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Garmin Nuvi 260W


Two of the most popular features in auto GPS devices are present in this simple to operate GPS. Text to speech enables the GPS to not only tell you the direction and distance to the turn, but will also speak the name of the street. A vivid widescreen display makes many of the menu buttons a little bit bigger (easier to tap) and will provide you with a little bit wider view of the next turn.

While it doesn’t have some of the fancy features of its siblings like multi-destination routing, optional traffic services, or Bluetooth, the Nuvi 260w still includes many of the “must have” features people are looking for today at an easy on the wallet price. Don’t need text-to-speech? Check out the similar Nuvi 250 instead.

495 Responses

  1. Tim,
    Been trying to locate this info, but can’t locate. Was trying to see where to purchase the 260w & on one site is was listed as being discontinued as of Sept 2008. Is this the case? If so which of the others that I mentioned would be a better equivalent? If it hasn’t been discontinued do you know of any store that has it in stock? I would prefer to buy it in-store rather than online. Please help!

    Lauren - October 15th, 2008
  2. Lauren, you won’t know which maps come on the device until you turn it on. You can read here about Traffic and Multi Destination Routing. All of the Nuvi models come with POIs. Some come with the Where am I? feature, but those that don’t still give you the opportunity to find the same info. You can see a list of stores that sell the 260w here.

    Tim - October 15th, 2008
  3. Subject: siRF and other things.
    Tim, A lot of posts here and elsewhere indicate that the 260W employs siRF. Others say no. The Garmin site is no help. Which is right? Also, WAAS satellites use is claimed for the 260W by some of the various Garmin Forums’ members. Others say no. Which is it?
    Finally, this morning my 2 wk old 260W, on morning start-up showed a time that was 5 hrs-18 minutes ‘fast’ relative to actual time. Naturally it took 20 minutes to finally acquire the satellites and correct the time to the right one. Any ideas on what happened to get that random time reading? Thanks, Bill

    bill - October 16th, 2008
  4. Garmin uses a variety of sources for their chipsets, even within the same model (like the 260w) you can find some devices that have one chip, and another batch of devices that will use a different chip.

    WAAS doesn’t really matter, and the 260w most likely doesn’t have it… Which in practical use is a good thing because it doesn’t provide any benefit in a car and will only drain the battery faster.

    Sounds like your ephemeris data might have been corrupt this morning, not much you can do about that.

    Tim - October 16th, 2008
  5. We received our 255W a couple of weeks ago and we immediately took it for a ride with me driving and my wife operating the unit. She kept complaining that it wasn’t showing the correct time, but we found out later she was seeing the ETA (estimated time of arrival) and thought it was the clock time. Could that be Bill’s problem?
    So far we are very pleased with the 255W. It doesn’t “walk and talk and wiggle like a snake”, but it does exactly what we want….and does it well. I thought it would come with a huge book of instructions that would take a week to learn, but we took it out of the box and used it immediately. It is very user friendly. We got a good price, ordered the unit in early afternoon on a Friday, and got it about mid-day on Tuesday. Couldn’t be more pleased.
    Our only complaint is the British woman. She seems to have an attitude the second time she has to re-calculate. Can we do anything about that? I keep expecting her to say “Mind the roundabout Richard?
    Thanks for this forum. Great info.

    Wayne - October 16th, 2008
  6. Wayne, there is a thread in our forums called Jill’s speech impediment that includes a third party tool that allows you to customize some of the words spoken. You could change the phrase “Recalculating” to something like “That isn’t exactly what I had in mind”. Make some good backups first, but the program seems to work well for most people.

    Tim - October 16th, 2008
  7. Actually, I was pulling your leg a bit. The voices seem just fine for us. And, not everyone has seen “Keeping Up Appearances” where Hyacinth, the inveterate backseat driver, is forever saying something like “Mind the lorry on the left Richard”. From now on I’ll just stick to the facts.

