Question about Garmin n?vi 265WT Car GPS Receiver
Accoding to the box and system, the fm traffic should be free...but when I touch the screen, it says I must first go online to get the code. Of course online doesn't allow the "included" option. 20 mins on hold with customer service for the guy to argue that the unit doesn't have an FM transmitter in it...finally he agrees it does. Then he tells me it takes 2 days for it to update once out of the box...seriously? Its been 5. Then he asked if its been "on for and running for all 5 days" to which I ask if he is joking. He said it should start working eventually. Is there any other way to get the code I need?
I called Garmin about the same issue. If you will turn it on and are in one of the 50 metro areas covered it will automatically receive trraffic updates. That is exactly what I did and it worked and I got the same message you did. You do NOT have to sign up, get a code, or anything. Just turn it on in one of the areas and watch for the traffic symbol on the uper left hand side.
Posted on May 22, 2009
The fm transmitter is included in the 265wt, its the rectangular portion in the power cable we use in the car.the lifetime fm traffic is free.i purchased a 265wt this dec 2009.the prob came up it said i need to update the fm traffic and gave a code.i went to the garmin site and couldnt figure out where to enter it as all the prod there can only be purchased..there were no traffic signals now.i tried all the evening and figured this out
i went to my car and connected my gps with the power cable as it has the transmitter.now i got the traffic signal and touched on that icon it said it has automatically updated and fm traffic is available free till 2023.my friend too had the same problem ,his 265wt also got updated automatically.but he didnt get the traffic icon just infront of his home but only in major highways.so if u r in a good location u will get the traffic icon.
the premium traffic which is 60$ in the website is not needed it just gives some extra features like the traffic being displayed even when u r not in the major highways.actually u will not encounter any traffic in such places so why spend money on that.there is a free map update for 265wt within 60 days of activation dont forget it,as it costs around 150$ to purchase a map update.
Posted on Mar 02, 2010
I received a 265WT for the holidays and had the same problem. The power cable you get with the unit has a rectangular piece on it. This is the receiver for traffic info. I think you have to enable it through the setup menus on the unit. I almost spent the $60.00 for the "lifetime membership" and then saw that I WAS getting traffic info when I got near any MAJOR highway. Depending on where you are geographically you get road conditions, generally for large highways only. There are 2 types of traffic info and one of them is free. In order to get the pay traffic info you not only need to pay the $60.00 put you need to buy a new cable which I priced at over $100.00. The free traffic is OK but I was expecting more.
The speech isn't the greatest but it shouldn't be "garbled." If it is there is probably something wrong with the unit or you have the volume up too high. Personally I find it really annoying and mute it. The thing to remember is if you are using the unit as your hands free cell device you have to unmute the device when placing or receiving calls.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 08, 2009
You don't need that code. that code for other traffic purchase.
just tell them the serial number of the transmitter and ask if it receive any signal.
mine works after that.
Posted on Aug 17, 2012
Same - about Get the Code from Garmin.com... no such spot on the site... other than Buy one. No help. I finally downloaded the Manual for the 205T series, and it says that the Traffic feature in the unit is AD-based and wherever signal is available. - " nüvi 265WT's integrated FM traffic receiver. Receive alerts about traffic delays and road construction that lie ahead on your route" So, I do not think you need to Get the Code (is only brought out periodically). ALSO - this feature is only for NEW PURCHASE. Used/refurbished units may lose it. So, I am on vacation, and never seen my traffic button, evnthough I have it set for ON in the Setup. OK - no FM/Traffic reception - no traffic info.
Posted on Dec 29, 2010
When I put in an address on my nuvi 265wt, the distance to the location is listed with an outrageous milage. I know that it should be about 10 miles but the it indicates over 700 miles.
Posted on Dec 30, 2009
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