Garmin VHF 300I Automotive Mountable Reviews

Garmin VHF 300I Automotive Mountable

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Beautiful but dont get near water

Jul 16, 2008
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Pros:Beautiful screen, easy to use. software connectivity.

Cons:Don't get near water, rotten customer service.

The Bottom Line: If there is a chance you will get this unit wet, don't buy it.


Got my new Colorado 300 two weeks ago and I was completely blown away by how nice the screen was and how seemingly simple it was to operate. I also enjoyed being able to directly download geocaching locations with only a click of the mouse. But now comes the bad. It was in my van and the melted water from ice in a fast food cup spilled onto the unit. I didn't notice it right away and it seeped into the unit. For a unit that is supposed to be used out doors, this small amount of water getting into it seems simply amazing. To make matters worse, when I tried to email support on the web, the form would not send to Garmin. I called them and that was even more frustrating. After being on hold for half an hour, the rep was very defensive right off the bat. He was nice enough to only charge me $100 instead of $150 to repair the unit. After having spent the money to buy the unit and then having to spend another $100 right away, I am very disappointed. I will be selling this unit as soon as I get it back and buying something that is more water resistant. Probably will be buying a Lowrance instead.


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