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Reverse Warning Systems & Cameras

I WAS LOOKING INTO GET A BACKUP OBJECT SENSING
SYSTEM AND PUTTING IT ON MY 1999 MERCURY VILLAGER.
I WAS WONDERING IF ANYONE HAS INSTALLED one of
these systems which can sense objects behind a
vehicle.Any info would be appreciated, does it
work? and do you like it??
thanks
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  • I'm wondering the same thing however the one I found is more than I want to pay . I would like to find a source for after market accessories for a 1999 Mercury Villager.
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  • The one I found is the autopark 2000. JC WHITNEY has them for $59, I also found them at WWW.KWMUTH.COM for $46 plus shipping.It looks like a basic sytem that mounts to the license plate frame and has a beeper you mount under the dash. Also if anyone has info on where to get accessories for the mercury villager let us know.
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  • Hi, I installed one in my Sienna van. The unit is call Poron and I bought it from Autotoys.com. The installation was very easy. It is basically good for very slow back-up situation such as parallel parking and backing up against a large object such as a wall. However, it will not detect a little kid running across the back of your van or smaller objects such as a post. I got the 2 sensor unit and I contacted the manufacturer and they claim the 3 sensor unit works better but more expensive (of course). Overall this product is OK but don't expect it to detect anything smaller than a car.
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  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    The Backup Alert, from Kmart. the cost was $27 on sale. You can hook up to two sensors on it and it's range is from 5' to 15". I have had it for a year now, and am very happy with it. I did purchase two for the extra sensor. The extra control unit I kept in case the one installed ever goes bad. Just the other day I found another in a yard sale for $5, I might mount it on the front.
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  • bf1pfbf1pf Posts: 1
    Can backup alerts be used for close parallel parking (e.g., be set to alert you when you are within 6"-12"?) If anyone knows of such a sensor, you could please e-mail a response, I would appreciate it.
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    The answer to your question is yes! Absolutely! That's what they are there for. These backup alert systems are usually preset to warn you at certain distances (not user customisable) and 12" is not uncommon. Personally, I'd recommend the Poron USA backup warning systems that http://www.autotoys.com sells since I've heard good things about it. You can also buy the same systems directly from Poron USA at http://www.poronusa.com

    Hope this helps!
    Drew
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  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    This is the one I bought for $69. It works like a charm! It's a bit less expensive than the Poron, and it doesn't talk!

    http://www.12voltdirect.com/products/drivingaids.htm

    I custom installed its LED readout:

    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1280646&a=9790406&p=32521988

    You can sort of see the sensor installation here:

    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1280646&a=9976873&p=33243651

    http://store.autotoys.com has the Poron and another, more expensive, brand.
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Thanks for the links and the pictures. Poron has a couple of (2 and 3 sensor) reverse warning systems that don't have the voice indicator.

    I just installed the Bosch Parkpilot 4 sensor reverse warning system to my vehicle (well, it's not complete yet). It's almost identical to the MB Parktronic system; Bosch OEMs it to MB. Overall, I'm happy with the appearance, even though the installation was extremely time consuming and required dismantling a few parts. You can see the pictures here: http://go.to/m-class

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  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    Quite the effort for backup sensors! Nice end result, though. My single black sensor beneath the plate is fine for me and allows me to parallel park perfectly (although I wouldn't mind sticking two sensors under the plate, even though my unit doesn't allow for that). The green light will flash for anything close to my back end at any angle, and I stop backing up at red when parking.

    So, when you have your fog lights on, a big square green lights blares at you? Isn't that annoying?
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Thanks for the compliment! I'm overall quite pleased with the results. I see that you have done quite a bit of customising to yours (in fact the entire car). I especially like the interior alarm warning lights.

    WRT the green indicator, no it's not that bad. In fact, I hardly even notice it when it's on. I zoomed in on the indicator since other M-class owners wanted to see the warning lamp (US MLs don't come with foglamps activated since the height of the lights makes them illegal in most states even though they're not glaring) and as you probably noticed, I'm in Canada. The camcorder's exposure setting got a little confused and I didn't bother to adjust it at the time.

