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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    I've had my Escort Passport 8500 X50 since '04. It's been in every single one of my vehicles and halfway around the world with me. It shows its' age but still works well. Laser falsing from the horn/nav is due to the cars electrical system mostly. You can get a choke from rat shack that may help it or open it up and reattach the sheild. If you send it back to Escort they will slightly de-sensitize the laser portion. There is a short in the RJ11 plug on the smart cord, I'll be cutting it back and putting a new end on it. Now and then it says "service required" so I'm thinking about sending it back to Escort and having them go through the whole thing for $80.

    In NY the troopers on the thruway always used Ka and it worked excellent. When I moved to the Tampa Bay area, it seemed like most cops weren't running any sort of radar as it'd hardly go off, nor did cops seem to care about speed much unless it was very obvious.

    I was used to not using it so when I moved to GA I didn't use it much. I really don't have a need for it in the Jeep as I usually set the cruise at, or under the speed limit on the interstate. It'll reach triple digits but it isn't exactly made for it. However the old Passport has a new lease on life in the 528e, as I've found the clapped out looking 25yo 121hp Panzer is very effective for flying, well, under the radar - and it does it so well, easily crusing at speeds the Jeep has never seen.

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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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    Cub Cadet- I sitll have that detector with the original box. Price tag on it back then was 99.00. Dont know why I still have ...just for nostalga reasons like this....Too funny

    I currently use a V1 and love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannago View Post
    Keep in mind Jud that we are on a Cadillac forum, and this isn't in the V section, so many of these folks are from an entirely different demographic from, let's say, the "enthusiast" demographic we are used to. Obviously many are content to chug along at the posted speed limit, and that's fine, just as long as they keep outta the left lane so I can put my countermeasures (and my 556 HP engine) to good use!

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    Yeah, but even a Prius can exceed posted speed limits pretty easily, so how does that mentality work in the real world? I forgot we're off the "V" forum, so I'm finished with this discussion. It's time for old working farts like me to go to bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wannago View Post
    tsk tsk...obviously by the tone of your response (and recognizing that you're the local e-mouthpiece who has a comment on everything) you took V1 zombie to be a negative...hahaha...I think a little more research might do you good.

    Sure RadarRoy sell Beltronics. So what? That was just one example. Look around some of the other resources available out there, he is not alone in his opinion and neither are several independent and very experienced users / testers who do more than stick a unit to a windshield and drive billions of miles. Cute name? Ummm...okay(?) Not sure what that has to do with me? You might want to check his credentials though...

    Show you another site that doesn't sell Beltronics? Hmmm, let's see.....here's one:

    http://veilguy.blogspot.com/2011/08/...w-part-ii.html



    There you go. He also has videos to prove it.

    I never said there was anything wrong with your V1. Sensitive much? As well, while I don't have the data to prove it, but I'm sure that 17 years ago the V1 could have been the undisputed king of RDs. But I'm also sure you can actually prove that, because surely you wouldn't come on here and state something you couldn't prove. As the saying goes, put up or shut up!

    In case you haven't noticed, things have changed quite a bit since 1994 "chump". Arrows....wow! Bogey counter....double wow!! How many times have I seen that lame argument used? How original.

    While your doing some research, perhaps look up the word "shill" as well...'cuz you missed the mark there too.

    To anyone who is looking for real advice, do yourselves a favor and do some thorough research. There are several independent forums that will give you all the information you need to make the right decision for you. I have no loyalty to any brand. I don't sell 'em, and I don't run a website. Quite frankly, I couldn't care less what you buy. thebigjimmouth loves V1s, and has had good luck with them, so for him that's all he needs. I have had good luck with a different product. Do your own research; or not and simply buy a V1 'cuz the bigjimsho says so and will berate you if you don't. Arrows and bogey counter...really...that's it?...ok...

    I'm not here to bash the V1. It has its strengths. But do yourself a favour and do your own research before you buy.
    Well, i tried to find a comparison of the great Beltronics but couldn't find one on veilguy's blog. In the process, however, his blog did point me out to this product...



    http://radaractive.com/v1

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    And I'm not supposed to get offended by being called a V1 zombie? Whatever...

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    It's simply a slang term for loyal, die hard Valentine 1 users....having used one since the 90's, you certainly qualify. Its not a derogatory term nor was it meant to be.

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    Well, if it's not, than OK. I take back the chump stuff. Kinda. lulz.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    And likewise I'll retract my negative comments. Peace...

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr View Post
    Ha haa! I've run across you guys who proudly proclaim that you don't use radar detectors. It's either stupidity or luck, but luck can and will run out. As long as you always stay within 2 or 3 mph from the speed limit, you may be safe, but if you screw up, the price of one ticket could be close to the cost of a premier detector. How can you be so smug with a car that is so sneaky quick as the "V," particularly when ticket fines are now for improving the bottom line and have nothing to do with safety?

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    I see where you are coming from there, but you think it's stupidity or luck. Well, let's review.

    There is no such thing as being too stupid to get a ticket. That makes no sense.

    As for Luck, I am Irish, meaning I have a constant stream of bad luck that flows like a river, so I should be getting tickets all the time, right? Therefore, it is not luck.

