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wat2022
04-18-2008, 12:54 PM
I was wondering if anyone has a VALENTINE ONE & is it worth it?

bsrpilot44
04-18-2008, 12:56 PM
I was wondering if anyone has a VALENTINE ONE & is it worth it?

Yes...once you go arrows you never go back!

ItzDarrellS4
04-18-2008, 12:57 PM
absolutely!!!! saved me time and time again.

do it. you wont regret it

zachf88
04-18-2008, 12:59 PM
Oh Yes!!!!

Ill 3.0
04-18-2008, 12:59 PM
Having just purchased mine, also agree. Look at ADR interface too, I installed mine and love it. Probably the best $200 I spent on the car (aside from maybe short shifter and RS4 rear sway). It's only not worth it if you very attentive to speed limit and never go over. Otherwise buy one.

CARTEL
04-18-2008, 01:01 PM
I think so... It's saved my ass so many times.

blacka4
04-18-2008, 01:04 PM
saved my ass a few times. I usually cruise 10 to 15 over the limit regularly and its great

Randy M
04-18-2008, 01:05 PM
Absolutely. Feel naked driving without it.

wat2022
04-18-2008, 01:31 PM
Sweet thanks guys

S4B6Dave
04-18-2008, 03:21 PM
Absolutely, I have always had a radar detector over the last 20+ years of driving, this is the best one, hands down. I also have an escort, no comparison. If you can swing the cost, go for it.

nimski62
04-18-2008, 03:30 PM
Absolutely. Feel naked driving without it.

LMAO i know how you feel.. deff get the naked feeling, infact I use the same terminology when talking about driving without my V1!!

dr.evil
04-18-2008, 03:38 PM
Although awesome, your still not bulletproof. If they are using POP or Instant On and you dont see them in time your screwed regardless. I got a ticket recently with the V1 on full alert. But its more than paid for itself in times its saved my ass!

Apex
04-18-2008, 04:01 PM
I have a V1 as well and live in and around Seattle like you. I also have a laser jammer though (Blinder) b/c 95% of WSP use laser and V1 won't stop that. Still gotta be on the lookout for instant on, ghost cars and VASCAR. Laser jammer is awesome to have but also not 100% bulletproof.

channad
04-18-2008, 04:43 PM
I only use it for long trips. In which case, it's saved me twice, and saved my cousin once. Since he was driving to Mammoth, I brought it with me. He was very amazed. He was doing 90 when it went off, and CHP was waiting after a crest in the road about 1 mile down. He would for sure have gotten a ticket.

At any rate, I don't drive with it all over the city, it's a little annoying. It will keep you safe except in certain instances. You will still have to be aware of your surroundings.

ngng
04-18-2008, 06:22 PM
all I have to say is...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnAjzVw-KI

wat2022
04-18-2008, 06:34 PM
Hey APEX where did you get the jammer?

wwb4
04-18-2008, 10:00 PM
Definitely.......can't imagine driving without one.

jester7677
04-19-2008, 03:48 AM
In NE, I would say that the laser jammer would be my first purchase, the V1 would be my second. My Blinder has saved me 7 times over the last year. My V1 has saved me once in the same period.

Cannot say if V1 is better than Escort, but I've had my V1 for something like 8 years now and love it. In those first 7 years the V1 probably saved me 10 time maybe, and I got 3 laser based tickets. Hence the Blinder install.

ItzDarrellS4
04-19-2008, 07:58 AM
i posted above how it has saved me in the past. but i have a quick story... this morning i woke up late and i had to go to work. i have an hour commute, so i really had to hurry to make it on time. if you dont know NH, our state troopers drive these.... http://www.nhtroopers.org/images/lopro%20charger.jpg
they camouflage with our green state very very well... anywho. i was doing 20 over when the KA band and the forward arrow went nuts, i hit the brakes but had no idea where the cop was, sure enough up the road a bit i caught a reflection on the side of the road, it was one of these chargers hidden in weeds about 20 yards in off the road. ive never seen a cop hidden so well, if it wasnt for the V1 id be late for work and out a $240 fine minimum and a must apear in court (add the court fee, and loss of half a day of work on there also) + the insurance hike. paid for itself right there.

best investment ever [up]

Apex
04-19-2008, 01:55 PM
Hey APEX where did you get the jammer?

Some shop in Kirkland. I paid $500-550 installed. I think the unit (Blinder M20) retails for $350 so I paid $150-200 for install which is probably a little on the high side as far as installation costs go. You can also sometimes find the M20 on Ebay for cheaper but buyer beware since you know how ebay goes sometimes.

They don't produce the M20's any more though b/c the new M25's have taken their place so if you see an M20 it's prob leftover stock. Check the reviews on the M25 b/c some say it doesn't work as well as it should.

You could also get a Laser Pro Park (LPP) but it costs significantly more. One thing I like about the LPP is that the sensors are so small and are easier to mount up front. The blinder units are large by comparison.

There's some guy that is marketing Laser Star (a new jammer) but I don't know too much about it.

