Full Review of Garmin nüvi 255W



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Over the past several months GPS (Global Positioning System) prices have dropped significantly. Vendors such as Garmin, TomTom and Magellan now offer GSP devices that come in under the $150 mark. Obviously these units lack the bells and whistles of their more costly brethren; yet feature wise they are appreciably more robust than previous generation models which cost sometimes twice as much.

Today I will be looking at the nüvi 255W which is a widescreen model in Garmin’s entry line of GPS units. This GPS can be found online for under $200 and includes text-to-speech (TTS) which is usually found in more expensive devices. TTS allows the device to announce directions with street names instead of the generic turn left/right at a certain distance. The nüvi 255W comes preloaded with Navteq data of North America + Hawaii + Puerto Rico and includes 6.5 million searchable points of interest.

Other notable features include HotFix (Long Term Ephemeris Prediction) which helps locate satellites faster, Digital Elevation Model (DEM) Basemap shows 3D shaded terrain features, Photo Navigation allows uploading of geo-coded photos from a phone, geo-coding camera or photo site and navigate to them, and the ability to send addresses directly to your Garmin from Google Maps or Mapquest via PC.



The Garmin nüvi 255W arrives in a white cardboard box with the unit pictured on the top and a map of the GPS’s coverage for the United States on the back. For the Green folks, Garmin uses recyclable cardboard for packaging thus no plastic blister material.

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Opening the box reveals the nüvi 255W protected by a cardboard insert with the accessories resting underneath. In the package we find the nüvi 255W, a vehicle suction cup mount, vehicle power cable, dashboard disc and a quick start manual.

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The Garmin nüvi 255W is composed of a slate grey plastic. It measures 4.8″W x 2.9″H x .8″D (12.2 x 7.4 x 2.0 cm) and weighs 6.1 ounces (172.93 g). In terms of size the nüvi 255W has about the same width and height dimensions as an iPhone and it thickness is equivalent to a standard deck of playing cards.

The front of the unit is primarily comprised of the 4.3” screen with the Garmin nüvi name embossed at the lower left hand corner. The display resolution is 480 x 272 pixels and the display type is WQVGA color TFT with white backlight.

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On top of the unit is a slider power switch which locks (to prevent accidental powering while storing the unit) and a notch for the dashboard mount bracket. The left side has an opening for the SD card reader, while the bottom has another mount notch. At the rear we see the speaker and the mini-USB port for charging the GPS.

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For just its outer appearance the Garmin nüvi 255W is a thin, sleek looking GPS that appears well constructed and designed.


Garmin nüvi 255W

Go wide and get peace of mind with nüvi 255W. This affordable, widescreen navigator leads the way with voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions that speak street names and optional MSN Direct services to get you there on time and keep you informed. It’s packed with millions of destinations and maps for North America or Europe. Like the rest of the sleek nüvi 2×5-series, this portable navigator is priced right and ultra-easy to use.

With nüvi 255W’s widescreen display, you’ll always get the big picture. View map detail, driving directions, photos and more in bright, brilliant color. Its sunlight-readable, 4.3-inch display is easy to read — from any direction.

Navigate With Ease
nüvi 255W comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator® NT street maps, including a hefty points of interest (POIs) database with hotels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road. Simply touch the color screen to enter a destination, and nüvi takes you there with turn-by-turn voice directions, 2-D or 3-D maps and smooth map redraw rates as you navigate. Its digital elevation maps show you shaded contours at higher zoom levels, giving you a big picture of the surrounding terrain. In addition, nüvi 255W accepts custom points of interest (POIs), such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. With HotFix™ satellite prediction, nüvi calculates your position faster to get you there quicker.

Take It With You
Like the rest of the nüvi 2×5-series, nüvi 255W sports a sleek, slim design and fits comfortably in your pocket or purse. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery makes it convenient for navigation by car or foot. With its “Where Am I?” emergency locator, you always know your location. Simply tap the screen to get your exact latitude and longitude coordinates, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and fuel stations.

