I guess being in the States and waiting until June for the S to be out(just saw about 3 S's at the Chicago auto show-I got to excited to count) I will be able to wait for my "proper" options!Did find it strange to see the S out number the Cooper and yet not many have actually driven it....
Yes,it is true that w the heated screen the effectivness of the detector is decreased.I saw I think on this forum that some of Fords heated windscreens has a "portal" for it to see thru.
Valentine 1.com has good tech. info so you may want to check it out.Maybe a remote detector would/could solve the problem
Quite coincidently, this week I was deliberating over ordering the heated windshield so I contacted Valentine One about this issue...
The news is good.
Mike Valentine himself responded to my email, here's his response:
"We have had many reports from customers who have cars with the "ultra-thin" wire heating elements that report no problems with V1 radar reception. The admonition on our web site regarding the avoidance of embedded wires does refer to embedded antenna wires, as you correctly surmise.
A continuous field of very thin, vertical wires may not disrupt the antenna pattern as much as might a "strategically placed" antenna wire. I suggest not worrying about it unless there is a test vehicle available that proves problematic.
The only proven, 100%, problem windshields contain a metallic film. They're always bad news!"
Looks like I might be ordering that cold weather package after all.
And if I may just shamelessly plug Valentine, everytime I have had a question they have been exceptionally helpful. They seem genuinely passionate about what they do and it shows in their their product and their customer support.
Those virturally undetectable wires will need to be located. If you don't locate your detector between sets of wires, or accidentially locate it directly in front of the thin wires, you will reduce performance.
On a side note, most detectors these days are so damn sensitive, you won't notice.
For those on long, straight, flat hwys that are obsessed with maximum performance, and metal wires, films, tints or additives will decrease sensitivity.
I read up on this back when photo radar came to Ontario, Canada. Thankfully, it's gone now.
I have a heated windscreen in my current Ford Mondeo.
It has not givven me any trouble whatsoever the last 2 years
This is: no trouble with police radar detection.
no trouble in italy with highway payments.
no trouble with phone.
I also wanted it on my mini but it was delayed so i had to order without it.
But as soon as i need to replace the windscreen i will install it.
Its 1 of the best investments i did on my current car.
Imagine an cold morning (minus 15 degrees) and cleaning your windows. Just start ya car wait for 30 seconds and drive away!!!!
Or a moisty day with wett clothes, you will have no fog on the screen inside
Will be interesting to see what the replacement cost of the heated windshield will be. It may drive up insurance costs.
The windshield on my GrandPrix GTP was over $900- to replace! I think part of that was something to do with the heads-up display. Thankful that in Massachusetts windshield are 100% covered by insurance with no deductable.