    Wayne - October 16th, 2008
  8. No worries. I do get frequent comments though complaining that the voice sounds rude when it says “Recalculating!” so it is a common request. :)

    Tim - October 16th, 2008
  9. To Wayne, Tim Thanks for the quick replies.
    Wayne offers: No it wasn’t that; no route was being calculated/displayed at the time, just an initial, normal start-up for the unit. It was the indicated local time that was messed up. When the satellites were eventually (20min) found, it snapped to the correct time. The ephemeris data Tim mentioned was prob at the root.
    Tim, your comment on variable chipsets in the 260W was startling to me. My last GPS was/is a Garmin iQue3600. The reputed fantastic satellite-grabbing/holding reports of siRF chipsets was much admired in the 3600 community. The idea that Garmin would randomly substitute primary GPS engines during various production runs seems somewhat bizarre, unless the subs are identical in function/capability but different mfrs/brands.?
    I asked the WAAS question because WAAS satellite 51 apparently was recently (9/08?) repositioned/tweaked such that it would now lock up the iQue 3600 units on initial satellite search. Turning off the ‘WAAS enable’ feature on the 3600 would fix that prob. The 260W doesn’t have that ‘disable’ option, re WAAS.
    Yes, WAAS is a largely unusable refinement of little use to automobile GPSs. It’s put in service for airline use; slightly better precision (safety). Thanks, guys.

    bill - October 16th, 2008
  10. Bill, a couple of years ago SiRF was popular, and rightfully so. They had the best chipset going, and none of their competition was close. They were so popular that I had people asking me where to find ‘SiRF’ brand GPS devices and all they could find was Garmin or TomTom.

    Times have changed though, and now there are a number of other chipset manufacturers have caught up– and in some cases surpassed the quality that SiRF has been offering. The SiRF chipsets are still good, but they are no longer the only game in town. The other chips are now really good as well.

    Tim - October 16th, 2008
  11. Wayne,
    Tim is right and the Jill’s Speech Impediment is one of the best that I have seen. You can change that “recalculating” to just about anything, like if your wife sits next to you and constantly complains about your driving and you have kids screaming in the back seat. I changed mine to: “DAD – we are lost again. MOM told you so. Next time listen to your MOM but now take a short cut”.
    I only wish that program could work also with other languages that Garmin has on the unit or that you can additionally download from their website. It only works with American-Jill.

    Josef - October 17th, 2008
  12. have a garmin 250 got a weird question. lately it only tells you about a turn when you are top of it. it use to say turn right in 400 meters and then turn right when you got there. updated the software and maps from garmin already. maybe some setting in the unit i have changed? anyone have any ideas? thanx

    greg - October 18th, 2008
  13. Greg, I don’t know of anything that enables you to change those type of settings. Perhaps the newer application version just is built different.

    Tim - October 18th, 2008
  14. Greg. That guidance style (ie, no turn warning) on your unit doesn’t sound like it’s right anymore. I’d call Garmin tech suppt. @ 888 442-7646,9-5 CST. They’re the best support of any tech company I’ve ever used. It sounds like something’s gotten corrupted, somehow. Bill

    bill - October 19th, 2008
  15. Tim, Just bought the Garmin 260W and the voice prompt in text to speech pronounces “turning right on Smith Doctor” instead of Smith Drive?? It did this on each named Dr that we turned on.

    Greg - October 21st, 2008
  16. Greg, see these two threads in our forums.

    Jill’s speech impediment
    Customize your own TTS Voice – No more ‘recalculating

    I don’t know for sure if it will work with the 260w but you can check in those threads.

    Tim - October 22nd, 2008
  17. Hello Tim-
    After reading through a couple email strings on the 255w and 260w, I’ve seen different answers from you when asked which unit you’d recommend. I’m a newbie to GPS as are many others. Which unit would you recommend? I’m familiar with the differences between them, but still not sure which one is ‘best’ for me. Thanks!

