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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I read the comparisons and decided to stay away from the V1 because of too many false alerts and because it hasn't been significantly updated. I've been using the Passport 9500ix for months and can recommend it without reservation. I particularly like its GPS technology, false target suppression, sensitivity that increases with vehicle speed, the long range, the ability to update it regularly over the internet and the smart cord that allows muting from the connector without having to reach for the detector. I considered the custom installed version, too, but was afraid of interfering with cool air flow to the LSA.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    V1's are great, but if you live in a metro area your need to really tame them down with some K-band automuting. They false A LOT, probably 100:1 versus the 9500ix.

    To summarize:

    Metro area - Passport 9500ix
    HIghways - V1

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by dcc8203 View Post
    a V1 with the Blendmount, FTW.
    +1 A little sensitive but has saved me MANY times.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by GMX322V S/C View Post
    Custom installed Bel STi-R NA. I've owned a V1 and Escort 8500 in the past, but the STi-R is in a league of its own.
    Bel STi-Driver has never let me down in 3-years of service; IMO its performance is better than the V1 (but not by much) and definitely better in my experience with false alerts. The STi-driver Ka band performance is so good I have no fear driving 25-over on the freeway, it has never ever failed with Ka-band. The only thing I fear is laser - whacha gonna do?!

    RE Passport 9500 - I like the idea of GPS integration, but the antenna on this unit is the same as the old Bel Vector; to compare my Vector 990 used to give me a few seconds alert for Ka band, the STi-driver gives 20+ seconds. If they integrated GPS with the better STi antenna it would be badass... oh well.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Cub Cadet View Post
    I second this one... I had a V1 and also returned it to get the Escort Passport. The Passport is a phenomenal radar detector that worked well, had a nice display and also looked nice. One thing I hated about the V1 was its antiquated looks... it looked like an original fuzz buster.
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    You sound like the turds at Motor Trend(I believe) that docked it major points on how it looked. And this was about 10+ years ago when NOTHING could come close. They gave aesthetics something like a 30% share of the score and ranked the V1 second overall to a clearly inferior piece.

    The V1 is rugged, dark and purpose built. If you care that much on how a revenue saving device looks, go buy yourself a different detector and put it in a pretty little Beetle...

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I'm kidding, of course. But as for the V1, some people may prefer something else, but the V1 is always respected and acknowledged as a 1st class piece. Except for the occasional contrarian and fashion guru.

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    Don't get cocky, guys. An instant-on trap will nail you every time if no one has gone through a minute or so before you, to trigger the gun. Laser is even worse. But you amateur EWO's with other (legal) countermeasures, hmm ...

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I went from a Valentine in my old car to a Passport 9500CI with Laser shifters in my 2011 V Coupe. They hid the displays in the ashtray with the power switch and USB ports under the steering column. I have a 9500ix in my wife's Lexus and really liked some of the features. Coming from a Valentine the BEST feature is AutoNoX. I HATE the damn thing going off for X Band. Also the memory for location based radars like speed limit signs in my neighborhood that constantly broadcast. The 9500 will save the location and frequency and NOT go off if you tell it to memorize the location.

    Actual detecter is behind the front Grill with a pair of laser shifters and another laser shifter mounted to the rear license plate

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Fair to say that you can't go wrong with either the V1 or the Passport 9500CI?

    I need to get one, so this is a good thread for me as well.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I have V1s in my other cars and love them. I have not installed one in my V yet, so I am open to other suggestions.
    And what the heck is a "laser shifter" ?

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna. View Post
    Fair to say that you can't go wrong with either the V1 or the Passport 9500CI?

    I need to get one, so this is a good thread for me as well.
    Correct. If you are looking for a clean winner it doesn't exist...however, both of these detectors (and the GX65) are kick ass detectors. But they won't save you on POP (instant on radar) and only alert you that a cop just pinged your car with laser. What I found in my research is that the V1 has an issue with false alarms (urban driving) but the directional signals are very helpful (I agree), and the Passport based devices are very sensitive but have good ability to reduce false alarms (GPS, learning, etc.). All of them (yes, all of them) will detect Ka band from a long distance.

    Pick your poison..

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Passport 8500 red in truck. Passport 8500 blue in the CTS V. Wife has Passport 9500 in her asphalt ripping Prius...

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    asphalt ripping Prius...
    Never thought I would ever see those 3 words together

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Passport ci with laser shifter , works great plus because it is installed looks way cleaner than a detector stuck on your windshield . Yes the laser shifters work, i have tested it with a friend of mine who is a cop . you just bought a $60000 car buy the detector that matches . i will try to post a pic of my install later

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    They jam laser detectors, There are receivers/emitters in the front and back of the car. When hit they cause the cops gun to error out.

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