Summary: For the price, it's a great unit --- tried it out over the Thanksgivivng holiday across 3 states. Lost the satellites once on I-95, and had to restart the unit, but it found the route already entered and continued on. If you don't need to 'hand hold' & walk with the unit [I have one for that], the lack of a rechargeable battery is fine. Also have a separate blue tooth, so that isn't needed. It returned "Home" without any loss of signal.
Summary: The nuvi5000 works great. The thing that I'm not happy with is that it does not have an internal battery. After trying everything that I could think of to turn it on,when out of the cradle, I called garmin and was told about there being no internal battery. If I had known that, I would not have ordered it. I also have a nuvi 750. The 750 is great, I can have pictures and mp3 files to carry wherever I go. This doesn't work with the 5000.
Summary: The nuvi 5000's display is great. Big is good, and it does not obstruct the windshield view much at all, as most of the mount is hidden behind the GPS. I didn't realize until after I received it that Garmin intends the 5000 for use in RVs. The big display would be especially nice in a roomy RV cockpit. However, the lack of internal battery--OK in an RV with plenty of non-switched 12V outlets--is annoying in my car, which has only switched outlets.
Summary: Bought this Unit more than 3 months back. Overall unit was great & it has many features. The wide screen is very good & makes it easy to navigate. The unit has music player and SD card slot where I put my 4GB SD & it's equipped with FM transmitter so you can listen to music, alerts as well as navigation instructions on the car speakers along with unit's built-in double speakers at the back.
Summary: We love our Germin 5000. It has a large screen that I can read easily from the drivers seat. I bought a generic cigarette lighter AC adapter so I can bring it into the house to program addresses.
Summary: I just got the Nuvi 5000 a couple of months ago and have used it in my home city and on a recent vacation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. Didn't miss a beat. Found addresses on rural roads and always pointed me to the nearest gas station or grocery. I have another Nuvi that I have owned for a couple of years and gave that one to my husband. He recently used in very successfully in Hawaii all over Oahu.
Summary: The main reason I purchased this unit was that I really liked our older Nuvi but I wanted a newer unit with a video input for a reverse backup camera. The problem with this unit is that the very first time it goes to switch to the video input after the unit is powered on, even if you have auto switch on for the video input, the unit is going to stop you with a nagging disclaimer screen that you MUST agree to. You have to touch the screen.
Summary: Pros: Bright larger Screen, Waypoints, Rear Camera Option, 3D View Cons: No built-in battery, No Bluetooth Summary: I am almost satisfied with the GPS. The large screen is just about perfect sizing for me. The touchscreen is easy to use and the menu is very user friendly. Now I wish I had a camera on the back of my car to plug into the unit! I am surprised that there is no built-in battery. It means that the only way to program this unit is in the car.
Summary: For those older users who want a larger image like the factory installed versions, the Garmin Nuvi 5000 5.2 inch screen has 4 times as many pixels than the 4.3 inch versions for greater resolution and better visibility. It has the disadvantage that it has no battery and thus cannot be used away from the vehicle.