NYCS4Avant
04-28-2008, 05:18 PM
yes. 4 years and a bunch of tickets later (all w/o V1 in the car/on). V1 has saved my ass too many times to count. V1 FTW!

isb
04-28-2008, 06:12 PM
These guys give the nod to the Bel STi over the V1: http://www.radartest.com/article.asp?articleID=100542

Does anyone have experience with both?

Cheers, Ian

Tiesto
04-28-2008, 06:21 PM
Aren't most departments going to laser now? Why would they continue to stick with radar? Do they want to deliberately lower their chances at catching speeders? [confused]

b00st
04-28-2008, 06:37 PM
i love the valentine one but it seems to be losing battles lately...more technology coming out in these newer radars...and they seemed to be out performing the V1. had to do escort. loved the arrows but i think it was time.

lots of great info in here.

http://www.radardetector.net/

Maverick
04-28-2008, 07:11 PM
time to get one now

JoeM
04-28-2008, 09:00 PM
Aren't most departments going to laser now? Why would they continue to stick with radar? Do they want to deliberately lower their chances at catching speeders? [confused]

I think Laser still has issues with bad weather such as fog or heavier rains and snow. Where as Radar still works in those conditions.

vinny.dtw
04-28-2008, 09:06 PM
Worth every penny. Saved my booty so many times.

EUROTEK//S4
04-28-2008, 09:07 PM
Yes...once you go arrows you never go back!

+ 2 [up]

oatzel
04-28-2008, 09:40 PM
+ 2 [up]
+3

wat2022
04-28-2008, 09:59 PM
I got one this past weekend and it has already saved my ass!!!!!!!!

40valve
04-29-2008, 08:33 AM
all I have to say is...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnAjzVw-KI
Is this with custom interface or is there a kit to buy?

DTMOOOO
04-29-2008, 09:05 AM
^It is a kit that you have to buy ^

a2gtinut
04-29-2008, 10:49 AM
I see V1 worthless since State Police uses laser only.
going driving 10-20 over speed limit I get to my destinations only 1-2 minutes faster. With out worhtless V1 I drive slower while more ralaxed and less stops at the pump.

kloover
04-29-2008, 03:51 PM
1-2 minutes faster? Maybe on a few mile trip. But consider a long trip (for instance, my trip to visit my parents which is 420 miles). Doing 60 mph takes me 7 hours. Doing 80mph would take me only 5h 15m.

I'm not advocating speeding, but it does save time (unless of course you get pulled over)

wat2022
04-29-2008, 07:21 PM
I know some of you hard wired the V1 and I did read the thread on it but don't want to use the sunroof for pwr source,so could you please help me out, I have the pwr going to the fuse box, I can't find a wire to tap into for pwr when you turn the key.

|FYASKO|
04-29-2008, 10:53 PM
V1 i coming !

Mooneywa
04-30-2008, 07:32 AM
I'd say one of the seldom mentioned benefits of the V1 is the service. I bought my V1 back in 2002 and since then they came up with some new updates for POP Ka-band. Additionally my V1 started acting up and for $75 they ran diagnostics, replaced a couple things, and did the software update. I haven't heard of passport or cobra or any of the other companies doing this. V1 is a company devoted to radar detectors - not CB's, scanners, and oh btw radar detectors. They know what they're doing and I've been very pleased with mine. The only time I've been pulled over since then (knock on wood) was when the unit was turned off.

ItzDarrellS4
04-30-2008, 08:25 AM
V1 saved me once again this morning. thing is amazing

wat2022
04-30-2008, 10:37 AM
I'd say one of the seldom mentioned benefits of the V1 is the service. I bought my V1 back in 2002 and since then they came up with some new updates for POP Ka-band. Additionally my V1 started acting up and for $75 they ran diagnostics, replaced a couple things, and did the software update. I haven't heard of passport or cobra or any of the other companies doing this. V1 is a company devoted to radar detectors - not CB's, scanners, and oh btw radar detectors. They know what they're doing and I've been very pleased with mine. The only time I've been pulled over since then (knock on wood) was when the unit was turned off.

Do you guys have any meets there in okla? I'm driving there next month to visit family.

Randy M
04-30-2008, 10:41 AM
I see V1 worthless since State Police uses laser only.
going driving 10-20 over speed limit I get to my destinations only 1-2 minutes faster. With out worhtless V1 I drive slower while more ralaxed and less stops at the pump.

You're in the wrong car. Perhaps you should get a smart car or a prius or something a little more meager since you don't really enjoy performance.

wat2022
04-30-2008, 10:44 AM
You're in the wrong car. Perhaps you should get a smart car or a prius or something a little more meager since you don't really enjoy performance.
lol [drive]

ngng
04-30-2008, 11:10 AM
You're in the wrong car. Perhaps you should get a smart car or a prius or something a little more meager since you don't really enjoy performance.

zing!

wwb4
04-30-2008, 11:18 AM
............... I have the pwr going to the fuse box, I can't find a wire to tap into for pwr when you turn the key.

Mine is tapped into my fuse for my windshield wipers.....it turns on when I turn my key in the ignition and off when I turn it off. Hope this helps.

a2gtinut
04-30-2008, 11:21 AM
You're in the wrong car. Perhaps you should get a smart car or a prius or something a little more meager since you don't really enjoy performance.

