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Lowrance iWay 600c

Jan
18
2007

Lowrance has released the new iWay 600c. The new iWay 600c features a 5″ touch screen display, 30 GB hard drive (5 GB remaining), MP3 player, and an FM transmitter to deliver sound to a stereo. What is new about the device is that it offers both street maps and marine charts in one device, and it will allow you to view high resolution satellite imagery while navigating.

The iWay 600c comes with a 12 channel (parallel) receiver which is WAAS enabled. There are preloaded street maps from NAVTEQ as well as 5.5 million POIs. On the marine side the 600c comes with MapCreate shoreline detail as well as over 3,000 US lake maps. The lake maps come with depth contours tidal data and marine navaids.

One really interesting note is that the specifications claim compatibility with not just Windows, but also Mac OS X. The Lowrance iWay 600c is also watertight to prevent corrosion during marine use.

What is also interesting to note is that Lowrance has partnered with DigitalGlobe to provide satellite imagery on the 600c. For those of you who might be wondering where you have seen the name DigitalGlobe before, you can often find their name in the copyright information at the bottom of Google Earth and Google Maps satellite views.

Lowrance reports that they are the first auto GPS to provide these high resolution images on a GPS device. They also indicate that they have an exclusive deal for the imagery on a PND.

47 Responses


  1. Just purchased it – will let you know how it goes – I hope the DigitalGlobe data can be added and updated over time.

    Jeff - June 18th, 2007
  2. Almost the perfect PND for my needs. However,the lack of Text-To-Speech is a deal breaker. Attention Lowrance: I will wait to see if this feature is added to future models. Only then will I buy this unit.

    Alan - September 14th, 2007
  3. Update from Jeff: Versatile for truck, RV, and boat usage. Good built in lake maps. Nice bright screen. Easy to use buttons. Sat data is useful, but locations are not user defined. The unit is heavy, tough and stout. The holder is strong. The suction cup is very tight. This unit is built for tough and rough conditions – hot, dry, or wet. I have used the product for a couple months now in and out of the boat. I’m very happy with the unit. Has proven itself already as used on nighttime trip on a lake. As soon as the map update is available, I will buy it.

    Jeff - September 15th, 2007
    • Here is update after the new map update. Purchased from LEI for about $100 – that is a little to pricy – but it was a good map update as it added new roads in my area such as the new toll loop around Austin. I did 5000 miles in MH this summer and made good use of the update. Not sure if they added lakes, but with 8GB update (yes, 8 GB!), there is a lot of new data. The upgrades is huge and it take a very long time to load. I was very careful with the instructions and ran it over night. No issues. I did 2 more night cruises in the boat, and it just the ticket for safe night time cruising – as I typically us a track that I have cut during the day. The unit is holding up nicely…a couple of times it has fallen off its suction mount and hit the floor of the truck or boat – it is a good thing it is tough because it has take a number of hard hits. Still hoping LEI will offer more and user selectable sat data in the future – and be able to make use of the rest of the disk space since I never use the space set aside for MP3 files or pictures. Jeff

      Jeff - February 9th, 2009
  4. I just bought this unit for my house boat on the Delta. I move it from Stockton to bethel Island without a hitch. I was able to take it out of the box and use it the same day

    Joe Marrazzo - February 11th, 2008
  5. A caution for Canadian marine users: this unit has no canadian marine cartography, and it is not possible to load maps onto the unit. Works great for cars though.

    Jonathan - March 11th, 2008
  6. we purchased a lowrance 600c last december for our boat/car.we are begining to think that the unit does not have canadian great lakes loaded on gps. also we purchased a uniden dsc marine radio which is supposed to be able to hook a gps to it. nither the gps or marine radio have anyinstuctions on how to do this.my question to you is the 600c gps able to be hooked to the marine radio? if so please send information on how to do. if not we have not used the gps yet and may want to return to you for the right gps!

    steve nadalin - April 28th, 2008
  7. Apparently this item has been discontinued by Lowrance, even tho they deny it. One person claims they can only find 17 in whole country and next one claims their wharehouse is stuffed full of em. None of the retail stores has gotten a shipment since february 2008. They all say the item is discontinued. I really wish Lowrance would not lie like they are doing. If they are going to introduce a new unit, then do it. I am just about ready to look at the TOMTOM or Garmin units, even tho I dont want to. Maybe this is the sign that Lowrance is about to go bankrupt?? Time will only tell, but this certainly is no way to try to win a customer over.

