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  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    "-Also, interested about special options like stand-alone sport seats and myrtle-wood, where can I find the list of option codes."

    The dealers should have'em.

    415 rear sunshade $400
    431 auto-dimming mirror $325
    438 dark wood trim $500
    481 sport seats $550
    488 lumbar support $450
    502 retractable headlight washers $375

    Our special-order 325i arrives from Germany at the west-coast port 6 weeks after placing the order.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    Does anyone know which RD is the best? I got pulled over once doing 88 on 65 lol, and somehow my RD didnt warn me :(
    Im considering valentine1, but im not so sure if its any good...
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,872
    Valentine One has the reputation for being the best out there.. The guy that owns it started at Cincinnati Microwave and helped develop the original Escort.

    There are really only two choices.. Valentine One and Escort. You can't go wrong with either one.

    Moderator - Prices Paid, Lease Questions, SUVs

  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    RD's are not licenses to speed. They are not effective against pacing and other techniques like observations from aerial platforms.

    They are just a check to keep you safe. :)


    I'd opt for the Valentine though. Multi bogey counters, arrows, etc. V1 or the new Passport/Escort 8500? would probably be the top choices for reliability and accuracy.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    seems like the cops out there r getting smarter :)
    ive heard a lot of cops are starting to use this technique, but imo as long as we keep our eyes open well be ok :)
    I looked at ebay and found new v1s for sale at lower starting to wonder myself if they might be selling fakes, anyone know anything about this?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    You can buy a refurb Valentine for $350.

    Pacing? Heck, in CA all they gotta do is see your car and give you a ticket based on visual assessment of speed.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735

    Fortunately, I drive up in the Mojave desert area - Lancaster, Palmdale, Edwards AFB area and out to Barstow and Vegas. Wide open areas. I can be zipping around 80-85 and they don't even bother with the cars they see on a regular basis. I drive past a CHP and 2 Sheriff's depts each day. :)

  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    85? Man, I can barely do that in urban areas. Out there, nothing under 95 - unless the popo is around.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    my Dad ended up with the Passport 8500 X50. I'll let you know how it does next week. He's taking it (in his X5) to Pittsburgh, PA for Memorial Day weekend.

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    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    what about radar jammers? :) sounds pretty illegal to me, but i never used one though, is it any good?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    I'm not gonna touch those or the infrared traffic light changers.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    performing hostly duties ...

    Your Membership Agreement is very clear on this point: " does not allow the promotion of illegal conduct or activities or fraudulent schemes in Town Hall."

    That means that we aren't going to further pursue radar jammers, or other illegal methods of avoiding getting caught speeding.

    How about we just get back on topic...

    Thanks for your understanding.
  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i got it, sorry 'bout that :)
    and thx for reminding me, totally forgot about the rules before :)
  • butmywife1butmywife1 Posts: 26
    FLY: My dealer (Hahn, Yakima, WA) offers "tires for life" which means when the tread gets to or below a threshold (3 cm?) they'll replace it through a local tire dealer. I'm on my first replacement set of tires now. The catch is that they will only replace each tire as it reaches the threshold. So, I had one replaced, another tire two months later, and the remaining two a month after that. I didn't mind as it saved me $500 or so. "For life" means as long as I own the car.

  • m4d_cowm4d_cow Posts: 1,491
    i heard of this one case where the engine shuts off everytime the driver use cellphone inside his car...anybody have any idea what the problem is?
  • bavarianbavarian Posts: 63
    Blueguydotcom said.....

    "then again some view going to europe as a vacation. to each his own. when i go on vacation i want to go to fun places."

    Such as? Disneyworld or Cancun? Where are these fun places?

    When was the last time you were in Europe and what "fun" was lacking there?

    Some of the best "fun" to be had in Europe is picking up a new BMW in Munich and driving it on the autobahn where you can go as fast as the car will go which in the case of your car would be 155mph rather than the piddly 95mph you do on the highways of CA (with all due respect to the CHP). The roads are also smoother there and twisties abound. The people driving on the same road also have a rough idea of how to drive, unlike their American counterparts.

    ED is a great way to go, to save money and to savor the car , even if it is a "lowly"(sic) 325.

    Norris, European by birth and future M3 owner
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Such as? Disneyworld or Cancun? Where are these fun places?

    Asia, Africa, So. America, Australia.

    When was the last time you were in Europe and what "fun" was lacking there?

    Never been and don't plan on it until I've exhausted the rest of the interesting continents.

    Some of the best "fun" to be had in Europe is picking up a new BMW in Munich and driving it on the autobahn where you can go as fast as the car will go which in the case of your car would be 155mph rather than the piddly 95mph you do on the highways of CA (with all due respect to the CHP).

    I've done 130 on the freeway. 155 was attainable but not desirable given it was the middle of the night. I needn't visit the autobahn to have fun on the road.

    ED is a great way to go, to save money
    That's true in select cases. Purchasing a normal 330i or 325i you can get as good, if not better deals locally. And without the expense or hassle of going to europe. High end makes like the 5 and 7 and M should save you cash. But again, there's the hassle factor.

    Norris, European by birth and future M3 owner

    Me, American by birth, German by blood and not at all interested in Europe. Give me Thailand or Tokyo anyday...
  • I purchased a european spec first aid kit box and kit that was supposed to mount under the seat of my 2004 330cic. I was told it would work with the power sport seats (SP) but it does not fit. When you run the seat all the way back and down (tall driver) the box interferes with the rearmost seat travel.

    Too bad -- I was planning to install a box under each seat and was looking forward to the extra storage space under the seats. Has anyone had a different experience with this item and seat configuration ?

  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    I also noticed, when the front seats are raised to make clearance for the big shoes from the rear-seat passengers, the power motor interferes & forces their feet slightly crooked, even worse when there are 3 pairs of shoes to be distributed.

    Those of you getting the $995 power feature on the non-sport seats just to gain the thigh-tilt adjustment might as well save the $ & special order the $550 manual sport seats w/ even more adjustments including the cushion length(Wow, something the S-class got). I also find the sport seats' headrests a little more comfortable possibly due to being able to lower further. & w/ the $445 left over, get the $450 4-way power lumbar on these manual sport seats, as the memory feature from the power seats does not memorize your lumbar position anyway.

    Combining w/ the absence of moonroof to keep the front occupants sitting high AND more forward, a 325i can be a decently roomy sedan so everyone gets to enjoy the ride. What a bargain!

    I also noticed BMW purposely ruined the rear center armrest lately by changing the nice thick high one into something uncomfortably low just like the one w/ the optional $500 folding rear seat, so those who spent that $500 won't get jealous? This doesn't apply to our leatherette 325i, which doesn't have one to begin with.
  • creakid1creakid1 Posts: 2,032
    "Give me Thailand or Tokyo anyday..."

    Tonight I was just persuading the teenager student driver of the family, that's bound to take over our "unwanted" TSX auto, using the left hand to hold the steering wheel so he can eventually adapt to drive stick easier, but he prefers using the right hand since he's right handed. 'cause I'm sick of his nerdy dad that can't drive stick & is against stick.

    Thailand & Tokyo drive on the left just like the Brits. Is "right-hand steering/left-hand shift" a reason? I visited Thailand in '98, & I think the E46 sedan's rear-glass width sucks for lane changes in crowded cities. The C-class sedan & IS300 are better. No wonder I like to drive my '84 Jetta & '90 Protege.
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