Summary: Like the annoying commercial that runs during the Christmas season, I gave myself this Garmin when an accident trashed my truck and took my built-in GPS with it. Not wanting a car note, I stayed within the insurance settlement budget to replace my vehicle. One of the things I would have to do without in the replacement was the built-in GPS. After the purchase, I still had a bit left in my budget, so decided on this Garmin.
Summary: So far I'm not happy with my "refurbished 52LM GPS. No instructions other than how to unpack it came with it and when I connect it, the screen lights up, but nothing else happens. I'm going to check on line to see if I can determine a possible solution as to "how to use it" then I'm returning it tomorrow if I have no success. I thought the Garmin brand was better than my "other brand" of GPS, as in more "user friendly", but so far I can't even use it! Wish me luck.
Excerpt: I was in a new neighborhood. The direction was to proceed to the 55 freeway. I had no idea where the 55 freeway was from where I was. Another time I was in an unfamiliar neighborhood and the direction was proceed to Chapman Ave. I had no idea where Chapman was or how to get there. I returned my Garmin and bought a Tom tom.. Much better and clearer directions.
Summary: Garmin seemed to work fine. Registered, bought extended warranty, bought charger bundle, bought portable friction mount... Downloaded the most up to date maps and found out the road I live on is mis-numbered. The route I take straight to work was not the maps choice by miles. Called Garmin and they verified the maps were up to date and even tried mapping from my house to work which showed them errors also.