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Magellan Maestro 3140


Today Magellan also announced the Maestro 3140. This GPS also comes with a slim profile like the rest of the Maestro line, and has a 3.5 inch touch screen display like the rest of the Maestro 3000 series devices. Battery life is expected to be about three hours and there are 4.5 million POIs installed. Building from what the 3100 has, the 3140 adds Bluetooth for hands free calling, text-to-speech, as well as AAA tourbook. Expect to part with about $399 for this device when it becomes available later in the month. You also get maps of the entire USA plus Canada on the 3140 rather than just the 48 contiguous stages on the 3100. And yes, it does come with a SiRFstarIII chipset. A traffic receiver is not included, however it is an optional accessory.

46 Responses

  1. Do you know when this one is being released? It seems like its a good option. All the benefits of the 4040 with a hopefully smaller cost.

    Lorri - May 26th, 2007
  2. It is shipping now from some retailers.

    Tim - May 26th, 2007
  3. Are there any updates -or, better- known issues for this model? I’m undecided between this one and the 4040. Thank you!

    T - August 3rd, 2007
  4. I am considering purchasing a Magellan 3140. I’ve read other reviews where the recalculation forces you all the way back to the original point of the wrong turn to correct your routing instead of recalculating a new direction based on where you are. Is this true? Thanks.

    D - August 11th, 2007
  5. D, I haven’t seen an auto device behave like that in awhile.

    Tim - August 11th, 2007
  6. I have been using the 3140 for 2 weeks. It is a superior unit. 1st day I had it I used the detour function and it got me around a 30 minute traffic jam in just a few turns with no added time to my original route. As far as forcing you back to your original route, I found that it will only do that if it is less than 1 mile out of the way

    nuffer - August 24th, 2007
  7. Does Magellan make a dash mount other than a glue on for the Maestro 3140. Thanks

    edward - August 29th, 2007
  8. Not that I recall seeing.

    Tim - August 29th, 2007
  9. Bought this and have been using in downtown Atlanta area. It freezes often whether there are tall buildings around or not and eventually begins working again. There is no indication that the satellite signal has been lost. This replaced a TomTom One because of the text to speech feature but I plan on returning it to the store. Has anyone has this this problem?

    Dmtfuentes - September 9th, 2007
  10. I have this unit and as I use it I am more happy with it the more I get use to it. It has not been any trouble so far and very close every time to destination. I must say I am impressed so far>

    Terry - October 2nd, 2007
  11. I’ve been thinking about buying the 3140 but was wondering if there was anything better on the 3210? (besides being thinner and having more POI’s)
    Also, based on navigation performance ONLY and not paying attention to price, which is better… tomtom 720 or the maestro 3140 (or 3210)?


    Todd - October 24th, 2007
  12. I want to get a GPS and am considering the TomTom XL-S versus the Magellan 3140. The 3140 doesn’t have a battery recharger except for the car, is that right? Is that a serious problem and how otherwise would you compare the two? I am interested only in a GPS that will find home/ restaurant/theater, etc. addresses; I don’t need the Bluetooth, etc., but do want text-to-voice.

    Garrett Sampson - December 10th, 2007
  13. Garrett, correct it doesn’t have a charger other than the car charger. You can purchase them as an accessory though. You can compare those two here. The XL-S has a widescreen which is really nice to have.

    Tim - December 10th, 2007
  14. Tim, thanks for the info on the 3140 vs TomTom. Is it a problem that the Magellan only attaches to the dash with a glue-on? That seems incon-
    venient and also an indicator to a thief that you have one, possibly in the car out of sight. Where does one find the home charger for the Ma-
    gellan? Thanks again, Garrett

    Garrett Sampson - December 10th, 2007
  15. Garrett – The 3140 does come with a suction cup mount for the windshield, it isn’t glue-on only. You can see the home chargers here.

    Tim - December 10th, 2007
  16. The 3140 is an excellent unit. My buddy has the tom tom, the wide screen is nice, but the navigation software isn’t as good. The 3140 provides quicker routes. Also, I only use the car charger and windshiled mount and don’t have any issues.

    nuffer - December 11th, 2007
  17. How does one update the map, etc. info with Magellan’s 3140? Where do you find a non-stick
    mount for it; I live in Minnesota and they don’t allow the window mount.

