Join Date: May 2008
Location: Richmond, Tx
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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! :-)