Why it was Stupid of us to buy a Garmin GPS

Ok we made a boo boo and to keep me from making the same stupid mistake again I am pasting some email here to my blog so in the future if someone asks me "Why shouldnt we buy a Garmin StreetPilot or nĂ¼vi GPS?" I can refer back to this and remind myself. So if you're not me you shouldnt bother to be reading this ;-) the real problem with this GPS and updates is below.

Dear [redacted],

Thank you for contacting Garmin International,

Unfortunately your unit is a unit with limited memory storage for the
entire 2008 NT mapping. Due to this limitation of the unit, these units
are only shipping with version 8 for City Navigator North America. These
units will not ship with the version 2008 now or in the future, due to
this all updates for the mapping will need to be purchased regardless of
the date of purchase for the unit.

You will need to purchase the map updates for this unit. You can
purchase the update from a local dealer or from the link below. A good
place to go for map updates is www.provantage.com.
http://www8.garmin.com/unlock/update.jsp

With Best Regards,

[redacted]
Product Support Specialist
Automotive Team
Garmin International
[redacted]
www.garmin.com

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Thank you for your cooperation

Wow, ok a deep breath later and it seems they are saying the unit isnt capable of using the standard 2008 update so you have to buy the update to install it.

So bottom line, if you want to stay current, find someone with a friendlier update policy. Ahh the smell of hidden costs of keeping maps up to date on your GPS, stinks doesn't it.

[UPDATE]: Clarification on the update, when installing this update you have to choose which part of the update you want to install. So you cant install the whole thing at once....

Dear [redacted],

Thank you for contacting Garmin International! The limitations of the
memory will only allow you to load either the lower 48 states or Canada
and the US boarder states. Therefor purchasing them will do you some
good you will just not have all of North America loaded to your unit.
If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me further.

With Best Regards,

[redacted]
Product Support Specialist
Garmin International