Originally Posted by CaptJohn
I have two Garmin chart plotters that have gone south and Garmin tells me they are too old and they no longer service
The models are GPSmap 178C Sounder and GPSmap176.
Anyone know of a good shop to handle this? Thanks, John
Firstly, "Garmin Service" is an oxymoron.
Beyond the foregoing, in what manner have your units "gone south"? Unfortunately, Garmin does not make its schematics available which makes finding a third party electronics
repair shop a near impossibility. Further both the 176 and 178C are so old at this point that parts
are no longer available. (I when through that with a 176 a "black screen
death" issue a while ago.) We found that from the date of a new unit introduction
to the date the "new" unit is no longer serviced/parts available to average about 5 years with Garmin hence we've abandoned the company in favor of Furuno
which is also more reliable/robust.