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    Default Tidbit about Garmin radars

    saw this post on another forum and thought you garmin lovers might like to see it

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    Hi Guys,

    I have a Garmin GMR404 radar on my 35 Duffy. The paint on the base started to come off. I was told by Garmin that they had a problem with the paint. The RADAR recently thru out an error code 11, which is a failed to start error. The unit goes thru its start up routin fine and gets to ready to transmit. When I hit transmit it fails. Upon further inspection the open array seems to hit a spot in its rotation where it is not smooth. I think that is the problem. I opened up the base to take a look. Much to my chagrin the paint on the INSIDE of the unit has completely come off. There is paint chips and "oxidation dust" thought. The area up where the antenna rotatates looks to be highly oxidized.

    I called Garmin and they said they are out of parts for this RADAR. They said typically they would just send out a new base after I returned mine. I just installed it in 2011. They have offered a 15% discount on a new model. That to me is UNSAT! I tok pictures of the unit and will email to Garmin and plead my case for a much better discount considering the unit has been on the boat for less than four years.

    Hopefully they offer me a much better deal than a 15% discount. If they don't I will give a serious look at Furuno.

    Has anyone on this board experienced this paint peeling with Garmin before.
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    That's why I am going with Furuno for my next marine elect package.....Furunos last 20 plus years and support is always there.

    Garmin's are outdated within 4 years and lose support. You get what you pay for.
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    I would have to agree. The last unit on the boat was a Furuno and did last 20 years.
    If Garmin does not come thru I will go Furuno.
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