Garmin Portable Friction Mount - Frustration Free Packaging
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Ships in Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging Four-arm shape conforms to your dashboard Garmin ball mount easily attaches to your existing cradle Compatible with nvi series GPS navigators and StreetPilot C5XX series One-year limited warranty
Garmin and Amazon.com have teamed up to offer this item in Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging, a recyclable, easy-to-open alternative to traditional packaging. Products in Frustration-Free Packaging are exactly the same--we've just streamlined the packaging. A Frustration-Free Package comes without wire ties, hard plastic "clamshell" casings, and plastic bindings. It's designed to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging. This item ships in its own box, without the need for an additional shipping box. Learn more about Frustration-Free Packaging.
Perfect for locales where window-mounting is prohibited or those who simply prefer a quick way to mount/unmount their nüvi/StreetPilot device.
Traditional clamshell packaging. Click to enlarge.
Traditional clamshell packaging. Click to enlarge.
Amazon frustration-free packing. Click to enlarge.
Compatible Garmin Models
What's in the Box
Dashboard mount, arm attachment, and owner's manual
Most helpful customer reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
My Favorite GPS Mount So Far
By S. Bejster
This thing is great. I rely on the voice assist on my GPS to help me avoid looking down while driving, but sometimes it can't be avoided. I've tried many different GPS mounts with different vehicles over the years and this is by far my favorite. It is very well weighted and stays on the top of my dashboard while driving. A quick glance and I can read the GPS.
Another advantage of this is that once the mounting bar is in place, you can either lock it in place (so you would have to move the whole thing around to change the angle) or leave it unlocked and it will turn 360 degrees horizontally as needed. The mounting bar doesn't turn without assistance so I will probably never lock it.
I have one of those dashboard compartments so if it is particularly sunny or I am on a bumpy road, I can place it in there to help shade it and keep it in place.
2278 of 2312 people found the following review helpful.
Best Solution for NUVI in my Prius and my Ford: Theft Protection As Well!!
My Prius has a rough dashboard and a windshield that slopes very sharply. Thus, the suction cup mounts are not good solutions. Fortunately, the friction mount is a great solution. It works much better than I expected. Very stable, does not slide, and lets me adjust my Nuvi to a variety of different angles. I can place the GPS anywhere on the dash or even on the center console. Also works great when transferred to my wife's Ford.
Only downside to the device is that it has a rather large footprint, but not prohibitively large. I like the fact that I can easily use this in both of our family vehicles depending on where we need the GPS.
UPDATE: Now that I have used this mount regularly since May, I have to say this is the best mounting solution I've found for a GPS or any other device for my car. It hasn't slid out of place once!! Given the rise in GPS units being stolen from cars, this mount allows you to easily stash your GPS Unit and mount out of sight and then put it back into position with ease.
2009 Update: Still using this in my Prius and my wife has one too. It's held up quite well. It IS a bit bulky to store out of the way when not in use, but still a good solution. I usually remove my GPS from the mount (a simple process) and then place the mount as far under the seat as it will go. Not perfect, but the best solution I've found to date.
61 of 63 people found the following review helpful.
Great GPS Mount for Flat Dashboard Vehicles
The number one problem that I have had with GPS mounts is that they always fall off the windshield at the most inconvenient times hitting the gear selector and sometimes creating dangerous situations. After having this happen on the highway one day, I decided I wouldn't do this anymore and decided to investigate other options.
Fast-forward and I found this. The Garmin portable friction mount is a great product IF you have a flat dashboard that you can place this on. If you do not, such as some older Jeep Liberty's, this product is worthless and won't be able to be used. I found this out the hard way when I took it out of my car and attempted to use it in my girlfriends Jeep. Luckily we had the windshield mount to fall back on.
The mount is solid and relatively heavy as well. This product stays firmly in place even when taking corners or stopping quickly. The center that the mount itself links too has a solid metal base, but is slightly raised on my product meaning that I do not have to worry about my dashboard getting scratched.
The product itself is a bit larger than I expected, and does have to sit slightly more forward than I would prefer in my car (sloped coupe windshield) but it does not hang off the front either.
Overall this is a quality product that works as expected. Slightly larger than I had expected but having put it through it's paces in terms of trying to get it to move, I can say that the extra size and surface area probably is what is keeping it firmly planted to my dashboard. I'd highly recommend this, but make sure your dashboard can accommodate the size of this product.