Summary: I was a Magellan user for a long time. It has some features that Garmin does not have. But this particular one has wrong maps and gave lots of wrong turns. Do not but it. I'll still stick with Magellan but not this model.
Summary: The routing leaves a lot to be desired. It does not seem to know the best route, I have kept my maps updated and software updated. Once I was routed to an address 1/2 mile away from where I wanted to go. It put me on the correct street, but wrong address.
Summary: I received a Magellan RoadMate 5045 from my parents four months ago. Prior to that, I would always borrow my dad's Garmin Nuvi whenever I needed a GPS. Maybe the Garmin spoiled me, but I have not been very pleased with the Magellan since I got it.
Summary: I have 3 Magellan units with FREE LIFETIME Map Updates. I have 2 5045LMs and 1 5145TLM. The only problem is, Magellan has only released 1 (ONE) map update in the last 8 months in comparison to my Garmin which has received 1 Free Map Update every 3 months.
Summary: We bought this unit to replace our Garmin GPS. We had a Magellan many years ago, and like its look and feel. We chose this Magellan because it shows you how the GPS will guide you by offering road to road directions to the destination. We returned it because the unit does not turn on each time.
Summary: I've been waiting for years to finally buy a GPS for my vehicle. My son and daughter-in-law have had one for about 4 years, and from time to time I would borrow it to make trips with. I loved theirs. It's a Magellan Roadmate.
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: I have previously owned a Magellan GPS and was looking forward to using a more up-to-date version, so I tried the 5045. (As far as I can guess, the Magellan is the only GPS that have a sound cue - a "ding" - when you are making a correct turn, a feature I like.
Nice Features set, if only the routing worked as good
13 January 2011
Summary: I own a Maestro 4250 and have been perfectly satisfied, excellent routing and re-routing, good Poi's and have had it for two years and only looked for another unit because of the maps getting out of date.