    Dori - October 26th, 2008
  18. Dori, as pricing and product availability changes, as well as the age of the device, the better deal can change with time. Right now, the 255w is probably the better deal, all other things being equal.

    Tim - October 26th, 2008
  19. In your opinion, is the 265wt worth $100+ more than the 260w? I want TTS, don’t care that much about traffic or bluetooth, especially since my phone may not be compatible with Garmin’s.

    Art - October 30th, 2008
  20. I’d say probably not worth $100 more.

    Tim - October 30th, 2008
  21. I’d say probably not worth $100 more.
    How about $67?

    Art - October 30th, 2008
  22. To Dori, I’d add that the 255w is given Garmin’s hotfix, a free firmware mod/update that allows significantly faster satellite acquisition than ‘older’ models like my 260w. Garmin tech tells me that the 260w might get a version someday, but I’m not holding my breath…Bill

    bill - October 30th, 2008
  23. I’m a brand new gps not so sure which to purchase purchaser :) I’ve been doing a little bit of reasearch (via consumer reports) and am debating on the nuvi 255 and 255 w…what is the BIG diff between the 2 and which would you suggest?

    robyn - November 8th, 2008
  24. The 255w has a Widescreen. That is what the “w” denotes.

    Tim - November 9th, 2008
  25. Hi Tim –
    Thanks for being a great resource. I love my TomTom 720S and I’m now looking for a GPS for my Dad. Like many others on this website I am debating between the 260W and the TT XLS. A salesman at BestBuy said Garmin has 4 satellites while TomTom has only 2 so the 260W more accurately recognizes when you’ve reached your destination. Do you know if this is true?

    Kathy - November 10th, 2008
  26. Kathy, unfortunately there isn’t an ounce of truth to that. The GPS manufacturers don’t own the satellites, the US Government does and GPS devices just listen in to the signals. There are over 30 GPS satellites and each GPS can listen in to as many of them as they can. If you like your 720, I’d go for the XL-S since it will be familiar to you and you will be better able to help get your Dad started.

    Tim - November 10th, 2008
  27. My wife’s Street Pilot c340 just quit the other day while putting in data? The unit seems to heat up considerably with plug in the car 12V socket but nothing happens. The sales guy (kid) its probably we left it in the trunk when not in use. The nights have NOT dropped below 38 degrees. Is this true. I quess I’m leaning towards a 255W? Thanks, your site has been very helpful

    Bernie Casey - November 10th, 2008
  28. Garmin states their storage temperatures in the manual and I think you were well within the stated limits.

    Tim - November 10th, 2008
  29. I have been looking at the 260W, but just found a good deal on a 660 for not a whole lot more money. What would be the advantages of the 660? Is it better or does it just have more gadgets? THANKS! This site has been very useful!

    Sara - November 13th, 2008
  30. Sarah, the only real advantage of the 660 is a FM transmitter. Even at the same price I’d take the 260w over the 660.

    Tim - November 13th, 2008
  31. I have a Garmin 260W and it has a quirky little glitch … for Dr. it says doctor instead of Drive. I know it’s not serious but kind of annoying as I always am corecting it in my head. Anybody else experiencing this? How do I really correct it. Thanks

    Carolyn - November 14th, 2008
  32. Carolyn, see these three threads in our forums:

    Jill’s speech impediment
    Garmin 260W … Speech Problem
    Tool to change pre-defined sounds: dong-dong, volume, etc…

    Tim - November 14th, 2008
  33. Hello:
    Great forum. Am a GPS-know-nothing primarily interested in finding a unit that will allow me to find rock-hound locations out in the southwest states desert areas. Most rock-hound guide books provide GPS coordinates for popular hounding locations, but I have seen no discussion regarding entering coordinate numbers into a GPS unit. Presumeably there are units that allow such. Can you advise/discuss this aspect.

    Charles Moore - November 15th, 2008
  34. Most auto devices will allow you to do that one way or another, although the steps are not often all that convenient. The difficulty is that coordinates don’t often set directly on a street, so the GPS will guess which is the closest point on the closest road. That isn’t always the correct access point. And some models will just refuse to route to an off-street address completely. But you could do that with this device.

