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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-30-2011, 12:49 PM
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http://www.speedzones.com/opening_page_12.html

Some good info on the best detectors.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:28 PM
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:45 PM
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V1 hardwired.
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Looks like this is turning into another "which oil is best post" so here's my 2 cents worth.
My buddy bought a twin turbo 911 that we drove back from Iowa to Boston.
He had he V1 and I brought my Escort 8500. The V1 was always giving false alarms 10:1 to the Escort.
The Escort would detect traps a few hundred feet before the V1.

But in the end, if you are the first car or the only one out their you doen't have a prayer.
Don't forget about Laser....when it is detected they have you.
I use an Escort 8500 and their Laser jammer.
The new 9500 is even better.
Spend some money and get something worth having or slow down.
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Old 08-31-2011, 12:57 PM
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Here's a pic of mine hardwired, $free.99 its really simple.

I followed the wiring from these guys: http://www.ideaphile.com/bmw/v1/index.html

I didn't want the black wire exposed, so I ran the wire through the gap between the windshield and homelink, you can barely see the black wire

Oh since the windshield has a tint on the top 15% of the windshield, it looks stealth.
Yes that's an EZPass to the right, spray painted flat matte black too
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:11 PM
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Looks like this is turning into another "which oil is best post" so here's my 2 cents worth.
My buddy bought a twin turbo 911 that we drove back from Iowa to Boston.
He had he V1 and I brought my Escort 8500. The V1 was always giving false alarms 10:1 to the Escort.
The Escort would detect traps a few hundred feet before the V1.

But in the end, if you are the first car or the only one out their you doen't have a prayer.
Don't forget about Laser....when it is detected they have you.
I use an Escort 8500 and their Laser jammer.
The new 9500 is even better.
Spend some money and get something worth having or slow down.
Your evaluation is right on the money !

The main thrust of this issue is, if you regularly drive more than 5 mph over the limit, you should purchase one of the top-rated detectors, and use it religiously....it WILL pay for itself, many times over. With most jurisdictions being in financial trouble, their LEOs are being leaned on to raise revenue via stricter traffic enforcement.

Speed Intelligently !
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Old 08-31-2011, 01:27 PM
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Alright now I'm convinced, looks like I'll go for a higher quality detector.
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Btw, can anyone tell me why there's a $50 difference between blue and red light display detectors?
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Btw, can anyone tell me why there's a $50 difference between blue and red light display detectors?

Because they are the newest LED color, marketing always wants more for the newest toy.
I went with the red.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:27 PM
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It looks like I will be getting the V1 and then maybe convince my wife I need one of these http://www.blinder.net/blinder-m47.htm for x-mas.
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It looks like I will be getting the V1 and then maybe convince my wife I need one of these http://www.blinder.net/blinder-m47.htm for x-mas.
I wish I was that much of a rebel, but those are illegal in cali.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:25 PM
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Just searched more and it turns out you get a misdemeanor is CA for a jammer, but there are ways to avoid getting caught...
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The other important step in all this is to have a GOOD ATTORNEY!
Here in western Washington state, there are many attorneys that handle speeding tickets on a regular basis. For anywhere from $150 to $350, they can (with 95% or better sucess rate), get your ticket dismissed. In rare instances, they will have it "deferred", which means you still pay a fine, but as long as you do not get another conviction in the following year, the ticket stays off your record.

Talk to your friends, or check with your local BMW forum for your area to find these attorneys, then save the info for future use.
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I have had my V1 for almost two years now and I have to say its better than anything out there. It has proved itself time and time again over my friends 9500i. One instance that blew him away was that we were both driving down I-55 open interstate and I got a very weak signal on my V1. And it stopped. I called him asked if he had got anything. He said no and then I got the signal slightly stronger and it disappeared again. He still had nothing. Every time mine went off the signal was stronger. I was knew it was trooper doing on off radar. It took my friend a quarter of a mile after my first signal for it to show up as his weakest signal. By then my strength indicator was almost a third of the way up. Sure enough the trooper appeared over the hill. I'll never trust anything else.
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I have had my V1 for almost two years now and I have to say its better than anything out there. It has proved itself time and time again over my friends 9500i. One instance that blew him away was that we were both driving down I-55 open interstate and I got a very weak signal on my V1. And it stopped. I called him asked if he had got anything. He said no and then I got the signal slightly stronger and it disappeared again. He still had nothing. Every time mine went off the signal was stronger. I was knew it was trooper doing on off radar. It took my friend a quarter of a mile after my first signal for it to show up as his weakest signal. By then my strength indicator was almost a third of the way up. Sure enough the trooper appeared over the hill. I'll never trust anything else.
Nice, looks like all those ads for the V1 in european car aren't lying.
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Nice, looks like all those ads for the V1 in european car aren't lying.
They really aren't! Trust me!
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Look what I got for Christmas! Got my confidence back that I lost because of my first speeding ticket. It's a passport 8500x50
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V1 is the only way to go.
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Look what I got for Christmas! Got my confidence back that I lost because of my first speeding ticket. It's a passport 8500x50


That's what I have too and love it. Enjoy!!
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V1 is the only way to go.
can't get better than free though...
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V1, (Escort) Passport 8500, 9500, or Solo II
Sounds like good advice.

When you're ready to install, see this:
- All about the BMW Glovebox Flashlight Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter (1) (2) (3) & how to install a Valentine or Escort radar detector (1) (2)
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