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Not that I am one that would ever exceed the posted speed limit, but I would love people's thoughts about radar detectors.

I used to have one about 15 years ago when I owned a 164S - but it never worked very well. I drive 99% of the time commuting from Evanston to downtown Chicago and there just seemed to be too many false positives.

What are people's experience?

Also, someone told me that carbon fiber hoods are difficult for radar to detect. Any truth to that?
 

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Radar and Lidar are all based on reflective angle not material. (Unfortunately)
 

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The top contenders are Escort and Valentine.
 

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Lane Departure Warning systems in newer cars use radar (k band, I think?) and sets off radar detectors. I had an older Valentine1 which would show 5-9 hits around Audi and Volvos, but I bought a newer model that reduces false warnings. It seems to still register false positives with newer Hondas, but FAR better than older unit.

You do want to make sure your Windshield does not have metallic coating, which would effectively make the detector useless. BMW had optional "infrared" windshield in Europe which I had in my 2002 530i and it had such coating. It did have a small cutout behind interior rearview mirror which I was able to use. You can usually tell whether there is a coating or not by looking at the windshield from an angle, you will see gold or yellow reflection (at least with BMW).
 
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