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Old 04-12-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Question Zumo 665LM - good move?

I'm about to pull the trigger on a zumo 665LM. I see the XM radio capability as a very attractive feature.

I have read a lot about it, but still need to ask: is it a good move? Any reasons why I should avoid it?

Any advice is always greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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Anybody?

At least, I have not been called an idiot for asking the question......yet.
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Old 04-13-2014, 05:59 PM   #3
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Idiot?

You're an idiot.

Just kidding.

Im in the same boat. I want a new gps and there are too many options. At widely different prices.

The garmin 660 seems popular. The 665 adds xm radio, i think.

Which is more important, road ( routes) or trail (tracks)?

Im mostly road. The 660 is $539 at revzilla. I dont need xm radio, dont listen to music on the bike. The Tom Tom rider is attractive at $335 at best buy, (6 month same as cash). But i dont want to spend $300 and be disappointed. I downloaded the Tyre software and it seems ok.

Then there is the 350/390. A few complaints about the mounts.

And the new 590, but $800 ?? Wow

So, i go back and forth and wont decide until i am more sure.

I have a garmin 276C and it works, but is very basic.

I have an iPhone so bluetooth would be nice.

Let me know what you think.


Oh yeah, then there is the whole android world. Im so confused.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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Yes, the options are many. I currently pair my iphone with a scala g4. I really like music/radio when riding. Like I said, the xm feature is quite attractive. But the price is not.

I do 70-80% of my riding on the pavement. I do not need hardcore deep-in-the-bush track mapping.

If I can find a 665 in stock somewhere at an okay price, I think I'm gonna go for it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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Just curious, why not go for a 550 or something similar. You don't use the XM you don't do a lot of off road, the prices of the 550 have come way down. Something specific about the 665 you need?
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Old 04-15-2014, 05:45 AM   #6
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I looked at the entire Zumo line...450, 550, 660, 665, 350, 390, etc. Tried a few of those. I ended up with the 660. The 665 is nice if you want the satellite radio...which I didn't, since I put thousands of songs onto my 660 and use that as my MP3 player (I use a Sena bluetooth system...some people complain about quality, but I get excellent sound).

If the XM is worth it to you, nothing wrong with the 665.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:04 AM   #7
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Just curious, why not go for a 550 or something similar. You don't use the XM you don't do a lot of off road, the prices of the 550 have come way down. Something specific about the 665 you need?
I am interested in xm radio. I am not sure whether playing mp3s would be enough. I certainly don't care for the price tag of the 665.
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I am interested in xm radio. I am not sure whether playing mp3s would be enough. I certainly don't care for the price tag of the 665.
I'm pretty sure the 550 can get XM radio.....I may be wrong but you might want to check a bit.
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The 550 is indeed XM capable. Not many left on the market.
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The 550 is indeed XM capable. Not many left on the market.
Keep an eye on the for sale Flea Market here...they pop up regularly at fairly good prices.
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I may have one floating around.....let me do some further garage cleaning....
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:14 PM   #12
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When it comes to 550 660 665 or 665LM, I've had them all. The 550, 660,as well as the 665 are no longer supported by Garmin. The 665LM is supported. Really, the only difference between the 665 and the 665LM is the LM has "lifetime" maps. I currently have both the 665 and a 665LM. I do a bit of "tour Guide" stuff and need a backup. I recently moved to a 2014 R1200GSW with the GPS setup installed. I had to decide what I wanted, a 665 or a Nav V. After looking closely at both units, I decided to stick with my 665 setup. The Nav V is a nice unit and interacts with the bike. But to get weather, traffic and any other services, you HAVE to have a smart phone (as well as a data plan) otherwise, none of that is available (wait till it starts connecting and you get "roaming fees" for data. Most people don't care, but the Nav 5 has no speaker. Worthless if you would like to use it in your car (and you can not bluetooth it to your car radio.). I don't believe there is any plug if you want to plug an external source in.
I'll stick with the 665 or the 665LM. I like the larger screen (over the 550). I do listen to music and love the active radar as well as weather warnings. Traffic is not of much use but is nice to know. I've used Garmin stuff for years and am familiar with the software and comfortable with using it. .... Well, that's just one persons point of view, and it is worth every penny you paid!! Cheers
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Old 04-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #13
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. Most people don't care, but the Nav 5 has no speaker. Worthless if you would like to use it in your car (and you can not bluetooth it to your car radio.). I don't believe there is any plug if you want to plug an external source in.
Does the 665LM have an external speaker? Garmin's specs make no mention of it. That would make using the unit in a car much easier.....
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Does the 665LM have an external speaker? Garmin's specs make no mention of it. That would make using the unit in a car much easier.....
Yes it does, and also has a car cradle that can plug into an 1/8" jack.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:38 AM   #15
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FWIW, the Nav V car cradle has a speaker.
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