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When I picked up my X at the dealership, the owner told me in private. "The MDX does have one defect....speeding tickets...."
I think its amazing how relaxed this vehical is at 80-90mph. On rt 95 heading south to Boston (very light trafic) and having so much fun,ahead I noticed what I though was my first MDX sighting but as I got closer I could tell it was another brand of suv. As I made my way up to pass this vehical (I was traveling at 80mph) I could see the X5 sticker and slowly pulled past.
The point is, you do not want to come up on a state trooper thinking its another MDX at warp speed.
Be safe out there.
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True Too True

Harry said:
"The MDX does have one defect....speeding tickets...."
Yea, I'm afraid that's all too true. I'm not a chronic speeder by any means. Before RoadRunner I had gotten exactly 1 (count them - 1) speeding ticket in 40 years of driving. First real road trip in the X and what did I do but blast on through a Virginia speed trap. Cost me $130 :(bucks but I learned a lesson:
That VTEC likes to HOWL and you gotta keep a firm hand on the leash. Cruise control is my best friend on the highway. :D :D
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hehe... you got me there with the topic... I guess the tickets could add up to quite a premium price for the MDX...
 

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I can relate. I have a TL and an MDX, and I do drive my TL aggresively, and I remember thinking before we took delivery on the X, that speeding will not be a problem driving an SUV. WRONG! The X is so nimble and quiet, before you know it your 20 mph over the speed limit.

I did go out the day of delivery and buy a radar detector for it just in case. That was definitely a necessary purchase. :)

At this point, any tickets I get are just part of the cost of being an X owner, and we all know it's worth every penny. ;)
 

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Do you think this is paranoia

I removed my stock sub, and some other dead wood to make up for the added weight of the hitch, side steps, etc. If you don't use it, lose it. The CL forum is a bad influence on me.
 

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Maybe the MDX should come from the factory with a radar detector.
If I set my cruise at 55 or 80 I get the same average 24-25 mpg.
Is this typical?
roadrunner Did you have to pay cash? No detector?
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Cash - Check or Credit Card

Harry,
No I do not have a radar detector - I usually keep it at speed limit +5, (except for a couple of special stretches of road that I know about) - I got careless and missed a sudden speed zone.
Like I say, it was a very efficient speed trap. You call this phone number when you get home and you get a fully automated (press 1 now- press 3 now) obnoxious automated system. Turns out you can pay-up without ever having to talk to a human - unless you had committed some particularly heinous (read - lucrative) crime like driving more the 40mph over limit. I opted to pay by check but they were quite prepared to honor any legal tender you cared to offer. I wouldn't be surprised if they accept PayPal. Like I say, to this little town its a big business.:rolleyes:
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YOU'RE SURE DO GOT TO BELIEVE IT!

You're sure do got to believe it for a defect! 2 speeding tickets in
less than 3 months by CHP officers, and you know what they tell me? Do you know how fast you were driving? I said yes, Iwas doing 85 MPH, they said I believe you. Also they mentioned you have be careful with the speed limit, your vehicle is too quiet, you can't tell how fast you're going.
P.S.: Both tickets totaled $182.00 with traffic school.:cool: :)
 

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Yeh, ya got to be careful. That's why I went and got a new Passport 8500 today. Hope it "helps out". :D
 

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Got to Check This Out

This is your best protection:

You cannot get any better top rated for years mainly professionals use it:

Click below:

www.valentineone.com
 

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My answer to this problem: Escort Passport 8500 :D
 

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Valentine vs Competition

Mr. Valentine used to work for Cincinatti Microwave the manufacturers of Passport. He has taken their technology and improved upon it. Also as technology changes the Valentine Radar Detector can be upgraded without replacement. I used to be a fan of passport, but over the years I had to spend $100's of dollars replacing as the new ones come out every year or so. Also check out the reviews over the past years and Valentine has beat Passport and Bell all the time for sensitivity, range and less false alarms. Read the spec's they talk for themself.
 

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No argument here. The V1 is also more expensive (I believe $400, the Passport can be had for about $275 in the Internet). Ratings and reviews are very subjective and sometimes are no more than paid advertisements, and I've seen advertised reviews in the car magazines rating the Passport first. I go to several other car enthusiasts web sites and people owning both V1s and Passports swear by them equally. I myself believe the V1 may be slightly better, with the Passport a close 2nd. The Passport works fine for me. ;)
 

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Car & Driver did a test recently - they had the V1 in first place. Passport did well, but not as good as the V1. V1 can be had for $250 vs. $400 for the V1.

I've had pretty good luck with my Passport - kept me out of trouble. If I were buying another, I might consider getting the V1.

Not sure what the V1 upgrades cost - $150 rins a bell but I might be wrong.
 

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That's why I spent a little more because of the upgrade. I have like 4 passports in my basement that went out of technology, and they were useless. At least the Valentine I can upgrade, even if cost is $150, I will not have a useless $250 passport. I going to try to ebay my old ones. Don't get me wrong the passport is excellent, but I'm a high end type of guy and when someone turned me on to Valentine it seems like a great thing especially with the upgrading. I also like the way the Valentine works it's almost like a military device and after a while you get to know all the area's around your town.
 

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rlm32 said:
My answer to this problem: Escort Passport 8500 :D
I totally agree. I've had both and I find that the Passport 8500 lives up to the ratings of www.radartest.com I know that V1's are upgradeable, but that doesn't mean that the sensors actually get updated, just the sensitivity curves. I haven't had a speeding ticket yet, and living in New Jersey and having a "lead foot" are a combination for roadside visits.
 

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jessenj said:

I totally agree. I've had both and I find that the Passport 8500 lives up to the ratings of www.radartest.com I know that V1's are upgradeable, but that doesn't mean that the sensors actually get updated, just the sensitivity curves. I haven't had a speeding ticket yet, and living in New Jersey and having a "lead foot" are a combination for roadside visits.
Thanks for the link with the very useful information. It seems passport 8500 is a very excellent unit. Smaller and light weight. It makes me think again about going back to passport in furture.
After all the past years where Valentine was ahead, Passport hired newer and better research to beat Mr. Valentine! And it appears the are! We will have to see what Mr. Valentine comes up with to top the 8500 from passport.
 

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My CL has the same defect and despite having a V1, you can't keep a patrol car from sneaking up behind you and pacing you on the freeway.

The V1 does work very well when radar is being used. One morning I was driving to work when all of a sudden the V1 detected a signal in front of me. I slowed down and about a mile later I encountered one of those electronic signs that displayed your speed. As I got closer the V1 detected a second signal and sure enough, there was a patrol car randomly timing cars as they went by.
 

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what a big defect...

and it is illegal to use radar in virginia.. :mad:
 
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