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Old 06-10-2002, 07:28 PM
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Radar detectors - do they actually work?

Are radar detectors really worth the money? Does good science support spending $400?

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Old 06-10-2002, 07:43 PM
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Yes, radar detectors work (depends upon which one you buy as to how well, though). I've had a Valentine One for about 3-4 years now and wouldn't drive without it! It works very well. Before that, I had a Passport 4500. It was good, but nowhere near the V-1.

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Old 06-10-2002, 07:45 PM
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Ditto what Scott said. I won't even go to the convenience store without it. If you drive above the posted limit, V1 is the only choice.
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Old 06-10-2002, 08:13 PM
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V1 saved my a$$ numerous times.
Da best in radar detection,but
watch out for them choppers.
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Old 06-10-2002, 10:54 PM
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The V1 gets is tops in my book too. I think it is worth the extra money just to have an idea of the direction the radar is coming from, plus the bogey counter is a wonderful device for roads often traveled. No detector will prevent you from getting a radar speeding ticket though, they will help put the odds more in your favor. If you are the only car on the road and you get nailed with LASER-it's all over. Once saw a radar cop parked on the side of the highway who tried to follow me and nab me from behind. Lucky the V1 kept up it's directional alert as long as he stayed behind me.
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Old 06-11-2002, 10:00 AM
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V1 is the only way to go. I wouldn't cross the street without it! I've got a window mount in each of my cars and I just move it around depending on the car I'm in. Here in Dallas everybody drives 20 over and the cops just love to hide in different places every day.

You still need to speed smart on the freeway. If you don't have some bear bait and blast over a hill you'll eventually get busted.

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Old 06-12-2002, 11:18 PM
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With the hi-perf toys I drive, I'd be in jail if it weren't for my V1.
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Old 06-13-2002, 04:13 AM
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Another vote for the V1. I have over 100,000 miles with it, saved me more times than I can count.
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Old 06-13-2002, 09:42 AM
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You have my attention

OK, I have read the praises for the V-1. I see they sell it for $399.00 right from their web site (https://store.valentine1.com/store/).

Anyplace to get it cheaper?

For some reason I now NEED ONE of these. :-)

Dave
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Old 06-13-2002, 09:46 AM
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Someone is selling one that is a few months old with all the accessories for $360 on www.mbnz.org Look in the classifieds under miscellaneous items I think (its not in the parts section). Make sure it has a serial number b/c the V1 people won't upgrade units if they've been removed (ie stolen).

Randy
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Old 06-16-2002, 12:49 AM
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well what do you guys think of lesser model radar detectors? Such as a cobra or the sub $150 like? I don't care about the bogey detector, as the local cops use Ka instead of x (the supermarket type) band anyway, and the direction finder while usefull is not something I really care that much about, I mean, I don't go over very often, I just want to make sure I don't get busted doing a quick pass.... I just want something that will warn me of a radar and laser before the flashing lights....
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Old 06-16-2002, 05:14 PM
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If you are a fast/aggressive driver or do alot of driving, why get a inferior radar detector? The first time the V1 saves you, it has paid for itself 3 times. It will cost you atleast $1200 for a ticket with fines and insurance surcharges over the years.
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Old 06-16-2002, 06:06 PM
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hehehe.... I don't drive much or all that fast. I might do the occasional highway speed jaunt chasing an m5... but thats about it. For that I can't justify paying big money for a v1... But, I like having a little security just in case, especially when you are following in a "caravan", I mean, who is the cop gonna pull over? The white cavalier in front, or the dark blue Mercedes?
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Old 06-18-2002, 08:51 PM
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Well, I'm convinced. I ordered a Valentine One yesterday - hope it gets here on time. I am flying out on Friday to pick up the 500E.
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Old 06-18-2002, 09:33 PM
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Cool Valentine on its way.

Mine should be here tomorrow!

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