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Garmin Nuvi 360


Garmin also took the wraps off the Garmin Nuvi 360. The Nuvi 360 includes preinstalled maps for all of Europe or North America. The Nuvi 360 also gains Bluetooth connectivity for hands free calling. Dialing destination phone numbers is possible through the POI database or through an address book. Incoming calls can also utilize the Nuvi 360’s speaker.

The Garmin Nuvi 360 comes with Garmin Lock which is a system for requiring an PIN number to access the GPS receiver functions. Text-to-speech is also an advantage the Nuvi 360 has over the Nuvi 310.

The Nuvi 360 has a MSRP of $964.27 and is currently shipping.

333 Responses

  1. Read all this with a great interest. I am planning to buy Nuvi 360, however there is something that bothers me, in literature it says that Garmin Nuvi 360 has a SiRF Star III chipset, but it also says that it is 12 parallel channels, in Wikpedia it says that SiRf Star III has 20 channels receiver. Any comments?

    Alex - July 10th, 2008
  2. The 360 uses a SiRFstarIII, which has 20 channels, however it will never practically use more than 8-12 at a time which is why it is often listed as a 12 channel receiver.

    Tim - July 10th, 2008
  3. JA – That should work for you. I’m not certain how well the Bluetooth would work. (I’m not saying it wouldn’t… just that I wouldn’t be surprised if it was somehow problematic.)

    Tim - July 11th, 2008
  4. Thank you for an answer. I ordered one and waiting for delivery sometimes next week. What is the country of origin where this unit was made? Garmin site says nothing really “maybe USA, maybe some other place in the Solar System”. Basically I would like to know if there are “knock-offs” of nuvi 360?

    Alex - July 13th, 2008
  5. Most Nuvis are made in Taiwan.

    Tim - July 13th, 2008
  6. Found this on Garmin site, basicallu is country of origin is other than Taiwan or US it would be fake:
    “All of the Garmin products come from the factory in either Kansas or Taiwan,”

    Alex - July 15th, 2008
  7. Sorry for errors, should be:
    “basically IF country of origin is other than…”

    Alex - July 15th, 2008
  8. Received my nuvi 360. On the box it says:
    “Designed in the USA, made in Taiwan, Cables made in China”
    Nice solid packaging, I would say “too nice”, they could package it cheaper, to avoid “cost saving” moves that affect product.

    Alex - July 17th, 2008
  9. Took unit to the parking lot (no trees no buildings) and turn it on for the first time, and placed it on the roof of the car. Thought it would take some time, however unit was ready to go within 10 seconds. Drove home with GPS “on”, finally found out what is the name of the street that I have been passing for 10 years. Registered product, got free update “NT2009”. To download, it took 40 minutes (2.04 GB), loading onto to the unit took another 2.5 hours. Everything works nice. Controls are very easy even without reading manual.

    Alex - July 18th, 2008
  10. Do you know why the Nuvi 350 and 360 have been discontinued? I’m noticing a lot of good deals on them out there. Should I be concerned that Garmin won’t support these models and go for a newer product? I really like the functionality of the 350/360, and I don’t have a problem with last year’s technology as long as I can get support and updates. Thanks.

    Phil - August 5th, 2008
  11. All devices will become discontinued over time. The 300 series is over two years old now… ancient history as far as consumer electronics goes. I would personally look to the newer models (200, 500, 700, 800, 5000 series) instead.

    Tim - August 5th, 2008
  12. Guess I’ll steer clear of the 350, but I’m looking for a lower-priced unit – a couple of hundred bucks (or 40,000 Amex point in my case). How do the 205, 205W, 250, and 250W compare? Thanks!

    Phil - August 5th, 2008
  13. You can compare those here.

    Tim - August 5th, 2008
  14. Have had 360 for six months and very pleased. One problem compared to last garmin model i had and gave to son…this 360 doesn’t give accurate mileage from point a to point b when it initially calculates same, although the time estimate is dead on and if you go through all the turn by turn dtails and add the miles it is accurate. Garmin people explained the model calculates the true mileage as the crow flies, but the time and turn by turn calculations are exact. Does this sound right?

