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Hi Everyone, new to the forum, since I bought the car only about 3 months ago. I've done some work on the car to get it to tip top shape (it was in great condition to begin with) and I recently figured out that the windshield I have (it is the 'heated windshield') does not allow any radar signals through for my RD, since its coated with something.

Anyone here know/experience the issue. I know the newer model BMWs have the same type of windshields, but they leave a hole on the windshield material specifically for RD usage. Anyone?
 

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I had a customer with the same problem on an older 5 series BMW, I used to run a detail shop. I just took some steel wool, and a product called...colonel brassy, simple metal polish, gave the desired patch of windshield a very rigorous scrubbing and that seemed to work for him.
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I had a customer with the same problem on an older 5 series BMW, I used to run a detail shop. I just took some steel wool, and a product called...colonel brassy, simple metal polish, gave the desired patch of windshield a very rigorous scrubbing and that seemed to work for him.
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Eureka, I think that may work assuming the metal is on the outside glass. I'll try it out on a small section tomorrow and report with the findings.

Very Clever! Thanks
 

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I just did it to both the interior and exterior of the glass. I didnt know which was the one that needed to be stripped but... also be sure you dilute it with glass cleaner, the colonel brassy itself will scratch the glass, and the best thing to use is a small wax applicator pad. the steel wool would be my last ditch effort.

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Sounds like you have the rare heated windshield option. I was just talking about this in another thread a couple of days ago, it totally fubars Radar detectors.
 

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I just did it to both the interior and exterior of the glass. I didnt know which was the one that needed to be stripped but... also be sure you dilute it with glass cleaner, the colonel brassy itself will scratch the glass, and the best thing to use is a small wax applicator pad. the steel wool would be my last ditch effort.

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After using Brasso, couldn't find Colonel Brassy at the local hardware store and scrubbing with fine steel wool, I got NADA! Then I went for a second round allowing the Brasso to 'soak in' for 10 min and then scrub again and once again NADA.

Then I checked the service manual that I bought for the car and I found a line that said: " The heating element is contained within the windshield."

Well that kinda sucks.... Oh well, it was worth a shot.
 

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LMFAO! That does suck. My '96 STS's RD goes off about when I see the cop. Maybe this is why it reacts slowly. Damn.
 

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Then I checked the service manual that I bought for the car and I found a line that said: " The heating element is contained within the windshield."

Well that kinda sucks.... Oh well, it was worth a shot.
my only other thought... make sure youre insurance covers glass and park windshield first at the local driving range...
 

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:eek:snap: FOUR!!! He'd probably ending up eating that one unless he has a $0 deductable.
Just drill the radar detector into the hood...All the cool kids are doing it.
 

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LMFAO! That does suck. My '96 STS's RD goes off about when I see the cop. Maybe this is why it reacts slowly. Damn.
The only reason I was able to figure it out was because I have a V1 with the arrows and it was always my rear arrow going off. The front was NEVER going on. At first I thought the detector was fubar, and thought I should send it in. Then I saw a posting on the radar detector forum that some newer BMWs have the same issue except that the BMW engineers where smart enought to leave a hole in the heating element specifically for detector usage. So then I went to a local plaza with a CVS and did some testing. Behind the windshield rear arrow, stick the radar detector out the driver's side window and then the front goes crazy.....

Oh well, guess I have to drive 'bareback' for now.... LOL
 
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