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Old 07-20-2004, 09:00 AM   #1
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OK as I was going to work this morning I came into the dark garage and before I touched the key fob to open the door I noticed that my Radar Detector (I just started using it) was on! In my old car I could always leave it plugged in and it would turn off when the car was off. It seems the Vue supplies constant power to it. I am lucky that I had enough juice to start my car considering I have had it plugged in for 4 days now! Why would they not have it turn off with the car? It is a pain to have to un-plug it everytime I get in and out of the car. But has anyone else noticed this?

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:04 AM   #2
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yeah, my cell phone keeps charging when i shut the car off. i like that though.

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:35 AM   #3
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Since the fairly recent explosion of cell phones, manufacturers are wiring the lighter so they are hot all the time......15 years ago they were not.....

rewiring it through the key would not be a big job......

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:54 AM   #4
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I don't use the power outlet. My detector is windshield mounted on the
drivers side of the vehicle above the VIN tag. It's less visible there
and drivers behind me can't see it. I had to bend the mounting bracket
a bit because the windshield is curved at that point. I removed several
plastic panels below it and ran the power cable(non-coiled type) down
and over to the fuse block and connected it to the heated seat fuse with
one of those adapt-a-fuse gizmos. I don't know why my vehicle even had
the heated seat fuse because I don't have them, but that circuit is only
hot when the engine is running. I disconnect and hide the detector in
the small bin under the steering column when parked in public lots.

04 V6's should come with a factory radar detector!!

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Old 07-20-2004, 10:00 AM   #5
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yeah, my cell phone keeps charging when i shut the car off. i like that though.
Same here.

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Old 07-20-2004, 10:42 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by revue
I don't use the power outlet. My detector is windshield mounted on the
drivers side of the vehicle above the VIN tag. It's less visible there
and drivers behind me can't see it. I had to bend the mounting bracket
a bit because the windshield is curved at that point. I removed several
plastic panels below it and ran the power cable(non-coiled type) down
and over to the fuse block and connected it to the heated seat fuse with
one of those adapt-a-fuse gizmos. I don't know why my vehicle even had
the heated seat fuse because I don't have them, but that circuit is only
hot when the engine is running. I disconnect and hide the detector in
the small bin under the steering column when parked in public lots.

04 V6's should come with a factory radar detector!!
If I get a good radar detector like the one I want (Valentine 1 V1) then I might hard wire it like this but my cheapo just isn't worth all that. It is like 10 years old! I just use it because they started settin speed traps close to work recently.

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Old 07-20-2004, 11:37 AM   #7
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if they come out w/ an updated Valentine One, will they call it Valentine Two?

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Old 07-20-2004, 11:46 AM   #8
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if they come out w/ an updated Valentine One, will they call it Valentine Two?
Probaby Valentine One V2 because the Valentine One V1 in the current model.

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Old 07-20-2004, 11:53 AM   #9
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I put a lighted switch next to my right leg in the panel inline with the 12 volt outlet. Reason is my cell charger fits so tight into the socket I don't want to plug it in and pull it out all the time. It has led's on it, not that that's much of a drain, but now I can plug in my phone for hands free/charging use while I'm driving, and now shut off the power to the outlet when I get out.

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Old 07-20-2004, 01:08 PM   #10
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All GM built vehicles maintain plug power when the switch is off. They have as long as I can remember(early 70's). The Japanese vehicles cut power to the cig lighter when switch is off. The GM clones built (designed) outside of GM are the same as their original manufacturer or planner(ex. Pontiac Vibe, Geo Prizm cut-off like Toyota). Don't worry about your detector killing your battery. I drive my Suburban once or twice a month, and the detector as never even produced a weak battery, and it's never off.

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Old 07-20-2004, 02:07 PM   #11
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Don't have that problem in Virginia where radar detectors are illegal...

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