My Garmin 520 packed up at just over 2 years old a few years back.
At the time i replaced it with the newer 530 which is a great piece of kit. i love it.
Low and behold at 1 year and 11 months old the 530 also packed up. not a ding, mark or scratch on it. just a solid blank screen that appeared mid ride. Which has left me scratching my head regarding my next move.
Garmin's warranty period is 1 year - i did take it in and got quoted roughly half price to get a new replacement unit. R2418. not bad, and all around good PR from Garmin. i have accepted this quote as i need a GPS. but it still leaves me wondering.
at R5k initial purchase price + the replacement cost i am now at R7418 in less than two years. expensive stuff.
It bugs me that such expensive tech can only have a single year of warranty. especially as they appear not to last any significant time past this period.
i have been very tempted to upgrade to a 830, but now i am uncertain its a good idea. if it goes pop in the same manner as my previous garmins have and i get the same deal each year, i'd be shelling out R4k every 1-2 years just to stay in the garmin ecosystem.
I am fairly heavily invested in the garmin ecosystem with a radar on the back and varia light up front - i am not sure if any other competitor head units are compatible with the radar unit? - it is certainly something i am going to investigate.
the next issue that is not as important is if Discovery accepts workouts in the same manner as they do with garmin.
the radar is a proper game changer when it comes to on the bike safety.
Thoughts on other units worth looking at? and their respective longevity/warranties?