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Hello all,

What radar detectors are you guys using?? Would u change up?? post your experiences here,
I'm posting this because we impala peeps seem to have lead feet lol.

As for me, I have a valentine1. For me personally it was the best one i could find. Quite a bit pricey (after all accessories was around $500 or so). However it does not give me BS warnings when there's a train coming through town 2 towns away. I could care less about that.

this thing is sweet, as it senses your speed and below 30 mph it automatically mutes itself, so theres no annoying beeps when your in town bouncing around slowly. It still lights up tho. I also like that it tells you which direction the radar signal is coming from (thanks to its neat arrows built into it). And the range of this thing is awesome up to 2 miles of range on it. And the other thing I like is it has the ability to show you multiple warnings. ex. yesterday i was driving and there was a speed trap happening. Good ol V1 was working like crazy, and it showed 4 signals coming in. After passing the first trap, I saw that one still going behind me but the other 3 were still ahead of me. sure enough, 3 more cops spread out about 1/2 mile from each other. That was extremely helpful to see.


I've had tons of other detectors (even the escort redline which I really liked but had no directional capability). And by far this has my vote for favorite detector.

here's all accessories i put on this, in case you guys want to dig into it.

-valentine1 radar detector ($399)
-v1 connection le (for bluetoothing android or iphone) $45
-Savvy (connects right to your cars serial port, and monitors your speed and mutes automatically at whatever speed you decide) $69

any radar detector make sure you mount the most center of the windshield for optimal performance, some brands to carry a mount for rear view mirror, which is the absolute best position (it can see front sides and out rear window)

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Oh and a side note, if you are getting window tint, make sure to get 'non metallic' if you plan to use a radar detector, a metallic window tint will greatly inhibit the detectors ability to see out your windows
 

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Been probably close to 25 years since I have owned a radar detector. Kids in the car more often than not seems to curb my need for speed, so no need for a radar detector, that and the non driving idiots paying more attention to their devices than they are to the road.

Jmho, but there are waaaaay too many distracted drivers on the road in this day and age to be increasing the risk of an accident by excessive speeding in busy traffic.

That being said, passport and escort were some of the better ones back in the day.
 

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Been probably close to 25 years since I have owned a radar detector. Kids in the car more often than not seems to curb my need for speed, so no need for a radar detector, that and the non driving idiots paying more attention to their devices than they are to the road.



Jmho, but there are waaaaay too many distracted drivers on the road in this day and age to be increasing the risk of an accident by excessive speeding in busy traffic.



That being said, passport and escort were some of the better ones back in the day.


I only got back into having one because of how easy it is to speed in my 9th gen Impala. Distracted drivers yes, you are so correct with that. There are more idiots texting and driving than ever before.

But the police are still speed trapping everywhere and I have been saved several times by my detector. It’s not that I really speed intentionally. But cruising along at 70-80 mph on a double lane road feels like 55 in my car. And after a ticket going 72 in a 55 I felt I should at least get one to grab my attention when I’m driving and it does and works well.




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I have a Whistler CR75, I got it a little after it came out back in 2013. I love the damned thing (as long as you mute the X-band when driving through or around cities) and it still works really, REALLY well. For the money I think it's one of the best bang-for-buck detectors out there. I did a whole bunch of research before my purchase and it was easily equaling or beating radar detectors twice its price. I really do wish it had directionality to the warnings though.

It's saved me from many, many tickets way back in the day. One thing to note, a lot of people seem to think a radar detector is a fuzz detector. They're most definitely not the same. If a cop doesn't have his radar gun on, it won't pick up squat. My buddy in CA had his Valentine-1 integrated into his front grille and all sorts of fancy stuff, and he was constantly talking about how awesome it was. Until one day he got a massive ticket slapped on him by CHP. The cop was pacing him in a fully marked Explorer.

Radar detectors seem to give drivers a false sense of security, and I was definitely one of them. It's other drivers on the road and distracted drivers that worry me now more than anything else, especially texting and driving. I once saw a lady lose control of her car on the interstate and swerve across three lanes because she was trying to do her makeup while driving. Thankfully she didn't hit anybody or anything and she could just get back on her way. Bet she probably soiled herself though.

