Summary: Have had one of these for 7 years until one day it just decided to die. Found a used one and it works great. Not to many of these out there where you can plug in a backup camera. Hope this one will last 7 years.
Summary: My original went dead. Garmin doesn't make these anymore so finding one in this conditions for the price was awesome. I have this custom installed on my truck. I'm glad this was available. I didn't want to have to recustomize my truck for a different model. Thanks.
Summary: After having purchased 3 of these Nuvi 5000's, I'm impressed that it just simply works. Big screen, great features (bluetooth, nah) and it does what it says it's supposed to do. Bought one for a friend's daughter who has dropped it about 50 times in the house, no guess on how many times at college... AND, it still works. Durable, not buggy like other models I've used and pretty cheap for a 5.2 inch screen.
Summary: I bought this from Amazon to replace a Magellan unit that was 5" diag. also a few months ago. The Magellan unit was horrible. This unit is big and clear with adjustable detail on the map. The Garmin unit has nice clear spoken directions that are announced well in advance of the turn. The unit activates quickly and updates rapidly as you travel along. This unit is better than the Magellan unit at refreshing the screen accurately as you travel.
Summary: PRO: I've had my 5000 for almost two years now. It does announce street names and is very bright and easily read. It has an audio out, video in, accepts an external antenna and has a slot for an SD card (use an 8GB and put my music on it). CON: A little slow in rerouting. Bulky and comes without a battery. RESULT: I recently tried the 1490T. Too basic. Had bluetooth only for phone. No external inputs/outputs or SD slot.
Summary: My general opinion is that Garmin makes very high quality products. This in particular is a great tool for anyone on the road, even in your own city. It has very good screen size that lets you see and understand the map and your way whithout distracting your attention from their main activity (driving). The only weekness is that if you want to update your maps every year, you have to pay a high price for the Garmin Map Update.