Summary: I just tried out my Magellan 5045-LM for the first time and it was weird to say the least. The screen looks awesome, the interface is very nice and it would track you almost in real time as you move down the road (a nice improvement over my old Maestro which would jump from one place to the other...
Wish i kept the slightly older cheaper Magellan models
Arthur Y. Moi "artmoi", Amazon
21 November 2010
Summary: I purchase 2 new Magellan Roadmate within last 4 months prior to this model Roadmate 5045LM,satisfy with the cheaper Roadmate 1424 4.3 inch screen basic,however reliable. Was happy with Magellan,so i sold it and move up to better and larger model Roadmate 3045LM with Lifetime map 4.7 inch didn't...
Summary: I've used "in-car" nav systems for the past 7-years and just replaced my Tom Tom with the Roadmate. It's easier to use, gives better directions and has more features than you will need. If you never intend to contact their Support group, it's a screaming buy.
Summary: Pros: Great visual layout, most of the most important frequently used options are easily accessible on the touch screen and easily allows you to move between 2D and 3D. The map moves for further viewing with a stroke of your finger. Turn warning bell is helpful to get your attention.
Summary: I have had many GPS's looking for the perfect GPS, none exists but this Magellan comes close even thought its semi bare bones, its a GPS and nothing more than a GPS. The lane assist features is what I look for in a GPS and this one with highway signs with arrows is OK but my Tom Tom with the big...
Summary: The magellan 5045 is a nicely built unit with a lot of great features. However, the software which provides new maps called "Content Manager" is the worst piece of mainstream consumer software I've had the displeasure to encounter in years. It is horrible.
Summary: Initially, I was pleased with my 5045 LM. Little quirks here and there that differed from my Garmins and from the GPS on my Android phone. Biggest thing at first was its unreliability in displaying traffic notices.
Summary: This was my first purchase and therefore use of a gps unit. I was fairly proficient at figuring out the basics of its use. I did find the manual lacking in information for the novice. I purchased this unit to help me navigate a 1900 mile motorcycle tour of the south.
Summary: Don't buy Magellan if you have Windows XP and you ever plan on upgrading the maps and software. I have spent over 6 hours trying to install Magellan's content manager. Content manager needs to have .net framework installed first. I had .net V1.1 installed, and Content Manager did not work.
Summary: I bought this Magellan 5045-LM because of its updated Screen and Lifetime Map/Traffic Updates. I was so unhappy due to the following: - The unit always tells you that there is 0.2 miles left untill the next turn but the turn was about 300 feet away.