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Does anyone use a V-1 in you E93? I saw on the Valentine web site the the tail lights can set off the laser detection.

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Why am I getting laser alarms when I follow some cars?

Red neon is occasionally used for the CHMSL (Center High Mounted Stop Lamp) on new cars. We know of these models: GM Trailblazer and Envoy, the Lincoln Mk VIII and the latest BMW 3-series convertible.

These lights use a neon-plasma light source. The red lens allows red visible light to pass, and also invisible energy near infrared. The source is powered by a pulsating voltage on a frequency that happens to be similar to the repetition rate of legitimate laser-gun pulse trains. In other words, the CHMSLs have an invisible energy leakage that’s nearly identical to the beam used by traffic laser. If we suppress the interference, we’re likely to damage laser sensitivity.

Another source of alarms: a few new cars have cruise controls that use laser to measure distance to the car ahead. This feature is available on the Lexus LS430, Infiniti FX35 and FX45. This, of course, is real laser, not a false alarm.
 

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Does anyone use a V-1 in you E93? I saw on the Valentine web site the the tail lights can set off the laser detection.

Below is an excerpt...

Why am I getting laser alarms when I follow some cars?

Red neon is occasionally used for the CHMSL (Center High Mounted Stop Lamp) on new cars. We know of these models: GM Trailblazer and Envoy, the Lincoln Mk VIII and the latest BMW 3-series convertible.

These lights use a neon-plasma light source. The red lens allows red visible light to pass, and also invisible energy near infrared. The source is powered by a pulsating voltage on a frequency that happens to be similar to the repetition rate of legitimate laser-gun pulse trains. In other words, the CHMSLs have an invisible energy leakage that’s nearly identical to the beam used by traffic laser. If we suppress the interference, we’re likely to damage laser sensitivity.

Another source of alarms: a few new cars have cruise controls that use laser to measure distance to the car ahead. This feature is available on the Lexus LS430, Infiniti FX35 and FX45. This, of course, is real laser, not a false alarm.
I have a V1 in my E93 - have not noticed that problem.
 

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I have a V1 in my E93 - have not noticed that problem.
Super. That is what I wanted to hear. Thanks!

Did you hard wire it to the mirror (or elsewhere)?
 

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Super. That is what I wanted to hear. Thanks!

Did you hard wire it to the mirror (or elsewhere)?
Hard wired to the fuse box with the remote display mounted in the ashtray.
 

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If it's the CHMSL, doesn't one have to be braking for the leaking interference anyway? Or am I missing something?
 

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I noticed the rear laser warning on my Z which is equipped with the Escort SRX or whatever with the laser shifters. Scared the crap out of me until I noticed a Lexus SUV behind me both times. I'm sure my breake lights worried him as well.
 

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I noticed the rear laser warning on my Z which is equipped with the Escort SRX or whatever with the laser shifters. Scared the crap out of me until I noticed a Lexus SUV behind me both times. I'm sure my breake lights worried him as well.
I have an Escort SRX and a V1 in my E93.

I rarely get laser alerts - the next time it happens I will see if there is a suspect vehicle near me.
 

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I have a V1 in my 2008 E93

I bought my 2008 328i convertible on 12/28 and installed my V1 within the week. Its wired into the green/white power wire for the HomeLink system, just as I have done on my previous BMW's. Once you know how to do it, it takes about 20 minutes. Maybe it took a little longer on the E93, because there is not much room to stuff the wires up above the light panel.

I have the V1 wire coming out from behind the vanity light behind the visor, so when the visor is up, hardly any wires are seen.

This should get you most of the way there... (with compliments to Ndna Jnz!)

http://homepage.mac.com/jsafire/PhotoAlbum2.html

Only attempt this if you are used to doing this sort of thing, as things can break if you are not careful.

As far as the laser thing goes.... I live near a major airport, so I am used to getting spurious alerts. However, I have not noticed an increase since I've been driving the new E93.
 

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I have a V1 in my E93 - have not noticed that problem.
I think it would affect someone with a V1 behind you when you are braking, not you. :dunno:
 

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I think it would affect someone with a V1 behind you when you are braking, not you. :dunno:
That will teach those SOBs not to tailgate!
 

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Are laser guns really not as common? I was assuming they were more prevalent now adays. Cost must be an issue???
 

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V1+E93= no problem.

Those Infinti SUVs on the other hand just about always set the laser detector off.
 

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Does anyone use a V-1 in you E93?
Yes, V1 hardwired into my e93 (from the overhead light console) and have not had any issues or noticed any difference in false alarms (compared to using the same V1 in my previous e46).

As others have noted, if the tail lights do cause an issue, it will impact those around you more than your detector inside your car.

Definitely nothing to worry about here.

I wonder why they noted the e93 and not the e92?? Aren't the tail lights essentially identical on the coupe and 'vert???
 

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...I wonder why they noted the e93 and not the e92?? Aren't the tail lights essentially identical on the coupe and 'vert???
Nope. The E92 has a high-mounted 3rd brake light at the top center of the rear window. The folding convertible top would crush this assembly, so the E93 has an integrated 3rd brake light in the trunklid.

Interesting note: I have a '07 335i E93 and wish it somehow still had the 3rd light mounted high on the back window; perfect place for modding a V-1 mount there. Straight shot forward and back of both radar and laser.
 

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Nope. The E92 has a high-mounted 3rd brake light at the top center of the rear window. The folding convertible top would crush this assembly, so the E93 has an integrated 3rd brake light in the trunklid.
Ah, gotcha. I should have read the original post more closely where it noted this is the high-mounted 3rd light, not the regular tail-lights. My bad.

Interesting note: I have a '07 335i E93 and wish it somehow still had the 3rd light mounted high on the back window; perfect place for modding a V-1 mount there. Straight shot forward and back of both radar and laser.
But if you did that, your detection wouldn't work so well with the top down. I suppose the rear-detection of the main unit would work pretty well though, since there would be no rear obstruction.
 

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E93 and V1 working together just fine over here.
 

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Thanks for all the input folks. My V-1 is on order!
 
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