Anyone else have problems with GPS working in Forester?

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by jr, Sep 4, 2008.

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    jr Guest

    I have 2 Garmins, and both seem to lose connectivity to the satellite
    a lot in the Subaru.

    Put them in my other cars, and no issues. I bought an antenna that
    runs out to the roof, and helps somewhat.

    Thought maybe it was the radar detector interfering, but I don't think
    it is that, since uplugging it and still have issues...

    jr, Sep 4, 2008
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    Frank Guest

    I have an el cheapo Invion that wife gave me a couple of years ago. I
    seldom use it but it seems OK in my '03.

    Now wife wants me to buy her a good unit for Christmas for use in her '08.

    Now I wonder what I should buy.
    Frank, Sep 4, 2008
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  3. Could there be an issue with window tinting? Some folks say it
    interferes with AM radio reception.

    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Sep 5, 2008
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    John Varela Guest

    I have a Garmin 2610 that I usually keep in the Infiniti G35 coupe,
    where it works well. Move it to the wife's 1999 Forester and it loses
    satellites all the time.

    The difference is that the Infiniti has a large, sloped windshield so
    that the Garmin has a good view of the sky. The Forester has a steep
    windshield so the roof blocks the sky.

    The solution was to buy an external antenna for the Garmin ($99, if I
    recall correctly), and put it on the front fender. With that set-up it
    never loses the satellites. I don't know if the current Garmin models
    accept an external antenna.
    John Varela, Sep 5, 2008
  5. Hi,

    I think it depends on the model and its intended applications. I use a
    "waypoint" only Garmin for hiking that has their new "high sensitivity"
    receiver, and it doesn't accept an external antenna. I've yet to use it
    in a vehicle where it loses satellites, though in some, it does seem to
    be breathing hard to hang onto 'em.

    At one time, I believe the Garmin website listed all the accessories
    (including external antennae) that would work on a given model. Might be
    worth a visit to see if they still provide that kind of info? They also
    have the update software available there, though I can't say if that'll
    help or not: it may be my imagination, but it seems the first update I
    performed DID improve the time to acquire satellites, while the next one
    SLOWED things down. However, the readings I get after it, especially for
    altitude, have generally improved. It's kind of a crap shoot...

    Rick Courtright, Sep 5, 2008
  6. My Garmin 276C mounted on top of the dash is rock solid.
    Gilbert Smith, Sep 5, 2008
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    jgrimmond Guest

    I have a Garmin Map76 that works perfectly fine if I pop it into the
    bottle holder on the dash. Sometimes I put it in my shirt pocket and
    there it has, on occasion, have trouble, but relocks rather quickly.
    As I also run a Valentine1 all the time, I can say that I have never
    observed any interference.

    jgrimmond, Sep 6, 2008
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