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Garmin nüvi 54LM 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps (US & Canada)

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  • Detailed maps of U.S. and Canada (includes Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthemelemy and Jamaca)
  • Free lifetime map updates up to 4 times per year
  • Millions of points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, parking, entertainment, fuel, shopping and more
  • 5-inch (480 x 272 pixels) display with white backlight
  • Features include Lane Assist with Junction View, Route Avoidance and Where am I
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Product Features

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  • Size (LWH): 3.4 inches, 0.6 inches, 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
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This item Garmin nüvi 54LM 5-Inch Portable Vehicle GPS with Lifetime Maps (US & Canada)
Customer Rating 4 out of 5 stars (4912) 4 out of 5 stars (4544) 4 out of 5 stars (211) 4 out of 5 stars (2358)
Price $172.55 $199.99 $199.00 $179.00
Shipping FREE Shipping FREE Shipping FREE Shipping FREE Shipping
Sold By SummitHut Amazon.com Blue Sky Co. Blue Sky Co.
Battery Average Life 2 hours 2.5 hours 2 hours 2 hours
Color Black Black Black Black
Screen Size 5 in 5 in 5 in 4.3 in
Item Dimensions 0.6 x 3.4 x 5.5 in 0.76 x 3.3 x 5.4 in 5.5 x 0.7 x 3.4 in 4.9 x 0.7 x 3.1 in
Item Weight 6.4 ounces 6.6 ounces 6.3 ounces 5.2 ounces
Lithium-Battery Packaging Batteries packed with equipment Batteries packed with equipment Batteries contained in equipment Batteries contained in equipment
Lithium-Battery Voltage 3.7 volts 3.7 volts 3.7 volts 3.7 volts
Map Types North America street, City Tour, north-america US and Canada US
Model Year 2013 2013 2012 2011
Native Resolution 480 x 272 pixels 480 x 272 pixels 480 x 272 pixels 480 x 272 pixels
Additional Features Touch Sensitive Screen Touch Sensitive Screen includes_lifetime_map_updates includes_lifetime_map_updates
Wireless Technology Information not provided Bluetooth Information not provided Information not provided
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Product Description

Style:with Lifetime Maps (US & Canada)  |  Product Packaging:Standard Packaging

Dependable, Easy-to-use Guidance

With its bright 5.0" display, spoken turn-by-turn directions and many innovative features, the sleek nüvi 54LM offers dependable, easy to use driving guidance.

Detailed Maps with Free Lifetime Updates

Maps of the U.S. and Canada, plus free lifetime¹ updates, let you easily find addresses and millions of points of interest.

Innovative Features

Lane assist with junction view indicates the proper lane for a turn or exit with brightly colored arrows and detailed pictures. nüvi 54LM also displays speed limit and accurate arrival time.

One-stop Device Management

Use Garmin Express to keep your nüvi up-to-date. Garmin Express makes it easy to update maps and software, transfer favorites to and from devices, and install free custom vehicles and voices.

What's in the Box:

  • nüvi 54LM
  • Preloaded City Navigator® NT for U.S. and Canada
  • Lifetime maps¹ (indicated by “LM” after model number on the box)
  • Vehicle power cable
  • Vehicle suction cup mount
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual

¹If you purchase a nüMaps Lifetime subscription (sold separately or bundled together with certain GPS models), you will receive up to 4 map data updates per year, when and as such updates are made available on Garmin’s website, for 1 compatible Garmin product until your product’s useful life expires or Garmin no longer receives map data from its third party supplier, whichever is shorter. A product’s “useful life” means the period during which the product (a) has sufficient memory capacity and other required technical capabilities to utilize current map data and (b) is capable of operating as intended without major repairs. A product will be deemed to be out of service and its useful life to be ended if no updates have been downloaded for such product for a period of 24 months or more. Unless otherwise stated, the updates you receive under the subscription will be updates to the same geographic map data originally included with your Garmin product when originally purchased. In some instances, your Garmin product might not have sufficient memory remaining for you to load an update to the map data, in which case you will need to either (a) select reduced map data coverage for your updates, or (b) purchase separately a microSD™/SD™ card (if and as applicable to your Garmin product) and load all or a portion of the map data coverage for your updates to the card and insert the card into the microSD/SD card slot contained in your Garmin product. If neither of the measures in (a) or (b) can be used to address your product’s lack of sufficient remaining memory, then Garmin may conclude that the “useful life” of your product has expired. Garmin may terminate your nüMaps Lifetime subscription at any time if you violate any of the terms of this agreement or your subscription. Your nüMaps Lifetime subscription may not be transferred to another Garmin product.

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By Peter Suslock TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 6, 2013
Style Name: with Lifetime Maps (US)Package Type: Frustration-Free Packaging Verified Purchase
Having been born with the dreaded condition NSOD (no sense of direction) a GPS is essential if I'm ever to end up getting to where I need to go. My last GPS was the Garmin 3790 which was excellent - however it froze up and died on exactly the 29th day of use which allowed me 24 hours to return it to Amazon.

