Summary: I've been driving around on a Magellan 860 for the last couple of years and have logged about 40,000 miles on it. As a last minute gift I bought the 5045 for my wife and then we went on college road trips for my daughter. The unit was flawless. My favorite features are the road sign prompts and the multiple destination trip sets. I bought two more for myself and my daughter when we finally get her a car. LOVE IT.
Summary: I bought the Magellan 5045-LM GPS mostly for its features with lifetime traffic and maps update. I love using it especially the one touch address feature and lane assist that make this unit so easy to use, it can also keep you moving with its AAA one touch feature.
Continue to be satisfied with the Magellan RoadMate 5045
1 May 2011
Summary: I have had several GPS devices. Most have been Magellan, but one was Garmin. It too was more than satisfactory, but did not annunciate upon arrival or at turns. I find that a helpful addition in Magellan. The screen in the 5045 is quite large and easy to read during the day and at night. If you are in the market for a GPS, you will not be disappointed if you buy the 5045 model.
Summary: If you have been a longtime Magellan user you may want to consider a few things before getting on the Garmin bandwagon. I want to make it very clear that this isn't going to be a review to bash the Garmin 1450LMT, the particular unit I bought and returned, but more of comparison. Let's start off by getting what Magellan users have known from the very beginning about Magellan's issues out of the way.
Summary: Initially took 20 minutes remove the glue left on the screen from the fake screen display showing a typical screen display. Allowed unit to charge while carefully cleaning the screen. A beautiful display appeared..I entered my home address ..then a fiends address .. Then began entering close cities, hit enter the screen blinked ... the screen faded... the device was dead.
Summary: Just received the GPS and took it out of the box. Plugged it in to my car and was amazed at how large the display is. I shouldn't have any trouble viewing the screen. Will try to use it in the next day or two.
Sticky film left over from protective screen cover
Doc J, Amazon
27 March 2011
Summary: Over the years I have had nothing but good luck with Magellan Products. Recently I purched 2 Magellan Roadmate 5045-LM. The first one that arrived had no problems and worked perfectly. The second unit arrived and when I removed the protective cover from the screen a tacky adhesive mess was left behind. Contacted Magelland and was told to clean gently with a damp cloth. All that happened is screen became more tacky. Contacted Amazon and recieved replacement unit next day.
Summary: I had a Magellan for at least 5 years and they are very easy to navigate and very user friendly. I have a Tom Tom that I purchased for my son and yet I find that the Magellan is a bit easier to work with.