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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Jan-12-2017, 12:37:03 AM   #31
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Escort Passport 8500 x50 in each car. LEOs only use Ka band around here so I only scan for Ka band(x and k disabled). No false alarms and they have saved me several times.
California, most LEOs are CA Hwy Patrol, and when driving around their vehicles are generally blasting Ka band, giving them away. At least in the urban areas most speed traps are LIDAR now, and that's often when their Ka systems are off (or they're motorcycle CHP and don't have them) but even when traffic is moving fast I usually can't get above the 10mph point or so when they will actually pull someone over.
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Not seeing the logic here. There's a problem if I'm not trying to have fun, aka speed, in public? I don't see any need to have "fun" by speeding. I may accelerate to speed limit or make a turn a little faster than normal, but I stay within speed limit. How is going XX MPH over limit in public any more fun than driving at the speed limit? Neither are fun; both are boring. A speeding citation isn't worth it to me, too much of a pita. But I do understand why people would want to speed in a safe manner.

I used to speed excessively without a radar detector; I did fine. Just drive smart.
I had a V1 for a few months. It was nice but useless to me. Got rid of that.
I currently use Waze only. It's nice to know if anything is ahead of you, whether it's police, debris on the road, or a disabled vehicle.

I liked the V1 because of the directional arrows, and admittedly, prefer the sounds it makes over other brands/models. I especially liked the laser tune. It'd be perfect when paired with Waze.
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Old Thu, Jan-12-2017, 01:01:15 AM   #33
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I bought a V1 a couple months ago with the Savvy attachment. Not sure if it's actually 'saved' me at all, but it gives me peace of mind and reminds me to slow down.

Question to anyone who has a laser jammer: what state are you in?

I'm in California and I was under the impression that radar and laser jammers are illegal, and a quick google search shows I was right about that. However, I've also read that the chance of getting caught is extremely low. One guy on a random forum said he got lasered about 10 times and never got a 2nd look, which sounds like bs to me.

Considering 5 out of 6 of my tickets have been from LIDAR it might be worth looking in to if the risk/fine/etc is minimal.
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I bought a V1 a couple months ago with the Savvy attachment. Not sure if it's actually 'saved' me at all, but it gives me peace of mind and reminds me to slow down.

Question to anyone who has a laser jammer: what state are you in?

I'm in California and I was under the impression that radar and laser jammers are illegal, and a quick google search shows I was right about that. However, I've also read that the chance of getting caught is extremely low. One guy on a random forum said he got lasered about 10 times and never got a 2nd look, which sounds like bs to me.

Considering 5 out of 6 of my tickets have been from LIDAR it might be worth looking in to if the risk/fine/etc is minimal.
The thing about laser jammers is that you don't jam to gun. You do it a max of 5 sec and then you shut it off. Cop is going to notice that they can get a reading on the car next to you, but nothing from you fairly quick.
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So are you saying that you never go above the posted speed limit?

Honestly, I find it hard to believe that anyone who owns an sports car, let alone an M3 is doing the posted speed limit 24 hrs a day/365 days of the year.

But hey 2016 proved anything is possible.
I sometimes go above it, but I don't drive 24 hours a day, every day of the year though. That would rack up too many miles on my appreciating asset.
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The thing about laser jammers is that you don't jam to gun. You do it a max of 5 sec and then you shut it off. Cop is going to notice that they can get a reading on the car next to you, but nothing from you fairly quick.
Oh, I see. I'll abandon that thought completely. I wouldn't react fast enough and I'd probably do it wrong and draw too much suspicion. I've been driving very carefully for a while now since the stakes are so high. Driving used to be fun, now it sucks on a daily basis. Oh well...
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Oh, I see. I'll abandon that thought completely. I wouldn't react fast enough and I'd probably do it wrong and draw too much suspicion. I've been driving very carefully for a while now since the stakes are so high. Driving used to be fun, now it sucks on a daily basis. Oh well...
There are certain systems, ALPS, that will automatically shut down after a certain amount of time. So you don't have to do anything except slow down and look innocent.

Laser Interceptor has button that you push to shut down the jamming. You really can't mess it up...outside of panicking and failing to shut it down. Can't say its worth it in California, but it most definitely is a sound investment in another state IMO .
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V1 hands down. 6 years in 4 different cars, not a single speeding ticket.

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Not seeing the logic here. There's a problem if I'm not trying to have fun, aka speed, in public? I don't see any need to have "fun" by speeding. I may accelerate to speed limit or make a turn a little faster than normal, but I stay within speed limit. How is going XX MPH over limit in public any more fun than driving at the speed limit? Neither are fun; both are boring. A speeding citation isn't worth it to me, too much of a pita. But I do understand why people would want to speed in a safe manner.

I used to speed excessively without a radar detector; I did fine. Just drive smart.
I had a V1 for a few months. It was nice but useless to me. Got rid of that.
I currently use Waze only. It's nice to know if anything is ahead of you, whether it's police, debris on the road, or a disabled vehicle.

I liked the V1 because of the directional arrows, and admittedly, prefer the sounds it makes over other brands/models. I especially liked the laser tune. It'd be perfect when paired with Waze.
I would be willing to say it's pointless to drive an M3 if you never drive above speed limit (at least with the artificially low speed limits in the US). And I would say it's also pointless to drive an M3 if the only time you open it up is on the track (might as well have a more dedicated track car like a Corvette or something and daily drive a corolla if you're going to drive the M3 like one)
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I would be willing to say it's pointless to drive an M3 if you never drive above speed limit (at least with the artificially low speed limits in the US). And I would say it's also pointless to drive an M3 if the only time you open it up is on the track (might as well have a more dedicated track car like a Corvette or something and daily drive a corolla if you're going to drive the M3 like one)
Huh? M3 can't be a good dedicated track car?
The M3 is loads better than a Corvette for track use imo.

My M3 is perfect for my uses, even though it's stripped a good amount. Doesn't get driven much, but when it is, I can get from A to B with no issues. I can stuff anything I need to into the car, including groceries, my excessive track equipment (no trailer ftw), and other junk without any issues. And I can comfortably flog it at the track. It does everything. At the end of the day, it's a car. Still not understanding how you think it's pointless to drive an M3 when I don't speed. Again, there is absolutely nothing that can be done on the street that is fun while also being safe, speeding or not.

IIRC, you said the most high performance thing you've done with your car is autocross. I guess it's fair to say there's no point in owning that M3 of yours if you're not using the car properly.

Doesn't matter though; changes nothing. I will continue driving the M3 in public like a grandma and flogging it at the track. No regrets, no shame.
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