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Magellan SporTrak Pro

rated 3.0 of 5 stars
photo: Magellan SporTrak Pro handheld gps receiver

This unit worked great for the first year or so...though it didn't get much use.

Then it started locking up...just after the warranty expired of course. It has happened three times and now I have a very expensive paperweight!

The first time it locked up was because of an incomplete download of the MapSend software. I had been through the process before, but for some reason while loading an update the unit locked up.

So after trying numerous times to get help from Magellan via telephone and email and finally getting a response that was no help at all, I had to send the unit back to them for repair. It cost me $15 each way for shipping and Magellan charged me $95 to fix it.

Once it finally got sent back (about a month later) the unit worked for a few more weeks and then one day when I turned it on it went into eternal restart mode over and over again and finally locked up on the start screen. The only way to turn it off was to remove the battery pack. So, once again I had to pay for the shipping each way and the repair charge of $95 and wait.

Then, once again the unit failed the same way it did previously. So, now I have a $500 paperweight because of the initial $250 purchase price and cost of sending and repairing the unit twice.

Bottom line is: DON'T BUY IT!

Price Paid: $250

Great GPS with up-loadable regions and waypoints (with Mapsend Topo CD – extra).

The only negative thing I have to say is the battery compartment screw can strip out if you're not careful. The Magellan support staff was great – even sent me three FREE accessories for my inconvenience – when was the last time that happened!?

If you can afford it go with the SporTrak Color unit. The battery compartment has been redesigned and is MUCH better. Not to mention more features such as the three-axis compass.

Price Paid: $230

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