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Pimp your ride with these collections of custom Garmin GPS vehicle icons



If you have a Garmin GPS, some models allow you to change the vehicle icon so something more fun or appropriate to the season or your interests. Garmin provides a good selection icons and they're very easy to download and install using a USB cable. In the "Garmin Garage" you'll find everything from an X-wing fighter to a golf cart to a steam locomotive. Out of the box you get a boring, blue triangle as your vehicle icon so anything is better than that.


And if you want even more choices check out There you'll find tons of vehicle icons sorted in groups with many different types of cars, trucks, bikes and aircraft and lots of cars from movies and tv shows. You can select each icon to see a spinning, 360 view and a simulated GPS view too, in night and day mode. Some of my favorites include:

  • The Blues Brothers "Bluesmobile"
  • A Classic Mini Cooper
  • Bumblebee from Transformers (the Camaro and the Autobot)
  • Fred Flintstone's car
  • Starsky and Hutch Gran Torino
  • Herbie the Love Bug
  • ECTO1 from Ghosbusters
  • All of the Enterprise ships from Star Trek


To download a vehicle icon, select it from one of the lists and hit the download button. Instructions for adding and changing vehicles on your Garmin GPS can be found here. Garmin supports custom icons on the nuvi and zumo series, the nuvifone G60 and some StreetPilot GPS units.

[Last modified: Monday, August 15, 2011 11:09am]


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