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Tom Tom Go 520 Traffic - £149.43 @ Totalpda

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7y, 11m agoFound 7 years, 11 months ago
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Good unit. I recently got a 720 (non-traffic). I never found the traffic service that good from TomTom and I believe these use the TMC receiver which is again is not that consistently great.

You can upgrade to Navcore 8.3 and Maps 8.15 (assuming it comes with a latest map guarentee) and you'll effectively have the same software and latest maps as the newest models (except no HD traffic which seems to be getting a mixed reaction and requires a monthly sub). You get IQ routes and advanced lane guidance.
I paid £98 for the 520 and £13 for the TMC receiver....

Upgrading to new software seems to make the unit a bit buggy - develops a stammer at random intervals.
I paid £98 for the 520 and £13 for the TMC receiver....

Upgrading to new software seems to make the unti a bit buggy - develops a stammer at random intervals.

Where? That sounds like a good price. Does the 520 have text to speech?

Yes the stuttering computer voice issue has been known to affect some.

It's been ok on mine so far but I also don't find the text to speech that big a deal. I used a TomTom ONE for the last couple of years and that never had it so I use the same voice on the 720. Big thing for me was the up to date maps and the built in hands free kit which works brilliantly in my car.

How have you found the TMC and where'd you get it for £13 out of interest?

personally i prefer the Garmin range to the Tom Tom, If your still undecided i recently got this Garmin 710
perhaps worth a look if your still just browsing :)
#6 was my source for the 520 - just over £100 less Quidco made it £98 - they have TomToms quite often, but only worth buying when they've got a working discount code.

TMC receiver in V3 version (works exaclty the same as V4) can be had for £13-£20 in quite a few places - best to Google for it. Usually plenty on eBay.

Just checked Amazon: £15.44 from a Marketplace seller:

(Also on that page there are 520 units for £104)

Staples have them in store for £19 or so, although they seem to be stopping selling satnav, so might not be many about.

TMC is a bit hit and miss. You usually get to the traffic jam before it appears on TMC.

Also largely dependant on radio station coverage.

Plenty of 'ghost' jams as well, which is very annoying.

However, it has helped me avoid some nasty jams and delay time and re-routeing are useful.

All in all - worth £20 if you do a lot of driving.
What's the difference between the 720 and the 520? European maps?
The 720 certainly has full western european maps. Not sure about the 520.
Am I right in thinking you can upgrade this to full europe via the sd card, and can I add traffic management at a later date via the receiver and subscribing?

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