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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 03-30-2005, 06:05 PM
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Installed my V1

I finally hardwire installed my V1 in my 330 today. It wasn't that bad at all. The hardest part was bundling up the wires so they tuck away nicely. I'm still a bit concerned that the wires coming out the power receptacle thing might rub on the sunroof motor though. Anyway, it came out awesome, turns on and off with the car. I mounted it to the right of the rearview so its not in my way, and is less obtrusive to the man. I'll get some pics later...
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:35 PM
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Can you see the arrows with it mounted to the right?

I wired it to the left of the mirror for quick access to the mute, the V1 is way too sensitive on X band, and it falses miserably to Chevy Blazer LED tails. Plus the audio alerts aren't distinctive enough, I have to check the lights to identify the band. And another drawback to the V1 is the lack of a dim/dark switch, so I have to fold the sun visor down a tad to hide it.

Why can't MikeV fix these issues, or is it just me? But the V1 has paid for itself 15x
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Old 03-30-2005, 06:41 PM
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I mounted my V1 to the left of the mirror and really like that location. It's within my periferal vision near the top of the window and somewhat discreet. I turn it down driving around the shopping malls, however. Otherwise, I would not drive without it. Even if I'm not speeding (usually not on my work commute), it's nice to know that the oncoming cop is not shooting.
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:39 PM
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Hey can you guys post pics of your installs? I'm seriously thinking about getting a V1. Yeah I'll go do the research on V1 vs Passport, but I'm pretty sure already that V1 is the way to go. I just want to see how ugly it really looks. Also doesnt it just stick on with suction cups? How does this effect you during "spirited" driving? Does it bounce around or rattle at all?
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Old 03-30-2005, 07:47 PM
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Suction cups work fine no matter how hard I brake. If you remove it for a few days and try to stick it back to a cold windshield, you will have trouble getting it to stick.

http://64.177.26.92/DIY_V1.htm

http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_valentine_v1.shtml



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Old 03-30-2005, 09:25 PM
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I just got a V1 today and have started playing around with it. Has anyone gotten a decent setup with hardwiring plus the concealed display module mounted somewhere down low? I'm a little hesitant to be fooling around with wiring since my car is leased (even though I know it's pretty simple), and the cord doesn't tuck in very well running it down the "A" pillar (I didn't want to be pulling any of that apart once I realized that the head curtain airbag is in there!). I did some searching around in the electronics forum but didn't come across anything that seemed helpful to the setup I'm going for, so apologies in advance if it's out there after all.

Is this anything someone has gotten a dealership to help out with? Even though detectors are legal (at least where I'm at), still seems like it'd be kinda taboo for them to do something like this.
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Old 03-31-2005, 06:10 AM
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Suction cups work fine no matter how hard I brake. If you remove it for a few days and try to stick it back to a cold windshield, you will have trouble getting it to stick.

http://64.177.26.92/DIY_V1.htm

http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_valentine_v1.shtml



I noticed a good way to keep it on is to put a dab of vaseline on the suction cups...and then stick it to the windshield to keep it firmly in place.
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Old 03-31-2005, 09:25 AM
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Hey can you guys post pics of your installs? I'm seriously thinking about getting a V1. Yeah I'll go do the research on V1 vs Passport, but I'm pretty sure already that V1 is the way to go. I just want to see how ugly it really looks. Also doesnt it just stick on with suction cups? How does this effect you during "spirited" driving? Does it bounce around or rattle at all?
My install is just like the photo posted elsewhere on this thread. After a while, it is not as noticeable and it's always there, on duty. No rattles, no falling off while driving in a spirited manner. Once in a great while, after sitting in the sun or something like that, one of the cups will come loose. I usually have to remove it and clean the glass to get it to stick again.
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Old 03-31-2005, 11:55 AM
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My install is just like the photo posted elsewhere on this thread. After a while, it is not as noticeable and it's always there, on duty. No rattles, no falling off while driving in a spirited manner. Once in a great while, after sitting in the sun or something like that, one of the cups will come loose. I usually have to remove it and clean the glass to get it to stick again.
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Old 04-01-2005, 11:08 AM
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I just installed mine last week. It took about 10 minutes after reading the info in the DIY links. Much better than having the cord drapped on the dash and taking up my cell charger plug.

