Garmin GPS power cords
I have spent some time lately trying to find my way through the huge pile of models and the lack of clear comparisons given to them by Garmin.
One thing that came up that is very confusing and pretty expensive if you mess up is, of all things, the power cord to the GPS from the 12v accessory outlet.
Because we have a Garmin with lifetime traffic, I knew there was a different cord used for traffic models, but thought that just made two. Nope, it looks more like four different cords, mostly interchangeable on units but do different things.
1. Plain old power cord. Will not allow traffic. Will not allow wireless camera.
2. Cord with FM traffic capability only
3. Cord with FM traffic and camera capability
4. Cord for digital traffic so you can get traffic from you phone instead of FM traffic when available. Not clear if it will get FM traffic also. Apparently won't do camera so probably not FM either.
To make it weirder, some models with traffic come traffic come with an FM cord like they always did. Some models with traffic come with a standard cord and you have to buy the FM traffic cord or Digital traffic cord to get traffic.
More weird yet is that the FM traffic and camera cord comes with the camera, so if you get a model that has the FM traffic cord you throw out about $70 that is included in the GPS cost for the FM cord.
One more weird is if you buy a unit with traffic but just a standard cord, and a digital traffic cord at the same time, you will throw the $70 digital cord away if you got a camera too because it has the only cord that will work included with the camera.
All of this appears to be creating a bunch of irate customers if you look at the Amazon ratings on some of the units, especially the ones that bought a GPS with lifetime traffic and then found out when they got it that they needed a $70 cord.