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I bought a new 2002 electron blue ZO6 rocket and seeking information and advise in buying the best possible radar detector for the car. comments....electron blue
 

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Dan,

Welcome you have come to the right, The best Forum on the web. You will find lots of good people and help here. Dont forget to register your new Ride..............

IMHO: Valentine V1

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P.s. Dan check out our calander, We have some upcoming east coast events.......
 

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Dan,

I can't tell you which is the best detector. I don't use one because I never speed... :roll: :D :lol:

But, I do want to welcome you to the forum!! :cool:
 

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Thank you for the welcome

About the Valentine One is it big and about how much do they run
Can they scramble laser radar and have you ever got a ticket since owning it
 

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Valentine 1 is by far the best. Since getting my first about 10 years ago, no tickets. I think they run about $300, but are worth every penny.

As far a scrambling radar, they are not scramblers, they detect radar and laser. For scrambling, you need an active device that transmits microwaves. I have heard such devices exist, but have never seen one. I think you would need an FCC license to operate such.
 

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V1 here also...and no tickets.
They are $400 and available only thru Valentine. No discounts and no group purchases.
It is a rather large unit but Car &Driver as well as other auto mags usually have a comparo of detectors annually. As long as I can remember, they have always rated V1 as#1.
As for size, you can also get a "remote display" which is about 1"x3"x2". My son has his mounted in his ashtray and by flipping the lid shut it's vanished. Has his main unit mounted on his harness bar on his camcorder mount. This gives superior "viewing" both front and rear...no window tint to cut down on range etc and with the remote hooked up to it, no blinking lights/sound from the main unit. Very stealth.
 

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the valentine one seems to be a great radar detector but the problem is...Its HUGE. Im looking for a hidden one small and accurate.
 

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Dan,
Just got the Escort Passport 8500.It's their top of the line unit about the size of a cigarette pack.It costs $300.00 and has a 30 day money back guarentee you cant loose.I'll try it when i get my car in mid OCT. e mail me direct for questions.Escorts site is: www.escortradar.com. :)
 

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I have a V1 and seems to do what I was looking for quite nicely. I like the idea of seeing what type of signal that it is picking up, which "band". This lets you know if it is likely to be a real speed measuring signal or some other microwave signal. I don't believe the other devices have that feature. It also tells you where the signals are coming from which is another hint to whether or not the signal is a threat to you. The others don't have that feature either. As to the other post saying it is "huge". That is a matter of opinion. It is about the size of a mans wallet and weighs about 5 ounces. I don't consider that huge. Valentine also offers both hardware and software upgrades to the device as technology evolves in terms of signal types and detection implementation. Simply mail the device to Valentine and they will upgraqde and return it back to you.
Most detectors will pick-up most of the signals used by traffic officials. It's your peace-of-mind. You have to decide what features are important and how much you are willing to pay and risk when buying.
Good luck!
 

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The V1 is the best I have ever owned and I have a drawer full of them. :)
What do you mean you have a drawer full of V1's?

I think you mean a drawer full of other detectors. :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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recent Passport 8500 buyer

I bought a Passport 8500 recently and talked about it in past threads----it was too new for me then to comment or make a decision on it----now I can say I am very pleased with its performance. I have not owned a V1 so I cannot compare the two---but I am satisfied with this detector fully.

It is rear looking also and it "learns" my normal driving pattern. It recognizes frequencies emitted by automatic doors and banks on my normal route to work and no longer sends me a fake alert. It also lets me know when I am approaching hazards---road construction and slow school zones---higher tech than I imagined.

The size and weight is suprising and the "Smartcord" is a big plus also---it has lights on the plug where it is plugged in so I can turn off the lights while driving at nite and the plug lights up. This way nobody behind me "ghosts" me and follows me on the interstate to take advantage of my detector. Nothing worse than cruising about 90mph with 3 cars right behind you.
 

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No, don't get an escort. They're a shitty ass company who fucked me.
Nice language! Dan, I went through this same dilemma last year. I did a lot of research. Check this out: radartest.com and speedzones.com. I purchased the BEL 980. I have only positive things to say. You can choose select radar, dimmer, many other options. No tickets, I run the car, many races. I had a major discussion on the forum on the subject of radar detectors. Many people are followers, not independent thinkers. They will tell you Valentine, but the reserach does not show the Val-1 as the leader. Make your decision wisely.
 

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Mike Valentine invented the radar detector when he worked for Cincinnati Microwave. It was the original Escort. The company had problems and Mike left and formed his own company which created the Valentine 1.

The unit is bigger than most, they just slimmed it down this year. Other detectors are good, but most people that have tried the Valentine 1 swear by it. The best feature is the bogey counter and directional arrows. I mount mine high, right next to the rear view mirror, which gives it the best angle for distance both ways. It is also hard to be seen from outside up there and you can direct wire it in.
 

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I've got V-1's in all my cars!! $400.00 period-no discounts(does that tell you something?). Also, it's not that big in physical size. That's certainly not a problem for me or the other 900+ guys on this forum who have V-!'s.....nuff said:D

Barry:cheers: :guiness: :cheers:
 

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Nice language! Dan, I went through this same dilemma last year. I did a lot of research. Check this out: radartest.com and speedzones.com. I purchased the BEL 980. I have only positive things to say. You can choose select radar, dimmer, many other options. No tickets, I run the car, many races. I had a major discussion on the forum on the subject of radar detectors. Many people are followers, not independent thinkers. They will tell you Valentine, but the reserach does not show the Val-1 as the leader. Make your decision wisely.
Well, EXCUSE me for voicing my opinion about a company that screwed me.

Also, your vaunted radartest.com person, Chris Peterson (if memory serves) gets paid by the detector companies to write those reviews. Valentine does NOT pay him, and his results show that.

Valentine is the only one out there that gives instructions on how to correctly rate the detectors and assure that there are no "ringers" in there.
 
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