I just upgraded to a 2001 325xiT from a Camry. Love this car! (and the forum).

I am going to buy or make a 1' phone cord to get rid of the large bundle in the headliner. My local BMW dealer wanted $225 to install the radar detector by removing the headliner and A-pillar.

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Old 04-01-2005, 01:39 PM
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My only question about the install is that I already have the homelink installed in the roof console. Is this going to make it impossible to install the V1 in the usual place?
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:45 PM
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I just got a V1 today and have started playing around with it. Has anyone gotten a decent setup with hardwiring plus the concealed display module mounted somewhere down low? I'm a little hesitant to be fooling around with wiring since my car is leased (even though I know it's pretty simple), and the cord doesn't tuck in very well running it down the "A" pillar (I didn't want to be pulling any of that apart once I realized that the head curtain airbag is in there!). I did some searching around in the electronics forum but didn't come across anything that seemed helpful to the setup I'm going for, so apologies in advance if it's out there after all.

Is this anything someone has gotten a dealership to help out with? Even though detectors are legal (at least where I'm at), still seems like it'd be kinda taboo for them to do something like this.

Go to the www.e46fanatics.com website. They have shown how to install a passport and a V1.

http://e46fanatics.com/faq/faqs.php
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Old 04-02-2005, 06:38 PM
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My only question about the install is that I already have the homelink installed in the roof console. Is this going to make it impossible to install the V1 in the usual place?
Nope. I have the V1 hardwire and StealthOne up there with the UGDO and a moonroof. I would suggest *NOT* using the V1 crimp connector if you're going to tap the UGDO power lead - the V1 crimp is for a much thicker wire and you won't get a good connection.

I decided to run the V1 cable into the rain sensor housing and up the corrugated tube into the liner area. It was a royal PITA and I wouldn't do it again, but it sure does look nice:



The fugly white box is an EZ-Pass toll tag. Stay tuned for my DIY on turning it nearly invisible with a blackout kit.
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Old 04-02-2005, 09:34 PM
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I got mine under the mirror so the headrest and headliner wont block it. From what've read at the V1 website the radar loses range if its sitting behind the tinted strip at the top of the windshield. Also its alot closer to read and touch.

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Old 04-03-2005, 07:15 AM
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Go to the www.e46fanatics.com website. They have shown how to install a passport and a V1.

http://e46fanatics.com/faq/faqs.php
Thanks for the tip! I tend to avoid E46Fanatics, so I hadn't seen their FAQ section. I might try something along those same lines. I also checked with my dealership, and they said they could install it for about $150. Not exactly cheap, but not as bad as what someone else on here was quoted ($225, I think).
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Terry, How did you get the stealthone in the headliner? The manual says it needs to go into the glove compartment and I don't see enough space in the headliner for it (i also have the moonroof).

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Old 05-01-2005, 06:09 PM
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Terry, How did you get the stealthone in the headliner? The manual says it needs to go into the glove compartment and I don't see enough space in the headliner for it (i also have the moonroof).
I got a very early one where they still said to put it in the headliner. It didn't fit up there with the case, so I wound up taking it out of the case and using heat shrink tubing to keep it insulated, then some velcro to the inside of the roof to hold it in place.
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:12 PM
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Will Mr. Valentine in all his brilliance ever install a simple dim switch so I don't have to lower the visor to hide it?
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:01 PM
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Will Mr. Valentine in all his brilliance ever install a simple dim switch so I don't have to lower the visor to hide it?
Had the same problem a long time ago with my first (Escort) detector....I wound up fabricating a "stealth faceplate" from plexiglass, painted it flat black, and used Velcro to secure it to the detector....worked like a charm.... it became invisible at night.

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