Go Beyond Navigation
Navigation is just the beginning. nüvi 255W includes many travel tools including JPEG picture viewer, world travel clock with time zones, currency converter, measurement converter, calculator and more. With photo navigation, you can download Google Panoramio pictures via our Garmin Connect Photos website and navigate to them. The 255W is compatible with optional enhanced MSN Direct content (subscription and receiver required) and our free Garmin Garage where you can download animated vehicles that show your location on the map. It also comes with Garmin Lock, an anti-theft feature. Enhance your travel experience with optional plug-in microSD cards such as Garmin Travel Guides for detailed data on attractions.

nüvi 255W: Simple navigation at an affordable price

What’s in the Box:
nüvi 255W
Preloaded City Navigator NT for North America or Europe (full coverage)
Vehicle suction cup mount
Vehicle power cable
Dashboard disc
Quick start manual


Initial setup requires the nüvi 255W to be in clear line of site with the orbiting satellites for the GPS to detect them. This process takes about five minutes and is a one time procedure. Now the Garmin device is ready for use. Since most people will use the GPS in a motor vehicle the next step is set up of the mounting system. Setting up the suction cup mount took less than 30 seconds. The power adapter for the GPS connect to the rear of the GPS and connects to the vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

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The Garmin nüvi 255W powers up quickly and is ready to use in less than a minute. Satellite acquisition takes anywhere from one to three minutes depending on line of site to satellites.

The main nüvi 255W screen is comprised of two main icons – “Where to?” and “View Map” with Volume and Tools options underneath. Immediately the user will notice that the interface is sleek and intuitive. It is so intuitive that Garmin does not include an instruction manual, just a quick start manual. If needed, additional instructions can be found online. Garmin takes advantage of the widescreen to provide plenty of information without creating the sensory overload on non-widescreen units.

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On the main navigation screen turn direction, distance to turn, speed, speed limit and arrival time are around the periphery of the display with the map taking up the majority of real estate. The zoom in/out buttons are on one side of the display making access much simpler than GPS devices which split them on the left and right sides of the display.

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All this peripheral data can provide more detailed information by tapping the touch screen over the item. For instance hitting the speed tab will give a more extensive trip information screen. Tapping on the road name, vehicle, speed and distance to turn will call up various other info screens.

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With the nüvi 255W, Garmin upgraded the processor speeds which makes map drawing much faster. Detailed maps appear much quicker than on previous GPS devices that I have tested. This made the GPS screen appear less “jerky”, not that it makes a difference in function; it is still a nice aesthetic upgrade. Font size is automatically adjusted by the nüvi 255W allowing long text to be easily displayed and read.

All this capabilities are secondary to the main function of the GPS – Navigation. How does the Garmin nüvi 255W fare? After driving around the metropolitan New York region I found the nüvi 255W functioned very well. Selecting one’s destination can be done via direct input – searching for an address, transferring addresses from Google or Mapquest via a PC connection, through longitude/latitude coordinates, and even via photo navigation using Garmin Connect Photos website. Besides these, Garmin provides numerous additional ways to find destinations.

Garmin also features six million POIs (Points of Interest) which helps the user locate stores, municipal locales and other areas of note. The POI screen is divided into fourteen sub-categories which helps make searches more specific. Routing speed was quick, route recalculation was done within seconds of missing a recommended turn. The Garmin maps cover all of North America including Canada and Alaska.

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Text to speech (TTS) allows the announcement of street names as the driver approaches them. This is key feature as I have missed several turns in the past with the older GPS units which did not differentiate streets by name; instead recommending turns at certain distances. Additionally TTS allows the driver to keep their eyes on the road and away from the GPS. Safety is always a nice bonus. Just be aware that there are only five English speaking TTS Voices; female American English, male and female Australian English, and a male and female British English. What happened to the American English voice is my question for Garmin.

Looking at other reviews online, people have complained about the voice commands as being to low or too robotic. I found this not to be the case. The volume was loud enough to be heard even with the radio playing a moderately loud level. There are several built in voice styles with additional ones available on the Garmin website. I think the voice style is a matter of personal preference and to me is not a deal breaker.

