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overkill 03-17-2004 01:25 PM

Best Radardetector
Hey guys, Im in the market for a radar detector. Search through thisi board I hear all kinds of good things about the V1, as a matter of fact I don't think anybody ever said anything is better than the V1 other than the escort that some people like. I went on the radartest site a couple days ago and read a review http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleID=1064 , that claims that the BEL980 is the best detector you can get, at least for the Ka band. I live in SoCal. Can anybody tell me how much truth is in that review, are these guys biased or is some shadyness involved?

Because it seems to me from real life users, that the V1 is the better option.

Thanks for your input. :)

BGReddy00 03-17-2004 01:28 PM

I think its pretty biased you can tell how its written just towards the other models..the V1 is def everything you pay for...

PDACPA 03-17-2004 01:28 PM

V-1 Hands down. The V-1 is upgradeable, multi options for stealth display, volume control. The unit comes with all sorts of mounting options that are well thought out and a very comprehensive operators manual. It can be programed to block out X band if you so desire. Too many posititive.

The thing that I love the most is the ARROWS. Nothing like knowing where the signal is coming from!

I have had many radars from the big original Escort boxes, to cobras, K40's, etc. V-1 is my choice. :thumbup:

8immerphile 03-17-2004 01:44 PM


V1 if you want better quality, arrows, and don't mind the bulk
Passport if you want it sleek.

antetr95 03-17-2004 01:47 PM

I live in So. Cal and the V1 accomplishes what I need it to do. It has given me ample warning on the city and highway. I love it and def. worth every penny. Good luck.

overkill 03-17-2004 02:55 PM

Thanks for the info guys, it seemed to me that that review seemed a little biased anyways.

psinsyd 03-17-2004 03:04 PM

I'm definitely going to pick up a V1 myself. I've heard the BEL's are decent, but I've seen a number of them go bad in the past. Never heard a bad thing about the V1's though!

MikeL 03-17-2004 03:21 PM

I have a V1.. Id say with the bogey counters and flashinf arrow indicators.. it is the best hands down.. look at this comparo.. Id say V1 is the best even if it costs that extra $$$.


Theres the site.. everything you need to know about detectors/dector, detectors. jammers, scanners. etc.. Its LOOONG but i recommend reading all of it. Its interesting.

Lemonsqr 03-17-2004 04:42 PM

How is the V1 when it comes to instant on? I was recently stopped by a cop cause I think he instant radared me. It was night, my crappy cobra went off and immediately slowed down. After about 2 minutes, I thought I was past the cop, I started to speed up and the cop shot me again and was on me like stink on ****. I pulled over and after a LONG wait, he was nice enough to let me go. sorry for the boring story.

PDACPA 03-17-2004 05:05 PM

I have a long straight 2 mile road I travel to my office. The cops park in the parking lot and have a wireless radar gun and they stand on the apron and shoot the cars. Our parking lot openning is in the middle of a school zone so they pick up people speeding through it.

Sometimes they leave the gun on, but most of the time its Ka band with him picking a car and pulling the trigger in an "instant on" type situation.

I usually pick it up somewhere in the 2 miles prior. My V-1 emits that it picked up a signal on Ka with the arrow pointing in front of me. It never does this unless they are down there so I know in advance. The cop rarely triggers me as I am going slow enough, but a few times they zap the car next to me and it goes off full blast.

It is the early detection that is key. However, solo car on a road, the cop is watching for you, it is probably going to be tough with anything. Now if you drove by the cop in the night, you should have seen his headlights following you and recognized what they looked like so you could monitor where he was after you passed him.

The detector does a lot to help out, but your eyes and awareness can do SO much more never mind thinking like a cop as to where a good spot is to target people. Where I live, they have no originality and are usually in the same area a few times a month.

NIK23 03-17-2004 07:10 PM

How do you program V1 so that it doesn't pick up X band?

rsjean 03-17-2004 07:17 PM

Anybody have one of these or know if they do the job?

guest1008 03-17-2004 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by rsjean

That's just laser. I heard they can be somewhat effective. The radar jammers are pretty much useless though.

Like PDACPA said though, the best detector is to use your eyes and think like a cop. I use a V1 though. I need the arrows cuz when I drive on the 5 to/from San Francisco, the cops are on both sides of the road and often cross the dirt divider and go the other way.

PDACPA 03-17-2004 08:22 PM

My V-1 manual is at home in my garage. If you look in there it will tell you how to put your V-1 into program mode and turn off x band. I like knowing when radar is going on so mine is on and the event some little rinky dink police department has an old radar gun.

You might try valentine's website for info.

PDACPA 03-17-2004 08:28 PM

RSJean - There is a guy who has the lidatek installed on his M3 (I think its an M3). I cannot find the thread. But I am fairly sure he is on E46fan.

SilverBullit 03-17-2004 08:32 PM

If money is no object, the Escort SRX is hands down the best.
Forget about everything else.
That's IMHFO :D

Dinan330 03-17-2004 08:35 PM

V1 all the way :thumbup:

g2go1818 03-17-2004 08:35 PM

I have V1, so far i've gotten one ticket with it in about a year (stupid instant on :bawling: ) I believe it is the best out there.

MPJ 03-17-2004 08:54 PM

No planned obsolesence... directional arrows... I hate driving w/o my V1.

HIGH_HEAT 03-17-2004 08:59 PM


Originally Posted by SilverBullit
If money is no object, the Escort SRX is hands down the best.
Forget about everything else.
That's IMHFO :D

i have the SRx and love it ... but i did order a V1 =) , Srx is great for blocking Laser

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