Garmin - Drive 51 LM 5" GPS with Lifetime Map Updates - Black

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Eliminate the hassle of map use with this Garmin Drive 51 GPS. It has a 5-inch screen that produces alerts so that you know where you need to go and what lane you need to be in for easy navigation. This Garmin Drive 51 GPS also has lifetime map updates so that you always have accurate information.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Garmin Drive 51 LM
  • USB cable, suction cup mount, car power cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1192 out of 1296)

Features


Update your maps for free

The pre-loaded maps of the U.S. can always be updated for free.

5" color touch screen offers a clear view

The large screen makes it simple to enter destinations and navigate functions and settings.

Customize your route options

You can set up three alternate routes so you're prepared to take advantage of the road ahead.

Connect to your computer using USB interface

Easily connect to your computer to get map updates and more.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1294 reviews

92%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY LASTED 1 hour

    Posted
    joyeden

    this is the biggest piece of junk I have ever wasted money on. I have heard bad things about Garmin, but read good reviews for this particular item so I bit the bullet and ordered. I have a TomTom that is 5 years old that has never left me stranded, prior to that I had a Magellan that I gave to a friend and they are still using it. I purchased this item on 2/26/2018 it arrived 2/28/2018 and just turned it on to verify it worked. Today I downloaded the Garmin express app to update the maps and software, plugged the gps into my computer (which is also new) it powered up and the app said there was software and map/traffic updates. You have to update the software first, then when that is finished (appx 1 hour) it asks you to unplug the gps for 5 sec and plug it back in. I unplugged the gps from the computer, it was almost at full battery, it powered off and has never turned back on. Plugged it back in, like the app says, nothing, pushed the power button, nothing the computer doesn't see it, and even unplugged from the computer it will not turn on. It is completely dead and useless after one update and never even getting to use it in my vehicle. Before you ask, yes it is charged. The battery showed nearly full when the update was complete before being prompted to restart it/unplug it. yes I tried holding the power button as suggested in the online manual. The unit is completely dead after less then an hour. I have had it for 4 days, it was powered up for less then an hour. I am returning to Best Buy and they better give me a complete refund with none of that restocking fee nonsense for an item that never worked. Invest in a TOMTOM, mine still works and its five years old and that's all my friends and family have ever owned and have never had a problem. JUNK JUNK JUNK

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little GPS for the price

    Posted
    Bella
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I haven't had my Garmin for too long, but so far I love it! Far exceeded my expectations for my first GPS (other than my phone). Easy turn by turn directions, written-shown-AND-spoken on the screen, easy to enter locations, gives the options of using highways or avoiding them if you wish, tells you when there are turns-bends-and curves- up ahead, shows the posted speed limits in the area and even tells you your speed that you are going and alerts you if you are going over the speed limit. I love the option of using TripAdvisor if I want to check out what's in the area for something specific. But my absolute favorite feature, that I don't think is mentioned in the product description, is the ability to add a back up camera to this gps and it will appear right on the screen when you reverse. Garmin sells the backup camera separately and it is a little pricey, but it's a great safety feature and nice option if your car did not come built with one already in. My only complaints are that sometimes the voice can randomly get lower while reading off directions for no apparent reason, and the battery only lasts an hour if not kept plugged in, so I would recommend leaving it plugged in while in use always. Other than that fantastic GPS and Best Buy usually has it on sale quite often! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good maps and directions, wimpy alerts

    Posted
    rewind
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This Garmin unit was intended to replace/supplement an older Magellan unit. Both units have “lifetime” map updates with traffic alerts. It seemed the Garmin maps were a little more accurate or more up to date, based on a trial drive. Where the Garmin outperformed the Magellan seemed to be in its voice directions. Where the Magellan would simply say “at the next intersection turn right” and prompt the turn with a musical “ding-ding,” the Garmin unit says something like “turn right at the stop sign,” and darned if there wasn’t a stop sign at the intersection, just like the unit said. But for the traffic alerts, the Garmin unit only issues a mild tone if the driver exceeds the posted speed limit (and shows the speed highlighted in red, which requires the driver to look at the unit) whereas the Magellan unit says “Warning!” followed by a sharp “ding,” so it really catches your attention without needing to look at the screen. The Garmin unit does have a slot on the back for a microSD memory card to store route information, and according to the manufacturer the unit can also be used as a display screen when driving in reverse using a proprietary backup camera (expensive). For its points of interest data, Garmin uses TripAdvisor while the Magellan uses AAA. Destinations can be entered using address or a point of interest for either unit. As of now, the wimpy traffic alert for the Garmin keeps it from totally replacing the Magellan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 5th Garmin GPS

