Toyota Prius Forum banner
1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Planning to install radar dectector in our Pri. Anyone done so? Any problems with emissions from dectector and SKS, Nav, etc? Or any problems with SKS affecting dectector? Windshield coating?

Tried unsuccessfully to search. Must be me.

Thanks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101 Posts
I've been using an Escort 8500 in mine. You really need to bend the bracket sharper to accomodate the radical slant of the shield. The two suction cups stick well and it hasn't fallen off yet. No problems so far with GPS or phone - not that I ever, ever exceed the speed limit, either with the Pri or on them motorcycles. :twisted:

Can't say how many times the thing has saved me, especially on the bikes. Maybe the cost of the unit and then some in terms of "Performance Awards." Did I say the Prius will travel along I-5 at 95mph? Nah, must'nt been me. I find, however, that occassionally those Ford Excreations move too slow and get in my way. :shock:

Get a good one. Escort and Valentine One come to mind.

Of course, your mpg may vary a bit in the process of ownership of one of 'em.....but what do I know?

Oh, and never ever speed! :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
171 Posts
Speaking for Law Enforcement, I have NEVER given a warning to someone who had a detector in the car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,000 Posts
One other thing to remember is don't bother getting one that also includes laser. By the time it picks it up, it's too late. Lasers only emit when actively measuring speed, and have such a small cone they send out that unless you are immediately behind the car being measured, you won't even read it. And if you're immediately behind someone, odds are the officer will get them instead of you, anyway.

Radar is fine, though. It sends out a wide swath of radiation, and most radar guns are always emitting at least some measurable amount.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
68 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Actually, when I drive the Pri (my wifes the primary) I very often find myself driving way too fast becuase of the quietness and lack of analog speedo. I'm talking about in town - 30 and 40mph zones - not highway speeds.

I had two near misses with speed checks this weekend, so to reduce the odds of spending a day or two in drivers ed.............

I'm not debating the right or wrong of radar dectectors -- that, like may other issues, is for you to decide for yourself -- just trying to see if there's any pertinent info in the forum.

Sgt Karl, I believe in minimizing my exposure to law enforcement. LEOs make mistakes just like anyone else and I don't want to be on the receiving end. Obviously, the best way to do that is to operate within the law and keep a low profile. (BTW - I'm an former LEO, grad of 2 major academys and a number of years on the street).
 
G

·
On my test drives I found the Prius gets going fast rather easy before I got used to the speed and quiet ride. The Prius cruises at 90+ MPH no problem and almost silently. Of course you'll "only" get about 45MPG if you drive well abouve the speed limit. Much more if at the speed limit.

On a curvy side road I found myself doing 45 in a 25 area without realizing it and the saleman asked me to slow down. On the freeway I was suprised to look down and see the indicated speed at 90 when I thought I was going about 75ish. I attribute this up to the quietness of the hybrid motors and suprising amout of power in the 2004+ models. The electric side is basically silent and provides half the car's drive power. A lot of other Prius drivers have the same experience. I quickly acclimated to the quiet so it's not an issue.

An idiot like Fish Antlers who apparently doens't have a Prius but is an interent troll, assumes becasue the car is fuel efficient it's too slow to speed. Not true. I suspect Fishy is a danger to himself at any speed and shouldn't operate heavy machiney while intoxicated or sober. :roll:

What is true is a lot of Prius drivers deliberatly drive slow becasue that's more fuel efficient, for any car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
101 Posts
SgtKarl said:
Speaking for Law Enforcement, I have NEVER given a warning to someone who had a detector in the car.
I find some irony in that statement.

Seems another former law enforcement officer now sells detectors and even laser jammers. Nice reviews, tests, and demos too.

See http://www.radarbusters.com/

Maybe Radar Roy (the officer in question) had a revelation? Maybe he realized what he was doing and felt remorse later in his career?

Personally, after the Montana no-speed-limit trial, I question the whole speed limit theory. If they abandoned it with no subsequent loss of life, why is it such an issue if it is not for revenue enhancement of the local coffiers? The only reason it reappeared was for the loss of federal road monies if they didn't comply and reinstate speed limits on their highways.

California was debating the hidden speed camera thing last week (SB1300). I don't know the bills' final outcome, but to me, it will be nothing but a goldmine for local jurisdictions as Arizona issued some 6500 speeding tickets in Phoenix on Hwy. 101, I believe, in a very short time period (few weeks). So if the speed limit is set at the 85% level, then everyone over that is fair game?

