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Garmin Nuvi 780


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  1. Having subscibed to this site for the last week as I was looking to replace my Garmin c550 with possibily a Tom-Tom, I have finally made my decision. I bought a Tom-Tom 920 to try out and returned it in 12 hours. Then, I bought a Garmin Nuvi 780. Folks, I am convinced Garmin makes an easier to use GPS unit. The interface Garmin has is much easier to use. Part of that is familiarity but when compared to the Tom-Tom, it’s obvious. Also, Consumer Reports new guide is out this month and they rated it #1. So, my advice is to try one out and you’ll see!

    Brian Haskell - May 4th, 2008
  2. Brian, How’s the MSN traffic? Where about are you? That seems to be the reason to get the 780 over the Nuvi 760. I also wonder if the Nuvi 880 can improve anything, other than add speech recognition…….

    JP - May 24th, 2008
  3. The MSN is very good. The free service lasts for 90days, than you have to pay a lifetime fee (I think its around $50-60). The nice thing is, if you are planning a trip it can tell you if there is a traffic problem anywhere along your route. It knows where its at and can suggest routes way before you get to the problem. I doubted it once, said there was a problem 60 miles up ahead. I ignored it and sat in traffic for 30min stopped. I have learned to listen.

    Karl - November 18th, 2008
  4. I need to know if the Garmin nuvi 780 has the car locator in it & also on the text to speech. Does it state street names & distance ex: turn right 500 yds on White St?????

    Sandra - March 13th, 2009
    • Yes to both.

      Tim - March 13th, 2009
  5. Please advise me, On the chart here on the left…tell me where or what in it tells me that a GPS has car locator or not. So when I want to look at other models to see if they have the car locator I will be able to check for that on my own without having to email you.

    Sandra - March 13th, 2009
    • It isn’t a feature many people use, so it isn’t tracked in our database at this time.

      Tim - March 13th, 2009
  6. Comparing the nuvi 780 and the nuvi 265WT. Which unit would you recommend? I have found both at the same price point.

    Frank - March 20th, 2009
  7. I just purchased the nuvi 780. I am trying to use the bluetooth function with my AT&T Tilt phone. The nuvi 780 doesn’t find the phone. Is the nuvi 780 compatible with the AT&T Tilt?

    Carl - March 21st, 2009
    • Bought a Nuvi 780 four months ago:

      Things I like:
      – Came with 3 months free MSN Direct
      – Traffic feature is nice, it warns you about congestion (also provides time it takes to clear for the congestion to clear), desperately tries to re-route you before reach the congestion area – listen to it.
      – Locator feature will only work if you remove unit from the cradle before shutting of the power.
      – MSN service $50/yr or $130 one time charge, it also service may not be availabe after year 2014.
      _ You can arrival time by default, touch arrival time on the screen it’ll dispaly lot of information about the trip including distance.
      – Bluetooth feature works fine with both of our phones LG Vu and Shine, we use FM transmitter/car stereo to make phone calls and listen to built in MP3 player

      Things I did not like:
      Transmitter outside the unit (in car adaptor), if it goes bad will cost ~$120 to replace.
      Looks like 780 is disconitnued, does not show up in Garmin site anymore
      New features like Flight status/weather doppler are not avaialable in this unit.

      PG - April 23rd, 2009
      • 780 can be found at Garmin site by clicking On The Road > Automotive and then on left side Discontinued. Also can search “780” for various links.

        David - June 10th, 2009
  8. hi, i would like to know can 780 display the miles to destination rather than ETA? i have a magellan and it has both. also, does 780 have an arrow sign to tell your next turn? will it tell you your destination to be on your left or right hand side? thanks

    pok - April 1st, 2009
    • Touch the ETA and a popup screen will appear with also sorts of data including Miles to Destination

      Lloyd - December 1st, 2009
  9. Hi, I have the Nuvi 780. I know it has car locator. It states in directions to turn unit off in car when you stop, then take it with you. States you can then locate your car from where ever you are. I tried but can’t seem to do this correctly. It states it will find your car in a parking lot. Will it show you where your car is in the parking lot & how do you use this function?