    Tom - June 16th, 2008
  8. Tom – we haven’t heard much out of Lowrance recently in the automotive department. They’ve fallen further behind the competition. I wouldn’t be surprised if they continued to focus on their more successful marine and baja market, and not continuing on the automotive side. In which case they might not officially “discontinue” a device– just not produce any more or supersede it with anything else.

    Tim - June 16th, 2008
  9. I PURCHASED A 600.GOOD SELLING POINT{LOTS OF LAKES}NONE IN LEXINGTON,NC.
    REALLY DISAPOINTED IN INLAND LAKES MAPPING.
    IT SAYS IT HAS SO {MANY LAKES}, BUT IT SHOWS THE LAKES BUT {NO DEPTHS OR CONTOUR}HIGH ROCK LAKE-BADIN LAKE-NC.{SALT WATER IS OK,IT HAS CONTOUR AND DEPTHS.
    HIGHWAY IS REALLY ACCURATE, LIKE I SAID LAKES ARE A LITTLE SHY OF MARKINGS.

    GARY GRANT - August 26th, 2008
  10. I have been bragging about my lowrance iway600c since I got it a year ago… use it on my Harley, car, pick up and on my boat in the Hudson river and lake George ny… BUT (2 weeks ago) it totally crapped out on me – will not power up…. – I had bought the extended warrantee and recently sent it back –Try to get through their help phone – no way – and their “RA”number has a letter then 5 numbers – the automated phone ra status will not take the letter.. summing it up – I cant talk to them – I cant check on my unit – I did find a tech’s email address and all she responded was 600c on back order… I guess ill have to buy another brand to get by for now and hope that lowrance stays in business and makes good on my unit…

    Jeff - October 28th, 2008
    • Jeff
      Ours crashed this past week. Have you had any success with yours?

      Ann - November 28th, 2009
  11. Enjoyed reading the feedback. I just received a 600C replacing a 500C tht neer got any use because the touch keyhboard was screwed up. They had it for more than two months. I checked on it many times but had the same problem that above feedbackers had. Just could not get contact with anyone about stats of the RA when all of a sudden I received a replacement at no charge and apparently a better one. I am happy with the Marine use feature. I was getting ready to replace my 10 year old GARMIN GPS PLOTTER 220 whose screen went south. SORRY NO CAN FIX – IT’S TEN YEARS OLD AND IS NOW JUNK I was told. Hopefully Lowrance will service their products longer than that. It only got used about 10 times. I am going through with purchasing NAUTIC PATH and I’d be happy to share it potential from here in southwest Florida. CHUCK DAVIS

    Charles H. Davis - February 9th, 2009
  12. Does anyone know if there will be a data base update beyond Q3-07? I like the 600, it works perfectly, but the data base is getting old. Is there any other way to update the data base? I have emailed Lowrance several times and are assured there will be an update soon, however the update never comes. I wrote Navteq, they deflect the response to Lowrance. I would think a data base between GPS units would not be that different. Inquiring minds want to know, if there is any way to update a iWay 600c beyond Q3-07.

    Ed Haggerty - July 21st, 2009
    • Each manufacturer takes the map database and compresses it into their own unique formats, so they are not interchangeable. Thus you do need to rely on Lowrance and their affiliates for that data.

