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Garmin Nuvi 250W

Jan
1
2008

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30 Responses


  1. Tim, Here again…I just realized that the model I’ve been looking at is the Garmin nuvi 250W (not the 260 which I origianlly asked about) and I don’t see any comments about that one. Any insights or things to be aware of? Can I assume that the map is at least a 2008 since it doesn’t specify in the data about the model? thanks again

    Karen Grace - June 18th, 2008
  2. The 250w is basically the same as the 260w except it doesn’t have Text To Speech. It will come with at least what Garmin calls the “2008” map. The most recent map is “2009” which is based on data released in 2007.

    Tim - June 18th, 2008
  3. I tried to update my nuvi250 from garmin site.It asked for my product key which came with the disc but my unit came with no disc.Any thoughts ?

    james - June 30th, 2008
  4. It is presented at the time of download. If you didn’t copy it down then, you can go back to my.garmin.com and find it in the ‘MyMaps’ section.

    Tim - June 30th, 2008
  5. Just purchased a Garmin 250W, I immediately went to the Garmin site to download my FREE update to the 2009 Maps. Just a quick note, if you plan on doing the same, set aside plenty of time, even with high speed internet. The download itself took just over an hour, the actual decompression and install took an additional 90 minutes, at least. In addition, since I was using a laptop with Windows2000, I had to download the USB drivers. Be patient! Other than that the 250W is an absolute joy to have in the car. By default the “Unpaved Roads” option is turned on in the Avoidances menu. Since I live in the country, all roads are unpaved. So when I attempted to add Favorites, It always searched for the nearest paved road sending me on a wild goose chase.

    Steve - July 23rd, 2008
  6. Just puchased a Garmin Nuvi 250W.Thrilled with the larger screen. The voice though is not as clear as in the older c530 I sold to a freind. I find the map image’s sharp & more defined in the 250w. This unit get’s you were you want to go, everytime. For the money this unit & any Garmin product are hand’s down the best on the market.

    Les - July 23rd, 2008
  7. I got the Garmin Nuvi 250W and was dissapointed. It took at least 20 min. everytime I turned it on to find the satellite signal. I traveled with it and tried different areas and still took as long. I took it back and am looking for a better gps to purchase.

    kristen - August 30th, 2008
  8. You might want to check out our Acquiring Satellites Tips.

    Tim - August 30th, 2008
  9. This unit is hands down the best bang for your buck, Although there is no TTS, it still gets the job done clearly and accurate. As an Audio/GPS salesman, I sell these Garmin Nuvi units with the confidence that the average user will have no problem at all using these devices. If reliability and simplicity is what you’re looking for, then Garmin is for you. An added note for the consumers as well.. The new Clamshell packaging (Plastic container opposed to the Standard cardboard box) comes with North America 2009 maps.

    Justin - September 2nd, 2008
    • Hi,

      I want to purchase a GPS when I travel. I would be a first time user of this product. I basically need it to find locations when I am driving around.

      Can you recommend something simple, efficient and effective to me.

      Sunita

      Sunita - July 12th, 2009
  10. MY GARMIN NUVI 250 I’E HAD FOR ABOUT 9 MONTHS, BUT IF I USED IT 10 TIMES IT WAS ALOT. NOW I WENT TO USE IT AND THE “ENTER CITY ” SIE HAS A BLANK WHERE THE O SHOULD BE, 3 H’S WHERE THE H, I, J SHOULD BE AND 2 L’S WHERE THE L& M SHOULD BE. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT IS WRONG & WHAT CAN I DO TO MAKE IT RIGHT AGAIN? ALSO, I HAVE MISPLACED MY QUICK START MANUAL. LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR CONTACTING ME.

    IRIS - September 6th, 2008
  11. I’m looking into purchasing this model. This is a splurge purchase, not a necessity. I’m looking for the basics. I for sure want voice guidance and widescreen, as this has. But what else is important. What would I need bluetooth or FM transmitter for? Can I use this if I am walking? Will it adapt if I get lost? Thanks.

    Brittany - September 13th, 2008
  12. You can use it walking on streets, and it will automatically re-route if you miss a turn.

    Tim - September 13th, 2008
  13. In order to download my 2009 updates should I not need a USB for my nuvi 250W? It did not come with one when I purchased it a year ago.

    Thyrza - September 28th, 2008
  14. You will need a USB to mini USB cable.