    Tim - November 15th, 2008
  35. Tim, I am ready to purchase either the Garmin nuvi 260w or the 350. Both are available and comparable in price. ( the 260w is a little more). Which would you recommend?

    marie gardner - November 16th, 2008
  36. 260w.

    Tim - November 16th, 2008
  37. Tim and Charles; Fortunately,the 260W routes to coordinates nicely, even if no road is there. It even gives one the option to specify the format in which to input the coord. E.g., ddd.ddddd degrees or ddd mm ss.s, etc. In routing where no road is there, the 260W finds the (geometrically) nearest ‘road’ on its map, routes you to that road, then shows a straight line (“off-road” mode) and distance to that coordinate. Obvious too is the possibility that this nearest ‘road’ may not be the ‘best’ way to proceed, i.e., fences, private roads, etc. But, common sense should take it from there…one hopes.

    Bill - November 16th, 2008
  38. I understand what you are saying, Bill. My point is that if you have never been to those coordinates before you might not know the limitations of fences or other obstructions.

    As an extreme example I had a set of coordinates I was trying to drive to once. The Nuvi happily picked a spot on the nearest road to take me to, but unfortunately the nearest road to those coordinates was on the opposite side of a canyon from where I really needed to be to access the coordinates. It took a 70 minute drive to get back around the other side. Nothing on the Nuvi map would have provided me with enough info to know I was going up the “wrong” side of the canyon.

    Sure, more pre-planning ahead of time would have caused me to figure out (from more detailed maps than the Nuvi provides) that I was headed to the wrong place, but to correct the error I would end up using a non-coordinates based address to enter into the GPS anyway…

    As a result, I’ll never use coordinates on the Nuvi as a destination. I’ll consult another map to figure out where those coordinates are, figure out where (on a road in the Nuvi’s database) I need to go, and then use that address as the destination on the Nuvi.

    Tim - November 16th, 2008
  39. Tim & Bill
    Hay, thanks for taking up your Sunday to help me out, here. Great info. I think this unit will work fine, based on your input, for my purposes. Rockhound guide books include cryptic directions (“turn left at the dirt road with the rock beside it with a lizard on it,”) along with coordinates information. I would use a combination of maps and the books, and a GPS to confirm my directions. Thanks again.

    Charles - November 16th, 2008
  40. Hi, I purchased a Garmin 260W for my husband who does a lot of driving in unknown areas. It seems that the Garmin does not automatically calculate the ” easiest” route”. Many times we would prefer to do all highway driving, rather then back roads. Is there anyway to set the Garmin up to always use highways? IS anyone else experiencing the same sort of problems?

    Joanne - November 16th, 2008
  41. Joanne, no there are not any other preferences you can change other than “fastest” and “shortest”. I assume your route doesn’t start and end on a highway, therefore you couldn’t create a route that was “highway only” between most two points.

    Some devices will allow you to “prefer” highways which means it could create a route that takes a longer amount of time to travel, going out of the way to access more highways.

    Tim - November 16th, 2008
  42. Hi Tim,

    I am happy with my 260w. I have read a few comments about problems getting satellites. This may be really off, but since it says clear area, does it matter if you just hold it out of the window for a min. or two? Also I have the beanbag, but I purchased the black leather holder that folds open. I have an area in my dash, like a small glove compartment and it fits right in there, in the case. The on off switch is open to you and of course the screen is protected around it with the firm leather. I love this. You can just take this whole case with the Garmin inside and set it anywhere in the car. Thanks for you info. Shari

    Shari - November 17th, 2008
  43. Tim, Is there a difference between the 255 and the 255W or the 260 and the 260W other than screen size, Qwerty keyboard? And the screen size, are the graphics larger or does it show you more left and right of your route? The buttons on the keyboard don’t look that much bigger.