    Leo - August 30th, 2008
  15. If you simply search for a location, and are looking at the search result(s), it will display the straight line distance. If you create a route to that location, the trip info will show you the route (actual driving) distance to that location.

    Tim - August 30th, 2008
  16. will the 360 work in South Africa, im traveling there on vacation and airport are important, and non toll roads or shorter ones going of hi way and seeing wildlife, i don’t know north from south in SA and don’t want to get lost is the 360 or tomtom 920 a better option, or what is the better one to get, and were do i get SA maps?

    piet - October 31st, 2008
  17. You can view Garmin’s South Africa map coverage here:

    Tim - November 1st, 2008
  18. The screen on the NUVI 360 is hard to see in bright sunlight.
    The bright white background on the streetpilot c550 is much better.

    Cindy - December 15th, 2008
  19. I just brought the 360 series for my 19 year old daughter not knowing it was discontinued. The price was great and a co-worker has one. My daughter likes the talk to speech, bluetooth and MP3 player, which webget for low pricing. Would you suggest I return it and geta more updated model?

    Andrea - December 21st, 2008
    • How much did you pay for the discontinued model garmin nuvi 360 if you dont mind me asking I just bought one for 135.00 bucks but just found out it was dicontinued I feel like i got ripped off thanks for any info?

      kevin - April 24th, 2009
  20. I am looking to purchase a gps unit for the 1st time. I like the scrren display on the TomTom models (current speed, ETA, # minutes to destination etc but notice the Garmin models display less data unless one touches the display screen. Is there a way to set-up the garmin models (such as the nuvi 255 or 360) to display the same data on the map screen similar to the TomTom models?

    Andre - March 30th, 2009
  21. Do you know if the dash mount and charger for nuvi 200 will fit the nuvi 360? Someone stole my 200 and just puchased a unit on ebay…..

    Kirsten - July 31st, 2009
  22. I have the nuvi 360 for about a year now. For last few months it has stopped giving the complete voice instructions For eg: it says “In .2 miles turn right”, but skips the remaining part “on Carlton Ave”. In case there are multiple right turns very near to each other you have to focus on road as well as look at the GPS at the same time. I tried factory reset, but didn’t help.

    Anything that I can try to correct this problem at home or is it gone beyond any recovery?

    Prashant Chaudhari - November 30th, 2009
    • It sounds like text-to-speech is disabled. See this article for tips to enable it again.

      Tim - November 30th, 2009
  23. Dear Tim, after reading all the blogs, you seem to know what the scoop is on the Garman NUVI 360. I understand they are going to be discontinued. The one that I was given is a demo model and is currently programed for demo purpose. How would I go about changing the demo program and then using the NUVI 360. Thanks, Chris

    Chris - June 22nd, 2010
  24. I have had this unit 2 years. Worked OK for a year now it can’t find satellites most of the time, even after updating it. Wouldn’t recommend this.

    Jim - July 18th, 2010
  25. Is there room on the 360 to both the North American maps and the European maps at the same time. Want to use it in France, but I don’t want to get rid of the US maps.

    Joan Gardiner - August 26th, 2010
  26. Some of you may have encountered an issue where the Nuvi will not acquire satellites or the touch screen might become unresponsive. According to one of our readers, Garmin has been replacing some of these devices (the Nuvi 650 was mentioned) for free even though they are out of warranty. I have no first hand confirmation of this, however if you’ve experienced the issue you may wish to check with Garmin. You can read more about this here:


    Tim - September 22nd, 2010
  27. I have a GPS nuvi 360 I like it but I have problem with the Power swicth and some of my friends they too have trouble with that Power Swicth, What should I do with that

    Julien Moreau - November 29th, 2010
  28. I have a Garmin novi 360 and i would like to update it . Can I purchase a CD or can I update it from the weeb?
    Thank you.

    Yves Le Gal

    Yves Le Gal - December 1st, 2010

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