Garmin offers additional downloads for the nüvi 255W on their website. At the Garmin Garage users can download different vehicles such as rocket ships, walking feet and my favorite – the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean. Additional voices can also be freely downloaded, but Garmin does not offer any cool ones such as the Homer Simpson available from TomTom. I think Garmin should get Stewie from Family Guy, don’t you? Additionally, there are also travel guides and other paid downloads on the site. However the nüvi 255W is a lower end unit and does not have as many download choices as its more expensive brethren.


Garmin’s WebUpdater software installs onto a PC and allows the user to install maps, updates and firmware as needed. To use the Google Maps send to GPS feature, a web browser add on needs to be installed. Other features that may or may not be used include a picture viewer, SD card slot for expansion maps, calculator, measurement converter and currency converter.

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There are a few things that I found to be irksome about the nüvi 255W package. The first is the lack of an included mini-USB cable. As someone who reviews tech products I have plenty of these cables laying around but for the average person this type of cable may on hand. Garmin should package a mini-USB cable with this bundle.

While charging the nüvi 255W there is no charge indicator. This is not a big issue since the unit can be charged in the vehicle but it is always to nice to know when the device is fully charged. Battery life according to Garmin is about four hours with the rechargeable Lithium battery. During use I found it to last anywhere from three hours and fifteen minutes to three and half hours.

Finally the Garmin has a deep menu system which to some people may be a bit intimidating. The less technology inclined may not use all the features of the “entry” model GPS because of its expansive menu. Luckily they will still get plenty of function from this device.

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The key to a good GPS is the interface and the Garmin nüvi 255W’s is one of the best ones that I have dealt with in comparison to other GPS models. It is well designed unit from both the out casing to the software within. Garmin has been regarded as the leader in GPS technology and they continue the trend with the nüvi 255W.

While it is sold as an entry level unit in terms of price, its features and function make it act like a more expensive GPS model. Routing works great and that is the most important feature in these devices. TTS and the widescreen helps the nüvi 255W standout over other similarly priced models. If you are looking for a deep starter GPS unit, then the Garmin nüvi 255W is the one to get


+GPS works terrific
+Widescreen provides ample information in clear format
+Map locations via Google Maps and PC
+TTS enabled
+Rapid start up
+Quick satellite detection

-No charge indicator light
-Does not include USB cable


  44 comments for “Full Review of Garmin nüvi 255W

  1. Tom
    July 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm


  2. Tom
    July 27, 2009 at 10:50 pm


  3. Tom
    July 27, 2009 at 10:52 pm


  4. Tom
    July 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm


  5. Jeff
    July 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I love the Garmin Nuvi – good price, gets you where you need to go. Good review.

  6. Alg
    August 9, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Good review, I bought the 765 but returning. Incrediblt the 200 series seem to have the nice feature of displaying poi and local lakes/streams etc as you drive. The new more expensive ones just show a boring cross hair of roads even at most detailed view. I think this shoud be a feature buyers should be aware of.
    The only thing I like the 765 is for multi point routing, but looks like the 265 may have that at significantly lower price

  7. Alex
    August 18, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    The best GPS for the price!!!
    I owned Magellan before, and returned it within 2 weeks as it was so slow that I was missing turns several times a day (especially in dense traffic). I love my new GPS unit, it is responsive and fast, the user-interface is terrific, and detour works beyond expectations.
    I liked it so much that thought Garmin will take a market share from other vendors. So bought shares in Garmin, and (guess what!) in a week the gain covered the price of my unit.
    So now I am a happy owner of the Garmin unit, and a proud shareholder of the company. 🙂