    Posted
    caswell2
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    My family has too many registered vehicles. Once you get used to a GPS, it is difficult to live without one. And it is much easier to have a GPS in every car than to move one around, especially with multiple drivers for the various vehicles. With one exception, all the GPS's are Garmin with three of them being 5" models with lifetime map updates. We have been very happy with them so this selection was almost automatic. The only problem with this particular Black Friday season purchase was that I neglected to check the shipping paperwork which stated that the GPS had been part of the shipment when in fact it had not. Consequently just a few days before Christmas when attempting to wrap all the gifts up, I discovered the GPS was missing from the Best Buy box. I frantically called Best Buy Customer Service to note the problem. To my surprise and delight, the Customer Service Representative patiently listed to my tale of woe, and told me that the shipping records indicated that the item had been shipped but that an investigation would be started. However, in the meanwhile, a new unit would be shipped and assured me that I would have it in time for Christmas. The unit was received in about two days! I am writing this review to highlight what an excellent job the Best Customer Service department did. The GPS is a fine unit, but the Best Buy Team is really the BEST.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than my old Garmin

    Posted
    SissyD
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I needed an updated gps and I picked this one because it had the most current maps already on it and it was finally on sale. My old garmin was out of date and I didn't have free map updates so this is exactly what I need. I like how loud it is and you can set it to any volume. I actually had to turn the volume down. I like that you can set what you want to see on the map as your driving. You can turn off anything you don't want to see or add to it. You can pick from a handful of map colors as well. You type in the address like you would into Google. My old one you had to type the city, then the street, then the house number all on different pages. This is just one search and done. You can pick your route based on what you want like avoiding tolls or speed. This just has a lot of features on it that are pretty typical and some are travelzoo picks and different browsing choices. I used to look up on google the best route and then go that way while running my old gps and it would adjust itself as I drove. With this gps it took me exactly the way I would go on my route using the google way and I was surprised. So this gps is really great, it has the latest maps for 2017 already on it which is what I need. I liked being able to personalize the screen once and leave it alone. And I got it for $90 which is great for a new release.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent GPS!

    Posted
    Ashep
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I've been using Garmin GPS's for years and they are still the best for navigation. I've always gotten the ones with traffic over the years and I've rarely used the traffic. So this time I opted to go with a model without the traffic and only lifetime maps (51 LM) and I don't even miss the traffic. Lifetime maps are great, they usually come out about 4 times a year, so before going on a trip I always check to make sure it's up to date. As soon as you get this plug it into your computer and update it using the free Garmin Express. GPS's usually have updates right away after you get them because they get updated regularly so it's impossible for them to come updated from the factory. Also the software updates have bug and performance improvements to the GPS so another major reason to do them! GPS menus are super user friendly compared to other brands I've used. Overall I highly recommend this Garmin GPS.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok for the price.

    Posted
    CWolfsky
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    Not as good as the Nuvi model I replaced but it gets the job done. Pros...Simple, seems to do well with upcoming lane changes. Though a little touchy and kind of a pain to make any major changes, it does have the ability to edit the route you want to take. No more having to just pass up the exit it wants you to take and wait on it to recalculate. Cons...The address search, unlike the Nuvi, you have to set the desired city in a totally different setting rather than while you type in the address. You type in house number and street then it just searches for anything with that combo, takes forever and half the time doesn't give you what your wanting, really annoying. Overall...Its a good basic GPS, will get you where to you need to go, but definitely prefer the older Nuvi models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Garmin drive 51

    Posted
    Fred454
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    I actually bought this for my sister. She is 74 and electronically challenged. She has been able to navigate with this gps with very little instructions. She actually has made a trip from her summer home in Michigan to her winter home in Tucson, Az. She came by my house in Texas and I was able to try it out for myself. I found it to be very good and was loaded with many great features, like poi,s and route selection as well as route manipulation with little effort. There was one thing that was a little strange and that was it would say at that last turn, say into Walmart’s parking lot, going off road. It would have been better to say turn right, you have arrived. But being a long time user of many gps’s from several different companies including garmin, this is still one of the most impressive ones I’ve seen. Especially at this price point.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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