    Besides. I speed. A lot. In fact, all the roads I use in a typical day have a speed limit of 55 or LESS...But I only do under 70 if the car in front of me prevents that and hey, two weeks ago, I hopped a curb and passed someone on the sidewalk. Even when I am not doing my usual 75-80 range, I am NEVER doing as low as 55. I know quite a few people with radar detectors and while I am not sure if all of them have received tickets while the radar detector was in use, I know that MOST of them have. As for me, I am not going to say I have never gotten a ticket for anything. When I do, I fight them and get them dismissed, but that has nothing to do with having or not having a detector. The thing is, not ONE ticket that I have ever received could have been prevented by my having a detector. Not one. Every time I have ever received a ticket in my life I was aware of the officer, probably longer than they were aware of me and there is no way having a radar detector would have helped me out of a ticket. I HAVE however driven cars with radar detectors in them and I think the best example is the following story.

    Last October I drove a CTS from Clermont FL to Asheville NC and came back in a CTS-V, all in one day. My average speed for the entire trip TO NC, which brings me through MANY states, was over 100 mph, all up I-95 and across 26. Georgia's section of this trip was a major construction project, but there was still no traffic and there were times I opened the throttle and pushed beyond 100, but tried to keep it between 100 and 105 for the most part. Several times, the detector blipped or really started beeping and actually had a spoken message, but it did not effect my driving. I arrived in NC, traded for the CTSV and made the trip back to Clermont, in much the same fashion as the trip up. I passed construction and detour zones, all with Highway Patrol officers present. I saw more than a few police cars on my journey and not once did I have a problem. THis was the longest trip I have ever had to make in a vehicle with a police radar detector and my conclusion is that the device was pointless.

    The way I see it, I speed frequently, I use wig-wags, sirens or PA systems to pull over tourists who are in the same lane as me if they are moving slower than me and I cannot get around them, my stereo is louder than it is supposed to be in residential areas and my car even has a cutoff switch for all of the rear lamps, to avoid detection at night, which is HIGHLY illegal. In fact, multiple officers have spoken to me and told me that they actually see me and WANT to pull me over, just to get a better look at my car, but I have never received so much as a WARNING for any of those things and would I invest in a radar detector? No, because for the most part, I do NOT get pulled over. If you offered me a free detector, yeah, I would take it, but only because it has resale value. I would not waste the space.

    I know some people swear by them, but maybe they are just not for everyone and if this offended you in any way, I am sorry you feel that way, but I do not think you can legitimately brand others as "stupid" because they don't make a habit of getting speeding tickets.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    After a while I lost interest in the radar and nodded my head to the catchy tune.

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Wannago View Post
    The Beltronics STi-R Plus is the undisputed king of RDs, and many feel it is the best RD ever made. Check out http://www.radardetectorforum.org

    As for laser jammers, the Laser Intereceptor brand has been proven time and time again to be the best on the market.

    I'm not just saying that because I own both...I could have bought whatever make / model I wanted, and after months of research, there was no doubt.

    Here's a vid from a recent road trip of an encounter with constant on Ka band (Sti-R +) and a laser trap at the same time (Laser Interceptor). The cop wasn't too bright....picked a decent spot in the middle of nowhere, where a divided highway speed was reduced from 110 km/h to 80 km/h for a distance of 37 kms. As this was a Sunday and there were no crews working, obviously people would be inclined to ignore the speed reduction. Bozo cop parks his cruiser and pulls out the Lidar gun, but leaves his radar on! As you can see, I picked the radar up a long way in advance and was only doing about 5 over when he hit me with the laser (the siren sound you hear near the end). I quickly made sure to slow down to the PSL and then turned off the jammer (always practice responsible jamming kiddies!).

    Pardon the lame music....XM 80's on 8...

    Just a quick question.....(I have no need for a detector in Europe)...but all those single beeps that seemed to be at the same long spaced intervals in the beginning of the vid...what does that mean....?

    BTW....like the comment....."got laser'd....eh...".....ahhahaha.....

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    Ha haa! That will teach me not to stray from the "V" forum.
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    mberisha,

    The long slow beeps are the RD alerting to a weak radar signal.

    Yeah...I let my "Canadianism" slip there "eh"?

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    Re: ?? Best Radar Detector ???

    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr View Post
    Ha haa! Good luck and maybe reality will never visit you like the rest of us mere mortals.
    hey your talking to someone who had at least 3 x 12point suspensions when i was a teenager from 16-18
    the last one was the last time i saw the Juvenile court trafice judge
    she hit me had i was just before i turned 18 and she gave me a Indefinate suspension
    i had petitioned the courts from the time i was 18-21 she would not give me my license back frinaly when she got off the docket another judge gave me my license back
    between those 3 years i had been pulled over with atleast a 10 driving under suspensions
    then 2 days after i got my license back April 3 2001 i got pulled over DUI for taking a Meidcation with out a prescription that a friend snagged form his moms sample pack for my allergies at the time so i could go to a rave
    they found sugar coupes doced in acid in his record bag
    he fenced up to that
    they couldn't charge me for them for reasons that he said i had no idea they where there but they tested me found alegra in my system no prescriotiipn and a DUI came next

    this was 2 days after i got my License back from not having it for over 3 years
    imagine how i was feeling after that
    well never the less
    that was the last time i ever screwed up on anything with traffic anywhere

    I have had 3 speeding tickets in the last 9 years each one was in the same Month each one was in Michigan just after a MSU / OSU game and i had my OSU flagg on my car
    figure that
    lol and the tickets where for 5 over the speed limit each time and just outside of the stadium

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