Welcome to Bimmerfest -- The #1 Online Community for BMW related information! Please enjoy the discussion forums below and share your experiences with the 200,000 current, new and past BMW owners. The forums are broken out by car model and into other special interest sections such as BMW European Delivery and a special forum to voice your questions to the many BMW dealers on the site to assist our members!

Please follow the links below to help get you started!

Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)

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

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-29-2011, 03:54 PM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 720
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
Radar detector advice

One of the next things on my list of purchases is a radar detector, mostly due to the fact that I got hit with a $300 ticket (which is how much a radar detector costs). Just want to hear peoples opinions on if I should go for the cheap beltronics or the more mid-range one seen here on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008611%2050011831&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=762|82-802-004^82-802-004-TS%2C82-802-007^82-802-007-TS
__________________

Straight-piped Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
Advertisement
  #2  
Old 08-29-2011, 03:56 PM
dalekressin's Avatar
dalekressin dalekressin is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Oshkosh Wisconsin
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,007
Mein Auto: 2010 M3
Go with a V1 or Escort
__________________
94 530i sold (That was difficult for me)
01 530i >144,500+ miles SOLD
06 330XI winter's especially fun drive (SOLD)
10 M3 Sedan (sweet)
13 Nissan GT-R Black Edition
14 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Diesel

BMWCCA 4215
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-29-2011, 03:56 PM
thecushion thecushion is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: NE,Arkansas
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,000
Mein Auto: 02 s55 AMG,02 540i
Valentine One!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-29-2011, 04:11 PM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 720
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
Idk, two of my brothers have had Beltronics. They are good value and quality, cops are detected from a mile away.
__________________

Straight-piped Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-29-2011, 04:33 PM
bimmerteck bimmerteck is offline
BMW Magician
Location: Nashville, TN
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 373
Mein Auto: e30 M50ish
V1 or don't bother, after being nailed in a friend's car from behind with an inferior bell detector I now install mine every time even if it's right next to theirs.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-29-2011, 04:39 PM
blz456's Avatar
blz456 blz456 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Madison, MS
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 765
Mein Auto: 2000 528i
V1. Nuff said. Paid for itself in the first week.
__________________

2000 528i steptronic
Blacked out
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-29-2011, 04:57 PM
NZ BMW NZ BMW is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: New Zealand
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 268
Mein Auto: 2001 530i
V1's are generally the most highly regarded detector from what I understand. No point cheaping out only to be out of pocket with speeding fines. That and the police will always throw the book at someone they pull over who has a radar detector mounted where they can see it.

Or you could just stick to the speed limit, very cheap - no tickets and less fuel costs lol
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-29-2011, 07:18 PM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 720
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
I dunno, I'm still on board with the beltronics RX65. All I need to know is if there is a cop in the area, not which direction they're coming from. I'll slow down regardless.
__________________

Straight-piped Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-29-2011, 10:01 PM
Fast Bob's Avatar
Fast Bob Fast Bob is offline
Keeping it surreal
Location: Here, there, everywhere....
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 34,613
Mein Auto: 2004 330Ci ZHP 3 pedals
Don`t be a moron....get a top of the line unit. V1, (Escort) Passport 8500, 9500, or Solo II cordless. Buy one, and use it *religiously*, even if you`re just running down to the local 7-11....
__________________
The road goes ever onward....
(R.I.P. Jever)

*Please support the Wounded Warrior Project*

When faced with choosing between two evils, always go with the one you`ve never tried before....
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-30-2011, 06:43 AM
gpeng gpeng is offline
Registered User
Location: Queens
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: e39 530i w/Sport Pkg
+1 for Valentine 1
__________________
2002 E39 530i Slate Green Auto w/Sport Package & PDC aka "Minty"
1992 E36 325i Boston Green 5 Speed aka "Kermit"
BMWCCA# 448940
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 08-30-2011, 07:12 AM
540indiana's Avatar
540indiana 540indiana is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Beech Grove Indiana
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,722
Mein Auto: 2000 540i Sport
Save yourself the money and only drive 5mph over???
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 08-30-2011, 07:18 AM
96 GGM 528I 96 GGM 528I is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Cleveland OH
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 241
Mein Auto: 1997 528I Daily
V1. I have a friends Passport 9500i and I think it sucks compared to a buddies v1.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-30-2011, 07:45 AM
ChaseRobert ChaseRobert is offline
Registered User
Location: Princeton, NJ
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 44
Mein Auto: Z3
The V1 has multidirectional antennas and displays. This results in two things: 1) it costs more, and 2) it is superior to all others by a wide margin. Also, one of mine is about 9 years old and used every day, the other is 3 years old and used on weekends. Both work flawlessly.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 08-30-2011, 09:14 AM
champaign777's Avatar
champaign777 champaign777 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Champ
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2,051
Mein Auto: 2003 530 Sport Twins
i had both and i can compare
V1 is an old technology , after dealing 3 weeks with false alerts everywhere i sent it back
Go with Escort 9500i + , no regret