  8. ZDF
    September 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    I would give 0 stars to this product.
    1. I have bought this product from a Romanian shop, in Bucharest, called MediaGalaxy. I have paid ~300 USD (900 lei) for a “full Europe” product. Yes, 300, and this was the lowest price I managed to found.
    2. The thing that infuriates me most is the [Tools | Settings | Map | Map Info] command. It says: [1] Ro.A.D.2009 BETA. I am a software-developer. I have never had the nerve to sell a BETA version to our clients.
    3. I bought this product in the eve of a trip to Thasos, Greece. I took the decision based on Amazon’s review. Bad idea. The first thing I did, before leaving Bucharest, was to look for updates. There were none.
    4. I encountered the first problem in Bulgaria. For some reason the device froze to “99%” every time it tried to compute the route to Thasos Town, Thasos, Greece. The only way to get out of this was to ask for many shorter routes. Yes, I have reset the device. Several times.
    5. The second problem was the “Drawing…” problem. It frozen again.
    6. The third problem was the refresh problem. Sometimes it forgets to draw when it scrolls. You drag the map to the right and the left side remains white. Other times it paints garbage.
    7. There is one thing to have an incomplete map, and a completely different thing to have an erroneous map. Garmin sold me a faulty Bulgaria map. Instead of taking me to Dimitrovgrad, a fairly large town, it took me to Gorsky-Izvor. Imagine how puzzled I was when Garmin’s map said “Dimitrovgrad” and the road sign said “Gorsky-Izvor”. Garmin wasted my time, my neurons, and my money. But I didn’t know that. I was so dazzled by the previously described problems I didn’t notice that Dimitrovgrad is Gorsky-Izvor. I have notice this problem when I made the same mistake, the second time, on the way back from Thassos. Needless to say there was a much shorter way to Dimitrovgrad.
    8. Once I reached Greece Garmin took the decision to take me to Thassos by mountains, not by highway. Nice scenery, but I was too tired for this, there were no gas stations and my tank was almost dry. I finally found a gas station but it was so questionable I didn’t dare to fill more than two gallons. I finally reached the highway and a gas station. Garmin took again a curious decision and drove us away from highway and then again on the highway.
    9. After 14 hour I have finally reached Thasos, a route a “trained” driver would make it in about 10 hours.
    10. In Thasos I have discovered that we can drive through sea. Clear sky, open space, satellites signal, asphalt road, yet the blue “trail” said we are in the water or off-road.
    11. We have tried to reach a monastery located in the mountains. Garmin drove us on dirt roads in a very chaotic way. So chaotic we had do abort the trip at the advice of two kind German excursionists: “The road is getting worst. You will need a pick-up or a jeep.” The next day we have discovered there is an asphalt road to that monastery. We were guided by villagers.
    12. I have asked the way back from Thasos to Bucharest. “Great” surprise: Garmin was unable to compute it. I have tried several times.
    13. The way back from Thassos took us 10:30 hours of effective driving. The hotel owner explained us which roads and towns to follow: “Forget about Garmin”. Yet I still wanted so much to see it work… so I drove again to “Dimitrovgrad” and realize I am stupid.
    14. “3D Terrain Maps” Don’t be fooled by this. You won’t get anything near to GoogleEarth. It works only for small zooms (-) and it does not offer any additional information. It is just a “we have it, too”.
    15. The next year I would like to go to Croatia. Therefore I have entered Porec as destination. Garmin is set to “Shorter distance”, yet it tells me that from Bucharest I should drive 250 km east to Constanta , then back to Bucharest and then, finally to Croatia.
    16. There are more bugs, which I consider “minor”, like:
    a. The Romanian translation. The most obvious is the translation of “spell” which is translated as “rostiti” (“say” )
    b. The odd spelling of towns.
    c. The language spelling mixing.
    d. The lack of zoom cache.
    e. No blending.
    f. The car icon is not scaled.
    g. The width of roads.
    h. In pedestrian or bike mode the icon is still a car.
    i. The speed warning repeatedly pops-up even if you are managing your settings.
    j. The interface.
    k. The map accuracy touch requires a stylus, yet you do not receive one.
    l. The log memory is too short.
    m. Etc., etc., etc.
    I would like to return this device. Unfortunately there is a 24 hours return policy. I received a free map of Bulgaria from a gas station, a simple road map, which was more accurate and had more detail than Garmin.

