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I am planning a trip from Des Moines, IA to Boston, MA and need a bad a$$ radar detector. What do you guys recommend? I don't like the size of the valentine radar detector but if that is the best that is what I will get. I usually average 15-25 over the limit.

Thanks
DMD SOON
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the new V1 is actually pretty small, i think u will like it.

--Andrew
DMD said:
I am planning a trip from Des Moines, IA to Boston, MA and need a bad a$$ radar detector. What do you guys recommend? I don't like the size of the valentine radar detector but if that is the best that is what I will get. I usually average 15-25 over the limit.

Thanks
DMD SOON
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ayn said:


the new V1 is actually pretty small, i think u will like it.

--Andrew
seriously, outside of price, how could anyone NOT like the v1?
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eugeneDC/TX said:


seriously, outside of price, how could anyone NOT like the v1?
some ppl wants the very best money can buy so they spend 3x more and get the SRX... =)

--Andrew
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ayn said:


some ppl wants the very best money can buy so they spend 3x more and get the SRX... =)

--Andrew
true dat, but for price (heck even for "overpriced") v1 is still likable...
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ayn said:


the new V1 is actually pretty small, i think u will like it.

--Andrew
What do you mean by "the new" valentine 1?
Is there a new, smaller model?
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foozed said:

What do you mean by "the new" valentine 1?
Is there a new, smaller model?
yes, if u buy one now it's quite a bit smaller than the big and bulky one u've seen.

--andrew
My brother just got a new V1 and it's small. As a matter of fact, it's smaller than my friend escort 8500. The 8500 is longer and kind of flops around on the windshield. It's also very heavy making it not stick very well. The V1 is very light. Try them both and send the one you don't like back to the manufacturer.
I used to own the Bel 980, which is one of the top three detectors. I gave it away to a friend who bought my car. I would go with the V1, since false alarms tend to make you ignore most radar detectors.

If you're really serious, get a laser jammer as well. These devices mount on license plate frames and send a pulse of light that temporarily blocks signal from laser, providing you enough time to slow down. They're expensive though, averaging about $400. They're competely legal, since there's no legislation that bans blocking light.

--gary
DMD said:
I am planning a trip from Des Moines, IA to Boston, MA and need a bad a$$ radar detector. What do you guys recommend? I don't like the size of the valentine radar detector but if that is the best that is what I will get. I usually average 15-25 over the limit.

Thanks
DMD SOON
Be careful with laser jammers. Even though it is technically legal because there is no law about jamming light, it is illegal to interfere with any police equipment. So, overall it's NOT legal. At least I know this is true in NY. Just get a good detector and you will be fine. But don't let it replace your brain!
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Nat Brown said:


I used to own the Bel 980, which is one of the top three detectors. I gave it away to a friend who bought my car. I would go with the V1, since false alarms tend to make you ignore most radar detectors.

If you're really serious, get a laser jammer as well. These devices mount on license plate frames and send a pulse of light that temporarily blocks signal from laser, providing you enough time to slow down. They're expensive though, averaging about $400. They're competely legal, since there's no legislation that bans blocking light.

--gary
How is the BEL 985, I really can't find any reviews on it but it looks like a cost effective alternative to the V1. Let me know. The 985 is only $218 while the V1 is $400
I had a bel 980. I liked it's general performance. It's defanitely a good alternative. But, I returned it. I two things I didn't like was that the speaker is on the right side of the unit directing the sounds away from your head. Yes, it can be loud but when the music is up a bit, it gets drowed out. I do the voice warnings. The other thing I disliked was the the led screen is recessed slightly. Meaning, the screen is pused back into the unit while a little of the case surrounds the screen. I think they did this so sun light doesn't drown out the leds. But, I found myself having to bend over to the center of the windshield to look at the screen whenI got a visual alert because the little "visor" blocked the left side of the screen. I hope this makes sense becasue it's hard to explain. Aside from these two caveats, I like the unit. Oh, it's also bigger than it looks in the pictures. Hope this helps. -Cliff
I just got a Escort 8500 some weeks ago, and it paid for itself the first day I got it. I am very impressed by it's performance. It literally detects cops over hills and around corners MUCH sooner than any previous unit I have had. Far less false alarms too, so when it does go off, 8 out 10 times, it's a cop.
Get the V-1 and be done with it. You won't regret it. I've had mine for about three years and wouldn't live without it. It's the third different detector I've had and all the rest pale by comparison.:thumbup:
I ordered both, the V1 and the Passport 8500. I will test them both out and keep the one I like best. Thanks for all the great advice!!


- DMD SOON
Have any of you hardwired your V1 if so could you post a how-to w/pics???
There's a DIY on the BMW330Ci.com site that I used Saturday to install my V1. It took maybe 30 minutes to do, and the DIY is quite thorough.
Thanks for the info, will this DIY work with a 325I??? Thanks Again!
Cliff3 said:
There's a DIY on the BMW330Ci.com site that I used Saturday to install my V1. It took maybe 30 minutes to do, and the DIY is quite thorough.
Nothing Replaces Common Sense

I was doing 120 on the Southern State in NY this weekend, cause I was in a fight with my girlfriend. She starts screaming to slow the F*&% down, so I step on the brake. Just as I get to around 90mph the laser warning goes off. I was driving with the windows down, sunroof open and music cranked so I didn't hear the V1 immediately.

I was coming around a long sweeping turn and just as I look up and realize that it was the V1 screaming I step harder on the brake and then see a NY State Trooper in a black Camaro hiding in the woods. Well I know he's got me so I don't even bother to make him chase me. I pulled over and accepted my $90 fine. He asked me how fast I thought I was going. I told him 80, and he said it was a bit more than that, but he would agree to 80.

Thank god my girlfriend had the common sense to yell at me to slow down or he would have nailed me for 120. I would have watched my car get towed, and probably be single right now.

As my girlfriend pointed out I put both our lives in danger and acted like a complete idiot just cause I was mad.

I guess I'll be driving around 75 from now on.
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Daniel said:
I was doing 120 on the Southern State in NY this weekend, cause I was in a fight with my girlfriend. She starts screaming to slow the F*&% down, so I step on the brake. Just as I get to around 90mph the laser warning goes off. I was driving with the windows down, sunroof open and music cranked so I didn't hear the V1 immediately.

I was coming around a long sweeping turn and just as I look up and realize that it was the V1 screaming I step harder on the brake and then see a NY State Trooper in a black Camaro hiding in the woods. Well I know he's got me so I don't even bother to make him chase me. I pulled over and accepted my $90 fine. He asked me how fast I thought I was going. I told him 80, and he said it was a bit more than that, but he would agree to 80.

Thank god my girlfriend had the common sense to yell at me to slow down or he would have nailed me for 120. I would have watched my car get towed, and probably be single right now.

As my girlfriend pointed out I put both our lives in danger and acted like a complete idiot just cause I was mad.

I guess I'll be driving around 75 from now on.
Same happened to me a few years back. Big fight in the car (at the time, my GTI VR6), got really PO'd, and ended up doing 100+ on the CT interstate. Cop was on an overpass, and I didn't see him at all. He came after me in a big hurry alright. When he pulled me over, he sauntered up to the window, and said "I saw you..." and writes me up - for failure to signal lane change. "You could have this ticket for $50, or I could give you a $300 ticket for speeding because I KNOW how fast you were going. Any complaints?"

Ahh...no...

He must've seen the look on my girlfriends face, and decided to be merciful.
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