Garmin Nuvi 255W 4 : Nuvi Satnav 255W

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The garmin nuvi is the first satnav i have owned. I am the most pathetic techno-phobe, panic at the sight of every gadget. My only previous experience using a tomtom in germany was not reassuring, left me driving the wrong way up a dual carriageway. The garmin nuvi has been a revelation. Setup was blissfully easy, very forgiving. It then functioned immaculately for 2 weeks in france, autoroutes, cities and remote areas. Maps are excellent, audio instructions timely and easy on the ear. Route recalculations are swift and obliging – no insistent commands to ‘do a u turn’ in the middle of a motorway. The only early hiccups were when i failed to trust it, and the odd occasion when i took an exit (eg from a roundabout) too early.

Bought this prior to going on summer holidays to france. Worked well, and consistantly had a strong signal. At times the maps had not been updated with the most recent road changes, but this was a minor and occasional thing. It really was useful for finding the way around french towns and cities, especially in finding car parks and hotels. I pondered for ages over this garmin or tom tom equivalent; in the end went for the slightly cheaper garmin and have been really happy. Did see a family member with a tom tom, and this seemed to suit me more. It is easy to update the maps and add additional software; i recently added the 2009 good pub guide and seems great for finding out of the way recommended pubs. Ordered via amazon, and got the usual quick and reliable delivery.

Sometimes gets a bit confused about post codes and can be a bit slow with the original satellite lock-on – but if you’re not a rep in a hurry this will probably suit you well. As for the supplier – it turned up before amazon said it would and was exactly as described.

I bought this garmin gps unit about seven months ago in july 2009 from amazon (since then the price has dropped by about £12), so have been using the 255w for quite some time. The unit works very well and points me in the right direction everytime once activated. Generally no problem picking up satellite tracking signal; usually within 20 – 30 seconds. Very simple to use; by postcode or city name/street name/house number via touchscreen display controls. Display is clear both during daylight hours and at night-time when the display automatically switches screen mode to compensate improving clarity. The 255w replaced a medion gps i bought from aldi a couple of years ago. Comparatively, one improvement i would like to see in future is a countdown feature in miles/kilometers from current location to route destination; in addition to the estimated time of arrival already shown as part of the display. If you veer off your preselected route the 255w normally updates quickly. Of course this is the main reason for buying a gps in the first place and represents a major advantage.

May wish to read before purchasing. Having had two very disappointing experiences with tomtom (appalling quality and customer support – i wouldn’t recommend tomtom to my worst enemy) i thought i’d give garmin a chance and bought this unit. This review is based on the first couple of weeks, driving around areas i know well so that i can judge the satnav’s performance. Firstly, much better in-car mount than tomtom and production quality seems better. Secondly, the set-up instructions are very poor and but for a very helpful review on this site, i would probably have given up or failed. Thirdly, the downloadable european maps is huge and you don’t realise until the end that the kit won’t take it all without an additional sd card (not supplied), so you download stuff you can’t actually use. . The set-up takes ages – even with a fast connection. Fourth: use is pretty good – it hasn’t tomtom’s range of sounds or display options but is perfectly usable. Although english, the voice does use american expressions so get used to ‘ramps’ etc. Opinions of menu systems are rather governed by what one is used to – in my case tomtom, but it seems intuitive enough, albeit not as comprehensive in capabilities as tomtom.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • My best purchase for years
  • Easy to use – map update tricky
  • Nuvi SatNav -difficult to upgrade maps

We bought this garmin nuvi 255w satnav to use while driving back to spain from the uk for the first time. We literally plugged it in and set off. Very user friendly and straightforward to use which was a good thing as my husband is a bit of a techno-phobe. If it hadn’t been easy to use he would have had to do all the driving. We have since downloaded the free update of the maps – don’t try to do this with dial-up. It took 35 hours with adsl (albeit not a super-fast connection). The maps seem to be bang up-to-date, at least for the routes we have used. The wider screen makes it easy for us ‘oldies’ to read. Unless you want something with bells and whistles this is an excellent choice to get you from a to b.

