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    bu-353 GPS highly recommended

    I just got one to replace the dead one that came with MS Streets & Trips and it is so much better than that one ever was (even when working ). It gets a lock typically within 30 seconds of leaving my tree lined driveway in the morning. On a warm start, it's got a lock long before my computer finishes resuming from hibernate. And it typically sees 7 satellites in my area when the old one usuall saw 3, 4 if I was lucky and 7 very occasionally. I found out yesterday that there are at least 9 that can be seen since it hit 9 - something I never saw my old one do.

    My enthusiasm for having a GPS solution in my car is now rekindled since I can see it working well now it consistently.

    Plus it's a nice discrete shape and color - not like the flashy transparent/copper/blue glow that the streets & trips one had. Since I want my final setup to be almost invisible to a casual observer (or thief checking the car out), that's a good thing.
    Progress: 80% - Permanent install left.
    Motion LS800 Tablet PC and dock.
    Vista, Bu-535 GPS, RoadRunner, MPT2006.

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    I know what you mean....I have the BU-355 and couldn't be anymore happier!

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    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arathranar
    I just got one to replace the dead one that came with MS Streets & Trips and it is so much better than that one ever was (even when working ).
    I want to get one to replace the one I got with MS S&T too. How much did you buy it for and from who?

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    Get the GlobalSat BR-355! It's better!


    -Rich

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    I've got the bu-353 aswell and it works great, I got 14 sat's once when I was flying about 4000 feet up (which shocked me because I thought it wouldn't get any at all). In my car I typically get 7-12 from blizzards to sunshine it works great. (Just thought I'd add to this thread about praising it)

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    You guys have it inside or out side? I was just curious as if it works well right inside the windshield (on the dash). Would be sweet if it did.

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    I have mine on the inside, always. It works so well inside out of the weather/rain/snow/SALT (in canada ). I put it on the middle of the dashboard all the way to the front in the civic, and in the plane I put it on the passenger window. (I have never tried it in the chevelle yet. I want to make a perminent hidden screen for it first) It works great. Somepeople have reported real problems with it mounted in the car, but mine has never stopped working inside. Highly recomend, I paid $75 USD on ebay for mine. twice, the first one died, but it might just be the battery is drained, I'm still going to check it out. But let me say this, it was worth 75 the first time, and worth 75 the second time. I wouldn't even flinch to buy another if this one died for some unknown (faulty) reason. That's really cheap for having a 15.5 inch GPS screen! (laptop) lol

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    Cool might have to pick one of these up after I get my lcd. The garmen Map III or what ever I have now works ok but it takes about 3 min to lock onto a signal if you siting still and even longer if you drive around well its trying. Also rain and tree (im guessing buildings as well) also kill it.

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    my 353 gets a satalite lock before my laptop brings me to the windowsxp login screen. And I've never had a tree or a building lose my signal. Ever. Mind you, the only buildings I've used it around was in Toronto. But it worked flawlessly for me. 9+ sats

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