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on October 24, 2013
I thought this mount may finally be the answer for my Passport 9500ix, which comes out of the box with a suction cup mount that's a bit of a joke (the detector is long and nose-heavy, and wobbles up and down annoyingly on all but the smoothest roads, which eventually causes the suction cups to loosen and detach off the glass.) Unbelievable that after all these years Escort still hasn't figured out a decent, simple suction cup mount for its detectors that holds them in place without drama. So, I had high hopes for this "sticky with suction cup combo" mount, as I am the type that mounts the detector on the windshield and pretty much leaves it there 24/7.
First, the good: The mount appears to be of good quality. The angle of the swiveling metal "tongue" that slips and snaps into the receiving end on top of the detector can be securely tightened with a thumb screw after the proper angle is achieved on the glass, which limits the amount of wobble of the detector over broken pavement - it's not quite rock steady and still wobbles a little, but it's like day and night compared to the standard mount supplied with the detector. The sticky surface, combined with the suction cup, should insure a very tight grip on the windshield, I doubt it will come off any time soon unless you keep sticking and un-sticking it, which may weaken the sticky surface in the long run. I have had it on my car for about a week now and it hasn't moved or loosened one bit. Also, the current price on Amazon is fair (I am a Prime member, so the free 2-day delivery is a nice perk.)
Now, the bad: The sticky / suction cup mount is a fairly large, bulbous thing that takes a lot of real estate on your windshield, and kind of forces you to compromise on the location of your detector. The real bad thing though is that, even when applied on a not too terribly raked windshield such as the one on my Land Rover LR4, the big round plastic mount ends up covering a good portion of the upper part of the detector. That's where the detector's GPS antenna is located, and putting that big blob of rubber and plastic right on top of it doesn't help reception one bit... Now my 9500ix often hunts for a GPS signal - satellite icon blinking on and off on the display - for long stretches of time (as long as 20 minutes or more, depending on the hour of the day and satellite locations, I guess), while prior to this mount being in place it would lock onto a GPS signal almost right away. As we all know, the main selling point of a detector such as the 9500ix is its GPS capability and the ability to lock out false alarms. Without GPS, these "smart" detectors are mediocre at best, annoying false alarms and all.
I wish there was a way to use the mount in reverse, with the mounting surface below so that the detector would have a clear view of the skies above, but alas it doesn't work that way with this one. The search continues.
This mount may work out for you especially if you have a compatible Escort detector without GPS capabilities. If you do however, be aware that, depending on your windshield and mount location, its performance may be severely compromised. YMMV.