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Garmin Nuvi 200W


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  1. Garmin is trying to charge me $299 for a European map for my Nuvi200W. For that price, I can buy a Navigon 5100 PLUS European map. Garmin= no customer support.

    Ken - March 29th, 2008
  2. I bought the 200w last month (my first GPS). I traveled from Myrtle Beach to Roanoke, 320 miles. During the trip, I traveled on three sections of four lane highway that were not on the 200w. I cannot tell date of pre-installed maps, but needless to say, I was disappointed. When a map update comes out, will I have to pay for it? Is this shortcoming normal? Should I return it for another? I love my unit otherwise. Any insight or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Henry - April 27th, 2008
  3. I just purchased 200w, works well for basic GPS as thats all I wanted. Few things I wanted to point out, 3 out of 10 times its slow to find SATs, one cure is to power off and back on works best ive seen. Mine was a refurb from CC and when I reg’d it on Garmins website I was able to get free map update. Mine came with 07 and got 08, plus I got a firmware update to 3.40. Also down loaded new vehicles, many fun free items you can down load. Since I am PC tech, I already had USB to mini USB cable that you need to connect to your PC. Love the auto backlight feture for night driving. Maps are pretty acurate although yesterday it put me at the wrong end of a long street when trying to locate a home. I know its not the GPS’s fault, map issue. I read many reviews of other makes and went with this due to cost, features, reliability, ease of use. When I got it, took it out of box, plugged it in and was up and running in 5 min.

    eric - June 7th, 2008
  4. I purchased this devise and returned it to the store after 3 days. It was slow to pick out the satilites, over 5 mins. Had to email about map updates. Tried to download updates as the maps on the devise were extremely outdated. I was informed that the unit’s memory was to small and had to delete most of the voice files so that the maps could fit. After several hours of waiting for the downloads and uploads, I gave up. I had a similar experience with Navigon 2100. The maps were extemely outdated and tried to update the maps. I was told I had to purchase a subscription to get the new maps. Will not ever by these products again.

    Andy - July 4th, 2008
  5. Garmin and NAVION use the same map vendor for North America maps so you could expect to see an almost identical map between them.

    Tim - July 4th, 2008
  6. I recently purchased a NUvi 200W but it positions me 3 to 400 meters off from where I really am … any insights on how to fix this?

    Luc - July 21st, 2008
  7. Luc, what are you using to determine your “actual” location?

    Tim - July 22nd, 2008
  8. Tim, well, I switch it on, it finds its satellite signals all good, I click on map … then tells me I’m THERE .. when i’m actually HERE …. which is 3-400 meters off

    Luc - July 22nd, 2008
  9. I need more information than that… Are you judging against a set of known coordinates, a POI, a street number? Some types of “here” and “there” are not expected to have that kind of accuracy, while other things might.

    Tim - July 22nd, 2008
  10. Can you download other ‘voices’ for your Nuvi 200W? I have a whole bunch of foreign-language ones, but only two English (American & British). How about if I want a sexy Australian one…can I get it as a download from Garmin?

    Chris - July 24th, 2008
  11. My two week old 200W lost its maps and doesn’t work. Customer support after 35 minutes put me to another customer support with a hold pattern of 35 minutes. That may be the worst customer service ever. ‘Don’t answer the phone and customers will hang-up and not complain.’ To make it worst I went against my better judgment and bought it from [snip] which is a worse buy. I recommend looking elsewhere.

    Heath - September 3rd, 2008
  12. I bought a Garmin Nuvi 200W because I thought it had some of the features I wanted in a GPS unit for the vehicle. On a clear day it works as it should. However on a cloudy day with cloud cover it does not work at all. The receivers they put in the unit is not sensitive enough to locate the satellites in order for the unit to work! Therefore I rate this as a worthless piece of “JUNK”. I would not recommend this for anyone. I also owned another Garmin GPS unit. It got hot on the dashboard of the vehicle and quit working. Garmin puts out nothing but junk!!

    Mike Phillips - September 16th, 2008
  13. Cloud cover has no impact on GPS performance.

    Tim - September 16th, 2008
  14. I have a Nuvi 200w since December 2007, got the free map update in Febuary 2008, have had no problems with the unit. It is sold as a basic no frills gps unit and does that as well as any gps unit out there. There will always be new roads out there that are not included until the next mapping update. Perhaps Garmin should include a system like TOM TOM’s mapshare whereby users can report mapping errors to each other. On the subject of no satelite signal, remember certain antiglare windscreens interfere with satelite reception.

    Tom - October 5th, 2008
    • I agree. I’ve had my Nuvi 200W for quite a while now and I love it. I’ve had no problems with outdated maps, cloudcover or delayed satellite tracking. I’m either a lucky buyer, or a patient user, but I would highly recommend this unit as a basic GPS.

      Bo Langley - January 5th, 2010
  15. Is there any software/firmware upgrade to essentially change a Garmin 200W into a 260W. Just to turn on the sound to announce street names?

    Mike - October 5th, 2008
  16. Mike – No.

    Tim - October 5th, 2008
    • Can you advise about converting a 200W to a 205W? The 205W shows the current speed as well as Speed Limit on the main screen. 200W does not. Can you load a 205W image into the 200W?

      Grason - August 27th, 2009
      • No, it can’t be converted.

        Tim - August 27th, 2009
  17. Two major issues I have with the 200W is that the map does not move/scroll smoothly while navigating, which makes the map a second or two behind where you actually are. If your coming up to streets that are close together is very confusing as to which one to turn on.
    Also, the map tends to auto zoom when navigating at intersections and highway interchanges. It is often the case that when there are close interstate ramps, it is very difficult to tell where to go after the first one is taken. The map zooms close enough to not be able to see where to go next. When zoomed, the interstate roads blend together keeping the readability low when really needing the accuracy.

