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I was wondering if anyone experienced this problem. I have had a escort x50 radar detector attached to my cig lighter for about 4 mos., now all of a sudden every morning when i leave for work (No matter what car i use) the radar detector goes bezerk for about 10-15 minutes X, K, Ka bands all flashing at times, even when it is not at the windshield, after if finishes throwing its fit for the morning it is good for the rest of the day.. i eventually took it back to the store and got a new one.. worked ok for about 1 week, then it started happening again.. well I am on my 4th New radar detector I have been driving a different car, and it has not done it yet... BUT I have not put the x50 in the SAAB yet. i am thinking that I am having some sort of electrical spike that may be shorting out or doing something to the radar detector... any ideas? should I attache a meter to see if there is a spike or something... I think i may just Hard wire the radar detector to my fusebox instead of using the cig lighter..
this x50 cost too much to keep replacing.
 

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I believe that it is an ultrasonic park assist. Does not use radio waves. Does not effect radar detectors.

A lot of the active cruise controls and blind spot detectors coming online are radar based, and jam your detector. *******S!
 

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FWIW, I've had my Passport 8500 X50 for about 20 months and 20k miles; got it a few days after getting my '06 9-3SC. For the first few months I had it plugged into the lighter, then I got the hardwire kit w/ remote mute from Escort and got power from the back of the lighter socket. I've had no issues at all with it. BTW, you can set the display on the X50 to display input voltage by going into program mode. Mine usually runs between 14.2 and 14.3 VDC. If any of this matters, my detector is mounted just above the SID (I ran the power cord up under the dash and it exits where the SID meets the defroster vent. Also, I don't have park assist.
 

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I suggest calling Escort and arranging your unit to be sent in to be looked at. I have hard of this problem before and Escort fixed it I believe.
 

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is it draining my battery if always plugged in?

I just got this radar and I'm currently using the cigarette lighter socket with the smart cord.

If I keep it plugged in at all times, is it draining my battery? I noticed all the lights, etc for the radar shut off when I turn my car off and come back on when I turn my car on... this makes me believe the car shuts off power to the lighter socket when the car is off.

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Another 8500 X50 owner here, and I've never had any problems like this. My detector is about 4 years old, and I've used it in my 9-3 for almost 2 now. It's been a darn good detector, IMHO. Mine is moved between cars, so I'm just using the standard OEM suction cup mount and powered by the 12V point below the CD changer in the dash. I normally place it so that it's resting right on top of the SID.

I know that I've reversed with it on, and the SPA has never made it go crazy.

The start-up sequence, where it chirps through all of the tones/alerts, can be disabled from the customization menu. That would be a reason why some do this and others don't.

What if you unplug it when it goes nuts and immediately plug it back in? Does it immediately go beserk again? It doesn't do this beserk thing in same place every day, does it? You don't have like a State Patrol Speed Trap training center nearby or something, right? :lol:
 

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I use the Passport 8500 X50's twin, the Beltronics Pro RX65 (they share the same internal circuitry I am told).

I've had mine randomly go off occasionally though not recently. I just figured there was some inexplicable radar signal in the air.

I have been testing it lately as i was considering selling it and wanted to make sure it was working properly, and it feels as if it is a whole lot less sensitive than it used to be.

I used to be able to catch a speed trap several miles down the road. now It seems I get a quarter mile at most, but I have yet to figure out a proper apples to apples comparison.

I wish there was some way I could test it to make sure it is working properly. I may just wind up sending it in to Beltronics to have it fixed.

I remember reading somewhere that high heat (such as leaving the unit in the car during the summer) can damage the calibration of these units, and cause them to be less accurate. I can't find the article I read this in anymore though.

If I had a new one I'd remove it from the car whenever parked (not just hide it in the center console or glove compartment) just in case.
 

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About age affecting radar detectors, I suspect this is true as well.

My X50 is the third detector I've owned. The other two were lower end Uniden's and Cobra's. With all of them, including the X50, it seems that their detection ranges shrink as they've aged. Maybe it's the progression of technology giving greater range with each generation, maybe the patrols are smarter about using their radar or are using less 'noisy' guns, maybe it's just in my head, but it really does seem to me that where I used to commonly get alerts on my X50 1-2 miles in advance, now it's only usually about a .5-1 mile away.

I'd think that the only way to really test it would be to buy a new one of the exact same model and put them both in your windshield to compare.

I wonder if it's a conspiracy by the manufacturers. ;) It would seem easy enough to program the sensitivity to degrade slowly over time. Wouldn't that be an interesting way of maintaining the demand for your products!
 

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hello, im the original poster of this issue, and have been scared to put my x50 in my saab ever since. I just recently(2days ago) installed the smart cord wired it to the fuse box, BUT scared to use it. I have 2 AMPs and a sub and was thinking that somehow a power surge may be distorting the calibration and causing it to go "bezerk" and not work correctly in ANY car. I have another car and the one I have currenlty has been working well in there. as far as age.. this is my 4th one, the prev detectors were 1 week old when the problem happened. My very first one.. it took 2 years before I experienced a problem. So i am thinking it is a battery issue. I did have some other electrical issues that may have contributed.... Water inside my car aaargh ($200 to fix, this was BAD), had to replace the ism ($320), was getting the famous "Steering Malfunction, Pull over and contact Saab Dealer" message this was a SCARY . My car has been riding fine lately, someday i will get brave enough to trust my car and turn on the detector :).. I dont feel like having to go thru the crap to get a 5th one, then NOT put it in my car. I may try a diff old cheap detector for a week and see how that goes.

not sure if any of this help you, but good luck.
 
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