Looking for a good radar detector

Discussion in 'Community' started by 18thTomorrow, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. 18thTomorrow macrumors 6502

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    Hey, I've decided to get a radar detector for my car, but upon doing some research I've found that there's so many out there...I don't know where to begin.

    What features are important to have and what ones can I do without?
    Can anyone recommend a good one, preferably less than $200? Your help is appreciated.
     
  2. absolut_mac macrumors 6502a

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    In my youth, when I was really into these things - especially after losing my speeding case in court in Santa Monica - I checked them all out. In those days, Escort was considered the premiere brand.

    I just a ran a quick search on Epinion, and guess what, it's still pretty highly rated. You also might want to check out the Valentine - he used to be Escorts head designer/engineer.

    Here's a review to get you started.

    http://www.epinions.com/elec-review-6DC4-15F80693-3A1166AE-prod2

    If it's a little out of your price league, just check out the reviews of those that you can afford.

    IMHO when it comes to buying radar detectors, always go with the best. Sure it's a little bit more money up front. But one speeding ticket will wipe out any savings that that you might have temporarily enjoyed from a cheaper, less effective one.
     
  3. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Heh. I use to consider radar detectors. Until just about every police department in a 15 mile radius of me started using laser. Radar is one thing but since laser is a coherent beam of light isn't a radar/laser detector pretty much pointless? By the time you pick it up they’ve already tagged you. Right? *shrugs* I just learned when and where they camp out so I know where to slow down.
     
  4. solvs macrumors 603

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    I have a way to save you some money...

    ... drive slower! :p Yeah, I know. But what did you expect?
     
  5. MacNut macrumors Core

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  6. iJon macrumors 604

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    The best on the market is the Passport 8500 X50. My mom got it half off through some deal at Sharper Image, usually an expensive radar. She put it in her new Caddy and it's real nice. This badboy has spotted the highway cops very well for me very much in advance. For a lesser price I recommend the Cobras. That's what I had in my last Acura and I loved it, especially how it talked to me.

    I used to have a radar for security in my car, I felt weird without one. I have kind of given up on them though for driving in the city. When I used to race in my old Acura TL I can't remember if it ever really saved me, I think I just got lucky. I speed quite frequently through town and still have not invested in one for my current car. I have just learned where they are and try to be a step ahead.

    Also, one key with a radar is to try not to be the rabbit everyone follows on the road. This way your detector will pick him up scanning someone else, giving you time to slow down. Problem with in the past is I tend to be the rabbit :)

    jon
     
  7. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    The best performance you can buy!

    Valentine 1

    Read their links to reviews!!!!

    This thing is IT!
     
  8. iJon macrumors 604

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    True, the Passport and this V1 are always battling it out. But from independent reviews I have followed shows the Passport beating it out. But by all means, they are both kickass detectors.

    jon
     
  9. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Valentine One is the detector to beat.

    No one else offers its directional and bogey count features, which are instrumental in detecting traps and letting you ignore false alarms.

    The others are merely ticket detectors.
     
  10. 18thTomorrow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the advice, people. It's good to hear recommendations from those who have used the product.


    Yes, I know. I'm lame. But I'm not a speed maniac--10 over at the very most in the city, something like 75-80 hwy. But I still would feel a lot better with some 'protection'. Plus, I like the ones with voice cues that can tell you about emergency vehicles, etc. because sometimes I'll have the music cranked for a good song and not hear the siren 'till it's on top of me.
     
  11. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Road & Track think this one is the best. I love mine it has saved so much money. :p

    Drive fast live life on the edge. :cool:
     
  12. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Without a V1, you'd only be setting yourself up. A bad detector will encourage you to speed right into an instant-on trap; it won't go off until it's too late.

    You'd "feel better" until you got your ticket; it's a false sense of security.

    I've seen V1s in action and having at least one in a pack of modified VWs allowed us to travel at 100+ mph for extended periods of time.

    The way I see it, there are two options:

    1) buy a V1
    2) use good traffic sense

    using #2 alone, I've avoided tickets for 6 years. If I'd have incuded #1, I'd never have gotten a ticket.
     
  13. iJon macrumors 604

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    Alright, I'm pretty much going to take back what I said after reading some more. I guess I don't follow detectors as much since I've gotten the Jeep. From the looks of it (from my research in the past) the Passport detects things a little bit earlier than the V1, but is kind of numb to all the sophisticated features of the V1.

    jon
     

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