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<IMG SRC="http://www16.brinkster.com/darelldd/smallgpsdone.jpg"> <P>Well, I promised I'd start a new thread after I'd mounted my new Street Pilot and used it for a while. It is officially custom-mounted, and I've driven with it for about twelve hours now, I figured I'd better get to it.<P>I've used a total of four GPS Nav systems in my driving career, and I think when everything is taken into account, the Street Pilot III beats all the ones I've tried. (Note: I have never used the factory Volvo unit). If price were no object, the competition would be tougher, certainly. But for under $800 you're going to be hard pressed to beat the SPIII. None of the units I've tried (including this one) have been perfect, and some of the others have faster processors, but none of the others had the ease of use, nor the portability of the SPIII.<P>I've used this unit to find restaurants that are less than a year old. The mapping software that shipped with my SPIII was copywrited in Jan of 2001, and I am very impressed with how current it is. I've never used another system that had so many new roads included in the software. In fact, the Delorme Street Atlas that I used to use, didn't even have the street I live on. And it has been here for eight years!<P>I should also mention that the Garmin Customer Service has impressed me. They offer an 800 number that anybody can call...and it is actually answered by a guy who has all the products sitting in front of him. I talked to him for 1/2 hour before I made my final decision to buy (had him route to my house and tell me what the turns were).<P>I spent a bit less than $800 from an authorized Garmind distributer. If you're happy with having the unit sit up on the grille in the dash, installation takes all of 30 seconds. I spent a few hours making a mount that attaches just above the left center vent. This way the unit is a bit lower, is closer to the driver, and it is less wobbly.<P>The auto recalculation of route is fantastic (reroutes you if you miss a turn), and the voice prompts come right when you need them.<P>I can't think of anything else to bore you with, so I'll just let you ask questions if there are any more left after the last, increadibly long, Nav System thread.<P>I'll have a pic up in a second of the new mounted unit.<P>- Darell<P>
 

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Since my domain is still down, I put it up on Brickster. See above.<P><BR>You can also visit my site where I've posted the picture (on a different server).<BR> <A HREF="http://members.nbci.com/darelldd/v70/gps.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://members.nbci.com/darelldd/v70/gps.htm</A> <P>- Darell<BR><p>[This message has been edited by darell (edited 05-14-2001).]
 

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Drew -<P>I love it when a plan comes together. Thanks to you for bringing this new Street Pilot product to my attention. I'd been waiting for it for years, and I missed it's introduction!<P>- Darell
 

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Darell - <P>Looks great.<P>Two questions (1 gps related & 1 not):<BR>1) Any plans for the 12v power supply lead ?<BR>2) Is that "blue carbon fiber" I see ???<P>- Rob<P>PS - I still have my 17" ers... it was another Rob with the 16" on Vspy.<BR><P>
 

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Hey Rob -<P>The wire is a bit ugly, isn't it? Truth be told, it typically looks better than that, but I didn't notice when I shot the picture. Just previous to shooting the picture, I had removed the unit to paint the screw heads black, and when I put the thing back on the mount, I didn't pretty up the wire. I secure that wire with two guides down the side of the console (then it loops through the pen holder perfectly). The color matches the interior quite well, and you really don't notice it much. Taking a flash picture in there makes everything look different than it does in person. There aren't stark shadows and harsh light when you don't use your X-ray vision strobe.<P>I don't want to route the wire behind anything permanently because I plan on using this thing in other cars semi-regularly. If I end up hating it, I can always buy a second 12v adapter for the other applications, and mount this one more permanently.<P>Next - I was wondering who would ask about the blue dash first. You win. What you see there is blue non-skid stuff that I put up there to hold the tools and parts that I was using to build the mount. Like I said, it's hard to notice this stuff until the flash goes off, and makes everything jump out at you.<P>Sure wish my host would come back on line. Apparently it's been hit by a "denial of service" hacker who has brought it down with thousands of pings.<P>ps. Thanks for clearing up the 17" wheel deal. Bruce and I were both confused.<P>- Darell
 

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Darell,<P>Actually, it doesn't look that ugly - but of course that's coming from me w/ my radar detector hanging out the cup holder & my 12v wire just flapping around <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/redface.gif"><P>BTW: Still looks like blue carbon fiber if you ask me! <P>See ya-<BR>Rob<P>
 

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Rob -<P>Well, at least you won't have holes to hide from your radar detector mount later on down the road.<P>From now on, I think I'll call it blue carbon fiber. Maybe I could cut out pieces of it to match the fake wood trim and glue it on. It would soon be all the rage, I'm sure.<P>Still no host....<P>- Darell
 
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