    Karol - November 18th, 2008
  44. I am extremely happy with the 250W Nuvi that we ordered [snip, see comment policy].

    Diane - November 18th, 2008
  45. If I buy a Garmin Nuvi 255w or 260w will I be able to add later the maps of Europe?

    Franco - November 24th, 2008
  46. Franco, yes.

    Tim - November 24th, 2008
  47. Tim,

    I am looking at some fantastic sales and the 255W and the 750 are the same price. I’m looking to do some traveling to lots of ski resorts (lots of city driving and mountains and obstructions) and I was wondering which device you’d prefer if they were the same price? Thank you!

    Iris - November 25th, 2008
  48. One more thing, I wanted to look into geocaching and I was wondering which would work better as a portable walking unit as well? Thank you very much!

    Iris - November 25th, 2008
  49. Iris, if you need Multi Destination Routing go with the 750, otherwise go with the 255w. Neither are designed for outdoor use and wouldn’t be very useful for geocaching (as with most auto devices).

    Tim - November 25th, 2008
  50. I am sitting here looking at the 260w…but also considering the 265tw. I can get the 265 for $70 more and I know the only thing that really matters to me is the memory card slot. I don’t need the Bluetooth and don’t need the traffic that much. Would you recommend just getting the 260w instead?

    J. T. - November 27th, 2008
  51. J.T. – What will you be using the memory card slot for?

    Tim - November 29th, 2008
  52. After reading all of the comments regarding the Nuvi 260W I decided to purchase one. What is your experience with the Mobi universal GPS vent mount. I have a dash protector in my car and do not want to remove it. Also, in California you can’t mount the GPS on the windshield.

    Ed - November 30th, 2008
  53. The California law was recently changed and you can now mount a GPS on the windshield. There are still restrictions though such as it has to be within so many inches of the bottom corner.

    Tim - November 30th, 2008
  54. I am trying to decide between a Nuvi 260W and a Nuvi 760. Is it worth upgrading? Any downside to the 760 in terms of complexity?

    Lauri - December 1st, 2008
  55. Hello, I am newbie so bare with me…me and my brother purchased a Garmin 260w this past weekend.
    My software has the “where am I” feature and his does not, my software looks different than his and the pictures in the manual…I updated my software and then did his unit, mine goes to 4.5 his will only go to 4.00, any ideas? He wanted to know why they are different when we purchased them at the same time, store and model number 260w?

    Lon - December 2nd, 2008
  56. Lon, I really don’t know why Garmin does that. The device is spec’ed not to come with that feature, but many are now shipping with it. They really make the job tough for me when they have close to 40 different versions of the Nuvi, and many of those will even vary depending on when/where it was purchased.

    Tim - December 2nd, 2008
  57. Thanks Tim for the quick response. He won’t be happy – but I love the way mine looks!

    Lon - December 2nd, 2008
  58. Which one should I choose between Garmin nuvi 260W or Garmin nuvi 750? I need your recommendation.
    Are they both easy to place or mount on dashboard?

    Nin - December 2nd, 2008
  59. I just bought a 260w. I put in a final destination and then put in three way-points. The way-points were all flagged and the total mileage was computed. What gives? Thanks.

    Harley - December 6th, 2008
  60. I am looking at the Garmin 205W or260W. Whay are waypoints? The 205 has more, but the 260Wseems better overall. Any thoughts or advice to give? Thanks

    Vivian - December 10th, 2008
  61. Can you tell me how to load the GPX files that I sent to the 260w from mapquest.I sent the directions to the sd card,and also sent it straight to the unit.

    Barry Poindexter - December 11th, 2008
  62. Barry, the 200 series devices do not support importing routes. You can only do that on the 700 series and up.

    Tim - December 12th, 2008
  63. I think I’ve narrowed my choices down to the 260W
    and 750. Price difference is not significant. “Vias”
    with 750 seem nice but not a real dealmaker for me. My question is, since the 260W is “newer”, is there any advantage to that? In other words, is the technology any different, does the 260W offer anything in performance that the 750 lacks? Thanks in advance for any comments… very informative site!