    Garrett Sampson - December 11th, 2007

    VAL - December 11th, 2007
  19. Garett – Magellan hasn’t released any map updates for the 3140. I answered your mount question above, comment #15.

    Val – The 3140 is not compatible with live traffic services.

    Tim - December 11th, 2007
  20. Any recommendations between the Magellan 3250, Magellan 4000 and Garmen nuvi 260? It will be my first GPS and would like something easy to use.

    kathleen - December 15th, 2007
  21. i recently purchased the 3140 and its my first gps.. i had a problem with the screen freezing up on me during the ‘getting phonebook’ phase… i was unable to locate any info on this option on the site or instruction dvd and i must admit i am not very ‘tech savvy’..soooo how can i upload my cell phonebook to the 3140 or where can i find the info? thanks so much…

    khrys - December 17th, 2007
  22. How is the 3140 for durability? I know there not supposed to get banged around but is it going to break if the suction cup were to fall of the windshield or something? Also in the winter if it’s left in car and when the car warms up with the moisture cause it to break?

    John - December 18th, 2007
  23. John, I think the durability is very good. I’ve had mine drop off the winshield a few times (my fault) and it’s working fine. As far as winter, I do not believe it is wise to leave any GPS out in the cold . The 3140 is small enough to put in your pocket, don’t chance it.

    nuffer - December 18th, 2007
  24. Ok the other thing I was a little concerned about is I used to have a tomtom and I live in Canada and the POI, location, and distance were way off. When I asked at the store they guy told me that the preloaded map was more US based, meaning that a lot of the POI were in the states and less detail was used for Canada. I had a mission and half getting around. How is the accuracy of the GPS in Canada?

    John - December 18th, 2007
  25. I just got a 3140 and have a couple of questions:
    1) what is the best mounting solution? I have heard of a bean bag solution for a Nuvi, but I was not sure about this one. I am apprehensive about the glue option on my dash. Can you ever get it off?

    2) how do you get the unit off the mount? it seems like it is snapped into place and I am afraid I will break it in trying get it off.

    3) Do they ever update their POI’s, such that you could download them?

    Matt - December 24th, 2007
  26. John – I live in Buffalo and travel to Canada frequently, Toronto, Hamilton, Dundas and London. I have been very happy with it’s performace in Canada.

    Matt – I only use the winshield mount. I do not believe there is a dash mount other than the sticky option. As far as breaking the mount, there is a little bit of a friction fit, don’t woory it won’t break. Updates available at the magellan web site.

    nuffer - December 25th, 2007
  27. Hi guys, I have a problem with my tomtom one 3rd edition that the city name must be entered before enter the street name and there is no option to skip the city part.This is really a big trouble in city like Toronto where the small municipalities amalgamated and the entire city is called TORONTO. But the tomtomr will not find the street if you dont enter the formal municipality (city) names such as NorthYork , EastYork which most people dont even heard about. I wanna replce my tomtom. My quetion is 3140 has the same issue?

    Randy - January 5th, 2008
  28. The 3140 requires you to put in either a zip code or a city before entering the street. If it did not so require, there could be thousands of streets of the same name, thus making entry impossible.

    Matt - January 5th, 2008
  29. I am considering the 3140 and my local [snip] store has it for [snip, see comment policy] (I am in Canada). I am also looking at the Garmin 350 for [snip]. Which is the better buy? Is the 350 worth the extra 100?

    Robert - January 8th, 2008
  30. Is there a way to change the voice on the 3140? I have heard that the TomTom’s have different voice options available.

    Sarah - January 20th, 2008
  31. I have a US version of the 3140 and am intereted in purchasing maps for Europe. As best I can tell, Magellan does not offer this option at the moment. What do you think the chances are for Magellan offering this option in the future? If not, could they be purchased from a 3rd party?

    Kevin - January 27th, 2008
    • Any luck with this? I have the 3140 NA version and I’m moving to France for 3 years. I need a GPS

      Mark - April 3rd, 2009
  32. Kevin, I haven’t seen any indication they are going to do that.

    Tim - January 27th, 2008
  33. Does anyone know how many phones you can pair with this device? I carry three cells for work. (obviously I know you can’t use all at the same time). Also, how is the speaker phone quality?

