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I know there is a thread on this on the general form but it wasnt too heavy in comments. I was wondering what radar detectors everyone uses in their 3-Series, any reccomendations? The other thread basicly said the Valentine One was the best and there is no other worth considering, does everyone here agree with that?
 

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Valentine One FTW
 

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Do a search again. I see this kind of post almost everyday.

Its pretty much the golden rule.... V1 is the only radar to use.
 

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Hello, amjustice. If you search this forum you'll find a number of threads in which radar detectors are debated. Likewise the Internet; thousands of person hours frittered away by fans of this or that brand (usually Valentine or Escort.)

My recommendation is to run a radar detector if you think you are at risk of being cited for speeding violations. Choose any reputable unit whose installation, operation and cost makes sense to you, and run it. Simply by doing so you will be categorically better protected than the millions of drivers who do not.

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Of you drive a lot, drive fast, or drive fast a lot you need a radar detector.

I have 2 V-1s.
 

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In a nutshell, V-1 is regarded as the best, and more expensive. The Escort is a fine unit for a better price. The V-1 can be sent in and upgraded for a small fee and the Escort needs to be repurchased to get the latest technology. Basically, you get what you pay for.
 

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Ok..

ONLY Valentine one in my cars.
These detectors actually have saved me over 50 times in the past 5 years.
That ALOT of lifesaving.:thumbup:
P.S. WISCONSIN is the absolute WORST state in the Union for speeding traps.
 

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Do a search again. I see this kind of post almost everyday.

Its pretty much the golden rule.... V1 is the only radar to use.
+1 run a search for the love of god. Also, +1 on the V1.
 

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+1 run a search for the love of god. Also, +1 on the V1.
I promise I did search and read through the threads, thanks for the extra input though!
 

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Of you drive a lot, drive fast, or drive fast a lot you need a radar detector.

I have 2 V-1s.

not necessarly true.. I live in NJ as well and drive mostly in the metro area. For the past 10+ years never had a speeding ticket or got pulled over for speeding.

I guess cops around here have better things to do than to bust people for going over the speed limit. :)
 

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P.S. WISCONSIN is the absolute WORST state in the Union for speeding traps.
+1

I grew up there and still travel through quite often. Gotta keep you head on a swivel! Hmmm...maybe I need to get one of those V-1 jobbers.
 

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for those with the V1, do you have it hardwired into your car or do you use the lighter adaptor?

If hard wire, did you do it yourself or pay someone to do it?
 

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ONLY Valentine one in my cars.
These detectors actually have saved me over 50 times in the past 5 years.
That ALOT of lifesaving.:thumbup:
P.S. WISCONSIN is the absolute WORST state in the Union for speeding traps.
Now imagine being an Illinois driver (me) with most of my extended family in Wisconsin, so I'm usually up there around holidays... F.I.B. or not, it just SUCKS!
 

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V1. It is the only detector I've owned. Bought it because of the many positive reviews. It has saved my tail numerous times.
 

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not necessarly true.. I live in NJ as well and drive mostly in the metro area. For the past 10+ years never had a speeding ticket or got pulled over for speeding.

I guess cops around here have better things to do than to bust people for going over the speed limit. :)
I could have said the same thing about tickets for 12 years before my last one. I telecommute now so my exposure is pretty low. Still, I feel naked without my V1.

Considering the eroding NJ tax base I'd worry more now about municipalities going to traffic enforcement for "revenue enhancement". I've found two roads I regularly travel where they've dropped the speed limit from 45 to 25. In both cases 25 is painfully slow.

Just my $0.02.

My V1s have been worth their weight in traffic citations over the years.
 

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If hard wire, did you do it yourself or pay someone to do it?
Hard wired. Always.

One of the nice things about a car like a BMW is the opportunity to modify the car to my individual tastes and preferences.

I wouldn't dream of paying someone for that pleasure!
 

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Hard wired. Always.

One of the nice things about a car like a BMW is the opportunity to modify the car to my individual tastes and preferences.

I wouldn't dream of paying someone for that pleasure!
Is it hard to do? my only thing is I wouldnt want to mess up my brand new car.
 

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There is no choice - V1

Once you have had a V1, you realize that there is no other choice. Especially when you learn how to program it.

I have had mine for about 7 years and have gotten ONE speeding ticket. Why? Because I forgot to plug the thing in after putting it in the storage compartment while parked at a mall.

BTW, it fits perfectly in the E93 door storage bin.

Hardwire it, if you are "handy". It takes less than 30 minutes. If you are not handy, or are not familiar with what a "hook tool" is, you may want to have someone else do it.
 

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OK, so I am a noob when it comes to radar detectors. Does one need to hardwire it, and are there any negatives about the V1? :dunno:
 
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