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Garmin Nuvi 660
Garmin Nuvi 660
Garmin Nuvi 660
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:  Garmin Nuvi 660
:  2008
Average Cost
:  $300.00
:  4.90 X 0.90 X 2.90
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Desription .........  Working since 1989, Garmin has been manufacturing portable global positioning devices and systems for its consumers. Its Nuvi line of GPS devices have always been at the forefront of cutting edge technology, and strongly reflect how technologies have matured in this category since the 80s.

The Garmin Nuvi 660 is a winner all the way. Not only does it compliment the form factor and communication capabilities of its preceding models, but raises the bar in performance and design. The new feature of the Garmin Nuvi 660 is its larger screen. Measuring 0.9 by 4.9 by 2.9 inches and weighing 6.2 ounces, the device fashions a 4.3-inch display that has a great resolution of 480 by 272 pixels (QVGA).

Even with the large screen, The battery life of the Garmin Nuvi 660 is between 3 and 7 hours, depending on the usage frequency of its other functions like Bluetooth, MP3 playback. The screen deserves particular praise for its easy viewability in sunlight.

The device maintains its support for Bluetooth speaker phone, and supports a host of cell phone models with which you can pair and take calls without having to pick up the phone physically in your hand.

A helpful feature of the Garmin Nuvi 660 for the adventure seekers is integrated real-time traffic info. The Nuvi 660 gets its traffic data from a receiver that is wired up with a 12V car adapter. The adapter provides power and traffic data to the mounted bracket, which then passes it to the Nuvi 660.

The Garmin Nuvi 660 is a well rounded, portable GPS device that one can't really find fault with. It's the first shirt-pocket sized GPS with a WQVGA 4.3 inch screen. In addition, the integrated traffic receiver and Bluetooth speaker phone round out a set of features that make it the best in this category, and is definitely one to keep. Though a bit pricey in the $250-$500 range, the strong features and sleek yet durable design of the Garmin Nuvi 660 will continue to assist your road trips for a long time to come.

:  SD card
Acquisition Time
:  500
:  USB
:  4.3 in WQVGA
Touch Screen
:  Yes
Battery Life
:  7 hours
Battery Type
:  Lithium-ion
:  Built-in
Update Rate
:  Yes
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By: TonyS On: 7/29/2019 11:48:50 AM  Reply
Download GPS Maps : I am looking for a resource where I can download maps for different countries on my Garmin GPS Portable. I have GPS Maps for USA and Canada and if you want one, I can send you a link for this downloads. I am looking for other GPS Maps. Maybe someone knows where to download them.

By: CrazyHorse On: 9/26/2018 12:24:18 AM  Reply
Looking for Free Maps for Garmin GPS : I am looking for free maps for my Gramin GPS device. Please let me know even if your Maps for Garmin are outdated. I will provide you with me email once I hear from you.

By: SHARCNET On: 3/31/2016 3:22:27 PM  Reply
Garmin Nuvi Switch Problems : For those of you that own a Nuvi 350/360/660 with an on/off power switch problem....don't worry you're not alone - The same thing happened to me.

Here's why it happens:

The on/off switch is a surface mount switch that is mounted vertically off of the main PC board.

The problem is, that there is no support behind the switch, so when you press down on the button, the very small solder leads of the switch are stressed and eventually the switch breaks off from the main PC board. This is a design flaw and it could have been easily prevented by gluing a small piece of custom-fit plastic between the rear of the switch and the SD card housing to give the switch support. Also, the solder pads for the mechanical connections of the switch could have been made bigger, allowing for more surface area and more solder application.

Another possibility of failure because of poor support, is that the switch body may have bent down and away from the case's on/off flap that pushes the switch. There is a plastic stop pin in the case that prevents the flap from going down too far. So, if the switch has been bent down as much as 1/16", the flap will never reach the button on the switch.

Can it be fixed? Yes...... but it's not just a simple matter of just resoldering the switch. Without fixing the original support issue, the problem will certainly happen again. In some cases, the printed circuit board tracks may have lifted up off the board and need to be bypassed with wires.

The proper way to fix this problem is to improve the mechanical mounting of the switch by securing its metal body to the motherboard groundplane with pre-tinned buswire. The mechanical leads of the switch are not enough to secure the switch to the board. A custom-fit plastic block needs to be glued between the rear body of the switch and the SD card housing. Bottom line, if the switch can't move, the leads won't be stressed causing them to break.

It's very unlikely that the switch itself is bad. The life cycle of this switch is 250,000 cycles. For example, if you pressed it 20 times per day for an entire year, that would add up to 7,300 presses per year. Divide 250,000 cycles by 7,300 and it would take 34.25 years before the switch would fail. No doubt the switch will outlive the Nuvi itself.

Taking the Nuvi apart itself requires the right tools. The internal flex cables for the antenna, touch screen and LCD screen are delicate and can be torn easily if you're not careful. The antenna flex cable runs through the swivel antena shaft and is very delicate.

You will need a surface mount desoldering/soldering station with illuminated magnifier. A standard soldering iron is far too big to solder the leads and will overheat the solder pads, lifting them off the board. All work should also be performed with proper grounding to eliminate static charge issues.

To determine if your Nuvi's switch is broken with no other issues, please confirm the following:

1. Pressing the on/off switch has no effect and the switch feels mushy
when pressed - no soft click.

2. The unit powers up and operates normally when using the car adapter
or USB adapter and can be turned off by pressing the reset button.

If the above conditions appear to be the symptoms of your Nuvi 350,
then most likely, the on/off switch has broken off from the main
printed circuit board.

Please contact me at KS3R at sharc dot net if you would like further information about this problem and how to get it quickly repaired.

Best wishes,
- Jim
Pittsburgh, PA

By: Damian22 On: 4/15/2013 11:04:45 AM  Reply
Garmin Nuvi 660 map updates : Hi, looking for nuvi 660 map updates for Ireland and europe. Anybody able to help me out?



By: dbron On: 2/25/2013 1:06:43 PM  Reply
Europe Map update for Nuvi 200 : My son was recently deployed to Germany and he took his Nuvi 200 with him. He needs the Europe map update. Where is the least expensive place to get it for him?


By: jeevan On: 6/11/2011 7:25:43 PM  Reply
Garmin Nuvi660 maps for north america : Hi there,
looking for map update for north america for my nuvi 660. Please email to me jeevan4585@yahoo.com


By: sushihs On: 5/31/2011 1:56:21 AM  Reply
Nuvi 660 France (Europe) map : I'm traveling to Paris and looking to update my Nuvi with France map. Hope someone can help.

By: zamzam07 On: 4/28/2008 2:24:46 AM  Reply
Maps for Argentina : I am about to leave to travel Argentina in next week and i have been looking for Argentina maps for my Nuvi 660, could someone help me to get these maps? thanks

By: durolex On: 3/22/2008 12:33:32 AM  Reply
Help with my Garmin Nuvi 660 : I have recently bought garmin Nuvi 660. It is an excellent navigating device. I just wanted to know if I could have the instruction for turns repeated. It will be very useful for me while driving if I miss the instruction to turn.

By: roingin On: 3/12/2008 12:56:38 AM  Reply
Traffic updates : I have Nuvi 660 and its performance is really satisfactory, and its working fine, but still i have a small problem with traffic updates, the traffic updates are not accurate. I just wanted to know if there are any service in the market where i would find a solution for this.

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