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V1 is great if you can afford it. These detectors are being made better and better. I have not had any experience with the others. All my friends use V1s. We love them.

At first, it is difficult to discern between different audible warnings but within days you become a pro. You can even tune out the repetitive warnings that are triggered by gas stations, laundry mats, and super markets.

None can protect you from instant on radar, but your own caution when applying the gas.

Now that I have raved about the V1 surely someone has to come to the defense of the other two.
 

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V1. The arrows are really cool :D
 

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I just switched from an old Bell 550i to the V1. The Bell 550i was doing a very good job warning of being clocked with a very good range but the problem was that you get use to ignore what you think is a false alarm since in most cases you can not be sure where the signal is comming and that cost me a ticket last month. Now with the V1 every time you get a warning your jugment is more acurate in determining if it is a false alarm or if the treat is real by looking at the arrows and what is out there no more gessing where the signal is comming. If the passport has more range I still prefer V1 for the same reason. If you prefer to slow down every time you other detector beep no matter what, then the other detector are a good choice since they has as much range as the V1. :wink:
 

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Billy_Talent said:
www.radartest.com prefers the new BEL and the Escort over the Valentine (which has barely changed over the years)
radartest.com credibility is questionable.

www.caranddriver.com has a better review. Search on 'radar.' They picked the V1 in 2002.

http://www.valentine1.com/lab/detectortests.asp

Passport and Bel are great detectors for the $$. I like the V1 more, so that is what I have.

There is a lot of laser usage in my area. I don't want to spend the $$$$ on a laser jammer, so I slowed down. With laser, a detector will let you know to pull over, and pickup your ticket. If they have a good shot, you'll have NO time to slow down.
 

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V1 all the way. Arrows and the bogie counter are a must if you are going to do it right......I don't care if the unit picks up for 10 miles if I have no idea where its coming from. So, if you like slowing down at every little warning then do not get a V1.
 

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Definitely V1... for the reasons STight mentioned. Living in a densly populated area I can not imagine not having the arrows and counter. My V1 has clocked multiple police radar at the same time, without the counter and arrows pointing I would never have known I just passed one source and another one was coming. One time I even tracked 4 different police cars at once, all had their radar on, within about 1-2 miles of each other.

BTW, this topic has come up a number of times with many replies and testamonies. You might want to do a search to get even more opinions.
 

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MKIVSupra said:
My V1 has clocked multiple police radar at the same time, without the counter and arrows pointing I would never have known I just passed one source and another one was coming. One time I even tracked 4 different police cars at once, all had their radar on, within about 1-2 miles of each other.
Another excellent point. Arrows/counter also helps when the police vehicle is unmarked or not a crown vic. I've seen police use un-marked mustangs, camaros, SUVs, ...

Not too funny when bad-driving-soccer-mom-SUV or tailgating-redneck-mustangGT is actually a cop. :evil:
 

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Another vote for the V1....love mine!
 

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Another vote for the V1. Bought it before a cross country trip last year, and it has more than earned its $$. However, with instant on, laser, etc. I'm starting to see more cops without it going off or it goes off when it's too late. Drive smart and it is a very useful tool....
 

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V1 sucks now but it was a good product 10 years ago when getting endless false alerts was cool. There are a million threads on this giving the reasons why, but after owning both an 8500 and a V1 I now only have the 8500. Both count bogeys, arrows aren't as useful as people claim, and the 8500 is what $150 less on EBay (new).

8500 = :p

V1 = :evil: :x :cry:
 

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my complaint of the V1 was the false alarms and that it was so heavy it was always falling of the windshield...exchanged for a 8500. Now it was stolen and now checking both of them out again. The funny story is I ordered a V1 again and the lady told me since I had already returned one (2years ago) I did not qualify for the 30-day guarantee.


One thing I dont understand is why people on eBay are bidding on a 1-2 year old V1 up to $350...dont they know they can buy a new one for a few more dollars. :roll:
 

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Yeah EBay brings out the dumbest in everyone. I sold an older model (the taller one) V1 for like $50 less than a brand new model. And another sucky part of Valentine: almost $200 to upgrade an older model! You're far better of selling it & buying a new one.
 
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