Originally Posted by robskully
The Montana 600 is very nice but a Nuvi 500 can be had for
under $200 and never had a problem with their maps.
Guess it all depends on how deep your wallet is ;-)
I guess it depends on what area of the country you live in and what you need your maps to do for you. For my use, which is mainly backcountry hiking and 4-wheeling, the maps have always been the weak point of any Garmin GPS...even after they re-did the maps 3 or 4 years ago. They lacked detail, terrain features were hard to decipher, and many trails just were not on their maps.
Until recently, Garmin did not allow any maps other than their own on their GPS units. With the introduction of the 62 series a couple of years ago and now many of their newer GPS units, they finally allow the user to import better maps, including the USGS maps that are pretty much the standard by which all other maps are judged.