  9. gatorguy
    September 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I suspect, in fact can almost guarantee, you did not purchase an authentic Garmin product. The map you reference was never released to the public. But it is available from various pirate sites based on a pre-release version of the official Garmin product that was supplied to beta testers. Blaming Garmin and holding them responsible for the unsanctioned adding of a pirated map obviously marked “beta” is obviously unfair. Not surprising that retailer had the least expensive 255 you could find. The map was free.

  10. ZDF
    September 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I did not receive any answer from Garmin.

    Meanwhile I have solved the BETA mystery. The manager of the company (rqa dot ro) who built the map (also the representative of Garmin in Romania, and the one who uploaded the BETA version, I assume) offered a refund but I have insisted for an update. He invited me to headquarters (?) to upload the “right” version. I have demanded to download it via internet, which he reluctantly (?) agreed. After few final thoughts I have decided to return the device and wrote him about this. I hope I can get my money back and get a wiser decision.

    I have unchecked the RO.A.D map, from Map Info (strange place for options). This way the route to Croatia seems to be correctly computed.

    Does anybody know if the maps updates are for free? It seems unfair to buy a faulty map and pay to get a right one (see Dimitrovgrad above). Are there any GPS companies that do this for free?

  11. Steve
    October 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Hi where is the TTS setting on the 255w all i get is turn left/ right in 50yards no road names spoken

  12. Bill Voelker
    November 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    What if I do not like the direction 255W has picked out for me? Can I change it to a route found via Google Maps on my PC? Can I actually load those directions?
    For instance from my location in Maryland to Atlantic City, it picked a route that I know is not really the best for me. Up New Jersey Turnpike. That full of tolls. I’d rather use the route I found via Route 295 to the Atlantic City Expressway.

    Any ideas? Thanks
    Bill Voelker

  13. November 17, 2009 at 12:26 am

    how do you program the garmin 255w for driving a truck on a highway only and avoiding parkways? ( for cars only).

  14. JT
    November 29, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Can anyone help? I can’t turn on my unit. When I switch it on, the screen appears for 1 second then it shuts off again.

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      May 4, 2011 at 1:22 am


  15. denis
    December 12, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    will I be able to use my Garmin 255 all over Mexico or anywhere else for that matter ? thanks

  16. avlisk
    December 12, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I found 3 problems with my new Nuvi 255W: You can’t simply enter a city and say “go”. It needs an address. If you don’t know an address, you’re out of luck; the map puts your vehicle icon in the center, leaving very little real estate to show where you’re going. I don’t need to see all that map showing where I’ve been; the petrol stations are woefully out-of-date and can’t be relied on to be correct. This is as of my cross country, USA trip of Sept. 2009.

  17. Bud Baer
    March 11, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Hello, I just purchased my Nuvi 255W a month ago from Bestbuy, and am on the second one, and am still having the same problem… When the voice comes on to navigate me it constantly breaks up and I cannot understand what it is saying. I switched vechicles and where I mount it and the problem still exsists. I have had other drivers from where I work go with me and they told me that has never happened with there GPS’s… My brother has the Nuvi 255WT and he said his voice navigator has never broken up wile speaking. Is there a bad batch going around or am I doing something wrong.
    Just a little dissapointed, I really liked this model and don’t want to change.
    Thank You
    Bud Baer

    • Skywagon
      December 15, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      I am late seeing your problem. The voice break-up is not a common problem. Return the unit to BestBuy for an exchange or call or email Garmin support and ask them for the steps to return the unit for warranty repair. My experience is that Garmin has always been good at customer support. Have you tried the unit in another vehicle…? Is it also noisy in that one…? You could have a vehicle with a high electrical noise generation problem that might couple into the 255. I have never seen that probelm, but, theoretically, it is possible and might cause the voice break-up. Personally, I would see if BestBuy will replace it with new, and if not, then get Garmin to repair or replace it….

  18. Kirsten
    March 31, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I have found this product frustrating.

    It does not have rest stops- you know, those places where while traveling, one finds the opportunity to do that thing that is universally necessary of all living beings! Yeah. So, I find this a real problem. Driving South from Seattle to Portland, OR there was no info for these. Anyone else see this as a severe oversight? How can I get this info added to my GPS.

