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Garmin Nuvi 265T


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  1. Just wondering if you have heard if the traffic option works well — is it worth the extra $?

    JB - November 2nd, 2008
  2. It really depends on the types of traffic data, quality of signal, and type of traffic in each area. For some places and people it works great, for others not so much.

    Tim - November 2nd, 2008
  3. There was some mention of the Garmin traffic coming now for free but you have to put up with ads when the vehicle is stopped. Do you know if that applies to the 265T? ie is the only difference between the 255 and 265 that the 265 gives you the FM receiver cable, but you still have to watch ads for traffic?

    Also can you turn off the traffic function if you don’t want to use it?

    Chris - November 7th, 2008
  4. The ads support the free traffic, but if you turn off the traffic, the ads will not appear. The ads do not show up (if traffic is not turned off) when the car is in motion. You can compare all Garmin models on garmin.com. I also liked the new Navigon 2200T which has improved on last year’s 2100.

    Joe B - November 14th, 2008
  5. I’ve been deciding between a few gps and was wondering which is the newer product the nuvi 265t or nuvi 750? And is there a significant difference if one is newer than the other?

    Shannon - December 11th, 2008
  6. does the nuvi 265 bluetooth work well. i have not been satisfied with bluetooth in general. that is my cell and an ear piece from t-mobil. is the communication good or is there a lot of background noise?

    david abdella - January 14th, 2009
    • Without checking that specific combination of devices it is difficult to tell. Success often depends on the combination, rather than just one end. But in general many people are not too thrilled with Bluetooth on GPS devices and often keep using their existing Bluetooth headseats instead.

      Tim - January 14th, 2009
  7. Does anyone know whether the free traffic in the upcoming 1260T the same as the free traffic in the 265T? I’m seeing the 265T at low prices, presumably in anticipation of the new models, and would jump on one, but not if the 1260T’s free traffic is a step up over the 265T.


    Jerry - May 20th, 2009
  8. Does anyone no how to register your garmin 265t. it will not register at the garmin site it keeps telling me it can’t find the system. I noticed alot of people are having problems with this system in registering and updating this system. Someone even stated garmin told him to download firefox and that didn’t help. This is a big problem if you are unable to register and update the system is garbage if this is the case

    sheila - June 11th, 2009
  9. I have the 265t but I can’t figure out how to get it to speak the street names!!! Can someone help me out?? Thanks

    LM - June 16th, 2009
    • LM, see our tutorial on Enabling Text-to-Speech for some tips.

      Tim - June 16th, 2009
      • Thanks for the link/help Tim. I got it all set up now !!!

        LM - June 16th, 2009
    • To add to the tutorial, TTS stands for “Text to Speech”. The street names are stored in the unit, which is how they cna be displayed on the screen. Voices that are not TTS have a set of canned phrases they can speak, but that’s it. TTS voices can speak any of the “text” in the unit.

      Jerry - June 16th, 2009
      • The tutorial was really about how to enable it. We’ve put all of the “what is it?” info in our Text-to-speech article we linked to from that tutorial.

        Tim - June 16th, 2009
        • My apologies if I sounded critical. I find that knowing what abbreviations stand for helps me keep things straight (like Simple Mail Transfer Protocol or People Can’t Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms!)

          Jerry - June 16th, 2009
          • No worries… just didn’t want you to think we left it out. I always appreciate others helping others. :)

            Tim - June 16th, 2009
  10. How do I plan waypoints to choose the route I want to take?

    Mike - June 22nd, 2009
  11. My Garmin Nuvi 265T always shows no traffic congetion even when I am stuck in traffic.
    It keeps giving the green sign on the left and when I click on it it says no traffic on the way. But I always find traffic.

    Am i doing something wrong

    Amaan - July 10th, 2009
  12. Does anyone know if the screen brightness and voice quality is the same for the 255 vs, 265T?
    Does it pay to get a refurbished mode4l?

    Jerry - November 10th, 2009
  13. Bluetooth feature works well with phone but I have a Blackberry Curve with “MIKE” feature. Cannot receive or broadcast this device with the Mike. Anyone know of a GPS that works well with Mike??

    Paul - December 11th, 2009
  14. what is the differance between the garmin 265 and the 265t

    lisa - January 21st, 2010
    • The “t” model comes with a live traffic receiver.

      Tim - January 21st, 2010
  15. can i turn off the turn by turn talking directions but still have the bluetooth speaker on?
    I tried just muting the volume to kill the talking directions but it mutes the speakerphone too….
    anybody have any advice?

    bill - April 21st, 2010
  16. Tim,

    Just got the 265T. How does the live traffic work? Through the car radio?

    Rich - July 7th, 2010
    • No, it uses the traffic receiver built into the power cord.

      Tim - July 7th, 2010
  17. i bought a Garmin 265 in Sept 2009. After just 14 months it broke down and will only display the word Garmin flashing every few seconds. I have tried re-booting it and also spoke to a service rep at the company who said it was not repairable and they would replace it for free
    When I submitted the claim it was rejected as it was over 12 months old. Poor product and poor customer service.

    pat - March 8th, 2011

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