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Garmin DriveAssist

Garmin DriveAssist

51 LMT-S, 50 LMT
2.3 from 21 reviews · View Statistics
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Reviews

  • Build Quality
    3.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    2.3 (4)
  • Ease of Use
    3.0 (4)
  • Readable Number PlatesYes (1) · No (0)
  • Video Quality
    3.8 (4)
  • Battery Life
    3.3 (4)
  • Audio Quality
    3.8 (4)
  • Night-Time Video Quality
    3.3 (4)
  • Battery Life
    3.3 (4)
  • Route Choice
    2.7 (3)
  • GPS Location Accuracy
    3.5 (4)
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Jordy
JordySydney
  • 13 reviews
  • 3 likes

Has some good points

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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.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
2/5

very poor navigation and fails at 13 months old.

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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.

Build Quality
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Tellyz
TellyzPerth, WA
  • 4 reviews
  • 1 like

Mixed feelsings about this unit.

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I've had this 18 months now.
What's ok.
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.

Build Quality
4/5
Value for Money
2/5
Gray McGowan
Gray McGowan
  • 2 reviews

It started out perfectly...

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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.

Build Quality
4/5
Value for Money
2/5
Gray McGowan
Gray McGowan

Following my previous comment, the Garmin once again failed to open/switch on, so has now been replaced by another brand. Pity, as it's features were superior.

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Greg P
Greg PPerth WA

Inaccurate maps

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The biggest problem is that despite maintaining updates, the maps are horribly inaccurate. It is very frustrating getting instructions that youhave no confidence in. Errors mainly in the route choice. It is a problem in old established road networks, not just recent changes. I will go back to a Tomtom prod t.

Questions & Answers

Walt D.
Walt D.asked
DriveAssist 51 LMT-S

Can the GTM-25 traffic Cable be used with the Drive 51?

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Jason S.
Jason S.asked
DriveAssist 51 LMT-S

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?

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Eric
Ericasked
DriveAssist

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.

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Eric
Eric

Oh, and I have set the screen shutoff time when on battery power to Never.

Grant Armstrong
Grant Armstrong

Hi Eric,

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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2.2
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CategoryDash Cams and GPS Navigation SystemsDash Cams and GPS Navigation Systems
Price (RRP) $449.00
Screen Size 5"
Channels 1
FeaturesAutomatic Incident Detection (G-sensor), Bluetooth, Forward Collision Warning, GPS, Lane Departure Warning, Motion Detection, Smartphone App, Voice Control and Wi-Fi
Battery life30 minutes
Weight191.4 g
Dimensions 35 x 55 x 8 mm
Display TypeVGA
ConnectivityBluetooth
Battery Life0.5 hours
Weight191.4 kg
Manufacturer Warranty1 year(s)1 year(s)
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