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Passport 8500. Emission convinced me (I was teetering between the 'best' and 'good-enough'). While I'm not convinced that the 8500 is the best, I am convinced that it'll do the job (help me detect radar in order to avoid tickets) and I'll save $100. In addition, when I called to inquire, the girl told me she'd "throw in" the 3-year upgrade protection plan (or whatever they call it) and a visor mount for gratis.

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I love my escort solo (why mess with cables) In DC and Virginia, I leave it turned on in my shirt pocket (still reads stuff from in front of me. ) batteries last about 6-8 weeks, and because of no cables, it is easy to swap to other car, or rentals:thumb: :thumb:
 

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Get the V1 or the 8500, the V1 is slightly better and the 8500 looks better. The 8500 is "good enough"... but if you only want the best, get the V1. It also has really really good resale value! (I'm serious! I got it refurb'ed for like $350 and I think I can sell it for more than that on the Bay)

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V1. It's smaller and weighs less than the 8500. I like the arrows on the V1 but some don't. The V1 also comes fully accessorized with a hardwire cord, straight cord, extra suction cups, a visor mount, etc. The difference is more like $75 when you factor it all in.
 
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Cops are lazy. Period. If you're paying attention and know what to look for, you'll be fine. But if you're speeding at a high enough speed to actually get pulled over (most jurisdictions don't pull you for only 10-15 over), you ought to have been alert enough to see the telltale signs of a cop ahead.
 

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TD said:
Personal opinion- YOUR EYES

Cops are lazy. Period. If you're paying attention and know what to look for, you'll be fine. But if you're speeding at a high enough speed to actually get pulled over (most jurisdictions don't pull you for only 10-15 over), you ought to have been alert enough to see the telltale signs of a cop ahead.
Generally I would agree with you, but if they are recessed back on the road blocked by some trees so that you could only concievably see them when they're at a 90 degree angle from you, what are you going to do then?
 

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TD said:
Personal opinion- YOUR EYES

Cops are lazy. Period. If you're paying attention and know what to look for, you'll be fine. But if you're speeding at a high enough speed to actually get pulled over (most jurisdictions don't pull you for only 10-15 over), you ought to have been alert enough to see the telltale signs of a cop ahead.
Or how about a fun "spirited" drive through your local canyon road. Round the corner and wham funs over!:cry:
 

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As for my preference on radar detectors, I've had Whistlers for more than 15 years. They work, they were OK but were more of a neusance than a value. I tried a BEL980 but returned it about 2 weeks later. It too was a neusance.

Last month I bought a V1. I have heard nothing but good about them but was always reluctant to spend the money to get it. In addition, I was not sold on the arrows or bogie counter. 2 weeks ago we took a road trip to Arizona, about 1000 miles in 4 days. I will never be without a V1 again, period. :thumb:

The arrows: Like most people I thought they were a gimick. But, after driving with them I really began to rely on them to tell me where the signal was coming from. Front or rear was usually a concern. Side no concern. In some instances you could watch a signal go from front to side to rear.

Bogie counter: again, thought this was a gimick. But again I have come to rely on it. If the counter says 1 and I have watched the arrows go from front to side to rear I can be assured there was only 1 radar generating signal and I had passed it.

Gimick, yea some people will probably say so. I love my V1 and will probably never change brands again.

Also, the V1 is shorter than most other detectors so if you mount it on your windsheild by the mirror it won't stick out. Most of the other detectors I've had didn't look right because I would mount them by the mirror and they would extend past the mirror.

Just my 2 cents. I don't think you can go wrong with the Passport or the V1.:thumb:
 

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TD said:
Personal opinion- YOUR EYES

Cops are lazy. Period. If you're paying attention and know what to look for, you'll be fine. But if you're speeding at a high enough speed to actually get pulled over (most jurisdictions don't pull you for only 10-15 over), you ought to have been alert enough to see the telltale signs of a cop ahead.
mostly true, but I got pulled over and got a ticket for going 71 mph on a 65 zone... you might remember reading my post about that at the .ORG... the car in front of me was pulling *away* from me. and i was actually one of the slower cars out there.

i bought a V1 almost right after that.

--Andrew
 
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