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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:07 pm 
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I know, this might not be the place to ask but here it goes anyways. I need a radar detector, a good one, and my budget is anywhere from $100 to $150. Cops are all over up here, not sure what's going on.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:04 pm 
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What state are you in? I've noticed a lot more CHP on the road since we started having budget problems.

Re. radar detector, sorry, I use an Escort, which is way out of your price range. I don't know the quality on the lower end models.

However, remember, a radar detector is not a panacea. You still need to keep your mark 1 eyeballs in the loop. You can get pinged with instant on radar, or paced by a cop.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:13 pm 
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OP's location is somewhere in VT, according to his location indicator below his name...

And yeah, what jcollins said. You still need to keep a wary eye.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 11:56 am 
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I've been using a Valentine One radar detector since I got my Lotus Elise in 2005. It's saved me from at least two tickets and/or license loss. To this day I haven't had a single ticket in that car. It was worth every penny I paid for it, but you still have to keep an eye open for cops, and if you're first in line to be lasered you're hosed no matter what.

I tried cheaper (battery-powered) units and they all sucked in comparison. The Valentine One is a favorite with the performance car clubs around here, but most of their vehicles cost well beyond my little 'toy' ...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Valentine is one of the top rated ones. I always like that they'd tell you the general direction the signal's coming in. They used to be $700 way back when though (that's why I got an Escort).

Checking the current prices, they're at $400. Escort's around $350-$400. So it sounds like the price the market will bear for top end is around $400 now.

Way over the guy's budget, but on my end, I always justified the cost difference by the tickets I avoided. A couple of those covers it.

Battery powered ones are convenient, but had lower range, and you always run out of power when you need it the most. At least IMHO.

Re. the state, radar detectors are illegal in Virginia, Washington DC, and big chunks of Canada. They use radar detector detectors to nab you.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:03 pm 
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Yeah, I realized the V1 was way over the budget here but the reason I brought it up was because the performance of the less-expensive units isn't usually worth it. You'd be better off just driving the limit and/or obeying traffic laws. Save some cash and get a great detector instead of a budget unit.

My friends who have those battery-powered units can never tell when the battery is low, until it's too late, and the detection is compromised so much that the cop was on top of them before the detector went off. Not that they were pulled over, but it's startling when your detector doesn't ping until you can see your reflection in the cop's sun glasses.

I recently gave a ride to an officer in my car. He was grumbling about my detector's directional read out. As mentioned the V1 has this directional light cluster that's pretty accurate baring any excessive signal bounce. I could focus my attention on the area the detector was pointing out. It seemed like cheating to him. Knowing that the signal is coming from the back I can downshift instead of breaking, thus avoiding the "ticket-me-tail-lights" that happen when there's a cop under a bridge. On the open (straight) highway it gave me over a mile's notice before the signal strength was a factor enough to be concerned.

I don't know any $150 detectors that are worth the money and/or function well ... so I don't have applicable advice in this request, just general experiential advice.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:38 pm 
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Obsidian wrote:
I don't know any $150 detectors that are worth the money and/or function well ... so I don't have applicable advice in this request, just general experiential advice.


Same here. That's why I went with an Escort. Although now that the V1 has come down, I'll look into that whenever I need a new one. They do tend to last a while.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:56 pm 
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I have a Beltronics 995. Awesome detector without breaking the bank. But still a tad above your price range. My advice, save for at least the Bel 995. The Whistlers and Cobra's WILL let you down. There's only one Whistler that's worth a shit and for what you'd pay for that one, you can get the Bel 995 which is a much better detector.

Otherwise, you're just throwing money at a product that makes you feel better, but won't make a bit of difference when you're getting a ticket.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:34 pm 
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I've been using the same Cobra 9-band for a decade now. Has 360 degree laser, detects emergency vehicles, and has a built in compass. I have not had a speeding ticket in that decade, I have seen it pick up a HP car running radar from about 2 miles out. Safe to say it has paid for itself scores of times, lol :)

I think I paid 100 bucks for it.

And add Illinois to your list. At least crossing from the Wisconsin side there are signs right away that say to lose the detector or get busted.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:28 pm 
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mark_b_smith_II wrote:
And add Illinois to your list. At least crossing from the Wisconsin side there are signs right away that say to lose the detector or get busted.


I wouldn't be surprised to this more and more as states look for every buck they can grab from people. When you start seeing the money from tickets as an entitlement, you tend to get cranky with the people that try to avoid those tickets.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:53 pm 
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I have a 9 band cobra I bought for $15 used. Its less than a year old and has saved me from at least 2 tickets. I dont trust it without keeping my eye out but it helps.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:22 pm 
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I'm going to look for a deal on that Valentine or the Escort and make it a Christmas present. I bought an Infiniti FX 35 and sometimes you just don't realize you're doing 80 mph. Also, on weekend nights the cops are all over and pulling people over. I'm becoming more cautious but I would like a radar detector just in case. Thanks to all.


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