    Dick - December 12th, 2008
  64. Tim,
    Great information. I recently purchased a 260W and love it. I have seen that one of the features that continually comes up is lack of a QWERTY keyboard. The 260W has the option of ABC or QWERTY. Am I missing something?

    Web - December 13th, 2008
  65. I’m looking at purchasing a gps for my daughter. I have narrowed down between the 205w and 255w. What are the differences and which one is best? I like the 4.3″ screen which I believe both models have. Thanks

    Dana - December 13th, 2008
  66. Tim,
    If I want to go to a destination using a special route can 260W do that? I know that it only alows 1 viapoint that will not work for what I need but is there a route planning or some other option that allows you to choose the route in advance? I would really appreciate your advice.

    Vicky - December 13th, 2008
  67. I am looking into buying a GPS device and I am curious to know if there are any ancillary costs that I should be aware of. For example, is there a monthly fee for using the bluetooth capability, for updating maps, etc.? Also, is there one company that is better priced with respect to these services? Any advice would be much appreciated. I am writing from Canada. Thanks.

    pris - December 14th, 2008
  68. I live in a rural area and I am having a problem entering Farm to Market roads. I have am address that is in a certain city/zip code but not in the city limits. how do I get it to find the FM?

    Vivian - December 14th, 2008
  69. Dick, they are of a similar vintage so there is no other significant advantage over the 7×0 series.

    Web – Yes, despite having over 40 models of Nuvi devices, Garmin is known to change the specs of a model mid-production. Some of the newer production runs ship with a QWERTY option, but most don’t. Makes my job tough. :( The vast majority of those shipped don’t have that option.

    Vicky, If you need more than one via, no, the 260w won’t allow that in the common configuration. Check out the 700 series instead.

    Pris, no fee for Bluetooth, map updates are typically $75~ish. Other manufacturers are similar.

    Tim - December 14th, 2008
  70. I have been looking for a GPS unit for my extremly directionally challenged wife. I need a simple, accurate and well built unit, no Blu Tooth, MP3, something hi-tec but not to complicated to use. I am leaning towards either the Garmin 255w or the Garmin 260w. Which would you recommend, or what other would you suggest. Thank you.

    Tony Marsh - December 14th, 2008
  71. I work in real estate and often will have to travel to several diffrent houses during any given day. I need a GPS that I can program in itinerary in. Would I be able to do that with the 260w? Thanks.

    Matthew - December 15th, 2008
  72. Matthew, no, the Nuvi 260w doesn’t have Multi Destination Routing.

    Tim - December 16th, 2008
  73. Vivian, I type in, as an example, FM-2004. If I don’t use the “dash” it does not find the address. Hopes this helps.

    Scott - December 16th, 2008
  74. I’ve been searching between many of the garmin products and thought I was settled on the 265t but then the 260w was brought up. Is the only difference between the two the traffic and widescreen? And which would you suggest?

    Shannon - December 16th, 2008
  75. Hi Tim:

    I received the Garmin 255W and 260W both as gifts and one I will return. I was thinking about keeping the 260W simply because the model number is later and usually a larger model number means newer or upgraded. Which has better, perhaps more features?

    Linette - December 16th, 2008
  76. The 255w is the newer model and offers a few more small features than the 260w.

    Tim - December 16th, 2008
  77. Great website…. I have my selection down to two units, the nuvi 260w and the 205w. I think I’ll spend the extra 20 for the test to speech. Any thoughts?

    My specific question concerns the mounts. I don’t want to leave the unit or mount visible in the car when parked. Is it practical to take off the windshield or dash mounts each time, or should I spring for the friction mount?

    Clint - December 17th, 2008
  78. I agree, go with the 260w. I like the friction mounts better anyway, so I wouldn’t hesitate to grab one.

