Garmin Zumo 396 LMT

oldguy

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Any opinions, experience, recommendations etc on this unit and does it use a powered cradle style mount like the 500 series older Zumos?
Thanks.
Jack
 

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I have a 595. With that said the 396 saves you money by getting your music from your phone via Bluetooth only. Same for nav. No audio cable from what I gather.

For me I like having the music on board the gps unit. With the option to go to my phone (595 Zumo). Everyone is different. The only other thing I have heard is it is slower to boot. I am not getting any younger Oldguy I don’t like waiting. :)
 

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The 396 uses the the '3xx' series cradle, only 2 pins rather than the multiple pins of the 5xx series. It uses wifi to access updates. It does not have TPMS where the previous 395 does.
 

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I don't listen to music while riding, so that's a non issue for me.
Is the 2 pin cradle sufficiently sturdy for street only riding?
 

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The 2 pin I am referring to is the electric contacts. The cradle itself has large slots and sturdy latch to hold the GPS, no issues even when bouncing around on dirt roads. There is no lock on the latch tho. And the 3xx series GPS is much lighter than the 5xx.
 

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Sounds like I'll be ok with the 396, since my only requirements are that the nav part is good and the connection is solid. Lots of connectivity issues with the Nuvi series.
 

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Might just have lifetime maps. You have to be Colombo to figure this stuff out. Call Garmin they have helped me with questions. :)
 
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Sounds like I'll be ok with the 396, since my only requirements are that the nav part is good and the connection is solid. Lots of connectivity issues with the Nuvi series.
I have the 390 with the original cradle. Washboard roads, off road, pot holes...etc, never have had a problem with it staying in the cradle.
 
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