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Garmin nuvi 42LM

Product Code: GN42

Garmin nuvi 42LM car satnav has a 4.3 inch touchscreen which features maps for UK and Ireland which are free to update for the lifetime of the satnav. On screen information includes the speed limit for most major roads, your vehicle speed and estimated arrival time at your destination.

The nuvi 42LM also comes equipped with Active Lane Guidance, actual road signs, and photos of junction layouts helping you to get in the correct lane at busy, complicated road junctions. The nuvi 52 is bluetooth compatible for handsfree calls. Speed cameras subscription is include free for the first year.

Garmin nuvi 42LM has been discontinued.

Accessories, spares and parts are still available for your nuvi 42, as are the road maps.

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The Garmin nuvi 42 LM is an in-car sat nav with a 4.3-inch bright touchscreen. You can use pinch-to-zoom the display. Maps included with the nuvi 42 are UK and Ireland maps which are free to update for the Lifetime of the sat nav device.

If you want a larger screen on your satnav then you could consider the Garmin nuvi 54LM NOH instead.

On-screen information is displayed without obstructing the navigation view of the road map so you will always know where you are going. The Garmin nuvi 42 LM will display speed limit for almost every major road, current speed, estimated time of arrival and current street.

Garmin Real Directions is a feature that announces directions turn-by-turn using recognisable landmarks that you will see such as buildings and traffic lights. So for example, you may be advised by the sat nav to "turn left after the petrol station" making it easier to identify where your next turn is.

Active Lane Guidance refers to spoken instructions at exits and junctions. Brightly coloured arrows on-screen will also help guide you. Furthermore BirdsEye junction view and photoReal Junction will assist you by displaying junctions, exits, surrounding landscapes and real road signs along your route.

Speed camera locations are included with the Garmin nuvi 42 and you can (via subscription) update this database using the unique Cyclops speed camera database. On approach to a speed cameras location overspeed warnings and speed limit information is also displayed. Included in the Cyclops database are locations for fixed, mobile, variable limit, average speed cameras, temporary, mobile zones and red light speed cameras. New or moved cameras are constantly tracked and Cyclops checks and updates its central database daily.

The Garmin 42 navigator also contains a speed limit database for most major roads across Europe and the device displays your vehicles’ speed.

Garmin nuvi 42 Car Sat Nav FAQs

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Garmin nuvi 42LM Features

‣View routes on the 4.3-inch touchscreen
‣Street-level here mapping for UK and Ireland
‣Enjoy FREE lifetime map
‣Includes Cyclops speed camera locations for FREE preloaded. Updates to this database are available.
‣Voice activated navigation
‣Manual dual-orientation screen - portrait or landscape
‣3D Terrain view and 3D Landmarks.
‣Displays speed limit for most major roads, current speed and time of arrival
‣Turn-by-turn guidance with voice prompts
‣Speaks street names e.g. "Turn right ON ELM STREET in 500ft."
‣8-digit postcode - navigate using full UK postcode search
‣Active Lane Guidance guides to proper lane for navigation
‣PhotoReal Junction view displays junction signs
‣Auto re-route fast off-route and detour recalculation
‣Choice of route setup - faster time, shorter distance, off road
‣Auto sort multiple destinations - provides most direct route
‣Speed limit indicator - displays speed limit for most major roads
‣Route avoidance - avoid highways, tolls etc
‣Garmin App called Smartphone Link enables access to premium services such as weather radar and view from live traffic cameras.
‣World travel clock, currency and unit converter, calculator
‣Rechargeable Li-ion battery - up to 1 hours
‣Built-in Cyclops speed camera database - includes fixed camera locations and mobile hot-spots
‣1 Year manufacturers guarantee


Garmin 42LM is a plug-and-play sat nav that can be set up and removed in seconds. The nuvi 42LM is powered by an in-car charger that plugs and powers via your vehicles cigarette lighter adaptor. A suction cup mount and cradle attaches to your vehicles windscreen to provide a secure base to view the units screen and navigational instructions. Both the car charger and windscreen mount are in the box when you buy the nuvi 42LM from ActiveGPS.

Map Coverage

Garmin nuvi 42LM is preloaded with street-level here maps (formely NAVTEQ) for UK and Ireland. To view the map coverage for a specific country or region please click the following links for more details: UK and Ireland.

If you'd like to buy additonal maps for another region (outside of the nuvi 42 preloaded European map region). The following regions are maps which are optional extras: France and Benelux, Spain and Portugal, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Nordics, Italy and Greece and North America or Australia and New Zealand.

What's in the box? (when purchased from ActiveGPS.co.uk)

‣Garmin nuvi 42LM
‣Preloaded City Navigator NT mapping for UK and Ireland
‣Lifetime maps
‣Vehicle power cable
‣Vehicle suction cup mount
‣USB cable
‣Quick start manual

Garmin nuvi 42LM Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin nuvi 42LM? View the full range here. All parts are genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the 5-inch nuvi 42LM sat nav. Parts available include a 5-inch leather case and portable friction mount.

Garmin nuvi 42LM Maps

Looking for sat nav maps for the Garmin nuvi 42LM view them all here. All mapping comes on microSD card with SD card adaptor and is genuine Garmin product and specifically designed for use with the nuvi 42LM. Areas available to buy include: Southern Africa and Middle East and Northern Africa.

Garmin nuvi 42LM Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display: 4.3-inch manual dual-orientation, WVGA colour TFT with white backlight
‣Power: 12 volt, cigarette lighter
‣Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion up to 2 hours (depending on use)
‣Installation: Plug and play
‣Dimensions: Width - 126mm, Height - 78mm, Depth - 19mm
‣Weight: 149.3g
‣Guarantee: 1-year
‣Garmin nuvi 42LM manual

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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Garmin nuvi 42LM Questions and Answers


Do you have a question about the Garmin nuvi 42? Submit your question via our contact page.

Why buy from us?

We are official Authorised Internet Retailers for Garmin. We sell genuine Garmin products, accessories and maps. We purchase from assigned Garmin UK distributors. We do not buy on the grey market and we do not sell counterfeit products. You can rest assured that by purchasing from ActiveGPS you will receive the full support of Garmin.

Page updated: 25th January 2019


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