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|Recent reviews for this item:|
|DougA, November 9, 2012|
|I bought from gpscity. Great service, fast shipping.
I updated the unit with the newest maps as soon as I got it
and the unit could not hold the European updates. I bought a
micro SD and downloaded to that but I could not get the GPS
to see the updated maps, even after talking to Garmin tech
support. I was running short on time since I was leaving the
next day, so I updated just the regions of Italy that I
needed and that fit on the GPS internal memory and worked.
First, the 2475 saved our *ss on more than one occasion. It
was well worth the $$. I bought a new unit rather than use
my older Garmin because I wanted the newer features.
Good: the 2475 informed us of impending speed cameras which
litter the roadways, some as often as once a minute while
driving. There are usually signs, but the ding-ding was a
huge help to warn us. The 2475 also showed what the speed
limit was supposed to be - a huge help because signs are
good in some places, poor in others. The 2475 was wrong on
only a few occasions and usually, it was more a matter of
being ahead or behind by 15 sec or so.
The 2475 also tells you if you are over the speed limit and
when you are approaching a 'no-drive' zone. If the GPS saves
you from getting ticketed for one of those, you covered the
cost of the unit right there.
The 2475 also was great at telling us which exit on a
roundabout to take. Wrong a few times, but not often. I
found there was plenty of warning for impending roundabouts
and turns. We did have to adjust ourselves to the distance
to a turn. Often an intersection would have 2 turns, one
right after another and we made a few mistakes, then my wife
started to verbally give me the countdown in meters and that
helped a lot.
The split screen showing turn-offs was far more bother than
it was worth. Hard to see on the GPS and it was often better
just to watch the road.
Bad: The GPS insisted upon saying the SS and SR designations
in full 99% of the time which is a disaster. A handful of
times, it would simply say, 'SS245' which was great but the
rest of the time, it pronounced the words for SS (no idea
but I think Italian for Secondary Road), then the name of
the road. Very confusing. The number was much better when it
The worst problem was when the GPS told us there was either
construction on the Autostrade (turnpike) and insisted upon
re-routing us an hour out of our way or when an intersection
had been built within the past year. We had that 5 times and
I'll grant an exception for new construction, but not a
something that was completed a year ago on a major highway.
I would have liked a button that I could push that meant
'shut up, I know what I'm doing'
Having a good paper map in Italy is ESSENTIAL. A map alone
is not enough. Lots of times, the GPS, Michelin map and
on-line Google Maps were in disagreement. You've just got to
use common sense when that happens.
Lastly, with one exception, we could not enter the name of
the street and city for 'go to' instructions. I'd out in the
street but it said there was no such street in that city.
Once It did accept the street but not the correct number.
These were not new streets and Google had no problem finding
them. Not so with the GPS. I ended up scrolling through the
map view and pointed to where our destination was. The
street b=name was correct and exactly where it was supposed
to be so it worked but so much more difficult than simply
typing it in.
Overall, it was worth the purchase. It saved a lot of
screaming, except once when the GPS was dead wrong on one
construction zone and we needlessly drove an hour out of our
way to correct the error. Hint: they don't close turnpikes
due to construction and in Italy, the alternative route can
be a very long detour.|
|David, November 7, 2012|
|Two main factors caused me to choose the 2475LT as i
mentioned in my early review --2nd being maps of Europe.
Our trip to southern France and Switz is over now and the
2475 performed up to expectations or better. Not to say it
is without glitches or a learning curve. Our road map of
France showed route numbers (very hard to read) but the
2475LT mainly goes by the street names in French, badly
pronounced in English directions. Sometimes road numbers
didn't agree with the road map. I learned to set as
destinations, small towns on the route we wanted to take,
and NOT use centers of big towns. The GPS listed good hotel
choices (POI ads) on legs where we had not made a
reservation in advance or lacked a complete address.
Prior to Europe, we used it in August on a drive across
Indiana and Ohio and back to O'Hare, a first real test and
lesson in picking navigation preferences. There, using
"avoid tolls" will send you far out of your way! My wife
was always hostile toward my old GPS, but after this France
trip (3rd time there, but with a GPS) she is a booster of
the 2475 instead of seeing "Gertie" as a rival. More peace
in the car!
Still there were a few wrong moves in over 1500 Km in Europe
due to database errors (none is perfect), and some due to
ambiguities in successive turn directions or counting which
spokes were "exits" on roundabouts. Navigation into the
rental car return area in the French side of Geneva airport
was a particular problem involving a few false moves
(crossing under the runways), turnarounds and some obscure
airport signage-- but Gertie finally got us there as
It acquires satellites quickly and seldom lost its fix but
for wet weather in the mountains.
The process of updating the Garmin maps at home was quite an
effort, not simple on my older PC as it required me to
install some unwanted MS apps and other generic software on
my computer first, then free up 6 more GB of disk space on
the PC for caching. Map updates themselves (each group)
took 3-4 hours of download on DSL, as cautioned.
Some have complained of "ads" fed by the "traffic" feature
but I have not seen any problem, altho I tried to avoid
buying an "LT" model. Even in the US using the 12V
cord/traffic receiver, I haven't noticed any ads come up in
the way. (Its "traffic" feature is not active in Europe,
plus French law forbids using a device that locates safety
cameras. I did get snapped "speeding" at one tricky
location with curves and fluctuating limits, and got a
ticket written all in French in mail at home --cost $45 euro
online.) The limit in the display was typically correct for
those areas that had a posted limit, and handy for many
I am quite happy with the 2475LT, and GPS City was the right
place to buy it!|
|Sylvain, September 14, 2012|
|I have relied on Garmins for a long time and the Nuvi
2475LT is similar except it has maps for Europe, too.
Driving in Italy and France overall these were useful.
Unfortunately, they were not very accurate for rural
locations, and could not locate several of the places we
stayed. Fortunately, it was fairly easy to program the
coordinates, which sometimes helped us find what we were
looking for and other times at least helped us find our way
back. Otherwise, it's a standard NUVI and works well.|
|Italy Driving, August 8, 2012|
|We got this GPS for a trip to Italy and used it for 3.5
Its maps were decent and its directions would usually get
you there, but has some serious flaws:
1. the voice directions are not consistent, sometimes
telling you to turn right meaning immediately, and sometimes
in 500 m
2. in Italy, it kept providing street names - the highways
only have city names
3. on ramp and off ramp directions were vague especially
important in Italy were the exits are confusing (you often
cross the highway, pay a toll and then come back over to the
4. city names often did not appear on the screen - would
have been nice to know what city we were driving past and
what cities were on our route for those pesky autostrade
5. it had no differentiation in minor routes - would just
as happily send you up a 25% grade on a road no more than a
small car width wide as up the normal road that had sign
posts on it
6. it frequently selected town routes that were either one
way the other way or "registered vehicle only (Italian ZTL)
roads" that net you a steep fine if you enter the road
7. it does not have an easy way of entering a town name if
you want to put in an address - if you enter 123 Main Street
in Italy - it searches all of Italy and France for the
address, instead of saying - "what city?"
8. the traffic warning system worked well and it indicated
the posted traffic camera zones - but it frequently had the
wrong speed limit - telling me I could do 130 km/h in a 110
An Italian taxi driver said to us - "Garmin no good - need a
TomTom". Don't know if he was right, but I swore a lot more
at the GPS than I did at Italian maniacal drivers.|