several reviews of the 760. Having now used it for a few weeks I believe I was right.I don't need the travelling salesman dilemma feature. And if reports are true, the 760's inferior audio disqualifies it out of the gate--if you can't hear it, it won't help you much as a GPS nor a hands-free BT extender. And if BOTH the speaker AND the FM transmitter are poor, that's it--game over.To be more specific, the 660/760 model change occurred at roughly the same time the F.C.C. became more pro-active about consumer products with built-in FM transmitters, specifically Title 47, Part 15 devices. They initially forced XM to recall nearly all of their receivers and some from Sirius a little later. Both were forced to re-design their new receivers with lower output levels so they were compliant with the spec. I believe that the same thing may have happened with the 660/760 model change--I have no data to support this theory, but I'm in the field and others I know tend to agree.For whatever reason, everything works fine in the 660 I received in my Honda 2002 CR-V. If the FM transmitter were a problem, I could easily live with the built-in speaker, a compromise that several 760 owners have complained about. [@]exact value still escapes me, but I need to dig deeper. On paper, it's based on a far larger data pool than MSN's alternative, so it should be better (its display is certainly easier to interpret at a glance).But if you just want to talk cost, the free slipcase and AC adapter are worth $45+ alone and after that you should STILL get the friction mount AND a bag you can put everything in (Gilsson's is excellent), adding $45+ to your purchase. With the 660, you're done. But with the 760 that's another $90+. To me, the choice of the 660 is simple--more for your money and better quality for your investment. Do poorly executed features make the product, or does solid build-quality, reliability and performance? You decide.For my part, older fonts, the lack of routes--you can use MapSource on your PC to lessen the pain of its absence, I believe--and other model changes haven't been deal-killers, and the swing-out antenna allows you to turn the satellite receiver off instantly, preserving battery life for extended use as a hand-held tourist accessory.To me, it's a no-brainer--get a new 660 while you still can. Of course, that's me and I may be wrong (but not usually).

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