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Old 02-22-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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Garmin City Navigator Updates?

How often does Garmin update their City Navigator maps? Is the lifetime update purchase ($89) a good idea?
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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I believe they update the maps 4 times a year.
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Old 02-22-2015, 05:59 PM   #3
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Is the lifetime update purchase ($89) a good idea?
What are the odds you need a new address or new street in some new subdivision? Highways change a little in a year but not much.
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City Navigator North America 2015.40 should be out any day now.
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:18 AM   #5
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How often does Garmin update their City Navigator maps? Is the lifetime update purchase ($89) a good idea?
As noted, usually 4 times a year.

While I don't update mine every time, it is helpful to have current information for roads and services, hotels, campgrounds, etc.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:26 AM   #6
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What are the odds you need a new address or new street in some new subdivision? Highways change a little in a year but not much.
The vast majority of the real map data in an update is related to POIs and fixes to existing road data. These days roads that we like to travel are regularly being taken out of service by BLM or FS or they become Private Property. I don't usually consider Photo Junctions and 3D Buildings as map data as it is usually in a separate file.

Updating a map is almost always a good idea in my opinion.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:43 AM   #7
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I bought CN on DVD. I have never updated because I am too cheap.

It rarely causes a problem.

But one problem I do run into that is annoying are map defects - an erroneous gap in a road that prevents autorouting.

I have encountered a few and friends who have updated versions sometimes don't have the defect.

I would never trust a dirt road in a remote place on City Navigator without verifying it on other maps. MVUMs are becoming very useful for this.
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The vast majority of the real map data in an update is related to POIs and fixes to existing road data.

These days roads that we like to travel are regularly being taken out of service by BLM or FS or they become Private Property.

Updating a map is almost always a good idea in my opinion.
I just updated an 08 version in my Nuvi for 1 and only 1reason. In the S/W
Maverik generally have the cheapest gas and they have a 2 cent discount for members. They are a new brand with many stations built after 08.

I have to disagree that the BLM or USFS has closed many roads. Congress has closed 10x as many roads and trails with Wilderness. Many forests have closed single track trails under Travel Management.

Yes a "good idea" but just a choice of how you spend your money.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:16 PM   #9
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How often does Garmin update their City Navigator maps? Is the lifetime update purchase ($89) a good idea?
It is worth it, but if you shop around, you can get a better deal. Try PMing GPSCity and asking about their price. I have found them to be not only knowledgeable and helpful, but they seem to have very good pricing.
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