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Best Radar Detector?

I drive 25 miles to work each day and usually I am passing everyone in front of me...(one of these days...I'm gonna get in front of everyone and be in first place! LOL), anyway... I really need a good Radar detector.

If you have had a few radar detectors and can give me an educated opinion of which worked best for you...I would appreciate it.

I drive the freeway from suburbs to Downtown Houston...lots of businesses, car dealerships, etc that may give off false signals....

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I have the escort passport with laser shifters. stealth install and you can pick it up for around $600 which aint cheap. but I love it especially the laser shifters. although it doesn't have the directional arrows that some other devices have that seem pretty cool.
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In Bangkok no one gets a ticket for speeding. Because of the traffic we are lucky when we can reach 1/2 the posted speed limit. On the motorways (toll roads) there is very little supervision and though the signs are posted at 80kph (for energy preservation) most cars keep it about 125-140kph. Though in some places they have been experimenting with speed cameras; the camera photographs the car (and license plate) and some sort of gadget also measures the speed. Then a photograph of the car and its speed are mailed to you with the fine.
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Sel-ticketing for traffic violations

I am waiting for the day when the authorities require that all vehicles be equipped with "SELF TICKET". Mounted in the dash it will monitor, via GPS, your speed on any paticular road. Should you exceed the speed limit (zero tolerance) the machine would immediately print out a speeding ticket, deduct the fine from your bank account and add points to your driver's license. Should jail (goal) time be required an automatic pilot would take control of your car and direct it to the nearest available slammer. Think of the time you would save!

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Valentine 1. That is all.
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I am waiting for the day when the authorities require that all vehicles be equipped with "SELF TICKET". Mounted in the dash it will monitor, via GPS, your speed on any paticular road. Should you exceed the speed limit (zero tolerance) the machine would immediately print out a speeding ticket, deduct the fine from your bank account and add points to your driver's license. Should jail (goal) time be required an automatic pilot would take control of your car and direct it to the nearest available slammer. Think of the time you would save!

Your an optimistic devil! I'm sure we can just wrap the gps in a wet towel.. in worked in total recall?
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hope the thread doesnt become a radar war, but i think both valentine 1 and passport escort are both very good in the u.s. ( as long as you turn it on, unlike me and get a ticket : )
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V1 wouldn't waste the money on anything else.
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Now you've gone and done it! Let the wars begin. <BBG>

I have been using radar detectors since the 1980s. After a couple big mistakes, I don't remember the names, which tells you something about how effective they were, I bought an Escort which was quite acceptable until I took the bait and bought a V-1 which was engineered by the guy, Mike Valentine, who engineered the original Escort. I still have the first V-1 that I bought in about 1995 along with another one bought more recently. As a gadget freak, I keep looking but haven't yet found a reason to go with another brand.

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I drive 25 miles to work each day and usually I am passing everyone in front of me...(one of these days...I'm gonna get in front of everyone and be in first place! LOL), anyway... I really need a good Radar detector.

If you have had a few radar detectors and can give me an educated opinion of which worked best for you...I would appreciate it.

I drive the freeway from suburbs to Downtown Houston...lots of businesses, car dealerships, etc that may give off false signals....

Any suggestions????

Thanks,
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Old topics! Hope you've updated the software on your V1! Had a really good, involved conversation with Escort last year at the SLKWorld Retreat in 'Vegas - hope they show up again this year.

Ask him about being "half pregnant"!

Oh, and I'm running a Escort 9500ci in the '350.



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My son got me a V1 for fathers day last year.

Love it!

I like the fact that it tells me WHERE the signal is coming from and how many threats there are in any direction.

The V1 gives you Plenty of time to react before ever seeing the police.

I can not comment on the Escort as I have not owned one.

Maybe someone that has owned both can comment?


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Good point. One of my V-1s has been updated twice and the other once.

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Old topics! Hope you've updated the software on your V1! Had a really good, involved conversation with Escort last year at the SLKWorld Retreat in 'Vegas - hope they show up again this year.

Ask him about being "half pregnant"!

Oh, and I'm running a Escort 9500ci in the '350.
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I sold a V1 when I picked up the Escort - the V1 is an awesome radar detector, but direly useless with LIDAR. The parish cops in LA around the parents house evidently wrote enough tickets a couple of years ago to justify investing in LIDAR units, so I was running around "half pregnant".

I usually don't speed in town, no fun, and high risk - but they started staking out a couple of nice backcountry roads, so it became a necessity to have some type of laser protection. Long and hard look, and I decided on the Escort as it provides at least as good radar coverage as the V1, is designed to be stealth mounted (big one for me - I hated having to pull the detector off the dash every time I stopped the car and didn't want to raise the top), and gave decent performance on LIDAR shifting.

I could have gotten better shifters than the Escort, but at the end of the day I wanted the stealth mount as well. I looked at Rob's MB CAN integration for the V1, but it got to be stupidly expensive even when compared to the price of the ci.

Don't get me wrong - I liked the V1, and ran with it and an Escort 8500 for a long time. It's a hell of a lot more "fiddly" and detects everything from the microwave at the Donut Shop, but on the open road gives about 1-2 seconds consistently on the 8500. With the 9500, harder to say - the GPS lockout feature cuts false positives way down, so when you hear it, you pay attention. Was also trivial to add into the MB mute circuit, so even better - I may not hear it all the time, but you sure as heck notice when the radio mutes! :-)



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I have an Escort 8500 x50 that I use to use in the GTI. From a frontal approach point of view it works awesome. From the rear it doesn't work as well unless you have cars in front of you or something to bounce the signal back. I learned to not speed (much) when traveling alone on the road. I got nailed by a motorcycle cop in the GTI who used POP radar mode on me from the back. I hardly got any warning. The Valentine 1 would have detected this much better as it has both front and rear radar detectors.

If I had it to do all over again I would purchase a Valentine 1.

I try to keep within 5-8 mph over on the streets in 45 zones and 10 or less on the highways with the SLK. I work in Scottsdale and the amount of speed cameras and such which use in road sensors doesn't make speeding worth it. Only GPS based detectors can warn you about them.

I personally think it looks tacky to be driving around in the SLK with a radar detector suction cupped to the windshield.

Also keep in mind that law enforcement has become more sophisticated with their techniques and radar detectors won't always save you. If you do get pulled over the detector will ensure you get the best ticket he/she can write up. I don't try to skate around the issue if I get pulled over, I know what I was doing, they know what I was doing so I just try to be as nice as possible without trying to deny (or admit) anything.

It's been a few years now since I've been pulled over, knock on wood. Not that I haven't deserved to be ticketed daily. Less so in the SLK.

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