The garmin nuvi 255w does not come with full eec maps as claimed, its internal memory cannot hold the full set of maps and you have to choose from the limited subsets, and you only get one. Very poor manual and if a way around the limited memory is covered on the web site or help pages, then its very well hidden. Ended up with a sat nav that would only do uk and had to go on the forums to discover that a 2gb sd card with a folder on it labelled garmin, and an expensive map purchase from garmin was neccessary. Might have been able to get away with just the sd card and the free download if only the unhelpful website wasn’t designed as a money generator. My first satnav and once you get it rolling its good, but why the misleading claims and the poor support?.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Full europe mapping at a bargain price. I just came on here to see if this device was still actually for sale after all these years that i have owned it since 2009. I believe it covers 53 countries across europe if you download all of the latest maps. I have used this in countries such as turkey ukraine and cyprus and it has always provided excellent directions and mapping. In terms of value for money you would struggle to find a better sat nav than this at this price.
Full europe mapping at a bargain price. I just came on here to see if this device was still actually for sale after all these years that i have owned it since 2009. I believe it covers 53 countries across europe if you download all of the latest maps. I have used this in countries such as turkey ukraine and cyprus and it has always provided excellent directions and mapping. In terms of value for money you would struggle to find a better sat nav than this at this price.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

I bought his one because of its largish screen, i don’t need glasses to drive but would have been putting them on and off to see a smaller screen whilst driving it came with a free update which you had to download to the pc and then transfer to the sat nav. I never managed to do it though because it said the memory was full ‘free some memory” but never told you how to do that. I tried deleting all the annoying pictures it comes with (all the garmin factories around the world) and other tedious unnecessary touristique scene but gave up. For that reason i have never bought an update so can’t comment. Other than that, it’s fun to use, saves your favourite places, gives you estimated time of arrival. It comes with the suction that attachs to the windscreen really easily. It has been a good investment, i use it often.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

I bought his one because of its largish screen, i don’t need glasses to drive but would have been putting them on and off to see a smaller screen whilst driving it came with a free update which you had to download to the pc and then transfer to the sat nav. I never managed to do it though because it said the memory was full ‘free some memory” but never told you how to do that. I tried deleting all the annoying pictures it comes with (all the garmin factories around the world) and other tedious unnecessary touristique scene but gave up. For that reason i have never bought an update so can’t comment. Other than that, it’s fun to use, saves your favourite places, gives you estimated time of arrival. It comes with the suction that attachs to the windscreen really easily. It has been a good investment, i use it often.
Exellant product easy to use. Good product easy to use and understand ,dont use sat navs often but when i have to this one is easy.
Exellant product easy to use. Good product easy to use and understand ,dont use sat navs often but when i have to this one is easy.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Its the second sat nav from garmin ive had thought it was very easy to understand very clear directions i thought.
Its the second sat nav from garmin ive had thought it was very easy to understand very clear directions i thought.
Easy to use this product no more paper maps for my wife to read and get us lost,the voice reader is clear aswell. Also used this in france and italy.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Easy to use this product no more paper maps for my wife to read and get us lost,the voice reader is clear aswell. Also used this in france and italy.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Its bit too late (?) for writing review for this product, i bought this in early 2009, its 2013 now. 4 years on and its still doing its job accurately. Perfect for your journeys, good value for money and you can never get lost.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Its bit too late (?) for writing review for this product, i bought this in early 2009, its 2013 now. 4 years on and its still doing its job accurately. Perfect for your journeys, good value for money and you can never get lost.
Really easy to use up to date maps and clear voice for driving instructions, very good buy and reasonably priced with a large slim display and sellers sent out very quickly in excellent condition.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Really easy to use up to date maps and clear voice for driving instructions, very good buy and reasonably priced with a large slim display and sellers sent out very quickly in excellent condition.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Small and portable, it is lightweight but not flimsy. The touchscreen is easy to use and and the interface is simple yet informative when driving. Would definately recommend this.
Small and portable, it is lightweight but not flimsy. The touchscreen is easy to use and and the interface is simple yet informative when driving. Would definately recommend this.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

