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#215743 - 07/20/08 01:47 PM Radar dectectors.
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I'm looking into buying a radar detector and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them.
The top of of my list is the Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar and Laser Detector that normally sells for $299.00 but 6th Ave. has it through Amazon at $227.00.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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#215749 - 07/20/08 04:42 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: HomeDad]
PeterChenoweth Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
I have had an 8500 X50 for several years. It's good and I've found it worthwhile. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about it.

It and the Valentine 1 are the best detectors you can buy. You can't go wrong with either.
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#215752 - 07/20/08 05:39 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: PeterChenoweth]
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Registered: 06/22/03
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Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Radar detectors are illegal in the great state of IL.
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#215757 - 07/20/08 07:37 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: Wid]
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Registered: 02/05/06
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Loc: Fredericksburg, Virginia
And also, sadly, in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Otherwise, I'd have one, probably a Valentine 1. Years of reading Car and Driver have drilled it into my head that the editors like that one the best.

PeterC, please tell me that you only use yours for out of state road trips!
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#215759 - 07/20/08 07:49 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: medic8r]
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Registered: 01/29/04
Posts: 13318
Loc: Iowa
I prefer Beltronics or Cobra over Valentine or Escort. I would not say Valentine or Escort are the best you can buy, just my 2 cents worth, and I've owned them all since back in the 80's.
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#215760 - 07/20/08 08:18 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: SirQuack]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
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Loc: Calgary, Alberta
I never bothered to get another one once lasers came out, found it much simpler and cheaper to stay within a reasonable range of the limits.
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#215762 - 07/20/08 09:11 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: jakewash]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

It seems IL. does allow radar detectors as long as they are not used in commercial vehicles. Radar jammers are illegal though.
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#215763 - 07/20/08 09:33 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: Wid]
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In Iowa as long as your within 9 mph of the speed limit you won't get ticketed.
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#215764 - 07/20/08 09:43 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: SirQuack]
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
Is that de jure or de facto?
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#215765 - 07/20/08 09:51 PM Re: Radar dectectors. [Re: pmbuko]
HomeDad Offline
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Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
In Calif. it used to be you could get away with 7 mph over the speed limit, I've heard from some law enforcement friends they plan on tightening that up.
I'm sure they will have their hands full with the new cell phone laws and smoke free car laws, that won't allow you to smoke with kids under 14 years old in the vehicle.
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