Summary: I'm not thrilled with this GPS, but there are some nice points. PROS: 1) Large screen. Once you go big, you'll never want a little one again 2) loud and easy to read 3) maps and traffic updates. lifetime maps is a huge bonus. 4) quickly navigates out of wrong turns to get my where I need to go.
Summary: We've had to return ours TWICE (in less than six months) for repair or replacement. The second time it failed was after we were 200 miles into a 1000-mile trip heading out West. Plus, the software interface is, often, not very intuitive.
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.
Summary: So this is a midrange gps navigator that has a large (thankfully non-reflective) display, it has a good response time, and is encased in a somewhat cheap case. The Good It tells you which side of the road your destination is (unlike TomTom which shows you a tiny arrow if you have a magnifying...
Tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, 'There's no place like Home...'
Aceto "All Knowledge is Sorrow", Amazon
10 May 2011
Summary: OR PICK YOUR FEATURES AND BUDGET AND THEN DECIDE UPDATED March 2013 I was using this new Magellan every day for four weeks back in 2010 when I first got it and then sporadically for several years because I needed it less frequently EXCEPT to get around heavy traffic.
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.