Last edited by champaign777; 08-30-2011 at 09:24 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 08-30-2011, 09:15 AM
Fast Bob's Avatar
Fast Bob Fast Bob is offline
Keeping it surreal
Location: Here, there, everywhere....
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 34,613
Mein Auto: 2004 330Ci ZHP 3 pedals
Quote:
Originally Posted by 96 GGM 528I View Post
V1. I have a friends Passport 9500i and I think it sucks compared to a buddies v1.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChaseRobert View Post
The V1 has multidirectional antennas and displays. This results in two things: 1) it costs more, and 2) it is superior to all others by a wide margin. Also, one of mine is about 9 years old and used every day, the other is 3 years old and used on weekends. Both work flawlessly.
Please explain this "superiority", in terms of "Real-world performance" that might actually benefit the average driver.
__________________
The road goes ever onward....
(R.I.P. Jever)

*Please support the Wounded Warrior Project*

When faced with choosing between two evils, always go with the one you`ve never tried before....
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 08-30-2011, 10:08 AM
champaign777's Avatar
champaign777 champaign777 is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Champ
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 2,051
Mein Auto: 2003 530 Sport Twins
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1295194

Last edited by champaign777; 08-30-2011 at 10:53 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 08-30-2011, 10:09 AM
bimmerteck bimmerteck is offline
BMW Magician
Location: Nashville, TN
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 373
Mein Auto: e30 M50ish
Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmerteck View Post
V1 or don't bother, after being nailed in a friend's car from behind with an inferior bel detector I now install mine every time even if it's right next to theirs.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fast Bob View Post
Please explain this "superiority", in terms of "Real-world performance" that might actually benefit the average driver.

Coming down Monteagle mountain in a friend's e28 M5 the Bel Sti beeped very lightly once, I thought I was picking up a sneaky trooper stationed at the bottom of the incline. (Common hiding spot on I-24) I was a few miles away from the bottom at the time and figured it was picking it up b/c of my being elevated above the treeline. I was dead wrong. The trooper was flying down the mountain behind me and the 2nd time the detector made a sound it was already too late, the trooper had just tagged me! I got out of the $360 ticket with traffic school but I will never again be without my V1 on a road trip. Even my wife understands the value of the arrows and has since purchased her own V1 after seeing mine save my bacon. She now laughs as we watch car after car tagged and pulled over by KYHP around thanksgiving on the way to her parent's. (they generally have one officer concealed with instant-on directing a large line of patrol cars generally hiding behind an exit ramp.)


As for the helicopters. . . . those you'll need a scanner for.


I'd like to add that Valentine was going to update my software for free a few years back so I sent my spare V1 in. I got a call asking if it was OK if they sent me a new V1 b/c they were unimpressed with my unit's performance upon testing and wanted to study how it had failed! Cost to me $9 for shipping. (even "failed" it had saved me many times.)

Last edited by bimmerteck; 08-30-2011 at 10:17 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 08-30-2011, 10:25 AM
Mack's Avatar
Mack Mack is offline
Thebizzy.com
Location: Atlanta
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 6,428
Send a message via AIM to Mack
Mein Auto: '02 525i
Quote:
Originally Posted by champaign777 View Post
i had both and i can compare
V1 is an old technology , after dealing 3 weeks with false alerts everywhere i sent it back
Go with Escort 9500i + , no regret
The V1 is the only radar detector that has a software upgrade option. Are you an idiot or were you just too lazy to do the software upgrade?