As I researched a new GPS I found it more complicated than putting the specs together for a computer. Reviews are incredibly mixed on each model. All of them have plenty of pros and no shortage of cons. I decided to call the dedicated number for GPS units on Amazon. And doing so was an excellent experience and one that I highly recommend to anyone frustrated over which unit to buy. Amazon also has consultant Reps for computers, cameras, televisions and so on.

These folks don't work on commission - so there's no vested interest on their part in the recommendations the make it's a zero pressure approach and really an under estimated service - but a very valuable one. After going through the applications I was looking for i.e.: map updates, voice recognition, large screen etc - I was steered to the Garmin 52LM.

At the low price of $145 I was at first skeptical as the 3790T was $300

As I prowled through all the GPS units on Amazon the 52LM had the highest percentage of positive reviews - I was sold.
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Style Name: with Lifetime Maps (US & Canada)Package Type: Standard Packaging
After much research online and reading reviews here on Amazon I ordered the nuvi 54LM. I wanted the lifetime maps but the traffic alerts on the more expensive models don't seem to be worth it according to the reviews. I bought this to replace my old Garmin Street Pilot 2720. It still works but now takes forever to find the satellites and lock on.

I received this new 54LM yesterday and today took it out for a spin locally to addresses I knew in the area and testing the POI. It worked like a charm and found all places without a hitch. Since it's setup for fastest route by default it wants to stick to major roads. I knew some shortcuts so purposely went a different way a few times. It recalculated quickly and it was refreshing not to hear that annoyed female voice saying "recalculating". It just did it and quickly. In the next few days I'll try it on a longer trip out of the area.

My one complaint, and one that's shared by many, is that there was no manual in the box. Only a quick setup sheet of paper and a thick safety & product information booklet in about 20 languages. They could have included a user manual about the same size in that box. Finding a manual at the Garmin site online was pretty easy. If Amazon keeps the URL here it's at: [...] If Amazon takes out the URL, go to the Garmin site and go to Support. There you can plug in what you need from the dropdown menu's and you'll finally get to a PDF manual for your unit. Then just print it out. For the 54LM the manual is titles "nuvi 42/52 Series Owner's Manual" dated Dec. 2012. Even if you don't have the manual the setup screens are pretty intuitive.
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Style Name: Base Model (US & Canada)Package Type: Standard Packaging
(NOTE: OOPS! I wrote this review for my Garmin 1450 and put it here by mistake. Apparently the 54 has a faster response time, but the basic interface has not changed and that is my main complaint here....) Once you are on the road, this thing is awesome. The map guidance is clear, the information on the screen is relevant and timely, and it even tells you what lane you need to be angling for. This is an indispensible part of how I drive. HOWEVER it is unnecessarily painful to enter address information, change settings, etc. The interface for entering an address, for example, proceeds down through screen after screen with a single question on each screen. If you change your mind, you have to click "Back" like 17 times to get out again. This "drill down and back out" pattern is everywhere in the interface and it just sucks. Stuff like that is just bad design and it has not changed for years with Garmin so I don't think they care about it. How hard would it be to put a "back to map" button on each screen? Etc. Convenience is not the main idea here sadly. But still 4 stars for being RELATIVELY awesome! :-)
UPDATE: my Garmin recently broke. It took me 4 emails over a period of 3 weeks, plus two phone calls lasting 20 and 40 minutes each, to finally just get it arranged to ship the thing back for a repair. Garmin's support for device issues is really painful. Just so you know. So now it's 3 stars for having a good device with poor support.
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I had an earlier model but after 4 years the product finally died and it was time for an upgrade....and boy what an upgrade this was!

Unfortunately the first one delivered to me was DOA (Dead on Arrival), but thanks to Amazon's easy replacement policy, I was able to quickly return it and get another one.

This version is so much more sleeker than the old model that I had, and it features a larger touchscreen (5 inches) with larger font that is much easier to read at a glance (especially the arrival time). Living near New York, I always had issues with the satellite connectivity every time I drove into the city with the older version, but with this one I've had absolutely no issues! The lane assist / junction view was particularly helpful on the more confusing interchanges and it automatically appears on the screen as you approach those interchanges as if it reads my mind.

I also like the real time speed indicator, which shows the speed at which I'm driving, though I must say the font turns red if you go even a little faster than the speed limit on the street that you're driving on.

The icing on the cake was Free Lifetime map updates! Thank goodness! You can easily update the map data by connecting this unit to your Mac or PC and syncing the device using Garmin's Express software (easily downloadable from the Garmin website.

Frankly I would have given this product a full 5 stars had the first one worked out of the box, but I do understand that sometimes there are issues and thankfully the good people at Amazon have a quick and painless replacement policy.
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