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    Has anyone used the GPS devices that show local gas stations on the screen and current prices to save them money? I wanted to know how practical this feature is or if it is still a few years away from being a reliable function?

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    I'm not sure that would be practical yet. Gasoline prices can change daily, sometimes even a few times a day. The GPS sats do not have the capability to download that type of data.

    The GPS would have to connect to another network, such as cellular or WiFi, to get the real time data. This is done with traffic alerts services. My GPS has this feature and I find it is nearly worthless (glad it is a free trial). The data changes too quick for a timely update.
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    Well, since no one else has tried to answer the question, I will. Yes, the GPS units will locate a gas station, hotels, or any other service for you. However, no, they wont give a list price. As George said, they are great when you need to make a detour and you can also work in stop overs too, which is nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    I have a Navigation Device that has worked extremely well for a long time. In fact, I've been married to her for almost 32 years now......
    And I'm sure she is never wrong.
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    I wandered over to firehouse's sister site, O.com, and found this little tidbit:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    Well, since no one else has tried to answer the question, I will. Yes, the GPS units will locate a gas station, hotels, or any other service for you. However, no, they wont give a list price. As George said, they are great when you need to make a detour and you can also work in stop overs too, which is nice.
    I've seen claims by two manufacts that they do offer the price of gas...although as mentioned previously, I'm not sure on how acurate these prices are as of yet...anyone else have any personal experience with this?

    I heard a commercial on WCBS 880am the otherday for a Garmin that will show the gas stations with what price and then can route you to the one with the cheapest gas? Is this concept still in its infantcy?

    Thanks to everyone with input as this is much more helpful than store clerks. What is consumer reports take on these things? Anyone a subscriber to them?

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    I guess I am old fashioned.I use maps to navigate around town or(this might get me kicked out of The Men's Club)I actually stop and ask directions.
    The cab company I worked for a while back had Microsoft's Streets and Trips(tm) to plan routes and draw up maps for new drivers who hadn't learned to drive in rural areas and didn't know who Farmer Brown was nor which cows were his to begin with.
    Plotting a trip from Paducah to Wickliffe,Ky for example,the system would route you all the way through Bardwell on US 62 unless you added New York Ky to the trip.That would cut through and save you 18 miles that you didn't need to drive or charge your fare for.
    I guess computerized direction finders are okay,but sometimes you have to know a little of the area to know that you really are getting the shortest route to a destination.

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    Default Santa brought me a Garmin Nuvi 680

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    And I love it...a few friends also got Garmin's. Most of the reviews put them and their maps better than the competition.

    Solid performance and great features.

    I don't need it for around the neighborhood but it is great on trips where I'm not 100% familiar with the area.

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    Nope. We wouldn't give you directions. We would just tell you to go f%$@ yoursef!
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    True conversation.

    After we moved to the new town earlier this year we decided we would need firewood, lots of it being way south of where we were.

    Looked up "Firewood" in the yellow pages and saw an address down the other end of town.

    Wife and child loaded into car and Dad navigates to the correct address (straight down the main street, pretty clever really).

    There is the sign above the building "FIREWOOD". Park the car and walk in to the yard.

    It is full of bent cars and a tow truck, the workshop has two guys in overalls hammering at car bodies.

    Strange I think, nothing to burn here, I better ask. Walking up to the guys, they both stop hammering and say hallo.

    I ask "Where is the Firewood sold?"

    He replies "Moved out"

    I ask "How long ago"

    He replies "'Bout two years"

    A sinking feeling is starting to descend on me at this point, but I had to ask.

    "Get many people asking for Firewood?"

    He replies "All the time."

    I ask "Why not take the bloody Firewood sign down then?"

    He replies "It is his sign, he should take it down."

    Now I know I am in trouble, but needing firewood I ask the dangerous question.

    "How do I find him now?"

    He replies "In XXXX road, its about 6 km down YYYY road"

    I ask "And where is XXXX road"

    He replies "Back up that way and turn left where the old pub used to be"

    I reply "Thanks" and managed to escape before the brain draining device sucked out more I.Q. points from my head.

    Later we found the firewood, and also discovered a large vacant dirt filled section, where up until 2 years ago, apparently there was a nice pub.

    So who needs a GPS with sterling directions like these I ask you.

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    My wife and I share a TomTom from Christmas.......after showing her how it works she only wanted one POI programed into the unit......Dunkin Donuts. She wanted Starbucks, but I refused to pay for it.

    Used it for the first time today, worked great.

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    Used it for the first time today, worked great.

    So.............. Did it take you to Starbucks??......
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