      Tim - July 21st, 2009
  13. I have way 600c in a big truck peterbilt 2008 and I c’ant find the good street corectly I want a direction for truck whith no truck include forget it I pay $5000 whith peterbilt I supose my gps find the no truck low bridge ect.No nothing and I ask for help nothing suport by pana-pacific nothing pete nothing thank if sommebody c’an help me for find a vertion for truck is to mutch money $5000 for a gps for wenebago. Ben

    Ben - September 18th, 2009
  14. We purchased our Iway 600c Oct 31, 2007. It crashed and burned November 23,2009. We called Lowrance (800-324-1356) in Tulsa, OK. First question they ask was what kind of truck do you drive. We answered Freightliner. The lady said I am sorry I cannot help you, which translates into NO REPAIRS NO WAY. If we drove a Kennworth or Peterbuilt then it could be repaired. That really is a disappointment. I can find nothing anywhere saying this unit can not be used in a Freightliner.(We WERE NOT looking for warranty repair). So we have a very expensive boat anchor now. Been looking for a replacement, but nothing compares with the features and functionality. Alas, we might end up buying another 600 but sure won’t tell them the name of the vehicle we drive.

    Ann - November 28th, 2009
    • I believe the question about the type of truck was do to the Lowrance I-Way being a factory option in a new Peterbilt or Kenworth and Lowrance still having an obligation with both manufactures in repairing units sold with new trucks. I have two I-Way 600′s that I received back from Lowrance in June ’09 after the third warranty claim each. One lasted 4 months and has quit again and the other is still working. I went through the same problems as earlier contributors to this thread and, reading between the lines, was told that they are out of the automotive side of GPS and I was on my own. I have since tried a Magellan and a Garmin and neither is as nice of a unit as the I-Way 600. Unfortunately it what we are now having to live with.Maybe one of the other manufacturers will pick up on the software and incorporate it into there more reliable units.

      Michael Chambers - December 15th, 2009
  15. I have my my fourth Iway and like others , I have had repair issues BUT must say they were handled fast and efficiently each time. Was told they have Discontinued all their automotive line and will focus on hand held versions. It is time to add another GPS in a truck and my question is, what other GPS has the Quality of maps and information the Iway 600 has? Have a new Garmin and NOT happy with the cartoon maps and characters displayed. Not able to zoom out and see all the side streets and dead ends. Zoom out with my garmin and you only see highways.
    I drive an 80′ long display truck in major cities all over US and Canada. Pull into a major city on side streets ,I need some serious mapping telling me where to go, Not a cartoon character telling me where I’m at.

    Loyd B - January 9th, 2010
  16. loyd – i belong to a motorcycle club and the topic of conversation of gps units come up often – i show off my iway 600c all the time and i think it really sucks that lowrance dropped the line…. i have not seen any other unit compare – yes some have other bells and whistles like blue tooth and more but when it comes to navigating – i dont think there is any like it … i actually had it in my pick up on vacation – put it on the harley then on a rental boat – all in 1 weekend – impressed the shit out of everybody….. someone should pick up on their software and keep the large touch screen….

    Jeff Comp - January 9th, 2010
  17. loyd, I only have one IWAY 600C. Took it out of the box for my daughter to use, but she doesn’t know how to use it. I don’t need it and she doesn’t want it. I don’t know how to set it up. I have read the directions many times and I just draw a blank to be able to use it. Do you have any hints to make it more user friendly?

    Ralph - January 26th, 2010
    • Ralph,

      Well, if you are not going to use it, make me an offer I can’t refuse. I wouldn’t mind a second iWay600. The one I have works perfectly. I switch it out from the motorcycle and the car.

      Ed - January 27th, 2010
      • I think 300 plus shipment would be fair as I paid a lot more than that. I also have a external antenna with a very long cable that would be an additional 15. I don’t know how to contact anyone other than this site to give more info. It doesn’t let you place your email on here. Thanks Ralph

        Ralph - January 29th, 2010
    • Ralph: Should be pretty simple. Put it on your dash ,plug it in and turn it on. Without anything programed in, the maps alone should be helpful. Good Luck

      Loyd - January 28th, 2010
  18. Does anyone know how or where I can find information on updateing my iway 600 GPS & MP3 player.

