I had the same exact problem about three years ago when mine was new. I sent it back to Garmin and it took some convincing on my part to get them to replace the mount and cable for the car. The first time I sent it back they only wanted the unit back, not the mount. Same problem when i tried the replacement unit. I called service again and told them that I was sure it was in the cable from the cig. lighter socket and that I was going to send the whole system back. They said ok and when I received it back from Garmin the second time I had anew mount and it has been fine since. By woodtick
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Turn the Navman off by holding the power button in the upper left corner of the device until the screen goes blank.
Plug the unit into its charger using the USB port on the
bottom of the unit. The battery indicator light next to the power switch
should turn orange, indicating that the device is charging. Once the
light has turned green the charge is complete. If the light does not
turn on, verify that the car charger is plugged into a working outlet.
You can charge the garmin satnav with either the car charger when the car is running, an optional mains charger or you can charge it through the USB port of a computer. It takes around 8 hours to charge through a computer or 4 from a car or mains charger.
I have the same unit, and I even bought a new battery for it. After the resudal charge on the new battery wore off, it would not charge. I now use it exclusively plugged into the cigarette lighter. When I need to update the maps, or the software, I use the USB cable.
"unit turns on and off with the ignition switch, sometimes."
There is something wrong with your power cord or the connection to the cigarette lighter. Your unit should turn on and off with the ignition switch. If the unit is on and doesn't turn off with the ignition switch then your unit is running on battery. If your unit doesn't turn on with the ignition switch then the unit is not getting power from the cigarette lighter.