"Unit won't follow a route created in MapSource!"2.0 starson by slimmyjeo
Pros: Does everything it's supposed to do except follow a route created in MapSource.
Cons: Won't follow a route created in MapSource. Garmin instructions lack detail, don't explain what different settings will do.
Summary: I bought this unit to use on a motorcycle. The main thing I wanted it to do was follow a route that I created in MapSource. When I bought the unit I didn't know that it won't do this. This unit is primarily designed for hiking trails and is probably great for this. When I use it for trails it does everything I want and more.
When creating a route in MapSource and transferring it to this GPS, only the waypoints or viapoints are transferred. A route is then calculated which may or may not be like the route created in MapSource. In a Garmin GPS designed for vehicles the entire route created in MapSource is transferred not just the waypoints or viapoints so you always get the same route you created. If you're careful in selecting your viapoints then you can often make it follow the route you created but sometimes not. My unit will often ignore viapoints and create a route that goes way out of the way and sometimes sends you down a road to later command you to make a u turn and go back! Thes units will only allow one to use 50 viapoints or waypoints in creating a route. If you're having to use a lot of them to make it do what you want then you sometimes have to split the route into sections. Sometimes you can't make it drive a route you want no matter where you put the viapoints. If I try to make it follow a route I created that travels down the road from my house it won't do it. I can put a waypoint just before a turn and one after the turn only 50 meters or so away and it will create a route that takes me to the first point and then turns me around on a 7 mile detour to the other point that was onloy 50 meters away! I guess I will have to buy one specifically made for a motorcycle to be able to transfer MapSource routes and have it run them as created. You know what they say. If something is made to be multi-purpose then it's probably not going to do any of the functions as good as one specifically designed for that purpose.
Bottom line: The device is advertised to be able to follow routes created in MapSource and it will not do it.