Summary: My wife and myself already had Magellan road mate GPS in our cars I got this one so I was able to put one in my semi truck I like them they have never let me down we now have them in all of our vehicles anyone looking for a good reliable unit Magellan is good choice and with different options there is one to fit everyone's needs
Summary: I received this unit the day after I ordered it. I immediately charged the battery until a full charge was established, plugged in GPS to laptop via included USB, and followed instructions for content manager map updates. After about 30 minutes, all updates were complete and I set the unit up in my vehicle. The GPS has worked flawlessly and has surpassed my expectations.
awesome product, great value for the money, it's your peace of mind!
2 November 2013
Summary: To be honest, this is the first gps I purchase. After days and hours of comparing the Magellan RoadMate 5045 to other brands & customer reviews I decided to try this one. Highly recommend it! My son (18), is new to the roads/car, so it has helped him many times get to places and back. Clear speaking voice. Ample time in directions before turning. Good size screen. Great for night traveling, like the brightness on screen. Free maps for life!
Summary: Good price, right? So I order one, wait a week and it get it home to find out it simply shuts itself off after being on for a second. Okay, no worries, I figure Wal-Mart will take it back. So I take it back and order a second. That one comes home and boots up just fine. I think, sweet, this one works, now to update the lifetime maps. After hours of downloading and about eight 30 minute attempts to update the maps now it won't boot up. This piece of garbage is going back.
Summary: Maps of Europe are not very accurate. Limited functions, as example can not navigate to a GPS position have to use address,, city center, etc. actually am so disappointed I have used it once and plan to return. Very disappointed.
Summary: So far I have been pleased with it, but the charger that came with the refurbished unit was "dead" in the box. Magellan customer service sent a replacement in 5 days total time. The unit works fine. My only complaints are it does not show speeds, either actual or posted. The other pesky issue is that the Magellan Content manager software is known for causing computer issues, as it did for me: always asking for permission at boot-up for a Magellan .exe file.
Summary: Called technical support office, not open on weekends, used website for help. Tech is asking for $28.00 then will answer my question. Paperwork that came with the GPS says this product may not be returned. Will call on Monday but this sounds like for a switch that does not stay in the on position it needs to be returned for repair.
Summary: We got a great deal from Wal-Mart on our Magellan 5045 LM. I was surprised how poor the computer interface is. For example, in one spot you can check to see if there are map updates. There is a drop down menu to select your model - but there was no search button or go button to tell the computer to look for updates. Maybe it doesn't like the newest Windows Explorer. I was pleased with how the unit gives directions and knows where it is.