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hiking gps like etrex can be bar mounted and (if citynav maps are bought and loaded) can work for car nav functions... but it's less than ideal. you get a small screen and less user-friendly interface and no audible signal (other than beeps)... and will also have to buy a mount. the cheapest nuvi is really all you need and works great, and can be had for about $130 (which is approx 1/2 the price of the maps). going the other way (nuvi for biking) you'll run into mounting and battery life issues. don't know about using a bike gps for car nav functions. imo, better to get the right tool for the job
 

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I've used both my GPSmap76 and my Colorado 400 for bike and car with good results. Hardly go anywhere without my GPS.
 

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It is really a trade of between bike and auto GPS units. Bike units are smaller in size and auto units have larger screens. I have the Garmin Edge 705 and have used it in my car, but it works best on my bike.
 

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The Nuvi looks nice, and I think it'd be a great fit for the car. But it does look slightly large, and I can't seem to find any mounting accessories for the MTB.....


I can't really afford to buy an individual GPS receiver for both bike and car right now....
 

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about the only practical way to do it is to use a larger handheld receiver. Nuvis are no good in the woods. They're fine for walking around a city after you've parked, but that's about it.

Touch screen is awful nice in a car trying to punch in the destination you want, but touch screen handhelds are expensive.
 
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