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Radar detectors

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by togliat, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. togliat

    togliat New Member

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    i have gotten used to driving without my radar detector because my Model S windshield blocked most of the signals. I read that the Model S, like some Mercedes cars, had metallic/silver elements in the glass to reflect heat. Regardless of cause, i was forced to sell my beloved Valentine One detector.

    Does anyone have an idea if you can run a radar detector in the Model 3?
    I take delivery in a week or two!

    Good luck to all of you,

    Tony
     
  2. dave4444

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    Newer S's have a spot for toll transponders to the right of the rear mirror at the top (in the black area), you could probably mount a radar detector there too since the coating is not present there.
     
  3. S85D

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    My S90D was delivered in December 2016. I have a Valentine One and it works great. I think in the Model S's of my vintage or later, Tesla removed the coating on the windshield. The Model 3 probably does not have the coating that blocks toll tags and radar detectors.
     
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    Newer Model S does not have the metallic coating. I believe thats the case with Model 3 too.
     
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    I tried my Passport radar detector in my Model 3 and laid it where you dock your iPhone and it picks up signals there. Unfortunately Passport is too thick to lay down the black Pano cover so I still have to hide it when parked.
     
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    Has anyone actually tested this?
     
  8. togliat

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    Thanks for the feedback, fellas. I have also read some concerns that detectors can be set off by the car’s own radar/sonar. I have no idea if it is true. Regardless, I sure would like to have a level of awareness/protection that comes with having a detector again, and it sounds like it might be a possibility. I would love to hear from other owners out there. My Model S P85+ was late 2013, and my Model 3 is late 2017.
     
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    Your radar detector would not set off from your own car's radar but other car's radar can set it off depending on the radar detector's filtering capacity. You may have issues with your 2013 MS windshield metallic coating- check from other owners.
     
  10. khoon

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    I just had an Escort 360 Max detector installed in my M3. The guys at Extreme Motor Sport on Rt 4 in Paramus did a fabulous job (very reasonably priced) and have a great attitude - highly recommend them! During the install, they called Escort and were informed that the detector would not work behind the M3's screen. Another detector vendor disputed this so we went ahead with the install. The detector did go off while I was driving past a police cruiser - just wondering if others have had any issues with their detector installs in the M3?
     
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    They might've just heard "Tesla" and assumed it wouldn't work, as the Model S (and X) used to have a coating on the windshield that interfered with detectors. I don't that coating exists anymore, even on those cars. Even then, I think the detector still works, just the sensitivity is brought way down.
     
  12. M3Denver

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    V1 in my 3 no issues at all, mounted center bottom of windshield
     
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    Interesting. Never would have thought that the in car radar systems of other cars would send false alarms.
     
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    Are you not picking up false alerts with the V1?
     
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    did you hardwire?
     
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    Thanks Flash! Yes, it appears to work. albeit at reduced sensitivity.
     
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    My old bell works fine. Just ordered the Uniden R3.
     
  18. Mr X

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    When I see a radar detector in anyones car I think wannabe douche racer


    Forget that and get a dashcam if you dont have one already


    No need for radar detector if you're not a cop
     
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    Some of us like to avoid speeding tickets.
     
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    Why not both?
     

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