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    • #31282

      Hi all – I didn’t want to post anything until I went all the way through the process with GARMIN. My NAV VI had been experiencing hiccups for quite a while.  I chalked it up to the .gpx files I was getting.  However, on a whim I contacted GARMIN, and they instructed me to return my NAV VI to them for an even exchange for a brand new NAV VI.  I received my new NAV VI yesterday, no questions asked.  Apparently, there was a batch of NAV VIs with issues which GARMIN is aware of and replacing. SO, if you have a NAV VI that is freezing up, screen jumping, dropping files, etc.  Contact Garmin at (913) 397-8200.  I know that Joe at Sill’s had a few on his desk that he was looking at, but had not sent back to Garmin the last time I spoke to him.  FYI – I purchased my NAV VI in 2018.

    • #31283
      Roger Pivonka
      While I (and many others) complain about Garmin’s software (BC) and business practices, I must say that their customer service is top notch. I have NEVER contacted tech support where they didn’t fix whatever problem I had. Most impressively, when you call them you get to speak with a REAL human; a rarity these days. Thus I suck it up and pay the premium that Garmin usership requires, confident that if I have a problem, they will work me thru it.
      Coop  [Duncan Cooper]
    • #31296

      I was nothing but impressed with the Customer Service I received. I mailed my NAV VI back to Garmin, they notified me when they received it, and updated me on when my replacement unit was sent.  New unit is now all updated, although I have yet to actually use it.


    • #31460

      Sandi, thanks for your post. I had similar issues and additional ones such as not being able to find an address to a location less than five miles away (the Moth Man Museum in WV) and being unable to access GPX files from the additional SD card. I’m the 2nd owner on a then “nearly new” NAV VI and I checked with Garmin to determine if Warranty was transferable. It was! They had my personal info & serial number (based on my phone #) from the re-registration of the unit.

      I received the authorizing RMA within minutes of my conversation with “Levi” who explained that there was a known problem, the”Ghost Issue Touch”,  which may have been caused by some dust or almost microscopic debris on the touch screen panel during manufacture from their Taiwan facility as well as other software coding. He also suggested that I remove the battery from the unit before returning to keep as a spare!  I’m sure battery replacement costs follow the BMW credo of Bring More Wampum!   🙂


    • #43390

      UPDATE – I am on my 2nd replacement NAV VI unit, which I receive in October 2020.  I have already started experiencing the screen “ghosting issues” again.  I asked Garmin to send me a working replacement unit, either a NAV VI or an upgraded unit, for which I would pay the cost difference.  I received back a general email stated they would be getting several NAV VIs in May.  No mention if these still had the same software/hardware issue.


    • #35824

      Re:  Garmin BMW Navigator VI – some of us had issues last year (2019) with our VIs freezing up, flipping through pages, losing routes, etc.  Apparently, Garmin knew of the issue and replaced many of the units, free of charge.

      Well, my replacement unit started doing the exact same thing (unfortunately on the Sill’s 90th anniversary ride this year-2020), so I sent an email to product.support@garmin.com.

      THAT DAY, with no questions asked, they sent me a UPS return address label and will send yet another replacement free of charge.

      I know a few of you out there who are having issues also, so I suggest you send them at email.

      Happy Riding!  Sandi 🙂



    • #35890

      GPS UPDATE: GARMIN received my 1st replacement NAV VI today, and the replacement is on its way! Very quick turn-around! We’ll see if #3 is the charm.


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