    Tim - September 28th, 2008
  15. Just purchased a 250w. I thought the salesman told me that it updated maps automatically without me doing anything.
    Have not driven with it on yet. Does the voice come on when I start moving?

    rose - December 17th, 2008
  16. Rose, the maps do not update automatically. They have been released about once per year by Garmin and typically cost about $70. The voice only comes on when it has something to tell you, like “turn right in 500 feet”.

    Tim - December 17th, 2008
  17. My Garmin nuvi 200’s display is in Hebrew! I can’t even read it. How do I get it to display in English? The map and voice are English but not the display. It’s totally unreadable.

    tom - December 25th, 2008
  18. I purchased a Nuvi 250W for my wife last Christmas and even with some small problems I like the unit. But now I am really upset, it seems that Garmin doesn’t have enough of my money, now every time I turn the unit on it is telling me that “my maps are a year old and that I should go to Garmin’s website and purchase new map updates”. Even worse I can’t find a way to turn off this message. I am in Germany on vacation right now and the last thing I need to do is mess with my GPS when I need it most. What are the people at Garmin doing? Don’t they know the best way to loose customers like me is to throw advertising at them after they have purchased their products?

    Has anyone found a way to turn off this stupid message?

    Sonny - December 26th, 2008
  19. I just recieved a 250w for Christmas this year and already love it. Although, I am wondering if anybody can help me to find a website other than Garmin to download extras for it. Also, I read something about Garmin and GoogleEarth. Am I able to put GoogleEarth on my 250w?

    Andrew - December 26th, 2008
  20. Tom – See Back to English with Garmin.

    Sonny – A (free) software update to the latest version will make it so you see that message way less often.

    Andrew – No, there is no way to put Google Earth on your Nuvi. See our Garmin Nuvi Forums for more tips and to ask advanced questions.

    Tim - December 27th, 2008
  21. Tim,

    Great site!

    I received a TomTom ONE 3rd for Christmas. The school zone and crosswalk audio warnings as well as the display showing the posted speed limit are great features, but was disappointed that the device could not plan an itinerary -as the salesperson had told my wife.

    The TomTom died and was unrecoverable a few days later. After the 4th round with customer service and reading all the other issues with the devices I returned the TomTom.

    Can the Garmin perform speed, school and crosswalk audio warnings? Is itinerary planning possible?

    Thanks

    Shawn - January 5th, 2009
    • Sorry.

      Forgot to mention that the new device is a Garmin 250W

      Shawn - January 5th, 2009
    • Sorry..forgot to mention that the new one is a Garmin 250W

      Shawn - January 5th, 2009
  22. Looking for an accurate, easy to use GPS for auto. Simple please. Gadgetry not necessary. Just good graphics, directions and the latest USA maps. Plug and play.

    Roy - January 26th, 2009
  23. I have had a Garmin Nuvi 250 since Christmas and have just got into the car today to find it has lost ALL my stored information and reverted to speaking German. I am unable to reset the language to English despite selecting it in the language settings menu. I have had no previous problems and did nothing different with it today than any other day. Anyone with any ideas?

    Susie - August 25th, 2009
  24. fogot pin # is there a way to reset it

    john - November 24th, 2009
  25. Hi,

    I have a Garmin Nuvi 250W since 2007 and I went to the website last week to get the update for my European map since the system was asking me for the upgrade.

    The exzperience is horrible. It took me 3 hours to download all the package, as they say in the website. And I paid 100 pounds for the lifetime update.

    My surprise at the end of the process is that I couldn’t upload all the EU maps as it was before to the device since with the new updates my device didn’t have enough memory space anymore.

    All the convinience of having one single device for the region was gone. Now I need to upload each map that I need whenever I plan a trip.

    Gamin customer service wrote me back that I would need an SD card to make it work and have all the EU maps there(maybe). That means another extra cost of 15 pounds.

    At this point I really felt really cheated. Their customer service told me there is no refund and that their information on the site was clear enough, which is bullshit.

    To complete the mess, the map update of 3.5Gb made me exceed my monthly quota with my internet provider who will start charging me 5 pounds more per month for an unlimited package (that I don’t need).

    I DON’T recommend Garmin. I felt stupid and cheated.

    Thanks,
    Julio

    Julio - February 10th, 2010
  26. I have a garmin 205w nuvi but i can not for some reason figure out why i can not get the music the music to down load and i have it set for 3-d but the but its all in 1 demenion what do i do?

    steven - February 10th, 2011
  27. I have a Nuvi 250w. Whenever I turn it off or go into underground parking it seems to take forever (sometimes 10-15 minutes ) to acquire satellites. Is this normal.

    Barry - September 25th, 2011



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