    Daniel - February 20th, 2010
  19. I have a 600c and have no problems with it since i have had it.I used a friends Garmin 1490 for a trip and I would take my 600c anytime.The only thing is I can,t get any map updates to it.Navteq makes the maps for it so you think you should be able to get updates from them

    Walter - June 14th, 2010
    • Same question I asked about a year ago. If you find a way to update the iWay 600, I’d like to know.

      Ed Haggerty - June 16th, 2010
    • I have been trying to get an updated version of the mapping for my IWay 600c which now has late 05′ mapping and was told after the third qtr update in 07′ they don’t plan to update mapping. You couldn’t ask for a better navigational system which we paid 500.00 for at the time but what good is it if you can’t get updated mapping? Does it make sense to buy a new system every couple of years to get updated mapping? AT THIS POINT I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND BUYING ANY NAVIGATIONAL SYSTEM FROM LOWRANCE OR LEI EXTRAS BY LOCAL FROM A REPUTABLE DEALER SO YOU CAN LOOK YOUR SALESMAN IN THE EYE AND GO BACK TO THEM IN PERSON FOR AN UPDATES OR ISSUES.

      Jackie - January 17th, 2011
      • try Pana-Pacific customer service at 1-800-726-2636;
        there were selling a Q1 2010 update for 600c.
        I applied the Q3-07 update.

        Jeff - January 18th, 2011
        • pana-pacific no longer updates anything 2 do with the iway 600 c. they said”Their contract with lowrance is up they no longer will update the maps from them. as of today. I agree with Jackie I will no longer support their company. I hope they will go out of business permantly

          anthony sebert - February 1st, 2011
  20. I got an Iway 600c almost two years ago it was truly helpful in my business and for fishing and marking places I wanted to go back to again. Absolutely loved the capabilities the touch screen and what it could do. Then the colder weather came and that is when I had some problems it took longer and longer to warm up and could not be used outside in real cold weather like 32 or below. Made it difficult and had to wait for it to get warm before it would operate. Then it started getting glitches but would correct itself after a bit now it is locked into a mode and no matter what I do I can’t get it to function for any length of time like a minute or so. I had to get another system for my work but I miss the capabilities of my 600c. I did not know of any warranties because I bought it from Sportsman warehouse and they went out of business. I have had it over 18 months haven’t been able to use it for a year and didn’t know where to go till some one said to try the internet. Is there a way I can get this fixed like sending it to your company and them diagnosing the problem or ? Please let me know by e-mail I would love to be able to use it again and find some fishing spots I saved in it plus other things. Please help

    Kevin - March 9th, 2011
    • Kevin, the cold issues must be a common cold on the unit. I’ve had mine since 2007, and now just this winter the touch screen is not working when it gets real cold. After in warms up, it works – Sometimes. I don’t know what the fix is either and I hope someone will post some ideas. Also, if like you I have to replace the unit, is anyone making a unit that does the same as the 600c? (e.g. road, offroad/inland, and offshore modes?)

      Jeff - March 10th, 2011
      • I contacted lowrance yesterday and in order to get repairs done I had to contact Navico 12000 E. Skelly Dr., Tulsa OK 74128, 1-800-628-4487, or 918-437-6881. You have to call them first, discuss the problem have the unit code number( on bar code) and they can fix the unit for a flat rate. The flat rate was for me 312.80 payable first before they would give me a number to send with my unit when I sent it in for the repairs. They said they would fix all issues before they sent it back. I really liked my 600c but am I going to pay that much only to have it do this again and possibly have no way to get repairs again because that model is absolete. The person I talked to said they were getting out mof the automotive part of GPS’s and probably would not be able to repair it in the near future. I don’t have that kind of money to throw around and it seems to be a crapshoot on what to do. I did buy another gps from walmarts and it works well for my business but not for fishing. I wish I could find a suitable replacement for this with a real world warranty

        Kevin - March 11th, 2011
  21. Has anyone tried the GPSMAP 620 or 640 unit as a auto/marine unit? It is very expenseive $1000+, but if the my 600c goes out for good it looks like the only decent dual use unit out there. Anyone?

