Bought this a few years ago just before I got a proper dash cam. The maps are good but sometimes they take you around the long way, good audio alerts and bluetooth operation, the gps can be a bit slow to lock on at times. As for the dash cam feature ok for traffic use during the day e.g. collision and lane warnings but useless at night. Also the suction cup window mount falls off the window all the time. Next time I would get one without the camera and stick with a proper dash cam for video.
I rate this unit 6/10
Purchased in September 2017 for $450.00.
Has some good points
Product has some good features. Needs audible alerts such as over the speed limit, school zone ahead. The beep does not tell what the alert is and the written alert is so small you need to take your eyes off the road to read it. Will go back to cheaper brand which has audible voice notifications. I'm surprised this meets Australian standards as it's illegal to take you eyes off the road to read a message.
Purchased in May 2021 at flybuy points.
- DriveAssist 51 LMT-S
very poor navigation and fails at 13 months old.
Garmins have always been hit and miss on lifespan, doing weird things after updates and end of life.
This one is unacceptable failing after just 13 months, parked in the garage!
I'll be buying another brand now to replace all three Garmins.
Purchased in January 2020 at JB Hifi Home for $303.00.
I hate it! I've had it now for approx 5 years now and every update is a nervous time waiting for it to work or not. Today was or not
Final Follow Up
Apropos my previous review, I contacted Johnny Appleseed Head Office in Brisbane. I spoke with a decent chap named [name removed], and advised him of my present plight with this 2 year old Drive Assist 51. I explained the horrendous run I have had with this thing and was advised to take it to Johnny Appleseed store in St Kilda Road, and speak to that store manager who was also named [name removed]. [name removed] in Brisbane informed me that given the pathetic life span of this unit, they would either give me back my money or give me a new u...nit. Iff I went to the Johnny Appleseed store in St Kilda had, St. Kilda. Young [name removed] at this store tried everything possible to clear the memory and reload all maps and the same thing that happened to me, happened to him: "Sorry your maps are corrupted. [name removed] then contacted Garmin and advised them of this situation. Garmin advised [name removed] that they would not repair, replace or or refund my money but; I could have a new unit for $186.00. (I paid $420 in March 2017). I thanked Johnny Appleseed for their time, and went home, and down loaded a brilliant GPS/Speedometre /World Maps GPS to my I phone for A$5.99. This works brilliantly in the car; it does everything I need it to do, and when I think I spent $420.00 for the Drive Assist 51 brand new, and rejected the offer to buy another (most likely with the same problems) for A$186.00, I have saved myself A$414.01, or A180.01. [name removed] of Garmin, have you heard of that little orifice on the lower part of your anatomy; bio know that place where the sun does not shine. That seems an appropriate place for you to take my Drive Assist 51, and jam it hard. Your products are inferior and I hope to hell that others don't fall for the same scam as I did. I note that there are several negative comments here on this page, where one failed in 4 months. At least I am not alone.
Purchased at Johnny Appleseed GPS Physical store for $420.00.
Mixed feelsings about this unit.
I've had this 18 months now.
Easy to set up, footage, connectivity, easy to install.
What's not ok.
Only months after using it it would lock up. Disconnect power and wait for battery to drain then plug in again is the only solution I've found. It does it regularly on hot days but cooler winter day as well.
Bluetooth phone calls through the unit are not very successful.
I've found Google maps to be more accurate in routes it suggests and Google maps on the phone in portrait seems to give a more suitable orientation.
It was expensive so I did expect a better quality product.
Purchased in September 2017.
Failed after 4 months.
What is more annoying than a brand new and expensive device failing after only 4 months?
I purchased a Garmin DriveAssist51 in August, it was working well but it stopped functioning correctly today at 8.30am. Now it is stuck in a weird initializing loop and half a day of troubleshooting and searching online for answers have achieved ZILCH !!!! PLUS: If there is a fix out there somewhere it should not be this hard to find it!
At this point in time I would not & will not ever recommend a Garmin device to anyone.
Purchased in August 2019.
Very Good GPS/Dash Cam, with a few annoying short comings
I purchased the Garmin Drive Assist 51 GPS system three months ago. I brought it mainly to use the dash cam feature to record video footage of when I am driving, but also wanted to have a GPS for the times I was going to areas I was not familiar with. This product gave me both of those features.
I am now reviewing it and giving my honest appraisal on what I like about it and what I think needs to be improved. Hopefully my comments can help other people who are considering buying it.
...Pros * Excellent and reliable GPS system. The voice activation feature and detailed visual instructions are clear and concise. It uses both physical street names and landmarks like churches and schools to navigate. This makes the system safer by making it hands free, allowing the driver to concentrate on where they are going instead of constantly looking at the screen *The large icons help by making it easier to read on route.
Purchased in August 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $369.00.
No map updates, poor routing, dangerous
This product is utter junk and doesn't compare to the 5 year old Garmin unit we replaced.
Firstly, there have been no map updates for over a year, probably 18months, meaning it is horridly out of date. So much for "lifetime" maps.
More importantly, it's routing choices are beyond unacceptable, they are dangerous. Some examples:
- It choose a tiny fire track up a steep slope, unsealed, and very windy rather than the obvious sealed road. We got bogged.
- In country nav, it happily chooses these small, one car wide roads which, I guess are mean...
Cheap piece of Rubbish
When i first got the unit i thought it looked smart and would kill 2 birds with one stone having the built in camera function the unit was fitted to my towing vehicle so got used about 20 times then the issues began.