    Patrick - October 13th, 2008
  18. what’s difference between 200 and 200w? I want to buy a gps to my father, he living in NYC and does not speak english. Can you tell me is 200W has cantonese? or any other modal you suggest? Thank you!

    QL - December 2nd, 2008
  19. The 200w has a widescreen, the 200 does not.

    Tim - December 3rd, 2008
  20. Thanks Tim. What about the langauge? Does 200w has cantonese-Chinese? Thank you!

    QL - December 3rd, 2008
  21. I am looking to purchase a navigation system for my elderly parents that live in the New Orleans area. Reason for the purchase is to have them safely evacuate during hurricane season. Any recommendations on a reasonably priced (below $300), user friendly GPS model for non-techies?

    dm - December 14th, 2008
  22. I have a Garmin Nuvi 200w. How do you upload map updates? Are there free updates or do you have to pay for them?

    Deb - January 5th, 2009
    • After the first 60 days, map updates do require payment. You can check for available updates from my.garmin.com

      Tim - January 5th, 2009
  23. Do not buy a Garmin 200w. I bought one new in April 08 and now in January 09 the internal battery will not hold a charge. The batter cannot be changed by the user – has to go back to factory. They want $300 to change the battery…. the unit cost $250 new at Walmart.

    These people build lousy products. DO NOT BUY GARMIN.

    tim white - January 25th, 2009
    • Virtually every street GPS on the market today comes with a sealed internal battery. There are very few that have a user replaceable battery, but some of the few that do are from Garmin.

      Tim - January 26th, 2009
      • Do you (or anyone else) know of a web page that shows the GPS units that have user replaceable batteries?



        tim - January 26th, 2009
  24. Bought my Nuvi 205W at [deleted] back in December of 2008. It worked great in all conditions. Always took it in the house after arriving. Today I plugged it in the car and it has lost all memory. I hit the dots as requested, it re-calibrated, then this screen popped up: “NO DETAILED MAPS FOUND THAT SUPPORT ROUTING. THE NUVI CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT THEM.” I shut it off, turned it on, unpluged it, plugged it back in many times. The Garmin screen comes up, it says “LOADING MAPS” then a load beep……… the darned pop-up screen comes back on and I can’t get passed it. Any suggestions?

    Bill - March 31st, 2009
  25. After loading up my 200w and get to the picture of “Where To” and “View Map”, I click on either one and it says there is no information. It gives me no maps or addresses that I have saved. I have already gone through the “Resetting” process,to no avail. I would appreciate any help any one can give me. Thank You.

    Richard - June 30th, 2009
    • Richard, it sounds as though your Nuvi can’t find the internal maps. If you go to Tools->Settings->Map->Map Info, does it show any maps and are they checked?

      Tim - July 1st, 2009
  26. I have a nuvi 200W. Is there any software/firmware upgrade to allow track log? For me Track log is one of the most useful function of a GPS, but NUVI 200W does not have this function. For this reason I keep using my Garmin III.

    Victor Yi - August 3rd, 2009
  27. I bought one (refurb) and returned it to Garmin because it took over half an hour to sync up with the satellites, if it ever succeeded at all. However, the replacement they sent me (which the wrong maps) is just as bad. I would not buy another Garmin unit. I also have a Magellan Crossover which works much better.

    Bruce - August 30th, 2009
  28. I bought the 200w a week ago and I really enjoy it. I registered it on Garmins web and got it updated no problem. This unit is accurate and works quite well. I have used it everyday and so far works like a pip. Thanks Garmin

    ray - December 23rd, 2009
  29. Our Garmin 200w GPS has stopped working. When plugged into the car, it lights up, reads “locating maps”, and then goes off. We’ve had no trouble with it since getting it several years ago. Is there a way to repair it?

    Tom Rowan - January 15th, 2010
  30. I have a Nuvi 200w. Have not experienced too many problems Until I purchased Lifetime map updates . Was able to updates the maps one time. this took several weeks. Have tried again for the last few weeks, contacted customer support. They replied asking questions. I responded and have not heard from them in a week. The instructions I was given by them did not match what I was seeing on the screen. Several times I got to the point of downloading maps and get a message saying the website was experiencing difficulty. would not buy another Garmin product, poor Support and difficulty getting answers.

    Terry Jenkins - May 9th, 2010
  31. touch screen doesn’t work anymore. 200w – only had 2 years any suggestions. tried the hard reset no help.

    TRACY - August 1st, 2010

    KAMELA - September 11th, 2010
  33. I have a Garmin 200 W nuvi gps. I received it a little over a year ago. I was able to just plug it into my car and it would always work. Now after only 2+ hours it shuts down on me. I plugged it into the computer to recharge it and it still shuts down on me even if it is plugged into the car after 2 hours. It works the same in whatever car it is in. Why won’t it keep the charge after 2 hours (alwyas had in the past)? I know someone who has had the same GPS for at least 4 years and she has not had to charge her GPS ever on the computer. Hers always works just by plugging it into the car. Any ideas?

    C - November 21st, 2010
  34. I have a Nuvi 200W. I purchased the map update CD. I went through the steps and selected my city. I told it to transfer and recieved a message that said there was insufficient memory. My city (Minneapolis) requires 8MB and the Nuvi only has 6.28MB available. Customer Service was no help at all. At one point I was told that my city was too big for my GPS – ONE CITY!!!!!! They should rename this the Garmin “Small Town Only” ……

    Thomas Delaney - February 28th, 2011

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