F30POST
F30POST
2012-2015 BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
BMW 3-Series and 4-Series Forum (F30 / F32) | F30POST > 2012-2019 BMW 3 and 4-Series Forums > General F30 Sedan / F32 Coupe / F36 Gran Coupe Forum > Do you guys use radar detector?
GTB Performance
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      02-06-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
m2michael23
Lieutenant
12
Rep
513
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 335i M-sport
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Tempe, AZ

iTrader: (1)

Do you guys use radar detector?

If so, do you have preferred brand or particular model?
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
MartinMC
New Member
0
Rep
7
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 328i
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

I wish I could. They are still banned here in Virginia. I do travel out of the state a lot so I would like to see what everyone else uses.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 02:06 AM   #3
buildbright
Captain
buildbright's Avatar
9
Rep
907
Posts

 
Drives: 335i BMW F30 Sedan
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Tampa, FL

iTrader: (0)

V1 is the standard
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 02:17 AM   #4
tiltmode43
I plead the 5th.
tiltmode43's Avatar
United_States
26
Rep
637
Posts

 
Drives: AW F30 328i & IB E85 Z4M
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: SoCal

iTrader: (7)

Send a message via AIM to tiltmode43
Most prefer the Valentine V1 in the BMW world, but I'd say the Passport 9500ix would be a close second. The difference between these two comes down largely to personal preference of features; I think the detection differences between the two would be negligible with other factors being more important.

Personally, I'm using the 9500ix and it has saved me a handful of times. Still need to hardwire a power source though, I've been dealing with the dangling power cord so far.
__________________
-Matt

@violetnites
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:00 AM   #5
roundel335
Brigadier General
roundel335's Avatar
United_States
41
Rep
3,630
Posts

 
Drives: 13 335i Sedan, 11 128i Cabrio
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Leland, NC

iTrader: (2)

Garage List
I use BEL 995i...been using BEL detectors for 20 years.
__________________

2013 F30 335i M-Sport 8AT/MPE/MPPK, 2011 128i M-sport Cabrio 6MT/PE
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:11 AM   #6
Jamesons Viggen
Brigadier General
United_States
51
Rep
3,576
Posts

 
Drives: '98 M Roadster stg 2+ S/C
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Rochester Hills MI

iTrader: (3)

Bel rx65

So good there has been no need to replace it after all these years.
__________________
'98 M Roadster S/C @11-16ps
'06 Saab 9-5 wagon 5mt Aero+ Tuned
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
bcl0328
Major
38
Rep
1,160
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 328i
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Abingdon, MD

iTrader: (0)

dumb question, why do you guys use them? $500 seems like a lot of money to spend on something when you could just slow down or look for cops/traps. i have never gotten one ticket in all my years of driving.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:23 AM   #8
Mak135i
First Lieutenant
United_States
3
Rep
313
Posts

 
Drives: Z4 3.5is, 335i
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Baton Rouge, LA

iTrader: (2)

I drive an average of 20000 miles/year and almost always use my Passport 9500. It has saved me numerous times. Since moving to Louisiana, I am considering a laser jammer also since laser seems to be much more prevalent than when I lived in SC
__________________
Gone but not forgotten: 2008 BMW135i Vert
Gone but not forgotten: 2011 MB C63 AMG

Added: 335i, BSM/BLK, M-sport, Sp. Auto, Prem, Tech, HK, 19", lots of Plastidip, H&R Sport, 245/255 Ventus V12
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:27 AM   #9
finaloption
Second Lieutenant
finaloption's Avatar
United_States
6
Rep
266
Posts

 
Drives: '13 f30 n26
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: NYC

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bcl0328 View Post
dumb question, why do you guys use them? $500 seems like a lot of money to spend on something when you could just slow down or look for cops/traps. i have never gotten one ticket in all my years of driving.
for me, it's peace of mind.. even if i'm not speeding, i wanna know where they are hiding

i bought a V1 with my first car and haven't looked back. i will always swear by the patented directional arrows. people who think they're overrated buy the passport.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 11:27 AM   #10
Jamesons Viggen
Brigadier General
United_States
51
Rep
3,576
Posts

