Summary: The windshield mount interferes severely with inserting the power cable and with holding it in place; shame on Magellan for the inadequate design! Also, the unit randomly and inexplicably locks up/freezes for 30-60 sec at a time. Shame on whoever refurbished it for re-selling units that are so deficient! It ends up costing everybody more unnecessarily (do they really think consumers would want to accept such flaws!
Update with Caution ... unusable after update for me
C. A. Cobb "Cricket", Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: Why 3 stars for something that is really just a stylish paperweight (right now). Because I really liked it while it was working. My husband bought this for me for Mother's day (2013) and I have to admit that I had a little bit of trouble converting to the Magellan interface after the TomTom interface - things like adding favorites, addresses, and marking my current position are different...and since I am a plug and play girl it took a little while to figure it out..
Summary: Here is my review of the Magellan Roadmate 5045LM based on my first short local trip. I'm comparing it with a Garmin 1350LMT, since that is the device which I am replacing with the Magellan. A little history: I've owned 2 other Garmins in the past, with the best one being the fist one - nuvi 350, purchased in 2007. I "upgraded" to a nuvi 760 because of the bells and whistle available on it - bluetooth, MP3 player, calculator, and picture viewer.
Summary: I recently purchased the Magellan 5045T-EU product for a trip on the East coast and in Germany. The east coast went reasonably well, not perfect, but Germany was a complete fiasco. I drove from Munich to Hohenschwangau to Berchtesgaden and then back to Munich Airport. From Munich to Hohenschwangau there were only couple of issues, the device told me to make a turn when there was nowhere to turn, but I could see the turn further up the road.
Summary: at first after i fulled charged it from the wall, i used it for the first time and it kept turning off. Also, it zooms in A LOT onto the map so it's hard to see your next turn. I think there's a setting that changes that though. I was just so used to my Tomtom that my brother and dad lost...which is why i had to buy a used one because my dad paid for what my tomtom was worth used. I think this will do the job and i'll eventually get used to it.
Summary: I bought my first Magellan Roadmate that worked fine until someone stole it. Broke in the car, a Jeep Liberty, took stole it. Up until then the unit worked great -- had it about 1 yr plus. Bought a second one: within months it froze-- left me stranded in well established neighborhoods-- I'd turn it off, unplug everything, worked for a while then, froze and didn't know where we were couldn't get me out of jam -- froze and left me stranded.