Also, radar detectors don't do a whole lot against lasers. There are fancier ones that claim some laser disruption, but they don't really work from what I hear. They'll definitely *warn* you of lasers, but by then because of the nature of a laser gun, it's usually already too late. That is how I came to be classified as a "super speeder" in the state of Georgia lol.

Side note: I really hate cheap radar detectors. I'm talking about the $30 eBay ones or the $20 Cobras you pick up from a gas station. I'd be less annoyed by them if all they did was not work. But not only do they NOT work, they emit a signal that some detectors pick up as a false positive and it really annoys me. Thankfully the signal they emit is really weak, so is usually more of a nuisance than anything else that goes away once you pass them, but still.
 

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I only got back into having one because of how easy it is to speed in my 9th gen Impala. Distracted drivers yes, you are so correct with that. There are more idiots texting and driving than ever before.

But the police are still speed trapping everywhere and I have been saved several times by my detector. It’s not that I really speed intentionally. But cruising along at 70-80 mph on a double lane road feels like 55 in my car. And after a ticket going 72 in a 55 I felt I should at least get one to grab my attention when I’m driving and it does and works well.




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Yeah it is pretty easy to get on up there quick in the 2012 as well. Typically try to not go more than 7-9 mph over the limit here, depending on how stupid the people around are driving. If I get ticketed for that, so be it, will thank the cop for the job they do and pay it.

There are common speed trap sites going into the nearest town that thinks it is a "big city". Speed limit on the 6 lane is 55, yet running 62'ish with the majority of the flow leaving a good 5 car length space between yourself and the car in front of you allows the zippers to fly through at 80 or more.

TN actually passed legislation that makes it illegal to drive distracted in school zones, seems this should be common sense. Amazes me how many "parents" are on their devices while driving by cops directing traffic. What kind of example to they set for the kids watching everything they do.
 

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I have a cheap detector that I used to use, but no longer use. The reason for that is all the blind spot monitoring and active cruise control and lane departure monitoring seemed to be set off the detector non-stop. With more and more cars having them, it just wasn't worth it to have it on anymore. Do the expensive ones have a way to ignore these sensors from other cars?
 

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An antiquated Passport IQ (yes, that one that looks like a big GPS). The combined radar detector and GPS fits the bill perfectly. At night, it just looks like a plain old GPS, not the line of red or blue LEDs on the dash or visor. It has saved my bacon more than a few times - it has paid for itself. Having talked with more than a couple cops about whom they would pull over, all other factors being equal, all responded the one with the radar detector (e.g., LED lights from detector visible from outside the car) would get pulled over first.

Escort no longer makes the Passport IQ and I was less-than-thrilled with their customer non-service, but I liked the product so much I own two (even got one in the wife's minivan). I will eventually have to replace them as the screens will go (already have a few bad pixels), at which point I may transition to the Passport 9500 or similar (depends which one Costco will be selling).
 

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I have a Beltronics(spelling) rx65 professional. I paid like 100$ couple years ago and it gets the cops pretty far out. If the cop doesn't have the radar on then it wont go off.

In the curvy MN roads it certainly goes off a turn or two before you meet the cop. If hes sitting on the side of the road and gets you quick with the gun then your fucked. If he leaves it on then you will know there is a cop nearby, or miles down the road on straight aways.
 

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I have a cheap detector that I used to use, but no longer use. The reason for that is all the blind spot monitoring and active cruise control and lane departure monitoring seemed to be set off the detector non-stop. With more and more cars having them, it just wasn't worth it to have it on anymore. Do the expensive ones have a way to ignore these sensors from other cars?


Yes my detector you can set the bands it scans, and police radar is very specific over the sensors on peoples cars. When mine goes off, once in a while it is a false alarm. But yea I had to program it. Took some time but after some tweaking, she performs well.

As for the laser detection. This v1 is the cats ass for picking up laser, however as noted above laser characteristic is much harder to detect.

