Garmin 595LM GPS FAIL...

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Garmin 595LM GPS FAIL...

Post by TheChief »


The GPS itself did not fail. It works but not quite in the way I expected.

I bought the GPS because is has an MP3 player and BlueTooth functionality.

I don't need the BT for rider and passenger headsets. What I needed BT for was to stream audio and GPS alerts to an iSimple Tranzit Blue FM modulator that is connected to the FM input of the radio.

The GPS played the MP3s just fine, but I got nothing from the GPS.

As it turned out, even though the Tranzit was detected as a headset, apparently to stream music AND voice alerts the GPS REQUIRES a connection to an actual headset/mic combination like those made by Cardo and Sena. A headset is also required for hands free calling.

A call to Garmin verified my suspicions. Needless to say I was $600.00 worth of POed.

After venting and turning the air blue I figured it out. All I had to do was take out my trusty cassette input adapter and plug it in to the Audio Out plug of the Garmin wire harness, and danged if it doesn't work!

Now I get music, GPS voice alerts, "Smart Alerts" from an app on my phone, and I can use the Garmin to make and take calls (not that I ever do that while riding).

Cliff Hipsher
ICC USN (Ret.)
'99 Honda Goldwing Aspencade SE
'00 Honda Goldwing Aspencade SE
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