    Tim - December 17th, 2008
  79. what is a quick discription of the differance between the Nuvi 750 and the 260W
    I can get them for the same price, the 750 has a bigger screen. What else is dif.?? why the same price??
    thank you

    ron - December 18th, 2008
  80. Ron, they have the same screen size. The biggest difference is that the 750 has Multi Destination Routing.

    Tim - December 18th, 2008
  81. [deleted] The screen is 3.5 smaller than the 4.3 screen on the 260W and the 255W, but is this better than those two?

    Linette - December 20th, 2008
  82. This might be a stupid question, but I’ve been trying to find out how many POI’s are included in the 260w and have only found a description for waypoints. Are waypoints the same as POI’s? If so, the 260w only has 500.

    Lisa - December 26th, 2008
  83. I recently used Garmin Nuvi 260W to go to Mankato, MN and back to Fargo, ND. Earlier, I had used a friend’s Tomtom on my first visit to Mankato about 6 months ago. This time when I used my Nuvi 260W I discovered that it gave me different routes than what I see in google (Tomtom gave me same). I like to follow highways as much as possible, but nuvi tried to avoid I494 and instead offered several roads to route. When we are about to reach the university, it took us to steep hill where there was no road! The story was same when we returned to Fargo; it kept on giving less heard county roads and kept on asking to take u-turns. In the end, I stopped using its route. Is there a way to see its route beforehand? Can I force it to take certain highways? Thanks for your opinion.

    Suman - December 26th, 2008
  84. Lisa, what Garmin calls ‘waypoints’ are really ‘favorites’. There are POIs (about six million). See the following articles for definitions:

    What is a Waypoint?
    POI – Points of Interest

    Suman – You can preview the route ahead of time by tapping on the green bar at the top after creating the route. You can force a particular route by Adding a Via Point.

    Tim - December 27th, 2008
  85. I got a Garmin 260w for Christmas. It doesn’t give the street names. I have the voice, text and keyboard in British English. It’s tell me the correct turns but not the street names I am turning onto. Please help Thanks

    Ray - December 27th, 2008
    • See the article I link to in comment #226.

      Tim - December 28th, 2008
  86. We got the nuvi 760w for Christmas and went to plug it into the car today and it wouldn’t turn on. hints?

    Sara - December 28th, 2008
    • Did it turn on otherwise?

      Tim - December 28th, 2008
    • We ended up charging it through the usb on the computer for awhile and then plugged it into the car again and it was fine. Thanks for the response!

      Sara - December 28th, 2008
  87. Fantastic site.

    I am debating between nuvi 255 and nuvi 260. Of course it all comes down to preference. In my opinion, it seems 255 is slightly equipped better (more waypoints, picks up satellite quicker, lighter) but lesser quality on important features (like sound quality). Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe both tell you the names of the streets. Any other big difference in the 255 and 260 that I’m missing ? Does one maybe pick up more satellites than the other? Thanks in advance.

    Lori - December 30th, 2008
    • That is a pretty good summary. Both are capable of tracking more satellites than can be seen at one time.

      Tim - December 30th, 2008
  88. Lost my voice
    Since I connected my 260W to the computer, my text to voice no longer works. How do I get it back? Thanks

    Vivian - December 31st, 2008
    • First, make sure the volume is up and not on mute. But otherwise check our Enable Text-to-Speech article (the Garmin second is in the second half) to make sure you have a voice selected and that it is a TTS voice.

      Tim - December 31st, 2008
    • Found Voice. Hey I got it back. In the car when I tried to reset the language it showed none found for voice. After I got home, I tried it again and was able to get it to work. Don’t know what happened.

      Vivian - December 31st, 2008
  89. Great site, thanks for all the super info…

    I just started my research for my GPS purchase and saw on another site that the batteries on the Garmin units are not customer servicable. Is this true, and if so, is it an issue? If true, does the unit go back to Garmin for battery replacement when the time comes? Thanks!

