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Confused satelite signals

Losing satelite signal during trip and showing route on wrong street and going in wrong direction.

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Make sure GPS has clear view of sky.

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My garmin c320 wont acquire sattelites and shows the wrong state!

I returned mine to Amazon after a nightmarish trip to Washington DC. Even though I bought it for $399 (versus the $499 now), I still found it not worth the money. It seems this model was a good attempt by Garmin .. but still has a long way to go before it is a professional GPS making significant contribution to the driver's navigation ability. Following are the seven things that annoyed me the most:

1. The screen in daylight is so dull. You can hardly see it. As somebody pointed out in an Amazon's review, I can't believe that Garmin engineers released this model after field testing. Shame on Garmin for doing that. (Those who say it's okay .. I admire your patience with it .. and appreciate your effort to avoid buyer's remorse)

2. The unit does not tell which street to turn on .. just silly commands like "Stay right and then stay right" even though there might be 3-4 intersecting streets. Without the street name, it is very easy to take the wrong street especially if you are in a busy downtown. I know that the street name comes on the screen .. but it's too distracting for a driver to look at the screen .. (however, as stated earlier, you can only make out the street name by looking at the screen if it is "non-daylight" condition)

3. The unit takes quite a bit of time to "acquire satellite signals". You keep sitting in the car until it does so. If you start driving .. it get's really confused .. seems to take even more time to acquire signals.

4. The accuracy and directions are sub-optimal. It took me through real complicated ways .. when I could clearly see in the map how easy it was to reach a certain place.

5. The suction cup mount is quite clumsy. The wire sticking out of the mount just adds to the clutter. Garmin adds the bean bag functionality to a higher priced model .. but this does not help the C320 buyers.. does it? (You can buy it if you shell out extra money).

6. Even though it claims to be a portable unit, it is very difficult to use it in hand - it is bulky for your pocket.. and places where you need it most like downtowns, hiking etc. .. it does not acquire signals easily due to maybe the building obstructions or something.

7. Amazon misadvertizes the selling price of the unit stating $749.99 as the original price .. thus projecting huge (almost 50% savings)... while the fact of the matter is that the official Garmin's Suggested Retail Price is $589.27 U.S.D. Amazon should be a little more ethical so as not to mislead the buyers using this falsely advertised saving projections.

Just FYI: I had the latest v7 software loaded in my unit during the trip.

Now feel free to disagree... this is just my opinion. I have tested it "a lot" .. and would advise you to wait a couple of more cycles before Garmin (or some other company) comes with a reasonably priced unit which does not have these fatal flaws

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I type in the correct address and it's telling me to take alternate routs, which are way out of the intial way to my destination.Telling me to get off on side streets?

Untick shortest or fastest route

I have had this many times, and you wonder who they paid to make the route? Mr Ying Long a recent migrant?

If i know my way for most of the trip I only engage the GPS at the region I am unfamiliar with that way i only get to go down a one way street the wrong way once in a trip!

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