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Recent reviews for this item:
Al Skiles, March 21, 2008 I bought the 320c street pilot a couple of months ago and the map is very out of date. It takes me to wrong locations often. I have been looking for a house to buy in SC and where it takes me is close, but hardly ever gets the location right.
Alex, January 8, 2008 I purchased this a year and a half a go for a trip to Baltimore for a wedding and then Wisconsin for a family reunion. I like the estimate time of arrival feature and we had to use the find the hotel feature once. The trip functions are nice The route it chose was slightly different then the map we got from the Automobile Association but that was not a major issue. It does give you a degree of comfort in knowing you will not be completely lost in a strange city. Pros I was surprised at how good the touch screen is. The routing does not take into account that side streets maybe faster but it has not steered me wrong yet. I like the ability to chose highways, U Turns, paved roads etc. Cons The size is a bit bulky and doesn’t fit easily into a shirt pocket The countdown distance to turns seems too long. A few times I have overshot my turn because the unit distance doesn’t seem right. Does not have the map planning function that later units have After about 18 months the battery in the unit has died. Servicing from Garmin was quoted at minimum $240. Excessive heat seems to kill the batteries and it has happened to quite a few of these units. There are online sources that show how to replace the battery yourself. The battery can cost as little as $8. Great for the DIY person. This is my first GPS unit and I am quite happy with it despite the cons listed above.
Ralph, November 7, 2007 I bought the C320 in January 2007 specifically to use in my car. I had used a handheld Magellan unit up till then, and I have to say the C320 is great for vehicle use. It lacks many of the finer features that a better, hand held unit has, but for in car, point to point navigation it can't be beat. The voice instructions are excellent, and the timing for turns etc is perfect. It even seems that speed and distance to the next turn is taken into account so that an instruction to turn is given in a manner that is consistent with time available to make the turn. The calculated route is highlighted on the screen so a quick glance usually shows if its this street right here, or the next one. This is invaluable, especially in older parts of towns, where some streets are very close to each other. My wife is a notary and does closings for a couple of west coast companies. Even though she grew up in this city, she often uses the C320 to locate properties where she has to do a closing. In July we took a 10 day trip to California, and the C320 was invaluable. It was almost like having a local with us in the car all the time. We travelled from Carmel almost all the way up to the Oregon state line, and we preprogrammed our various accommodation sites into the unit. Driving to each destination was a snap, and finding gas stations or food outlets while on the highway was a breeze. It has a small downside, when maps have not been updated along with road improvements or changes. However, some judicious seat of the pants navigation along with using the map on the C320 display has always worked fine for these instances. I specifically chose the C320 so that I could change out the SD card - they are so cheap today that it really makes sense, especially if you intend to travel overseas and need to load maps for foreign areas. This is one unit I would not hesitate in recommending to anyone. Its not perfect, but its close enough to make the small anomolies not worth mentioning.
Jay, December 31, 1969 Better than I expected !
I just received my 320 from GPS city a few days ago, and it is wonderful how well it works. I bought it for it's portability, battery life, and ease of exchanging maps. I purchased the European Maps as well because I'm planning to travel overseas soon, and it's amazing how easy it is to install the software. Absolutely get the 1 gig SD card.
It acquires sat signal very well. Best features are ease of finding destinations, accuracy (it knows quite accurately how fast you're going ! makes a great trip computer!), and is fantasically portable !
The touch screen eliminates the need for clunky buttons (big plus) and the only things I would ask for are faster downloading of the maps (function of the SD card, not the 320) and interchangeable battery. Bravo Garmin, and THANKS GPSCITY.com !!