Question about Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

Route preference problem - Nuvi 200

When I go to; TOOLS, SETTINGS, NAVIGATION, I am unable to get the OFF ROAD to activate.

I can select and highlight OFF ROAD, but when I hit OK, the route preference goes to FASTER TIME.

I have done a reset, calibrated the screen, and re-installed the version 4.80 software update.

Any ideas before I call Garmin.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by on

  • 6 more comments 
  • Dancarmich Jan 27, 2009

    I have the same problem with the Nuvi 250, it started with the updated to version 4.8. I have contacted Garmin, if there is any fix, I will let you know !


  • travlrs2 Jan 27, 2009

    Thanks for the info. I contacted Garmin yesterday via email. I will post here when I hear something.

  • walter888 Feb 10, 2009

    I have the same problem.

  • f422ude Feb 18, 2009

    Purchased a GArmin Nuvi 200 two weeks ago...updated software and unable to enable the 'OFF Road" feature. Returned the unit for an even exchange, verified that the "Off Road' feature was working. Updated the software and now unable to use "Off-Road" feature...Please Help!!!

  • loudig Feb 27, 2009

    Same here. Too bad we cannot get a software downgrade back to the version in the unit as purchsed.

  • travlrs2 Mar 07, 2009

    When I saw that several others had the same problem, I decided to go right to the source. I called Garmin and received an RMA and got my unit replaced with a new one. It looks like since then they have found a fix for the original problem.

  • f422ude Mar 09, 2009

    Why hasnt Garmin contacted us about the new update?

  • Dancarmich May 11, 2010

    Finally receive answer from Garmin... Here is the paste of of the email I received on 2009-02-09... Not solved yet !


    Dear Xxxxxxx,

    Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I have completed a report on the error as we found it to be a repeatable process. The report was submitted early last week to the software team so the issue can be corrected in a future software update. Unfortunately I have not heard back on this issue, but that is not uncommon.

    Garmin is fairly fluid with software updates nd there should be another one available for that device in the coming weeks. I apologize for any inconvenience this issue is causing.

    With Best Regards,

    Christopher T
    Product Support Specialist
    Automotive Team
    Garmin International
    913-440-8280 (fax) Att: Christopher T



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 2 Answers

Garmin has [finally] fix the problem, simply run the 5.00 software update

Now the question is, should we stay away from any future update ???

Posted on Mar 05, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do you select most use of freeways to avoid back roads? My Magellan was easy to use in that regard.


Go to the Tools > Settings > Navigation > and press the button under Avoidances.
Use the arrow down and place a check mark in the box beside Unpaved Roads and then press OK.
Also, go to the Tools > Settings > Navigation > and setting the Route Preference to Faster Time will usually route using freeways. This is not always the case, as some secondary roads are paved and the unit will route to them if it calculates that this will be a faster route.
It is usually a good idea to familiarize yourself with an unknown route. This can be done after creating the route and touching the map screen. Zoom out to view sections of the route. Via points can then be added to modify the route as necessary.

Sep 28, 2011 | Garmin nuvi 1450 GPS Receiver

1 Answer

How do I program my own route if the suggested route is not desired? Is there a way to save a route I have just taken?

when you navigate to the route and you dont like it...... press menu on that screen then press detour until you see the route you want.......

you can also check to see what avoidances you have chosen by going to Tools...Settings...Navigation... from here lok at your Route Preference chosen and under Avoidances make sure you have it Enable and check to see where the checkmarks are there to avoid

Nov 21, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 1490T GPS Receiver

1 Answer

How do i program to take popular or main route instead of shortest back road cross country route ?

Go to Tools......Settings...... Navigation..... as your Route Preference chose Faster Time

under Avoidances make sure its Enabled and Highway is NOT checked to avoid

Nov 15, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 255W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

Many times my navigation system leads me to roads that are unnecessary to follow (like a tourist-view route), it only costs me more time if I follow exactly the same ways he asks me to follow. I wish it...

Go to Tools.... Settings....Navigation.....under Route Preference set it to Faster Time if you need to change it just press to Shorter Distance or Off Road.... if you change it make sure you press OK n bottom screen

Faster Time I use


Avoidances.....should be it....make sure Highway is Not checked... if you make changes here also press Ok on bottom screen

I only keep checked U-turns ...Traffic...Car Pool ...Unpaved roads

Before you travel, add your route to the GPS, do a trial run from home and see which direction it is taking you by pressing the turn arrows
If that isnt the way you want to go, on the map screen press menu then press detour, this will take you in another direction again scroll down the turns and see the route

Oct 30, 2010 | Garmin Nuvi 350 Car GPS Receiver

1 Answer


I go to New Brunswick area Shediac, Moncton had no problems yet...
Look and see what you Navigation set to. to do that go to Tools...


under Route Preference I set it to Faster Time .. you can click it to change to Shorter Distance or Off Road

On avoidances... I have it Enable.....Click it to change what to avoid..
I have checked mark U-Turns....Traffic...Car Pool Lanes and Unpaved Roads.

Hope this helps

Love my Nuvi760

Sep 21, 2010 | Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

1 Answer

It sometimes tells me to turn the wrong way. It sometimes takes me on side streets and highways instead of main highways.

On the Nuvi units go to Tools....Settings...Navigation select Faster Time for Route Preference, and Avoidance Enable press enable make sure highways is not checked as places to avoid then click Back

Aug 14, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 260W GPS Receiver

1 Answer

How do iget my gps to use motorways it always seems to avoid them

Go to Tools.... Settings..... Navigation.....

Route Preference click to change

Avoidances Enabled

click to change uncheck Highway

the only Avoidances I use are U-turns...Traffic...CarPool Lanes and Unpaved Roads

Love my Nuvi760

Jun 14, 2010 | Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Receiver

1 Answer

My garmin 200w always takes the back roads and I would like to take the highway. How do I do this

in the tools/settings/navigation menu change route preference to faster time and also check your avoidances

May 19, 2010 | Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver

2 Answers

My nuvi 760 routes me the long way around

You should do the following: Changing the Navigation Settings;
Touch Tools>settings>Navigation. There you'll find how the sysytem will calculate your route.Route Preference.........Faster Time....Shorter Distance.......Off Road....Avoidances,very helpfull....Restore original navigation settings.
Hope this will help you,

Mar 24, 2009 | Garmin Nuvi 760 Car GPS Receiver

1 Answer

Mapping starting point to destination.

From the "Where To" menu choose Settings > Navigation > Route Preference > This is where you can choose a Faster Time or Shorter Distance and also Off Road. Off Road is used to create a "Straight line" or "Direct Route" This option will NOT follow the roads.

Most will use Fastest and also make sure the Vehicle type is correct.

Jan 10, 2008 | Garmin nuvi 350 GPS Receiver

Not finding what you are looking for?
Garmin nuvi 200W GPS Receiver Logo

Related Topics:

234 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Garmin GPS Experts


Level 3 Expert

2130 Answers


Level 3 Expert

77932 Answers

TO Lady

Level 3 Expert

638 Answers

Are you a Garmin GPS Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides