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    Default New V1 goes haywire

    I just received my new V1 today to replace an antiquated & failed Escort. The V1 seems to have an interference problem with the LCD readout screen in my car, a Toyota Prius. About 50% of the time the laser alert is pegged, and goes away if I block the screen. Despite what you could presume about the car, I'm an aggressive driver who won't get along without a RD. Taking suggestions, but need to see the screen. Notice from the dark photo how the LCD image is seen reflected up on the windscreen.


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    Yep, thats the v1 alright

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    you could put black electrical tape on the rear laser sensor to see if that stops it....

    The added laser falses are a sign of it superior laser detection due to high sensitivity, :? good luck with it. besides the falsing you get on laser i'm sure you will like your V1

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    From page 28 under Troubleshooting in the brand new V1 owner's manual:

    Problem, Cause, Solution



    Go here for V1 laser false sources:

    http://valentine1.com/FalseAlarms/

    Your options are to just turn off the laser, put a limo tint strip at the top of your windshield to see if that cuts down on the reflection, or get a small piece of smoked plexi-glass to somehow block the navigation light from shining into the laser sensor (put smoked plexi-glass above navigation screen or mount it to the bottom of the V1). I think if you tint the top of your windshield, it will cut down on the glare and eliminate your laser falses.

    Go here and turn off your laser on the V1 by setting option 4 to the down arrow:

    http://valentine1.com/lab/MikesLabRpt3.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    Man you have my dream car. I LOVE those cars. :cry:
    I think they are cool cars, but I would worry about maintainance costs in the future. Just like ipods and cell phones, I'm sure over time the batteries will wear out, then will probably cost a fortune to replace.

    Of course I'm assuming they are some sort of proprietary toyota battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordhamster
    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    Man you have my dream car. I LOVE those cars. :cry:
    I think they are cool cars, but I would worry about maintainance costs in the future. Just like ipods and cell phones, I'm sure over time the batteries will wear out, then will probably cost a fortune to replace.

    Of course I'm assuming they are some sort of proprietary toyota battery.
    The eco-friendly sports car......... :roll:

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    Well, the arrow is pointing "ahead." So somehow the reflection from that screen is getting all the way to the front sensor. From that picture I don't see how that's even possible, but I have to assume from your experimentation that the screen really is doing it. I think that the only way to fix this is to somehow block the V1's view of that scren. I like the suggestion of smoked or painted plexiglass. I would just use a couple of pieces of velcro and stick it to the bottom of the detector like a lip.

    The other option is to find a different place to mount the V1 where the screen can't be seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordhamster
    Quote Originally Posted by happya$$
    Man you have my dream car. I LOVE those cars. :cry:
    I think they are cool cars, but I would worry about maintainance costs in the future. Just like ipods and cell phones, I'm sure over time the batteries will wear out, then will probably cost a fortune to replace.

    Of course I'm assuming they are some sort of proprietary toyota battery.
    I think the battery warranty is something like 8yrs/100,000 miles or 10yrs/150,000 depending on where you live. A replacement battery is around 6K I believe. I was looking at buying one as I am moving to a much bigger city later this month. If you don't plan on trading it in and want to drive it until it dies, you may have to get a new battery which equates to a lot of gas money. The battery pack inevitably will start to have diminished performance as they are NIMH. The system avoids deep battery discharges (30-70% only) to slow this process down a bit. In the end, I was too apprehensive because of the initial extra upfront costs over a regular gas car, possibly battery issues, hidden problems that have yet to arise, and inability to repair the thing myself. Besides, it would not be too much fun going from a V8 firebird to a Toyota Prius. :wink:

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    Or you could have an X50 or Rx65 that doesn't detect certain modes of laser and quick pulses of radar.

 

 

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