This item is dangerous – revised. / 2nd revision. I bought this because the maps were out of date on my old (but good) garmin nuvi 300. The first problem was when it told me to take a sharp right turn on a motorway between junctions. Then on a trip to wales it was directing me the wrong way around roundabouts and telling me to turn right at the appropriate exit. Bad for an experienced driver, possible fatal for an inexperienced driver. Be very, very cautious about buying this item. Since emailing the seller and writing this review i have tried the satnav again. On checking the system settings i found that it was set up for walking rather than driving.
This item is dangerous – revised. / 2nd revision. I bought this because the maps were out of date on my old (but good) garmin nuvi 300. The first problem was when it told me to take a sharp right turn on a motorway between junctions. Then on a trip to wales it was directing me the wrong way around roundabouts and telling me to turn right at the appropriate exit. Bad for an experienced driver, possible fatal for an inexperienced driver. Be very, very cautious about buying this item. Since emailing the seller and writing this review i have tried the satnav again. On checking the system settings i found that it was set up for walking rather than driving.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

Not enough for the current update on maps. I decided given that the unit has been langishing in a dusty warehouse for a couple of years, i would treat it to a map update. That is when the fun started. Following what apeared to be a succesfull operation of 3 hours, off i went into the wide blue yonder, only to find i was unable to find anywhere in the uk nownt, nada, nothing, zero. Call to garmin, first guy seemed great “just reload” “should be fine”. Fortunatly i had to call back to check something, next guy, different story. Cut to the chase, the unit does not have enough memory for the current maps version and an 4gsd is required. I will stick in an 8 just to be on the safe side. Thankfully not cost much these days.
Not enough for the current update on maps. I decided given that the unit has been langishing in a dusty warehouse for a couple of years, i would treat it to a map update. That is when the fun started. Following what apeared to be a succesfull operation of 3 hours, off i went into the wide blue yonder, only to find i was unable to find anywhere in the uk nownt, nada, nothing, zero. Call to garmin, first guy seemed great “just reload” “should be fine”. Fortunatly i had to call back to check something, next guy, different story. Cut to the chase, the unit does not have enough memory for the current maps version and an 4gsd is required. I will stick in an 8 just to be on the safe side. Thankfully not cost much these days.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

The best satnav system used to date. Having used two other satnavs previously, this is by far the best, the easiest to use and it has the benefit of traffic information without needing to concentrate on whether there is a traffic jam or road works that may interfere with your journey. The benefit of the nuvi approach is that it will amend its ‘best route’ to reflect traffic conditions, road works etc. There is one journey that i make infrequently and found a route that seemed easy. The journey time varied by as much as doubling sometimes. With the nuvi, i have made that journey at least 6 times and never yet repeated the same route in entirety; parts of the route but not the whole. The system simply worksthe route finder and menu system is easier than some other devices used, and the instructions are clear without the annoying ‘perform a u-turn’ regime much favoured by certain devices, even when you know that one is simply not possible. I have not yet found myself in the middle of a stream or pond that the device did not know was there, suffered from strange routing advice or got lost when using it. If there was anything i hoped was better, it would perhaps be lane advice in some situations, but i have in the main almost always found myself in the correct spot when needed. I know that some of today’s models have even larger screens than this, but i have never yet found the screen to be too small, unreadable or anything else that is negative.

This review is from : Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3″ Sat Nav with Full Europe Maps

The best satnav system used to date. Having used two other satnavs previously, this is by far the best, the easiest to use and it has the benefit of traffic information without needing to concentrate on whether there is a traffic jam or road works that may interfere with your journey. The benefit of the nuvi approach is that it will amend its ‘best route’ to reflect traffic conditions, road works etc. There is one journey that i make infrequently and found a route that seemed easy. The journey time varied by as much as doubling sometimes. With the nuvi, i have made that journey at least 6 times and never yet repeated the same route in entirety; parts of the route but not the whole. The system simply worksthe route finder and menu system is easier than some other devices used, and the instructions are clear without the annoying ‘perform a u-turn’ regime much favoured by certain devices, even when you know that one is simply not possible. I have not yet found myself in the middle of a stream or pond that the device did not know was there, suffered from strange routing advice or got lost when using it. If there was anything i hoped was better, it would perhaps be lane advice in some situations, but i have in the main almost always found myself in the correct spot when needed. I know that some of today’s models have even larger screens than this, but i have never yet found the screen to be too small, unreadable or anything else that is negative.
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