    Dave - January 4th, 2009
    • It is true, and the vast majority of street GPS devices are like that, including those from other manufacturers. You can send it to Garmin for replacement– last time I checked it was about $150 so many people will just buy a new GPS with more updated features at that time.

      Tim - January 4th, 2009
  90. I am considering purchasing either the Garmin 260W or the 255W. Which overall is the better unit? I have read the pros and cons of each unit. I have noticed quite a few complaints of the 260W taking awhile to establish a satellite link. Is this a problem with the 255W also? Are there any other GPS units on the market that are comparable to the Garmin Nuvi 255W & 260W as far as screen size and price goes?

    Russ - January 7th, 2009
  91. How would you compare the Garmin 260W against the Navigon 2100 Max?

    Russ - January 7th, 2009
  92. Tim: Do you think that there’s a REAL chance for a ‘hotfix’ (faster sat acquisition)and ‘speech impediment’ fix for the US or Brit TTS for the 260W? Thanks for all your help/explanations. Bill H

    Bill H - January 18th, 2009
    • Unfortunately, the answer is “it depends”. Only some GPS chipsets utilize hotfix type technologies, and different production runs of the 260w use different chipsets. So the chipset within your device may or may not be compatible with such a service.

      Tim - January 18th, 2009
  93. I am considering buying a Garmin GPS. (The Nuvi 260W looks interesting to me.) I am currently living in the USA. However, I also spend a significant amount of time in Taiwan. Is it possible to get maps for both the USA and Taiwan? If so, how can that be done? Is that possible with some Garmin models, but not others? (If the Taiwam maps are in Chinese, that’s OK. I read and speak Mandarin Chinese.) Thanks for whatever help you can give.

    Paul - January 26th, 2009
  94. I have a nivi 260W. But it’s not speaking the street names at all as advertised. Pls explain.

    Arnie - February 1st, 2009
  95. Tim, or anyone,
    Is there any way I can make my 260W leave those little breadcrumb tracks of where I’ve just been (like my Garmin iQue3600 would)? If not, do any of the Nuvis have this feature? It’s REALLY a good feature when driving around in non-digitally mapped areas like Costa Rica or such. Thank you, Bill H

    bill h - February 3rd, 2009
  96. I found a Garmin 750 which is priced about $30 less than the 260W I found. Should I stick with the 260W? Thanks

    Erik - February 5th, 2009
  97. I am considering a 205 (Where am I?) vs. a 260 (street names) both at about same price.
    Will be first GPS for me.
    which would you recommend?

    Burt - February 11th, 2009
    • If you want both of those features, get the Garmin Nuvi 255.

      Tim - February 12th, 2009
  98. Hi, looking at the 255w but read an earlier post that the voice was a problem. Has this been corrected? Thank you for reading, John

    John - February 19th, 2009
  99. Is there a distiguishable difference between the Nuvi 260w the 265wt other than traffic update usage with the 265wt? It’s all very confusing for us old dudes.

    Bill - February 22nd, 2009
    • The 265WT does have a few more goodies such as the ability to store a few more favorites, Bluetooth, the traffic feature you mentioned, speed limit information, and the ability to specify a QWERTY keyboard.

      Tim - February 22nd, 2009
  100. I’m looking at the Garmin 260/260W, can you tell me if the font can be adjust on the “W” model? (larger print for older eyes) Thank you

    Virnene - February 25th, 2009
    • No, the font cannot be changed.

      Tim - February 25th, 2009
      • Thank you for your prompt reply.
        I got my 260W and have been playing with it, so far i love it. However i haven’t been able to figure out how to the voice to give street names, so far it’s only been “turn right in 500 feet”.
        Any suggestions?

        Virnene - March 3rd, 2009
        • Make sure you have a computer voice selected. See : Enable Text-to-Speech: TomTom or Garmin for instructions.

          Tim - March 3rd, 2009
          • Found it, THANK YOU!
            BTW, great site…

            Virnene - March 3rd, 2009

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