If you don't realize the speed has dropped and for whom, it will be a mess beyond belief. I would say 100% of the traffic around Santa Clarita, CA where the speed changes from 65 or 70 (signage is remote to say the least) down to 40 in the unoccupied construction zone on I-5, then all cars and trucks would be targeted. If you drive it often enough and a speed camera exists, then you would get maybe a ticket, or two, a day over a two week period until you finally realized the speed limit is for cars as well as the semi-trucks (again, signage is deplorable). In two weeks, you would have a mailbox full of (~$300) tickets before you realized what had happened and, as a result, would have your license pulled for all the surprise tickets. Bad form CA. They should - and maybe will - learn from Canada's mess with the speed cams. There is no immediate feedback that you are doing something wrong without a stern and prompt lecture from Sgt. Karl that you are screwing up in his jurisdiction. It would not surprise me one bit that some jurisdictions would set a speed trap with a radar cam if, for nothing more, to buy new golf clubs for their overseers.

Now if you have a radar detector, you would pick up the warning from the spill over. Your call. Travel with - or travel blind.

Maybe - if enough radar speed cameras were in effect - there would be less need for traffic cops since they (cameras) would be more far more efficient? Wow! The state could save a lot of money with fewer traffic officers and subsequent costs, but rake in a lot more with more efficient cameras! What a concept! :idea:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
145 Posts
I have a Valentine One in mine. Works fine for me.

As for warnings, I've been worried about automatically getting a ticket for a moving violation but so far I've only been pulled over twice in my life (have had a license since ~91) and was let go both times. I had a radar detector up at least one of those times.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6 Posts
DaveT, I have a Valentine One in my car, came over from my SUV in to my Prius and I have not had a problem with any of my systems at all.

I have a 2006 pkg#8.

If you don't have a radar detector yet, and are looking for one, check out the valentineone web site, pricey but worth the money it can save you.

phil
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,285 Posts
I vote with those who say laser beats the detector, and they are used more and more. I see LAPD and even north LA county Sheriffs using them. By the time you get the warning, they have the reading, at least if they are trained well, as most seem to be.

I use a BEL detector and it has come in handy. I drive with traffic, not faster, so I'm not using it to race. But if they are doing enforcement to get tickets and attention up, I don't want to be the "random" (yeah, right) choice for the "example" ticket. The detector lets me slow just enough that the OTHER guy stands out.

I've never got a speed warning anyway, so it doesn't cost me. They "don't DO warnings" here anyway--they ticket for speeders to get the numbers to prove they have "done something." A poor mindset, but I'm not going to change it--so I deal with it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
991 Posts
Accelerating up, I can kind of feel for it.. but yeah, once you get to the higher speed the Prius seems to accelerate very easily.. I hit 88 before I even realized it just trying to pass some truck..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
It is WAY too easy! I have to admit, this past weekend I was driving home from my parent's cottage in Northern Michigan, and I found myself reverting to my old speeding habits, b.p. (before prius)...especially, after an obnoxious, huge, truck with trailer, moved in front of me and slowed down...as I sped up to pass him, moved back to the slow lane I noticed that I was going 83mph! Such a nice little car...for the next two hours of my trip home I went 80mph and only noticed a .1 deduction in mileage...which went right back up to 45 after being off the freeway for a few minutes...

I love my Prius... :p
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
58 Posts
My Valentine One works great. Unlike all other brands, this is a radar LOCATOR, which tells you WHERE the radar actually is. I find this feature invaluable. I have no problems with the Prius electronics or the locator feature of the detector in the Prius. The V1 IS expensive but is upgradeable at a reduced cost, a feature that I've taken advantage of twice already. I find the laser detector feature to be useless in my area. However, the most of the police drive around or park with their radar constantly on, which is very considerate of them...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,000 Posts
G. McCurdy said:
Seems another former law enforcement officer now sells detectors and even laser jammers. Nice reviews, tests, and demos too.
More likely he always thought speeding was generally okay, but couldn't have a side business of technically assisting people to break the law while he was an officer.

As for photo radar tickets? I'm not 100% positive how California does it, but here in Oregon, there have to be two 'technician officers' in the photo radar vans when it's active. Negating the 'fewer officers' portion. (Red light photo tickets are unmanned, though; with one officer manning the computer to approve the tickets from all machines; as Oregon requires an officer 'approve' every ticket, both photo red light and photo radar, the ones in the radar van count for those, but someone still needs to check the red light cams..)
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top