It wont hold a charge so it must be plugged in at all times in order to do anything. then it wouldn't turn on then it would turn on halfway through the trip and also turn off halfway through the trip. Then i lost all maps history everything it was a blank screen and nothing would work except the camera. i paid for a technician to g...
Purchased in May 2018 at Ryda.com.
It started out perfectly...
It was wonderful when I first installed it, with great features and ease of use, including allowing subsequent updates without any problem, but now, it won't even switch on, let alone allow the updates which are apparently due.
My wife wants me to chuck it in the bin and return to the Navman DriveDuo we had previously, even though this DriveAssist 51 is/was better. I am seriously considering it...
Purchased in November 2018 at Harvey Norman for $379.00.
Don't trust Garmin
The Garmin 50 started out as a reasonable GPS; but then try and update the maps and it became a $50 piece of junk. The voice command feature just would not work no matter what I tried. Just said the feature was unavailable in Canada in American English. A check of the Garmin Website was a joke. There was a problem with the update a year ago, which Garmin said they would fix, but after a year it is still not working correctly. I have had several GPS over the years since it first came out, and found Garmin to be the worst, with very sad customer relations. My personal advice to anyone looking to buy a GPS, do not buy a GARMIN. The one I have is just a basic $50 piece of junk with no redeeming features. Again do not buy a GARMIN.
- DriveAssist 50 LMT
Serious navigation issues
I like everything about this unit (voice controlling included) except it’s ability to navigate effectively. On the first day I bought it, it sent me to a dead end less than 400m away from my home. The other two problem areas I have found is that it gives very inaccurate directions when it comes to sealed roads. If I choose to avoid unsealed roads it will still direct me to unsealed roads. This inaccuracy becomes a safety issue in my opinion and Garmin should rectify this. Also when it comes to tunnels it’s presentation of routes gets very confusing and I have found without exception that if I use the gps to direct me I will always go the wrong way. Everything else about the unit works well. I’m happy with the voice command functionality.
- DriveAssist 51 LMT-S
Great unit. Can't fault it except now I see it $80 cheaper than I bought it 2 weeks ago at the same store. DOH!
A couple of annoying features that can be turned off. Great screen image and volume. Camera is also moveable so no problem placing it just about anywhere on the windscreen. Also phone works better than the bluetooth on the radio without a voice delay as with the radio. Very happy with this product 51LMT-S.
- DriveAssist 50 LMT
Good GPS with some oppertunities to improve
Using this for more than 18 months now. Happy with the product and functions. Didn't have GPS signal issues in City area compared to the other GPS I used before.
Map navigation is smooth, Map zooming function is good.
Live incident and traffic information very accurate. Estimated time is reasonably correct.
Receive most of the map updates within a few months.
Dashcam is good enough to cater for basic needs.
Keypad and touch screen is responsive
Search POI by category is good. Very useful ...
Questions & Answers
Is there a way to mount this with a dash mount so that the dash cam can see the road? I heard that some of the garmin's allow you to flip the indentation to the other side? Or if you turn it upside down will the screen flip like a phone?
DriveAssist 51 LMT-HD I've been having an ongoing problem with my screen shutting off all by itself. Sometimes it tries to reboot...gets just passed the restart info and shuts down again, and this can go on all day. Other times the screen just goes blank but I can hear the unit still functioning (moved out of lane etc.). I can unplug the unit from the vehicle power source and it tells me exterior power source disconnected and the countdown to shutdown starts. If I plug it back in the screen comes back to life until it all starts over again. Garmin support just says they've never heard of the unit just shutting down randomly.
I've ordered another battery wondering if maybe there's something wrong with the battery and the GPS isn't actually running on vehicle power but the battery and the vehicle power is just charging the battery.
Its exhausting because other than this I like this DriveAssit 51 features. Though I wish it had the estimated arrival time my older Garmin GPS has.
Oh, and I have set the screen shutoff time when on battery power to Never.
I had the same problem as you are experiencing but on my unit; it started within a few weeks after I purchased it brand new. My problem was that I live well over 100 kms from the shop I bought it at, and could not get back there. The problem kept recurring over and over; every few weeks. I contacted Johnny Appleseed in Melbourne where I purchased this piece of garbage, and all they could tell me was to bring the unit in. My problem was that I had a Heart Attack whilst this piece of trash was still under warranty and underwent a Triple By Pass. I was out of action for 8 months. I contacted the seller to say that I was incapacitated and they told me to bring it in when I was mobile again. Mine had run out of warranty by a poofteenth. I had computer techs near where I lived look at the 51 LMT and they all advised me that the software in the Garmin was corrupted. I took it back to Johnny Appleseed in Melbourne, where they too found it impossible to down load and update the software. The Brisbane Head Office of Johnny Appleseed advised me that if the Unit could not be fixed, Garmin would refund the cost of the unit or replace it without charge. Garmin however had other ideas. Garmin advised that they would NOT refund or replace the Unit, but said that they would sell me another unit. Bollocks to that. I had purchased and used 2 previous Garmin units, and this 51 LMT was by far; the worst I have ever encountered.
I since purchased Google Maps software for my iPhone 11 for $4.95, and it works a treat. I will never again buy any garmin product. Garmin is garbage! PS. My problem had nothing to do with the battery on my unit.
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|Category||Dash Cams and GPS Navigation Systems||Dash Cams and GPS Navigation Systems|
|Features||Automatic Incident Detection (G-sensor), Bluetooth, Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Motion Detection, Smartphone App, Voice Control and Wi-Fi|
|Battery life||30 minutes|
|Dimensions||35 x 55 x 8 mm|
|Battery Life||0.5 hours|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
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