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As one who avidly bends the speed limits, I've already started wondering how my radar detector will perform, especially considering that I want the cold weather package which includes the heated windshield.
In the past, the metallic films used in windshield de-icers have rendered radar detectors nearly blind. The MINI won't be using a film, but their method still concerns me b/c it uses "ultra-thin, virtually undetectable heating element wires that run vertically through the windshield glass..."

From the tech section of the Valentine1 website:
"Be careful of wires in the windshield though, because they’re close to V1 [radar detector]. Usually the horizontal wires are no problem, but I recommend that you stay a few inches away from vertical wires..."

Does anybody have experience w/ this kind of de-icing system and its effect on detector performance? Does BMW already use it in their cars? If so, perhaps the issue has already been addressed by the BMWCCA or the like.
Valentine's "Ask Mike" section is currently closed (to reopen in the future) so I'll have to wait to run this one by them.

In the meantime, anybody here have insights or a radar specialist?
 

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If it is of any help. I had a mondeo heated windscreen and a radar detector. The radar detector was virtually useless in the Mondeo, It does not like heating elements....
 

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I remember watching a TV show on Speedvision covering European cars this past summer. I think it was the new Peugeot 607 that had a heated windshield with a small section at the base of the glass devoid of any heating elements for the express purpose of not interfering with a radar detector.

I don’t know if Peugeot originated this idea, but have any other manufacturers copied this feature?
 
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