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3 out of 5 eggs Traffic on "Second Generation" version is terrible 10/19/2012

This review is from: GARMIN 5.0" GPS Navigation with Lifetime Map & Traffic Updates

Pros: 5" Screen
Excellent Maps

Cons: Traffic rendering is terrible.

Other Thoughts: Bottom line up front:

Would I recommend the Garmin nüvi® 2595LMT to anyone? No


This is the 4th Garmin vehicle GPS I have owned over the past decade or so. 2 of my older units are still in use every day by two of my adult kids, and I added this one recently for my second vehicle (my primary vehicle has onboard navigation).

What I have:

~ Garmin nüvi® 2595LMT - Second Generation (that is an important distinction I will mention below)
* My other Garmin vehicle GPS units still in use are the nüvi® 265WT and the nüvi® 2350LMT.

Why I bought this unit:

~ Brand: I have tried Magellans and TomToms, and hated both.
* I have found that Garmin products are both more reliable and user friendly than any other.
* Garmin's maps and routing program are better than the other brands I have tried.

~ Traffic: Having first experienced traffic information on my nüvi® 265WT I can't see not having the option, especially since I commute in the DC area

~ Up-to-date: I wanted the latest. It is a step below the 3500 series, but they are the same family...the more advanced merely adds a quicker traffic program. Other than that, they are identical.

~ 5" Screen: Bigger is better, especially since my eyes are starting to age a bit.

Why I wish I bought the 3500 series instead:

~ Traffic: On the nüvi® 2595LMT (second generation) the traffic feature is incredibly weak.


As I found out after RMA'ing the first one I received (more on shoddy customer support later) thinking that it was packed with the wrong vehicle charging cable, the unit I received is considered to be a "Second Generation" version of the model. When the new unit was received and what I thought to be the wrong cable was again all that was in the box, I provided Garmin support the serial number of the new unit (which was coincidentally the next one sequentially from the one I returned) and the response I got back was that the reason I did not receive a GTM cable was because, according to my serial number, my unit is a "Second Generation" unit which has the traffic receiver built into the unit.

A GTM cable, by the way, is that thick cable with the bulbous traffic antenna approximately 6" from the end you plug into the back of the unit. That traffic receiver sends the information from the transmitters scattered across the regions where traffic monitoring is available and sends it to the unit for processing and display on your GPS screen.

Well, the second generation 2595 has that receiver built into the body of the unit, and so no GTM cable is needed...just a regular vehicle charging cable.

That would be great, not having that bulky wire and receiver hanging from the back of the unit; however the quality of the traffic information presented on the screen is poor, at best. But...being sometimes scientifically minded, I decided to do a side-by-side test. Here's what I did:

~ I plugged in both my new 2595 and my older 2350 LMT into my vehicle with a pro


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Display Name: Patrick M.

Date Joined: 10/11/11

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