    Sandra - April 2nd, 2009
    • I believe you have to dismount it before turning it off….

      David - June 10th, 2009
  10. I am new to a GSP, I am researching but would like to know your expertise for:
    wide screen, voice, get me there, don’t get me lost in detores no nonsense unit.I like the MSN feature
    I don’t need music, phone or pics
    just get me there @ $300 if possible
    many thanks

    josephine - April 2nd, 2009
  11. Is this an easy system for someone like myself who is new to this? I am basically looking for something to help me not get lost and speak clearly road names.
    How come some sites state the 780 has no msn?

    jo - April 4th, 2009
    • Yes, it is an easy system to setup. I don’t know why some sites would list it without MSN except that it comes with the hardware and a trial subscription. Perhaps they just mean the full subscription (yearly) doesn’t come with it.

      Tim - April 10th, 2009
  12. just ordered one. looking for experience

    Bob - April 28th, 2009
    • I have just purchased the nuvi760 and made a believer out of my geography award winning husband after a trip to Hilton Head. This stated it comes with the MSN trial but I found out the receiver that comes with the unit, looks like a cigar, is not the receiver needed for MSN you need to purchase a GDB 50 that looks like a gun. the cigar type is a GTM20 and is traffic receiver. Also the dash/bean bag mount makes it very easy to hide the whole unit instead of the window mount for quick in and out of the car. A quick print out of the manual online is very helpful as a reference when you need to ask a question on the fourm.

      Jo - April 28th, 2009
  13. I’m researching to buy my first GPS. Is an MSN subscription a must in order to access the traffic feature? Thx!!!

    Sue - June 10th, 2009
  14. What is the use of buying a product that Garmin has dicontinued? Does that mean the product is no longer supported by Garmin and map updates are not available? This product is available from Amazon for $200, but not sure if it is worth it if map updates are not available anymore or if the product is unsupported.

    Jeff - September 14th, 2009
    • Jeff, see our article “Garmin Discontinued Status“. It is still supported and map updates are still available, just no longer in production.

      Tim - September 17th, 2009
  15. I have been using a Garmin \Where2\ gps in my Avis rental car. It works great. I don’t see this model on the list of models available.

    I would like to by a small self-contained untit (no external antenae or transmiter), just the cig lighter power cord. I travel a lot by plane and rental car.

    Any suggestions?

    Mike - October 24th, 2009
  16. I am trying to decide on a GPS for my husband, he really wants one with weather, multiple destinations etc… I like the Garmin Nuvi 780 but Ive found out that the MSN direct will no longer work after Jan 1 2012… Whats the point of buying it now when it will only work for 2 more years.. Is there another system that will replace it?

    Maggie - November 21st, 2009
  17. Looking at the Nuvi 780 vs the Nuvi 760.

    Has anyone had experience with both?

    Which is preferred? Easier to use?

    I’m purchasing for my parents that are not tech savvy.

    Myles - February 24th, 2010
    • Myles, the 780 and the 760 are exactly the same with exception of the traffic provider used. The traffic/data provider used in the 780 will be discontinued in less than two years, so I’d go with the 760.

      Tim - February 24th, 2010
    • traffic/data provider will be discontinued in 1.5 years? does that mean after 2012, even if i paid the lifetime fee, i get nothing?

      nik - May 19th, 2010
      • Correct. I think they are providing prorated refunds in some cases. But the traffic service will not exist after that date.

        Tim - May 19th, 2010
  18. Garmin nuvi 780T, does not speak street names, is it defective? only gives voice prompts.

    Ed - March 25th, 2010
  19. I live in a rural area and am continually asked to take small gravel roads by a Garmin Nuvi 265 I’d. Is there a option on this or other GPS that I can set to drive by paved roads only ?


    GTP - August 16th, 2010

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