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November 10, 2008

GOING CHEAPER: In response to yesterday's GPS post, readers wonder what's cheaper and still good. Well, Consumer Reports liked the Garmin Nuvi 200, which is under $150, and the similarly priced TomTom One 130. And reader Duncan T. Black emails: "love your blog, glenn, but in these economic times...why do you need anything more than mapquest? i happen to drive 20 to 30 thousand miles a year in mexico and the u.s....this product is cool, and hip, and totally unnecessary." Well, MapQuest is fine if you know exactly where you're going when you set out. It's less flexible than a GPS, though.

Meanwhile, reader Bill McKinnon writes:

You mentioned today your only complaint with the Garmin is your suction cup. Your solution is here.

I can’t recommend this highly enough. It’s sort of like a heavy bean bag with a high friction bottom and sits anywhere on your dash. Curved dashboard, sloped dash, no problem. It stays where you put it, even in fairly sharp maneuvering. Best $25 I’ve ever spent.

P.S. I bought a Garmin 660 after reading your post about it last year and love it.

Hmm. Might be worth a try. And reader Mark Zettel offers this inexpensive solution: "Before you put the suction cup to the windshield, you have to lick it, or make sure there is some moisture applied before sticking it up."

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