    Merry Christmas!
    Drew
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  • tronsrtronsr Posts: 46
    Does anyone have any experience with the above that is sold by JCWhitney for $14.99??? It is a light bulb with a built in alarm that replaces your back-up light. If it works like the ad states, it sounds pretty reasonable??? The ad states that it is a 100db alarm and a 20 watt halogen light that automatically warns others when you start to back up. As easy as changing the light bulb...no wiring...{that's what it says???
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  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    I'm sure it will install and work exactly as advertised. Unless it's malfunctioning, like one of the halogen 3157 bulbs I bought from them.
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  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Why would you have an LED go on for a back up system? Are you not looking through the back window or checking the rear view mirrors? Mine is set to go by sound, since the last thing I want to be watching is an LED.
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  • scotianscotian Posts: 1,064
    ...just as long as it also has an audible signal, since you really should be looking at the car you're trying not to back into. Mine is set up so you can see both out of the 300M's rear porthole:

    http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1280646&a=9790406&p=32521988

    Certainly it doesn't make sense to have a backup LED on your instrument panel.
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  • saggarsaggar Posts: 1
    I bought a boron MINI3 NV (3 sensors) backup alert system from AutoToys.com for my 01 Odd EX/NEVI. It's supposed to be a DAY part, but I'm not sure if I can do it nicely. I want to have it professionally installed and am looking for some references for the CA Bay Area.

    Thanks!
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  • There is also a talking backup system at autotoys.com. If you have a tough time finding it, it is in the ALARM department under BACKUP sensors (http://store.autotoys.com)
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  • I was wondering where you got your Bosch Parkpilot 4 system? I did a web search but couldn't find anything in English.

    Could you please post a site or give me some info.

    Thanks,

    Campo57
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    A friend bought it on behalf of me in Germany. It's not for sale in North America. You should also know that it requires vehicle specific kits for installation. If your vehicle is not on the list (basically most domestic vehicles aren't), you won't be able to purchase said kit. You find out more info here: http://www.bosch.de/aad/en/produkte/parkpilot/index.htm

    And see more pictures of my installation (which was a huge PITA) - http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=137587&a=10686364


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  • ckonckon Posts: 22
    Here's one I haven't seen mentioned before. It uses microwave technology so it can "see" moving objects, etc. and is invisible when installed.


    I installed one on my Odyssey today and so far everything's living up to the manufacturer's claims.


    See it at http://www.rostra.com/ac-main.asp and if you'd like to see pictures of my installation, they're at http://www.fototime.com/inv/E5EF2F60BF78337

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  • cap420cap420 Posts: 6
    Where did you get it?
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    It's in ckon's message, in the last sentence. :-) Rosta.com


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  • cap420cap420 Posts: 6
    Rosta.com won't sell direct, and all the resellers in CA are idiots when I called them. I figured that since ckon had the sensor in hand, he sucesfully found a reseller that was able to work with people.

    ckon,
    If you ever read this, let me know where and how much.

    Peace,
    cap420
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  • sharonlpksharonlpk Posts: 37
    OK, well, this may sound funny, but...

    Our new 2001 Windstar has the reverse sensing on it... that is helpful as I'm not the best judge of space :-) However, has anyone mounted anything on the front? With our old WS we (yes, husband did this too!) managed to hit the nose of the van (with license plate,thank goodness) a few times...

    It would be great to have something on that license plate bracket that would beep when within a matter of inches... Of course I don't want something to go off every time I pull up behind a car while driving, it's more for parking...

    Thanks for suggestions!
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  • ztzzztzz Posts: 16
    cap420,

    I'm from another Odyssey forum and a number of us got our Rostra reverse sensor from this website after ckon installed one in his.

    http://www.astecx.com/ross.html

    For the Odyssey, it was about $175.
    Hope this helps you.
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  • cap420cap420 Posts: 6
    Thanks. From what I've read, the Rostra ROSS system will fit most cars since the bracketing that it comes with is meant to be cut and bent to fit your car or application. I'll be using the RX300 manual to install this on my Toyata Highlander (almost identical builds). I let you know how it turns out and post pictures like ckon.

    Thanks again.
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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    on a MB ML320:

    http://www.autotoys.com/New_Tech/DIY/ML_BACKUP_SENSOR/ml_backup_sensor.htm


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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
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  • 300michael300michael Posts: 1,815
    Kmart sells a system called backup alert. it goes for $35 ($27 on sale) and can be used in the front too. If you do not want to hear it flip a switch and just look for the red LED to go on. very simple to hook up, I have had one on my 300M for the past two years.
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