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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by kingsleysurf, October 1, 2002.

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    1. kingsleysurf

      kingsleysurf Active Member

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      Do they actually catch all of the lasar and radar detectors?
       
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      I'm not sure I understand your question.

      Are you asking do radar detectors work? If so, the answer is yes, some of them, most of the time. The best one out there (I think) is the Valentine One, its never let me down. If you're out there on the highway alone, and they're using instant on radar then you're pretty much screwed. It only works if there's other radar going on ahead of or behind you to tip it off.
       
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      ok, yes you answerd my question it was basically what i was asking was if radar detectors can detect cops with radars on or not... also i didnt ask it before but... if people use them. whats the best anyone has used or what they think is best
       
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      i would also like some opinions on this. my Bell crapped out on me a few weeks ago, and i need a replacement. BTW- it was over 8 yrs. old and worked great.
       
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      The simple answer to your question is YES, they work, they detect radar signals. They do not make you respond to the alert and are virtually useless with the instant on type systems.

      As to the best.... I have always used detectors from Escprt ( http://www.escortstore.com/ ).Take a look at their site and read some of the actual tests. Valentine is also a very good unit, I have not personally used it but have friends who have,

      I would look no further than these companies.

      In detectors, you get what you pay fo. There are no cheap, good detectors.

      You have to weigh the initial cost of the detector against the cost of a ticket and the subsequest increase in insurance premiuns.

      Good luck.....
       
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      um, i had a "good, cheap" radar detector for 8 years. and yes, i know that both Valentine and Escort make top-of-the-line units, but i dont want to spend that kind of money. so, yes, it is in fact possible to have a good cheap detector (by cheap, i mean $80-120 and not $40). any other suggestions?
       
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      I vote - Passport 8500

      I had an el cheapo detector in which it wasn't the best, it was full of false alarms.

      I finally upgraded to a Passport 8500 and have only had one ticket, due to one of the 'instant on' radars (in which there's nothing you can buy to avoide).

      As TSTONE suggested, I used Radartest to help steer my decision.

      Ry.
       
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      I have the escort passport 8500 ~$300. I love it. It has saved me sooo many tickets. I once picked up a state trooper from 7.6 miles away on interstae 64 on a straight stretch. Thats like 5 minutes of slowing down time. Well obviously my vote is for the escort.
       
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      Go with the Passport 8500. I had the same choice to make and went with the $300 investment. If it gets you out of 3 tickets then it has paid for itself.
       
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      As far as I've heard the Passport blows the V1 away. A friend of mine that works at Tweeter was telling me about the new Mac-Daddy that Escort has coming out with. Its a detector and sensors in the front and rear of the the vehicle that act as radar/laser jammers. total cost is about $1000. I told him never mind I'll just go with the 8500.
       
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      The Valentine 1 is, by far, the best detector I've ever used. While it is expensive ($399), you do get what you pay for. Also, to my knowledge, Valentine is the only one who will upgrade your detector with a brand new version for about $150. That may sound like buying a whole new detector, but considering the V1's regular price, it's a bargain to keep up with new radar detecting technologies.

      As for laser, which the V1 does have, keep in mind that it is used very infrequently in most parts of the country. It has to be carefully aimed and the guns are expensive, so most law enforcement agencies don't use them.

      Finally, Stephen makes an excellent point about "instant-on" radar. If there's nobody in front of you being hit first, it doesn't matter what kind of detector you have, the cop's got you!
       

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