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My Garmin c330 has difficulty acquiring satellites in my new 2009 Camry XLE. Does it have something to do with Bluetooth? Does it interfere? Ever since we bought the 2009 Camry XLE in June, the Street Pilot C330 cannot acquire satellite. It was sent back to Garmin. They sent a new one. This one is not working either. I did a master reset on both C330s. We have not used the Bluetooth capability yet. Is there a connection between the two?

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  • artist0355 Aug 03, 2008

    c330 won't come on

  • artist0355 Aug 03, 2008

    garmin c330 will not come on

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same exact problem.  The unit does work outside the vehicle.  

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I don't know why you are having the problem, but I do have a solution. The C330 has an external antenna connection on the rear, so you could obtain an external connection like one of these:

http://www.bizrate.com/gpsaccessories/products__keyword--garmin+c330+external+antenna.html

And connect the GPS to the external antenna when you are using it inside the car.

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The C330 does not have bluetooth capability. Regardless, this has nothing to do with the unit's ability to acquire satellites. Nor should the type of vehicle you purchased, unless the unit is unable to receive due to some feature, like something in the windshield, which is preventing the unit from receiving a proper signal. Does the unit work outside the vehicle?

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