Hello OP, as many have said here (and I've done exhaustive research on everything out there) the ONLY two radar detectors to consider are the Valentine V1 or the Passport Escort 8500 or 9500. If you've done your research you would also come to the same conclusion.
__________________


Mods: Shark Injected | Magnaflow Exhaust + Resonator | H&R Springs | Bilstein SP Shocks + Struts | TMS Power Pulleys
Eibach F+R Sways | BeastPower Brackets | M-Tech bumpers | Predator ICE V3 + HID Fogs | Eurodyne CF Hood | BSW Sub + Dice + spec dock


[---Quote (Originally by Tex330i)---
You can warranty a turd, that way when you have a problem you can exchange it for a new turd.---End Quote---
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 08-30-2011, 10:38 AM
Mack's Avatar
Mack Mack is offline
Thebizzy.com
Location: Atlanta
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 6,428
Send a message via AIM to Mack
Mein Auto: '02 525i
Quote:
Originally Posted by bimmerteck View Post
I'd like to add that Valentine was going to update my software for free a few years back so I sent my spare V1 in. I got a call asking if it was OK if they sent me a new V1 b/c they were unimpressed with my unit's performance upon testing and wanted to study how it had failed! Cost to me $9 for shipping. (even "failed" it had saved me many times.)
WOW! Now THAT is customer service!!
__________________


Mods: Shark Injected | Magnaflow Exhaust + Resonator | H&R Springs | Bilstein SP Shocks + Struts | TMS Power Pulleys
Eibach F+R Sways | BeastPower Brackets | M-Tech bumpers | Predator ICE V3 + HID Fogs | Eurodyne CF Hood | BSW Sub + Dice + spec dock


[---Quote (Originally by Tex330i)---
You can warranty a turd, that way when you have a problem you can exchange it for a new turd.---End Quote---
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 08-30-2011, 10:43 AM
bimmerteck bimmerteck is offline
BMW Magician
Location: Nashville, TN
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 373
Mein Auto: e30 M50ish
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mack View Post
WOW! Now THAT is customer service!!
Yeah, they didn't even care that I had originally picked it up in a pawn shop for $100. Since then I've bought 2 more straight from them b/c I appreciated the way they took care of me even though I wouldn't have thought twice if they had said I had to pay for an upgrade since I was't the original purchaser.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 08-30-2011, 11:00 AM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 720
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
Quote:
Originally Posted by 540indiana View Post
Save yourself the money and only drive 5mph over???
I wish it was as simple as that, but if I drive the same way every day I begin to get bored.
__________________

Straight-piped Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 08-30-2011, 11:02 AM
DinanBimmer's Avatar
DinanBimmer DinanBimmer is offline
Officially Welcomed to the 'Fest
Location: Sacramento CA
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 720
Mein Auto: 1998 540i 6-speed
Has any one had their V1 installed into the dash or anything like that and how much did it cost you?
__________________

Straight-piped Dinan Free Flow Exhaust, M5 illuminated shifter and boot, black kidney grills, tinting on back windows, CCFL Angel Eyes, CDV delete, 15mm spaced
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 08-30-2011, 11:22 AM
gpeng gpeng is offline
Registered User
Location: Queens
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 33
Mein Auto: e39 530i w/Sport Pkg
V1 Hard-wired

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
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	photo.jpg
Views:	99
Size:	120.8 KB
ID:	290954  
__________________
2002 E39 530i Slate Green Auto w/Sport Package & PDC aka "Minty"
1992 E36 325i Boston Green 5 Speed aka "Kermit"
BMWCCA# 448940
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 08-30-2011, 11:24 AM
Bryan@Jlevi SW Bryan@Jlevi SW is offline
1.888.JLEVISW
Location: 2944 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 647
Send a message via AIM to Bryan@Jlevi SW
Mein Auto: E46 330i
+100000000000 V1 ftw!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 08-30-2011, 11:31 AM
bimmerteck bimmerteck is offline
BMW Magician
Location: Nashville, TN
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 373
Mein Auto: e30 M50ish
Quote:
Originally Posted by DinanBimmer View Post
Has any one had their V1 installed into the dash or anything like that and how much did it cost you?

I skipped over in dash and use an iPhone for remote display(with mapping) it allows the GPS functionality of the 9500, as well as POI marking for red light cams, and the slick install of a remote display.


Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Forum Navigation
Go Back   Bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5 Series > E39 (1997 - 2003)
Today's Posts Search
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
© 2001-2011 performanceIX, Inc. All Rights Reserved .: guidelines .:. privacy .:. terms