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Old 10-26-2017, 11:55 AM
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So having recently gone from a daily driver f-150 to a sporty car I find myself a little heavier on the gas and enjoying the car for the reasons that I made the switch . So I am curious if radar detectors are still relevant in todays world ? I haven't had one in 15-20 years . Just trying to prevent future tickets/insurance increase . If they are still used and relevant do they perform in daily commute situations or highway only type of setting . Any info greatly appreciated For the record I am not driving like a idiot just find myself over the limit a bit more often than I used to be .
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If they still beep and go crazy like the old ones I’d rather just pay the ticket.
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Haven't had one for 15yrs, at that time even all the good ones did was told to that you got nailed.

Never got another one for that reason.

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Originally Posted by Rival1 View Post
If they still beep and go crazy like the old ones I’d rather just pay the ticket.
Kind of my thinking ... old ones would beep for store front security systems etc . That's why I am curious if technology has improved .
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Always having Waze on in the car is better than any detector.
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Does waze alert you or do you have to be constantly looking at your phone ?? I have heard good things about that app just haven't looked into it yet .
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There are some really good radar detectors out there...

But they are quite expensive - north of $300 and all the way up through $650 for top of the line units.

The newest ones work through an app on your phone so they know where they are and you can silence future alerts for alarm systems etc.

But, Waze seems to cover 95% of the police that I see around......
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Waze + k40 and you should be good to go.
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I've always seen them as a waste of money. If you are the intended target of the radar operator, it's only going to alert you that you've been had.
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Have a VERY old Valentine One, works fine and keep thinking I need to get a new one. You can update them but they only give you $100 credit for old one

I don't really speed but it does get your attention when it lights up


I keep it in my truck more than my Vette since I go through lot of small towns when going hunting and those are the places that will nail you
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You get what you pay for. I have had a cheap one for 5 years and it worked well, but since especially GM, Kia, and Audi started to put the lane change warning sensors on their cars, the damn thing goes off every time i approach one of these cars.

I could get a Valentine 1 or other $500 unit and they will filter that crap out.

It is still not a guarantee to not get a ticket. In moderate traffic the detector will alarm you of X, K, Ka and laser and you have time to slow down. If you're about the only car on the road, it will tell you that you just got caught.
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I've always seen them as a waste of money. If you are the intended target of the radar operator, it's only going to alert you that you've been had.
That is true.

I had the V1, and if a person ahead of me on a deserted highway got hit with instant on, I still knew about it and was able to slow down a bit.

Conversely if I was the one that got hit with instant on, I knew he had my speed, I can look down at my speedometer and go into the traffic stop exactly as informed as he is. Information is key and can help prepare you for getting pulled over. Say he never nailed you with radar, and still pulls you over. You know he doesn't have your exact speed, and might be able to have a better outcome.

However, adaptive cruise control rendered that version of the V1 obsolete. They have re-programmed them and they are supposedly much better now. Especially with GPS silencing capabilities, and the ability to look at and filter out certain signals. Like audi Q8 collision avoidance systems.
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Have not driven without a Cobra for as long as I can remember..... yes they still do work as most PD's still use basic radar, yes they can get a little annoying sometimes now that every car that drives by has some kind of sonar that can set them off (Audis make me nuts with the Cobra, but since there are very few unmarked Audis....). Saves my aft when driving through my local towns where the speed limit is 25-30 and you get pulled over at 40.... But if they are shooting laser...yer dead...

BTW, my average highway speed is 75-80... have not been issued a speeding ticket in over 25 years,,,,,
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The Uniden R1 or R3 is the detector to have now. Way better range than V1 or Escort. R1 is 299 and R3 is 399. R3 adds GPS. Most places are sold out but should have more in soon. I’ve been waiting on mine for about 3 weeks now. You can tune it so it cuts down on the false alarms. It also has very easy to update firmware.
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Never leave home without it, but mainly use it on the highway.

Esscort Solo S3 and a Blendmount mount.
https://www.blendmount.com/escortradarmount.html

I hate wires all over the place.

Blendmount mounted to rearview mirror - https://www.blendmount.com/
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Waze and my V1
:knock on wood: 4+ years and nothing...
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First I think all of you should never use a radar detector.

But if you choose to use one it should be one that's networked like the Escort Max 360 with Escort Live. Not only do you get the benefit of your radar detector but you're networked into every other one in your geographic area.
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Waze is not a replacement. Consider it ancillary information.

1. Be aware & use your uncommon spidey senses
2. V1 or your choice of other reputable detector
3. Waze with your phone on a mount

Edit: also use your judgement when and where. In town is about 100x the risk vs barrent interstate.
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Thread bump. Ive run a radar detector in my car since I was 16, and Ive had one ticket in 24 years of driving. I ran escorts for years, and recently upgraded to the uniden r3 in my truck, and the r1 in admirals'. I turned of K and X, and leave Ka and laser on. Units stay quiet 99.999% of the time. Run these units with Waze, and you can speed with confidence.

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