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Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by luckydynes, Sep 25, 2004.

  1. luckydynes

    luckydynes F1 Rookie

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    I am in the market for a radar detector....looking at the Valentine1 or the Escort Passport. Need info and recommendations.

    Thanks for the help!
     
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  3. stax

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    V1 all the way
     
  4. JDN17

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    Have had K40's, Escort's, Passport's... the V1 is the best by far. I think this is the general consensus on this forum, as well as any other.
     
  5. Jerrari

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    Check the archives....there is TONS of info on this topic.
     
  6. ghost

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    #5 ghost, Sep 25, 2004
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    Discussed many times - please search, and you will uncover a wealth of information. The majority consensus on this board is that the V1 does a phenomenal job.
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  8. luckydynes

    luckydynes F1 Rookie

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    Thanks for the info...I will check the archives.
     
  9. Doody

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    [size=+2]every time you fail to search the archives....

    ..... god kills a kitten.[/size]



    be kind. search. think of the poor kitties.

    :)

    doody.
     
  10. Jerrari

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    FOR THE LOVE OF THE CATS MAN..............CHECK THE ARCHIVES!!
     
  11. SrfCity

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    FWIW, I have the Escort. I decided to save a few bucks and I'm happy with it. Saved my a_s several times. Now if I was to do it again I'd go V1. The directional lights and the bogey counter are why.
     
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  13. zjpj

    zjpj F1 Veteran

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    I actually prefer the Escort too.
     
  14. bgomez

    bgomez Karting

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    I prefer the Escort 8500 also. I tried both out for a month and found the V1 to be too sensitive even in low sensitivity program. I was constantly slowing down for false alarms. The arrows are cool but who cares, you are going to slow down regardless of which arrow lights up and regardless of how many signals you are getting. I also like the smaller sleeker design of the Escort. In the end I returned the V1 and so far in a couple of years no speeding ticket.

    BTW: if you search the archives for everything I am sure you can find answers but it's nice to have some new discussion around here. Give a guy a break!
    Bill
     
  15. Doody

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    fwiw, here's a chop i put together for future use. enjoy :)

    doody.
     
  16. Brian C. Stradale

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    Wrong, wrong, and wrong!

    If I get a sideways arrow as I go over an overpass, I do not slow one bit. They can't measure your speed from the side.

    If I get a single signal and I can see that cop is busy (based on arrows showing me its the busy guy with his radar on), then I take off.

    OTOH, if I see a second signal, I know there's another one around... so, I watch as the bold and uninformed take off, only to run across the next cop 1/2 mile down the road.

    And, no, I don't want a detector that just turns down the sensitivity... I want to know about all signals. But if I get a double X, I know its just a gas station and cruise on. Similarly, you soon learn the patterns... when I first get a signal, I often keep going but wait to see if it grows stronger (like a real cop's will) or just fades off.

    I prefer to be well-informed and make decisions based on it... rather than have a device that can only tell me "slow down" and to avoid annoying me endlessly doesn't tell me until its almost too late.

    To each his own, I suppose,
     
  17. ghost

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    Most on this board have no problem providing an opinion to a newbie after they've searched the archives and are asking an informed question. It does get a little tiring to answer a frequently asked -- and equally-frequently answered -- question that is posed without canvassing the wealth of information already contained on this board. Given how long car-enthusiast forums have been around, and how often the search-before-you-ask point has been raised before, this is basic Netiquette.
     
  18. SrfCity

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    I'd be curious to know if this added "intelligence" is really of value. There seems to be two schools on it. Bottom line is in the real world which one is going to do a better job of alerting you. I'd bet both are a toss up and it boils down to personal preference.
     
  19. GOB

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    It has paid back the cost of it more times than I would care.
     
  20. SefacHotRodder

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    Where is the best place to purchase the Valentine One V1?

    From looking on the internet, price seems to be a consistent $399.99.

    I'm concerned about where to get it because apparently there are updates to the software used on the unit. I don't want to purchase a unit with old software!

    PS About the re-posts...

    If you don't feel like answering a re-post, then DON'T answer it! How does it affect you if you choose not to answer it? Does a re-post hurt you? Offend you?

    Some people don't feel like reading through dozens of threads which are mostly hijacked by other people having private conversations within the threads. Others who are new, of course, don't know that they should search lest they be chastised and reprimanded for not searching.

    Let's not hijack this one into a debate about re-posts--that belongs on a new thread :D
     
  22. SrfCity

    SrfCity F1 Veteran

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    Best place is the V1 website. Why mess around any place else?
     
  23. SefacHotRodder

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    Yes. Too risky on something like ebay, even tho you can check the detectors spec with the serial. You won't gain much buying it used.
     
  24. notoboy

    notoboy F1 Rookie

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    Agreed! IMO, V1 all the way - I've got one in each car.
     
  25. Red Mist

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    Just turned the I-5 from Oregon to Monterey into the American Autostrada with my Valentine One. Other two cars convoying behind me had escorts, I would get a alert about a mile ahead of theirs, and get slowed down to 70(from 120-140) before the radar clocked us. Had the V-1 set to the small "L", and it never failed us. Only place to get it is Valentine. It's saved me thousands of $$$.
     
  26. The Mad Hatter

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    As the official self-proclaimed attache' and litter box gadfly for Kitty Fishsticks I will have to strenuously object to the gunboat tactics being used against kittens on FChat! In fact, I have just notified the FChat Gestapo, headed by Alanlambo, and I see a ban in your near future! :D

    Cheers,
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  27. phong69

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    V1 all the way. I have purchased 3 over the past 10 years and with the directional arrows, it's a no brainer. Once you have the arrows, you will never go without them.
     
  28. Doody

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    LOL! just to show i'm an equal-opportunity opportunist....

    doody!
     

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