Basically if your speeding and that thing goes off for laser, u pretty much should pull over cause it’s you they are gunning at. If there’s a bunch of traffic and they gun the car in front of me, it will go off.

Radar detectors are really mostly useful on highways or areas where a bunch of traffic is rolling around. Because they are monitoring all traffic and laser is super expensive mainly the state troopers are using those.

Is radar detector 100% fool proof?? Absolutely not, but I’d rather have ‘some’ sort of warning system than nothing.

pacing police cars you won’t pick up. However, them cops rolling around with their rolling radars on. This works perfectly against them.



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here is a cool review video of all the high end detectors. If your on the market for one, any of these will be a great addition to your car

 

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I need a better radar detector, I'm running a cheapo Cobra from wal-mart in my mustang. It literally picks up almost every single newer vehicles blind-spot monitor and almost every automatic doors at the stores while driving around town.

It does pick up the Ka bands and laser decently though, regarding being hit with Lasers, it's typically too late once it recognizes the laser. That's how I got my first speeding ticket in a car ever. If I had been looking further up the road I would've spotted the officer posted on the side shooting.

I have a cheap whistler in my impala that I got from a police auction site that I thought was a good buy. Really wasted $20 on the thing but it is good for giving an idea of where the police might be. I generally just slow down when it alerts. I don't really speed much, generally 5 over


I used to have a Passport 9500 that my friend was letting me use and that thing was awesome, I would get alerts at least a mile before running into the speed traps.

I want to get a better one but I don't want to spend an arm & leg either lol.
 

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Well, like anything in life you get what u pay for.

I’d look at the four I have listed in that review, the cheapest being around $400

Which is cheaper when it comes to avoiding that speeding ticket. They usually pay for themselves pretty easily on short time


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I just found a radar detector forum and oh boy did I just read some pretty bad stuff about Cobra detectors. Apparently they set off other radar detectors or "leak". I'm going to do a little more reading.

I think I'm going to go ahead and get a new radar detector soon now Lol
 

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My radar detector hard at work

The arrow showing direction of where radar coming from


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I've been running top-shelf radar detectors in all my vehicles for 40+ years. During the "double nickel" years, a detector was indispensable, so I got used to always running one.

I update mine periodically, as surveillance technology advances, so my current units are all now radar+lidar detectors with onboard GPS and camera emplacement databases. (For those unaware, most camera emplacements emit no detectable signal. They operate off sensors embedded in the roads, so the GPS+database functionality is essential for alerts to those.)

All installations are hardwired into the vehicles' electrical systems to minimize unsightly cords. And, because I tend to drive it somewhat more aggressively, my weekend fun machine takes my electronic countermeasures a step further. It is equipped with an array of laser jammers, front and rear. :)

Cheers!

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I've been running top-shelf radar detectors in all my vehicles for 40+ years. During the "double nickel" years, a detector was indispensable, so I got used to always running one.



I update mine periodically, as surveillance technology advances, so my current units are all now radar+lidar detectors with onboard GPS and camera emplacement databases. (For those unaware, most camera emplacements emit no detectable signal. They operate off sensors embedded in the roads, so the GPS+database functionality is essential for alerts to those.)



All installations are hardwired into the vehicles' electrical systems to minimize unsightly cords. And, because I tend to drive it somewhat more aggressively, my weekend fun machine takes my electronic countermeasures a step further. It is equipped with an array of laser jammers, front and rear. :)



Cheers!



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So since your into the high end units. I’m assuming you’ve tested a bunch out. What is your favorite, what do u have now??


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So since your into the high end units. I’m assuming you’ve tested a bunch out. What is your favorite, what do u have now??


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I'd rather keep my brand/model preferences to myself. I've seen too many threads like this one tumble downhill on other forums when people disagree about which is "best" among two or more of anything.

Everybody has a favorite based on his own priorities, and all the top models are more than adequate. Any of the units in the video above will serve its owner well. As far as I'm concerned, pick the one with the features most important to you, and you're good to go. :)

Cheers!

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