    Jeff - March 17th, 2011
  22. I need either a manuel or website to give me direction on the use of the navteq system on the 2011 kenworth t-660.

    Roger D Messerly - June 26th, 2011
    • I roger,I don.t know if this is any help or not but you should be able to go to the website and download the owners manual.When I got my iway 600 it didn,t have a manual so I went to the Lowrance website and downloaded it.Hope this works .
      Walter

      Walter - June 28th, 2011
    • Are you sure the system is from NAVTEQ? Navteq makes maps, but typically not GPS devices or applications.

      Tim - July 7th, 2011
  23. Just checking in with the few iWay600 family left, mine is still working flawlessly, I use it every time I get on my Goldwing motorcycle or take a road trip in the car. I echo the lack of support comments, and wish for an update beyond the Q3-07 for the data base. I will replace the iWay600 with a Garman Zumo 660 or newer model if and when the iWay600 decides not to work any longer or I win the lottery.

    Ed - June 28th, 2011
  24. I have had mine since I bought it new in 2008 and have never had a problem with it.It is in my car winter and summer.I had a I way 500 and after a few years I couldn,t get any sound on I sent it away .They told me how much it would cost to fix it.But they would send me the Iway 600c for 200.00.I jumped at the deal because that unit was going for 900.00.The only problem I find is it so darn heavy but very sturdy.I can,t tell you how many times I,ve found it on floor of the car.

    Walter - June 28th, 2011
  25. I’ve had the 500c then same here. Lowrance offered me a deal for 600c when 500 broke. Have had it on my harleys, truck, car and boat since it first came out. Since lowrance won’t support it any longer I will never buy any products related to them EVER….. But I will admit – I see the gamins and others on my buddy’s bikes and none compare to the 600c – even today…. It’s really too bad I’ll have to throw it away some day. So far the internal antenna went. Only works with the external one plugged in. Keeping my fingers crossed to get anothe bike season out of it.

    Jeff comp - June 28th, 2011
  26. After my 500c died, I bought a 600c. It has lead me into gardens, discontinued roads, lost track of where I am, forgotten my destination and left me with wrong turns and no recovery. The 500c was a far better tool. To top off the failure that is the 600c, the resolution is so high that the next instruction print is too small to read. Little wonder that Lowrance got out of the business. For those who need a waterproof unit, I recommend a low cost GPS from Best Buy and a plastic bag cover. One very nice thing about the 500c/600c is the inclusion of surrounding street and land mark names. Few GPS units offer this.

    Dino Brown - August 10th, 2011
    • Dino,

      Sorry for your trouble, maybe you needed to update the data base, there was one this January, that is no longer available, and I think no more updates to come in the future. I use mine on a motorcycle, it works flawlessly, I just came back from an 1,800 trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. The large screen is easy to read. I will keep mine until it fails, and replace it with a Garman Zumo 660 or equiivlant. A bag on a GPS, in the rain, on a motorcycle, not going to happen here. Good luck with your next GPS.

      Ed - August 11th, 2011
  27. Purchased my first Iway 500c about five years ago which lasted just over a year. Paid the standard fee to have the unit replaced which lasted just under a year. Had that replace at no charge by Lowrance for the 600c which lasted just over a year, then replaced again at no charge after a bit of a fight for another 600c which has just failed. What a miserable product.

    John - November 24th, 2011
  28. I have still got my iway 600c and it still works perfectly except there is no downloads since 2009.I have had it since new when it first came out.But with new roads and streets going in its not much use to me so I have bought a new Magellan and retired my 600c.
    Walter

    Walter - November 25th, 2011
    • Mine is dead (sort of). Touch screen is not reliable. The left side controls do not work on the touch screen. To Bad. I wanted to continue to use it in my boat as a back up gps since the rest of the unit works fine, and with lakes – map updates are not needed. Since I left comment 1, the unit did not last as long enough as it should have.

      Jeff - November 25th, 2011
      • Maybe we could make a deal as I won,t be using mine anymore.

        Walter - November 26th, 2011



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