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this was wrote Car and Driver. So I guess it's good info if you want to use radar detector on your vehicle.

http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/all-the-latest-annoyances-page-7

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If your favorite driving companion is a radar detector, you know how false alarms destroy the reliability of your warnings. Two of the five utes here are reckless alarmers, and another does its best to keep you from getting any warning at all.

Audi has an option it calls "side assist." The purpose? To warn motorists too lazy to swivel their necks that another vehicle might be in an adjoining lane.

Never mind Audi's "never follow" slogan; it has followed Wal-Mart et al. by choosing the same cheap-tech proximity sensor used by stores to open doors as customers approach. The Q7 has what amounts to a K-band door watcher in each rear corner.

K-band is a microwave frequency commonly used for traffic radar. The result: This Audi reads like a radar trap to nearby detectors. You can switch off side assist, but the transmitters restart automatically. Why? Audi says it keeps them always on to avoid the "3-to-10-minute warm-up for ideal operation." Another microwave-spewing option, Audi's adaptive cruise control, transmits radar from the front.

The QX56 had the adaptive-cruise option, but Infiniti uses laser instead of radar. Just as bad; it sets off laser detectors, even those within as the laser reflects off signs, trucks, vans, and the like back through its own windshield. You can switch off the cruise, but the laser keeps transmitting as part of another long-shot safety feature called preview braking. If the laser distance sensor thinks you're closing too fast on another vehicle, it doesn't do anything useful like apply the brakes. Instead, it pressurizes the brake-assist feature so that even those weak of leg can get full braking if they wake up and put a foot on the pedal.

While driving the Benz, we noticed greatly diminished radar range, which instantly returned to normal when we held our Valentine One out the side window. Mercedes spokeswoman Michelle Murad says all GLs with the optional three-zone climate control, included on the test car, have "infrared glass," which has a metallic film to reduce solar heating of the interior. The film also blocks radar and laser signals.

Murad says there's an E-ZPass opening in the film up behind the mirror. We have tested detectors through such openings in the past, with bleak results. Our advice for detector users — avoid cars with "infrared glass." —
 

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This reminds me, a few days ago when the car was at the dealership (when they refused to work on it cause of a few added glue-on chrome and light bars), they gave me an XTS as a loaner. I was driving, minding my own business, then I feel the seat vibrate. At first I didn't pay attention to it, but then it happened a few more times.

Turns out the front bumper has these detectors as well, and when you come close to the car in front of you, there's a graphic displayed on the instrument panel, and the seat vibrates.

Overly protective...
 

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yes a new Tahoe does scratching-vibrating thing on your seat, as the lane departing warning system. Really crazy, at first I thought my phone, than second time I thought mice under seat. Really weird. But if woman would driving the car , than she can have heart attack.
 

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yes a new Tahoe does scratching-vibrating thing on your seat, as warning line departing system. Really crazy, at first I thought my phone, than second time I thought mice under seat. Really weird. But if woman would driving the car , than she can have heart attack.
Hmm....or it could explain the sudden uptick in women buying Tahoes..............Bzzzzzzingaaaa!!!!
 

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My valentine detector was so annoying, I was ready to run it over, and flatten it. Every truck on the road set it off.
 

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The V1 can be annoying. You have to be able to read through X and K band. But, once you receive a blip of Ka band, you know a true boogie is around. I've never had a false reading on Ka yet.
 

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My Escort Max seems to work well and very few nuisance alerts.
 

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I'm done with using the V1, haven't really used it in a couple of years. Just got home from driving to Florida and back from Michigan, had it on for all of 5 minutes. Every Audi that goes by makes it go crazy not to mention all the other road monitoring devises all over the freeways. It has turned radar detectors useless as far as I'm concerned.
 

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I'm done with using the V1, haven't really used it in a couple of years. Just got home from driving to Florida and back from Michigan, had it on for all of 5 minutes. Every Audi that goes by makes it go crazy not to mention all the other road monitoring devises all over the freeways. It has turned radar detectors useless as far as I'm concerned.
I have two V1's, a 2005 V1 and a current one. I like to use the old one because it gave less false alarms but after using the new one, I prefer to hear it more often and sort the false vs the real threat. I used waze as backup but ended up providing the info live because the V1 was just that good.
 

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I use STi Magnum, since VA has restricted law. I have option to turn off X-band and K-band, since most time it's stores doors, but choose not to. Since some cops are still using X-band radars.
 

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I use STi Magnum, since VA has restricted law. I have option to turn off X-band and K-band, since most time it's stores doors, but choose not to. Since some cops are still using X-band radars.
That works pretty well for you in VA then?

Losing the ability to run a radar detector is one of the very few downsides I've found living in VA. But with all the obstacles they face nowadays, I have to wonder how well they work anymore. When the blind-spot and adaptive CC equipped vehicles came out I wondered how that was going to affect detector users.
 

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I bought this bracket from ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Permanent-Windshield-Mount-For-Beltronics-Escort-Passport-Radar-Detectors-/181171438994?hash=item2a2ea8c592
Installed on front window is right up car's ceiling but still with enough space and good vision to the road and make sure view don't block by some kind like a net on windshield. I powered thru the rear view mirror.
I have been using this radar detector for long time in VA, like 3-4 years already. It saved me like dozen times and never got ticket for having the radar detector, well so far , knock on wood.
 

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I have a V1 and have had it updated with the latest s/w. It does not false as much as previously with X & K bands. I have had my V1 for over 13 years.
 

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Running a remote mount Escort Qi45 here with no issues. Every now an then I get a laser alert, and I will have to pay attention and try to spot the cars around me now.
KA band is very susceptible to atmospheric conditions. Even humidity in the air will cause it's range to diminish greatly. Surprised it's still used.
 
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