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Old July 8th, 2019
Mochi Mochi is offline
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Angry Disappointed with reliability of Max 360

The Max 360 was my fourth detector from Escort, back to the original Escort (circa 1981) from Cincinnati Microwave, the first Passport soon after they came out and another Passport (Circa 2003). All were flawless and the last one was replaced only because of the false signals from the stationary speed detectors for traffic monitoring.

So, it was only natural to stay with Escort and I got the Max 360 in December of 2015 (SN 79005804). Within a few years, the Bluetooth quit, it started "forgetting" the static radar that I locked and I started getting more false signals due to car radar for collision avoidance. I tried to update, but I couldn't...Apparently, my unit early production and detector tools didn't work. Nice...Especially after advertising about being upgradeable for future technology. Soon after that, the display started getting dimmer. It's now barely visible at night, when set to MAX. If it allowed white alerts, it would be tolerable, but it isn't an option.

For grins, I just tried the latest detector tools thinking that Escort had found a way to support the early production. My detector connects, but when I try to update all, nothing happens except for Software Update(s) Failed To Complete!

My detector has never been dropped and now it's unusable because of the lack of display and constant false alarms from new cars...Hondas/Acuras being the most common. And in SoCal, Hondas are all over. With the amount of money I spent on this I expect better, particularly after the rock solid reliability of my previous three units.

So, I'm in the market for a replacement, but quite frankly, I'm pretty damn gun shy with Escort now. Who on the forum can give me a reason to trust the reliability/upgradeability of a new Max 360. Or maybe I just go with another brand.

Last edited by TBNTX; July 9th, 2019 at 11:00 AM. Reason: Mention of third party products is not allowed.
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Old August 4th, 2019
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SuperDave SuperDave is offline
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Id definetly send it in to be looked at if it's fairly new it sounds like. I have a 360 and yes there are some k falses like every detector but none of the other things you mention.

Edit: ok sorry I see it isn't new but I'd still call and see if they can look at it. I have one and while it doesn't have the furthest range out there of all detectors it does a good job and the falsing is less than some others.
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Old August 4th, 2019
Butcher318 Butcher318 is offline
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With the correct data only cord and the version of detector tools that works with your unit you should have no trouble updating it. The latest firmware update that covers the max and 360 models is very very good at BSM and CAS filtering. Even if you have to send it in for a complete check up it would be well worth it.Make sure you follow tbe step by step procedures when updating your detector.
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