I'm moving out of my dorm room in the next couple weeks and just drove back to the Bay Area last weekend to switch out my beloved 5-Series for the minivan to get my stuff out. It's a 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette, and it has the windshield with the metal oxide in it. Yes, I use my RD in a minivan....and drive it in a such a manner to need it, too....lol.
I run a Belscort 8500 X50 (not sure of Rev).
It was mounted dead center, medium low in the windshield.
Anyway, on a clear, slightly downhill stretch of road it picked up a CHP with his radar on driving towards me. Both me and him probably doing about 80. It gave me 2 bars strength about 5 seconds before I saw him (and I was looking at my side of the road), and as he passed it only gave 3 bars. This is obviously not gonna cut it.
I consider myself lucky for the drive down I just made, but I will be driving back from San Diego to the Bay in the dead of night and can't afford that low of warning. And yes, I pick up several cops when I do this route at night. I love the detector in my car, but the metal oxide windshield makes it nearly useless.
So, where can I put it to maximize reception? Is there a segment of the windshield that is not tinted? Is there somewhere that will give me better alerts in spite of the metal? If anyone has a 1997-05 Chevy Venture, Pontiac Montana/Trans Sport, or Olds Silhouette, where you put your RD would be especially helpful. But thanks for any replies, of course.
Cliffs: Borrowing the family van, has a metal oxide windshield that kills RD reception, need somewhere to mount Passport 8500 X50 to maximize reception. Please advise.