 
Drives: '98 M Roadster stg 2+ S/C
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Rochester Hills MI

iTrader: (3)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bcl0328 View Post
dumb question, why do you guys use them? $500 seems like a lot of money to spend on something when you could just slow down or look for cops/traps. i have never gotten one ticket in all my years of driving.
$200-350 is more like it. It has saved me thousands over the years, times I know for sure I would have been nabbed for points and fines.
__________________
'98 M Roadster S/C @11-16ps
'06 Saab 9-5 wagon 5mt Aero+ Tuned
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #11
Handozizle
Private First Class
United_States
1
Rep
105
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 335i
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Texas

iTrader: (0)

There's really no point for a radar detector unless it's a laser shifter. If anything, it's a guarantee way of a cop to give you a ticket, instead of a warning, when he pulls you over.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 01:24 PM   #12
chriskd
Private
1
Rep
60
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 335i M Sport
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Bay Area, CA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by tiltmode43 View Post
Personally, I'm using the 9500ix and it has saved me a handful of times. Still need to hardwire a power source though, I've been dealing with the dangling power cord so far.
+1 for hardwiring the 9500ix
Attached Images
 
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 01:43 PM   #13
tony20009
Brigadier General
tony20009's Avatar
United_States
131
Rep
4,594
Posts

 
Drives: BMW 335i - Coupe
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Washington, DC

iTrader: (0)

Radar detectors are useful for the photo radar around my area because the cops keep moving the damn things. On the highway, one can usually spot the radar traps, provided you aren't fool enough to be the first car in the pack of speeders. If you travel at odd hours and there are often no sacrificial lambs for you to exploit, you probably should get a radar detector. If you do, V1 is the way to go. It tells you where the radar signal is coming from. That's useful your daily commute as you'll come to know where the stationary radars -- grocery store doors etc. -- are and how many signals there are. When you see a new, additional/extra signal, it's the one to worry about.

On many highways, radar detectors all but useless as so many patrolmen now use laser. Anything that'll stop you from getting a laser ticket is worth it because if you detector detects laser otherwise, you're done for.

My 2 . Good luck.
__________________
Cheers,
Tony

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
'07, e92 335i, Sparkling Graphite, Coral Leather, Aluminum, 6-speed
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 01:46 PM   #14
Cfichman
Private First Class
3
Rep
106
Posts

 
Drives: F30 335i AW M Sport
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Miami/Orlando

iTrader: (0)

hardwired v1 uptop and laser interceptors installed in my kidney grilles
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 01:59 PM   #15
m2michael23
Lieutenant
12
Rep
513
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 335i M-sport
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Tempe, AZ

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by tony20009 View Post
Radar detectors are useful for the photo radar around my area because the cops keep moving the damn things. On the highway, one can usually spot the radar traps, provided you aren't fool enough to be the first car in the pack of speeders. If you travel at odd hours and there are often no sacrificial lambs for you to exploit, you probably should get a radar detector. If you do, V1 is the way to go. It tells you where the radar signal is coming from. That's useful your daily commute as you'll come to know where the stationary radars -- grocery store doors etc. -- are and how many signals there are. When you see a new, additional/extra signal, it's the one to worry about.

On many highways, radar detectors all but useless as so many patrolmen now use laser. Anything that'll stop you from getting a laser ticket is worth it because if you detector detects laser otherwise, you're done for.

My 2 . Good luck.
Thanks, appreciate your info
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #16
ybbiz34
Moderator
ybbiz34's Avatar
181
Rep
4,714
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 C63 AMG Sedan
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: USA

iTrader: (1)

Hardwired Passport 9500ix.

I had a V1 once. Not to say it's not a good option but I did not like it. YMMV.

I don't want to tempt fate (especially since I'm in a loaner with no detector at the moment ) but I've never had a car without a detector. I've also never had a ticket. And I do not have a judicious right now.
__________________
'13 Iridium Silver C63 AMG Sedan (540 hp; 500 lb-ft)
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 08:13 PM   #17
shivaswrath
Brigadier General
shivaswrath's Avatar
United_States
43
Rep
3,145
Posts

 
Drives: 2012 335i
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lost in NJ

iTrader: (3)