    Also, I don’t know, but the device took me on a wrong turn down a one-way dead end on Sauvie Island in Portland.

    The next shortcoming was finding a trailhead that we identified in name and in actual coordinates. Entering the coordinates we got from an official hiking website it wanted to send us in the opposite direction.

    In the 7-10 times I have turned it on to use it, it has helped me once. On the other occasions it has proved a source of great frustration!
    Wanting to know if I should give it away or return the product. Thanks!

    • Skywagon
      December 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Again, I am viewing your post late. I have found that any “points of interest” for me personally and not in the Garmin database, I “save” the first time that I drive, fly or walk by them. I do the standard, tap the screen vehicle location, add a name that helps me remember it, and save it in my Favorites. I have 100’s of these personal saved locations in the 255W. Then, the next time I want to find them, I can locate the location in my Faovites, and or, just find it on the Map display. About your trail head problem, if you keyed in the trail location using LAT/LON coordinates, I suspect you made an error there. It is easy to do. Especially remembering to put in a “plus or minus” for the LON coordinate or using the wrong units scaling. I have never had the 255W screw-up on a destination described by coordinates.

  19. A C
    March 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    For ZDF: read below and give me an email on um_02122[at]yahoo.com (i will not answer immediately because this email is for spam trapping, but i will reach you if you let me an Y! Messenger id and post in here – i enabled the notification for followup comments).
    I bought the same unit from amazon.co.uk at a price under 100 pounds loaded with full Europe map. On the box they say that romanian map isn’t very comprehensive. And it was true. Just major roads were on it, speed limit only on the highway, just the major cities are included on map and in them just the transit roads.
    I made a little research on the internet (isohunt) and found out a RO.A.D. 2008 Map. This map is made from a project to map Romania (Romania Digitala) and it is not an official Garmin product because the project is made with UE money. The map is very accurate, almost you cannot find an area without an explination (like: oak forest, cemetery, etc.). It includes even block of flats in the cities and houses in the villages. The map is so heavy loaded with details that gives you headaches if you are romanian. But it is great if you are visiting Romania.

    It is Garmin fault that it didn’t bought the map in order to include it in the official updates (wich are not free, but they have decent prices).

    Your device costs ~199$ plus the 3rd part map that i found on the internet to cost 100+$ (500 RON) hence the price you paid.

    About the Garmin nuvi 255w: it broked within 30 days and the amazon offered me a refund (even though i announced them after 6 weeks from the purchase) and i accepted 😀 . But i kept backups from my unit.

  20. JIm Dayton
    April 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Disappointed I can’t just enter a city name when I don’t know addresses in that city. All I want is a route through the city.

    Voice commands breakup at the most inopportune times.

  21. Keith
    May 14, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I have just bought a Garmin 255W and had some teething troubles. Firstly I had to return the one I bought before leaving the car park. It was not working. Then I found that the power lead for the car was faulty. Radio Shack replaced both at once but I had the hassle.

    There is still one unresolved issue. I’m British and would like to use a British voice but on TTS there’s an annoying jar, even a vibration, on the ‘r’ of boulevard. It does not appear in the American and Australian voices.

    Is this a fault of the software across the range or possibly just a problem with my device?

    • Jim
      November 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

      after 6 months my nuvi 255 spends more time looking for a signal than giving directions

  22. herb
    May 23, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I bought this 3 days ago. so far:

    Took 11 ½ hours attached to the computer to set it up! Is this normal??!

    It doesn’t show 15 restaurants that are all located within 10 blocks of my house (including a McDonalds)
    All of these have been in existence for 8 to 50 years

    When I click on ‘fuel’, it shows me at least 4 places that sell only groceries.

    Put in sd card, hit info, asked if I wanted to’ make this picture my opening picture’, I said yes, it has taken 45 minutes so far of watching the hourglass tumble around, with no end in sight! Are you kidding me?!
    I just pulled out the sd card in desperation!

    Now it wouldn’t start for 10 minutes!

    I’m trying to set up an opening picture again! This time it spun the hourglass for five minutes then shut itself off!

    Screen froze again while I was just looking at pictures on a sd card!!!

