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Old 05-07-1999, 12:29 PM
Mark Herzig
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My 500E was initiated this morning when I was pulled over for speeding. Luckily, the officer was gracious enough to give me only a warning. The car has a Passport detector (Vintage 1992) that correctly let me know I was in a speed trap; about the same time as the officer put on his lights! What detector technology do you have knowledge of that might give me a fighting chance against the opponent(!!) Note: generally I am a law abiding citizen!

Mark Herzig
1992 500E (82,000 miles)
1986 300E (181,000 miles)
1987 300SDL (104,000)
Old 05-07-1999, 07:00 PM
Nick Jamal
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As far as I know, the Valentine One is the best stand-alone radar/laser detector out there - but they're expensive! I use a Bel Technologies detector with good results, and they manufacture built-in systems too, if you're interested.
Old 05-07-1999, 08:11 PM
Lee Scheeler
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Ah Mark,
I am glad to see you are enjoying the 500E!
As Nick said the Valentine 1 is the best you can buy. The best defense against cops/speed traps is to use your eyes and your head. The V1 can help you out at night, or in some specific situations, but you still need to stay sharp. Observe traffic's behavior in front of you. If people all tap their brakes for no apparent reason I'd wager a dougnut devil is waiting around the next bend. You already have the advantage of driving a benz. Speeding in a benz is akin to robbing a bank in a suit. It is not absolution by any means, but it does seem to get you a bit more slack than "the great unwashed" in Camaros, Stangs, Vettes, etc. (gawd did that sound condecending! j/k) I know exactly how easy it is to cruise at 5-10-20-30-um nevermind over the limit in that car. Considering you can be at/over the legal speedlimit on most major expressways in 5.5 secs... The combination of sharp eyes, quick reflexes, and a V1 is the best defense you can get. Here is a link to the Valentine Research website.

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