Escort 8500...stopped using it after my daily commute (120 miles) became routine and I know where the speed traps are.
I sometimes find myself going 50 over the speed limit (passing idiots on the Merritt), so I probably should use one...this car is too fast and quiet for me.
__________________
2012 335i Mineral Gray
M Performance Whore: PPK|Exhaust|Brakes|Performance Suspension Struts & Springs|LSD|Black Kidney Grilles|CF Spoiler and Mirror Caps|Bav Stage 1|400Ms|BMWF30.com
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 08:16 PM   #18
DarkTrigger
Professional
DarkTrigger's Avatar
United_States
13
Rep
977
Posts

 
Drives: 335i MPPK
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: LB, SoCal

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by bcl0328 View Post
dumb question, why do you guys use them? $500 seems like a lot of money to spend on something when you could just slow down or look for cops/traps. i have never gotten one ticket in all my years of driving.
Come to Cali, I bet you'll get one within 15 minutes. They have many tricks these days.

1) They can turn off their radar and just sneak up behind you in the patrol car.
2) Many are switching to LIDAR which makes a radar detector obsolete (i.e. norcal).
3) They have a cop hiding with the radar, shoot it briefly so you think it's just a misfire, then call it in to officers on the road
4) Most cops just eyeball it now (which is perfectly legal if you're going 15 mpg over the speed limit) and don't even use a gun because of the radar detectors.

Just to name a few, since the downturn in the economy they are trying to make more revenue by pulling people over for stupid crap. Why bother with a detector anymore... For Cali, just keep an eye out, don't go faster than the fastest car out there, a tip from a retired CHP officer.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #19
claykin
Lieutenant Colonel
United_States
26
Rep
1,911
Posts

 
Drives: 2014 335i M-Sport
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Florida

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by roundel335 View Post
I use BEL 995i...been using BEL detectors for 20 years.
FYI, Bel and Passport detectors are both owned by Beltronics. For the most part each Passport model has a somewhat equivalent Bel model. Most Americans still prefer to buy the Passport name. They recall the old/defunct Cincinnati Microwave who invented the superheterodyne detector (Escort). When they went bankrupt in the mid 1990's Bel scooped up the name/patents.

I still prefer the V1. V1 is manufactured by Valentine Research. Mike Valentine is one of the two founders of Cincinnati Microwave. He started Valentine Research after his non compete was up after leaving Cincinnati Microwave.

I still find radar in reasonable use in FL. The vast majority being Ka band these days. Police tend to prefer radar because it can be used in motion. Nevertheless there's plenty of Lidar here too and while a V1 can occasionally give advance warning to Lidar, you really need a Lidar jammer such as Laser Interceptor or Blinder to protect you from Lidar traps.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #20
kobechrome
Captain
kobechrome's Avatar
United_States
11
Rep
700
Posts

 
Drives: 2013 F30 335xi
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ashburn, VA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by MartinMC View Post
I wish I could. They are still banned here in Virginia. I do travel out of the state a lot so I would like to see what everyone else uses.
Do cops in VA have a way to detect radar detectors? I know they are illegal here but trying to figure out if I can get away with one anyway.
__________________
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #21
BavarianFanatic
Too much is never enough
United_States
17
Rep
1,757
Posts

 
Drives: Too Many
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SE PA

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by kobechrome View Post
Do cops in VA have a way to detect radar detectors? I know they are illegal here but trying to figure out if I can get away with one anyway.
Detector detectors.
Appreciate 0
      02-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #22
BavarianFanatic
Too much is never enough
United_States
17
Rep
1,757
Posts

 
Drives: Too Many
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: SE PA

iTrader: (0)

I've had my V1 for at least 15 years. The range is amazing. I get bogie hits at least 1/4 mile in advance. You really need to match up to whatever your local constabulary uses. In my area, no one uses laser so there's no point bothering with a jammer. The majority use instant on radar. If I'm the only soul on the road I'm screwed, but that rarely happens. The beauty of the V1 is the directional indicators in combination with the signal strength and band indicators. I don't just "set it and forget it" when I'm running hard. I pay close attention to what's going on and look for potential traps. But the V1 has saved my bacon more than once when I've either let my guard down for split second or was distracted.

As an aside, the majority of the DOT departments in my area put radar transmitters on the changeable message signs at road construction sites. It's a nice early warning that there's something ahead to pay attention to. Similarly, a lot of farm equipment uses transmitters as well. That's VERY helpful on twisty country roads.
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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 Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:15 AM.




f30post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST