I certainly wish I had joined this group before going ahead with this Escort Qi45 install on my Cooper. This is not acceptable and I have already ordered a replacement grill!
The question is, what options are available? I wanted to go with an installed detector, and it seems like all the escort receivers have the same dimensions, which is a problem for my model car. As far as I can see, there is no available clearance to intall the receiver without it penetrating the lower grill. There is even less room in front of the upper grill. I have an 8500 for years and really liked it, but finally it was stolen from the car, and I d0n't want to replace windows everytime I go out to dinner, and forget to remove the unit from the windscreen.
I also want laser warning and later a shifter kit.