    After 3 tries, it finally shows up as a drive in my computer, but it doesn’t do anything!! Tapping it does nothing also! The computer icon shows up on the Nuvi screen but nothing is operable! What functions are you supposed to get when it’s attached to a computer?
    This is the first day I’m trying it, this does not bode well at all. Have I got a lemon here, or is this product just that bad?

  23. Problems
    May 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I just bought my nuvi 255w couple days ago from best buy to use for a vacation trip in 2 weeks. Entered my home location and my work location as an alt to test if this unit will work properly. It didn’t. Sad to say, I returned it back. WHY?

    I set the unit to the quickest route option. My work place is 1 mile away from a major highway and my home is just off a highway as well. Instead of prompting me to take the freeway, it tells me to drive on the city streets. Driving on the city streets with traffic takes a good 30-35 minutes, but if I was to take the highway, it will only be 10-15minutes. FAILED

    Driving home from work late at night, the nuvi 255W keeps prompting me to take the city streets and as annoying as it can be, it keeps telling me to make a U-turn on the freeway. WTF….FAILED

    Nuvi 255W lead me to a dead end when I went to a nearby pick’n save. Wanted me to drive off a hill down to my destination. LOL….. FAILED

    I guess I will stick to my Google Map.

  24. cache
    June 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    i bougt mine a while ago and when i turned my garmin on it tells me that i need to update, can u tell me how to do it.

  25. ed
    June 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    bought the 255w about a mouth ago and now it does not shut off tell me what is wrong

  26. Rosanne
    June 14, 2010 at 1:36 am

    My Garmin Nuvi 255W does not pronounce the words left and right correctly. Right sounds like “roft” and left sounds like “loft”. Very confusing. I downloaded the latest maps the but the problem is still there. Is there anything I can do about it?

  27. Irena
    July 13, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I was wondering if a truck driver route can be bought and downloaded to the Garmin Nuvi 255w? If yes, where can I get it?

    • Darren Cameron
      March 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      did you ever get a response to your question because I’m also a truck driver with a 255w and I don’t want to have to buy another one

    • Dhagner26
      April 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Did you ever get an answer and if so how do you get a truck route?

  28. July 29, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Nice review of the garmin 255w gps system this is a great little gps unit it works like one of the higher end models. I like the fact that it has the ability to use photos I would recommend this unit to anyone.

  29. October 14, 2010 at 11:27 am

    There is still one unresolved issue. I’m British and would like to use a British voice but on TTS there’s an annoying jar.

  30. Michael Vechell
    November 11, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I’ve been using my Garmin 255W for about a week now. It’s great for going from point A to point B, especially in the Greater Detroit area. However, I am a test driver where my company requires me to take round-a-bout ways going from point A to B via dozens of turns, back roads, expressways, city streets etc. I’m finding it extremely difficult to customise my routes with dozens of turns using waypoints. I don’t like driving at night in Detroit traffic trying to read from a paper using the dome light while trying to hit every turn. Having my various routes programmed into my Garmin and announcing the turns to me would be a huge assist. Is the 255W capable of this?

  31. Sambot1986
    December 7, 2010 at 6:10 am

    this product is great when working. i have had two (the second one was a warranty replacement of the first after 8 months) the last of which just stopped working 6 months after receiving it. All in all i wouldn’t go near it.

  32. Skywagon
    December 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Great review and I like my 255W. I have purchsed several for family & friends. At times I will also put the unit in my pocket, saving where I parked the car, and later be able to find the car in a huge parking lot.
    My wish list is for the User saved waypoints (Favorites) font to be an optional color that the standard black map text notations. They would be easier to pick out when on a drive trip and not bypass your favorite ‘gas station’ or other locations the user has previously marked and saved. However, that is my only item on the “con” list.

  33. A Tomkins
    December 27, 2010 at 3:32 am

    how do you delete routes that you just enetered or that you have saved

  34. JordanUS1
    June 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Can I add backup to my GPS Garmin Nuvi 255w

  35. July 2, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Nice Article. Are there any updates avialable for this garmin gps system?

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