    Jeff - February 8th, 2008
  34. I just received my 3140 yesterday and wanted to comment on the bluetooth cell phone option. When the battery was low, the quality wasn’t good but when it was completely charged, IT WAS GREAT. I am having trouble with getting the phonebook to transfer though. Any help would be appreciated. I have a Blackberry Pearl 8100.

    Shelly - March 4th, 2008
  35. I am looking to buy one of these to replace my husband’s Magellan RoadMate, and one feature he is adamant about having is the voice telling you the street name of the next turn. Our current one only beeps. I’m a little confused on this… does the Magellan 3140 actually say the name of the street you need to turn on next? Thank you!

    Sunny - March 19th, 2008
  36. Yes, that is the text to speech function.

    Tim - March 19th, 2008
  37. I have a 3140 and I can’t seem to enter rural addresses such as the civic numbers with the name of the road, only nearest town or city addresses.

    Don - March 29th, 2008

    While the design and functionality of this product is very good the Magellan customer and product support leaves a lot to be desired. I purchased the Maestro 3140 less than 4 months ago and found the maps to be extremely out of date and no new maps available on their web site. While reviewing their site recently I found there was a new maps update.

    Here is the clichcer. It costs 79.99 and they will only provide it free of charge for products purchased within the last 30 days. There is no literature in the packaging to instruct anyone they have 30 days to update their software.

    The update has been out less than a month. This leaves anyone who purchased their out of date GPS with an additional $118.00 bill to bring it up to date.Yes I did say it was only 79.99, but because it is not available for download on line I am being charged an additional $25 dollars for shipping for a CD. This is quite lucrative for such a small item. They are trying very hard to get the printer and ink marketing in effect here.

    It is such a shame they lack business sense to the extent they market out of date products with no sense of duty to ensure the product performs well, but rather look for ways to stick it to the consumer with hidden costs and over priced services. Their business practices over shadow the quality of the product they manufacture and this is very unfortunate but even more unfortunate is that it seems to be a growing practice which Magellan obviously subscribes to.

    In closing, I was told by one of their service managers the current maps they’re MARKETING could be up to 18 months out of date. If you live in a high growth area maybe you want to try TomTom or Garmond. They don’t seem to have map datum issues.

    John - September 28th, 2008
  39. Actually, in many cases the maps Garmin is using are even older than what Magellan is offering. They both use the same mapping supplier.

    Paying $79 for a map update stinks, but it is the norm for the industry. Most in-dash systems fetch $200-$350 for the same map update.

    I’m not saying you have to like it…. but that is in-line with the rest of the industry in terms of price and recency of data.

    Tim - September 28th, 2008
  40. I can’t get mine off the mount either. Any advice?

    Abby - October 3rd, 2008
  41. Where did John get the info about the map udates being provided free for 30 days? I just purchased a 3140 and would like to get the updates. I saw the updates on the website, but I did not see anything about requesting them within 30 days.

    Lou - October 13th, 2008
  42. I refuse to use a window mount for my Magellan and had been looking to purchase a vent mount when I decided to have a look at the Nextar vent mount. I was pleasantly surprised to find it fits perfectly into the mounting slots on the back of my Maestro 3140. We have three different vehicles and the mount adapts fine in all of them. It’s compact, neat, flexible and I find it excellent. I suspect this same mount would fit many of the Magellan models.

    Don - March 24th, 2009
  43. I have a 3140 that I recently used on a trip to the Va state bowling tournament. I’m still not yet up to speed on all of the features, and was using it simply by entering the city and street addresses. This worked fairly well, except that it only got me close to the desired locations. For the two bowling houses we needed, once I was close, I just went to the POI menu and selected the bowling center and the unit took me the rest of the way. The real problem occurred when I entered my home address and started the trip home. The unit routed me 10 miles in the wrong direction, then told me to make a U turn and go 12 miles back the opposite direction to the road I was originally looking for. I’ve been looking through the PDF manual and can’t find any kind of a troubleshooting guide to help me find out what went wrong.

    Jerry - May 20th, 2009
  44. I’ve had my Magellan for about a year now, and recently, in the middle of the route, it freezes up and just switches to the maneuver list. it wont update its location or read out the directions or anything. even after i have cancelled the route, it wont update its location to my new position unless i manually do it.
    Is there any way i can fix this? or is it time for a new gps?

    Ak - August 19th, 2009
    • My 3140 does that only if it loses contact with the satelites. Happens very rarely and is quick to recover.

      Don - August 19th, 2009

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