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Discussion: Garmin 305 buttons disintegrating

in: Orienteering; Gear & Toys

Mar 27, 2017 3:30 PM # 
The rubber buttons on my Garmin 305 are disintegrating, leaving the device open to water intrusion and rendering the buttons difficult to operate. Some have suggested that the device may be refurbished. Would such a refurb replace the rubber buttons?
Mar 27, 2017 4:37 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
Contact Garmin!

I have nothing but praise for their tech support, they have fixed my GPSs at least 6-7 times over the years, many times replacing entire units or all the internals.
Mar 27, 2017 8:24 PM # 
+1 for the garmin support
Mar 28, 2017 3:22 AM # 
I just got a refurbished 310XT last week (my second refurbished model). The refurbished one you get isn't the same one you send to them and yes it's like new.
Mar 28, 2017 8:03 PM # 
Too bad Garmin Support says: "Repair services no longer available."
Mar 28, 2017 8:08 PM # 
Mar 28, 2017 8:42 PM # 
*sniff sniff*
Mar 29, 2017 11:04 AM # 
Oh dear, is the 310XT next?
Mar 29, 2017 2:32 PM # 
Garmin supporting the 305 model with repairs for well over ten years was excellent service, I think.
Oct 25, 2017 8:46 PM # 
I sent my 310XT to when a button started crapping out on me and I didn't want to pay Garmin $75 to replace it (more than the street value of the device at this point). Nice guy, reasonable prices, and prompt and good service. Definitely a good resource to keep these venerable devices chugging along.
Oct 25, 2017 10:45 PM # 
Pretty sure this fix has featured in AP before.
Oct 28, 2017 1:02 AM # 
The water got into my 310XT last time the rubber casing was breached before I realised it had an issue so no chance of this working for me.
Nov 9, 2017 4:28 AM # 
Nov 9, 2017 2:10 PM # 
My 305 has started switching off in mid run. Even if I notice and switch back on I lose the first part of the run. is there anyway of locking it on?
Nov 9, 2017 5:33 PM # 
When my power button disintegrated, I kept it plugged in for a few months (except while running), but that wasn't really a sustainable solution, so I bought a used Garmin 25 for $70. It has all of the features of the 305, a few additional ones, a longer battery life, and can be worn as a daily watch. Still, I wish I had thought of the duct tape-and-beads solution.

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