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Old 04 August 2006, 06:41   #1
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Garmin 178c

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I am looking to buy the Garmin 178c for my RIB - any good, bad or indifferent comments from anyone who has this would be appreciated.

Also I have "found" somewhere to buy it, namely http://www.top100gps.com has anyone had any dealings or knowledge of this company - it seems too good to be true! The cost of this unit is around 100.

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Welcome to Ribnet, Pinto. I've just paid for one but it hasn't arrived yet. It cost a lot more that 100kwid. If you use these people, I'm sure a lot of folk would be interested to hear how you get on.
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Old 04 August 2006, 07:06   #3
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Hi

I am looking to buy the Garmin 178c for my RIB - any good, bad or indifferent comments from anyone who has this would be appreciated.

Also I have "found" somewhere to buy it, namely http://www.top100gps.com has anyone had any dealings or knowledge of this company - it seems too good to be true! The cost of this unit is around 100.

Thanks

Viv
Hi
I have the 178c and am very pleased with it, had no problems yet with it (will probably regret saying that now)

100 seems very very cheap, is it a recon unit or second hand? even still very cheap.
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You've got let us know how this goes, there's prices for allsorts on there that just defy belief. Do they do discounts for Group Buys?
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Watch for import duty and VAT.

Don't want to rain on your parade, but you will have to watch out for import duty and VAT when it is shipped to you. Also as the unit is coming from china, check whether the manual is in English etc.

Not sure about their paymant system, only Bank of China wire transfer or Western Union? I'd never use Western Union due to lack of comeback if anything went wrong. As for Bamk of China, I'd be very careful......

regards, Stefan.


EDIT: My apologies, just saw they do take credit cards. Comments re. Import duty and VAT stand.
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careful!!

Watch also for warranty, software ie upload compatability and the rest!
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Hi

Just had a look at the site, it may be me but can't see where it states if it's internal or external antenna and what about the sonar unit 200 or 200/50 or none supplied?

I got mine on ebay from the states complete and it uses the pre-programmed data cards no problem

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P.S. I've got a spare new 2006 card of the couth coast for some petrol tokens
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..P.S. I've got a spare new 2006 card of the couth coast for some petrol tokens
James, PM sent.
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Hi

Just to let you know that I have e-mailed Garmin to see if in fact, as is stated on the website, if this company is in fact a authorised Garmin dealer ....... still no reply from Garmin. I have also e-mailed the company asking a straight forward question about purchase - 24 hours later still no reply - doesn't look good if they can't answer pre-purchase question, what does that say about after sales or warrently queries! Probably not a go-er! Will give you any further updates!

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Final update

Hiya - still no word back and have therefore given up with this, moved back to what was my first choice ie Garmin 276c - it was the price of this one that made me consider this one.

Thanks for your help.

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