any one have a favorite? I will need to get one. I read a review that put the Beltronics RX65 and the Escort 8500 X50 at the top of the list. Any thoughts? Thanks!
No doubt the Valentine is a great product, but I don't like the idea of carrying something that expensive in my convertible. Convenience is a big factor for me and I want to be able to run into a store for a few minutes and maybe just stick my detector under the seat or something when the top is down. I do this all the time now and have never had a problem, but I wouldn't want to try that with a $300 unit. I have a $60 Cobra radar detector that I picked up on a sale for $30. (It picks up speed traps with plenty of warning for me and if cops have instant-on, the radar detector won't make a difference.) And if somebody snags it sometime, I'll just pick up another. I also don't want to encourage any would-be thieves. One time, I forgot my detector on my dash (another cheapie) when I locked up to go see a movie and came out to find my top slashed and all they did was grab that. It really sucked to have a $1000 repair for something that cost me less than $50 brand new and was probably worth about $10 on the street ... wish I would have just left the top down that time too. At any rate, I do occasionally foget a dash-mount detector on the dash and I think a Valentine sitting there would be that much more tempting of a target.swatthefly said:valentine one if you got the cash.
The integrated detectors are pretty slick, but there are two major drawbacks to them:pwr66569 said:One thing I would like to know more about are the integrated units that have an external sensor (that usually mounts behind the front grill) and an internal monitor that can be mounted anywhere out of sight. I would be much more comfortable having something like that which is not obvious and can't be easily grabbed. Anybody have any good recommendations?
ACTUALLY, it is becoming a common tactic for cops to use radar to clock speeders from behind. Most radar units don't have a rear sensor, so this is an effective tactic. And there's no need to try and match your speed. They can get you from a few hundred feet off. I have read several articles about this very behavior, including one gentlemen who was travelling in a pack of cars when they got clocked form behind. He had a V1. Another poor slob did not, and he got nailed. Also, having two sensors can help tell you whether or not you've already passed the speed-trap or if it's still ahead of you. If you're really worried about your V1 taking a walk, get the optional carrying case or put it in your pocket when you leave the car.pwr66569 said:I'm not very concerned about a rear sensor on an integrated unit. In my experience, it's pretty rare for cops to clock you from behind. Sure, it's possible, but not likely enough for me to concern myself with it. If they're behind, they can just pace you to determine your speed. Or else I've just passed them and would have slowed down already. At any rate, I know there's no sure way to avoid a ticket ... mainly just looking to get a heads-up at speed traps. And living in Florida, I can't even remember the last time I drove over hills so that doesn't really concern me. All in all, I think I like the trade-offs on the integrated ones for my uses. Anybody know any decent models and how much I should expect to pay?
the trunk might be big enough to fit it! :lol:pwr66569 said:...And if somebody snags it sometime, I'll just pick up another. I also don't want to encourage any would-be thieves. One time, I forgot my detector on my dash (another cheapie) when I locked up to go see a movie and came out to find my top slashed and all they did was grab that. It really sucked to have a $1000 repair for something that cost me less than $50 brand new and was probably worth about $10 on the street ... wish I would have just left the top down that time too. At any rate, I do occasionally foget a dash-mount detector on the dash and I think a Valentine sitting there would be that much more tempting of a target.
that is very true. ive spoken with a few officers that i have as friends and they are all saying that is what they have been using. the only downside is that the laser gun must be used while the officer is standing still. they dont use it while driving in the opposite direction as you, or behind you, so you have that consolation.AZJuez said:For those of you who are considering buying a "radar" detector, please understand that all police agencies are moving away from "radar" and going to the Laser Technology, also known as "Lidar." Your radar detector will not even see the laser beam until it is too late. The laser beam is only about 18" wide at 1000 ft, and they can pick you out from a group of cars at 750' with their eyese closed. Why not just save the money and slow down a bit?