I enjoy performance but there are too many cars on the road.

For high speed driving I drive on THE RING and between Heidelberg and Frankfurt.

wwb4
04-30-2008, 11:28 AM
I see V1 worthless since State Police uses laser only.


That is an incorrect statement. I for one know that NJ state police currently use X band radar, MD state police use KA/K, as do VA state police.

wat2022
04-30-2008, 11:35 AM
Mine is tapped into my fuse for my windshield wipers.....it turns on when I turn my key in the ignition and off when I turn it off. Hope this helps.

thanks didn't even thank about that[hail]

KevinS4
04-30-2008, 12:34 PM
I love my V1 a very good investment.

bklein8888
06-05-2008, 01:33 PM
I just pulled the trigger on a V1...any 9500i users out there with any opinions? I have 30 days to try it out. It was a pretty obvious decision between the V1 and the 9500i, but the latter has some pretty cool technology though no arrows...

channad
06-05-2008, 01:35 PM
the GPS lock feature in the 9500i doesn't work sometimes. There have been youtube videos posted that prove this.

mbgt72
06-05-2008, 01:48 PM
Def. Worth it, Love mine, can't drive without it!

S4J
06-05-2008, 02:46 PM
Aren't most departments going to laser now? Why would they continue to stick with radar? Do they want to deliberately lower their chances at catching speeders? [confused]

No, lasers are very expensive and the officer using it must be stationary. According to my cop brother-in-law, 70% of speeding tickets are written using radar from a moving patrol car. Unless they've got a trap going, a police car is much more effective on the move..thus the prodigious use of radar.

As for the V1, the measurable difference between it and the other brands doesn't warrant not having the arrows. I couldn't stand not having the arrows.

joe11mdsuny
06-06-2008, 07:53 PM
Has anyone compared the K40 RD850 with the Valentine? I recently drove to AC from NYC and my friend and I averaged 90-110, seen NJ State Troops visually but the K40 never went off and also no ticket.

initiala4
06-06-2008, 11:17 PM
Hell yeah! I got it before POP came out and later upgraded to POP. All worth it!

UBERS4
06-07-2008, 12:56 AM
I'm a big believer in always using a radar but IMHO, the arrows were a pointless option and didn't warrant the $100 more on a V1 compared to my 8500.

1) You're never going to need to know what's behind you. If you're getting gunned from behind, he's already coming after you. Unless you've already started running, you're probably getting pulled over.
2) The sides are useless as well. When would you get gunned from the side? When you are sitting still? The front is where they get you.
3) In many tests, the Escort models proved just as accurate as the V1, if not more so. The V1 is not the be all end all of radar detectors just because of the arrows.
4) Lastly, the V1 is so big and ugly! Granted, that's my opinion but many agree.

If you have an accurate detector, all you need to know is SLOW DOWN when it goes off, bottom line. I never understood the arrows or could justify the price difference. My 8500 has been great but I am considering making the jump to the 9500 as Escort is offering a $80 trade in.

Mooneywa
06-07-2008, 08:37 AM
I've got to disagree. If I'm going 85 in a 70 and the cop is going 90 or 95 just to get somewhere he can easily sneak up behind me and nail me for 15 over. The rear arrow is very beneficial in hill country as well because if you're on the opposite side of the hill you can "push 'em up" until he has radar back on you again.

As for the side arrows - these are more beneficial to me to know when a cop has passed in heavy traffic. I don't necessarily have time to get eyes on him in city traffic but I'll know when he has passed. Additionally I've known I've passed a hidden cop "in the trees or wherever" after I've seen the transition from in front, to side, to behind.

The arrows aren't the only benefit of the V1 - the number of radars being used and the various accessories are very nice to have. The reviews I've seen have always shown the V1 out in front, but I know people who have Escorts who love them. Definitely personal preference - especially on size.

Happy hunting.

Unleaded20T
06-07-2008, 08:41 AM
x1

renz609
06-07-2008, 09:01 AM
If he's coming from behind with his radar on, the detector will detect the signal and ramp up accordingly which at that point you'll want to slow down. Unless he has his radar off, and no detector will pick him up. The arrows are nice to have but it's a luxury. Once you get used to driving with any radar detector, you will be able to tell if the signal is coming from the front or back regardless of the arrows.


I've got to disagree. If I'm going 85 in a 70 and the cop is going 90 or 95 just to get somewhere he can easily sneak up behind me and nail me for 15 over. The rear arrow is very beneficial in hill country as well because if you're on the opposite side of the hill you can "push 'em up" until he has radar back on you again.

As for the side arrows - these are more beneficial to me to know when a cop has passed in heavy traffic. I don't necessarily have time to get eyes on him in city traffic but I'll know when he has passed. Additionally I've known I've passed a hidden cop "in the trees or wherever" after I've seen the transition from in front, to side, to behind.

The arrows aren't the only benefit of the V1 - the number of radars being used and the various accessories are very nice to have. The reviews I've seen have always shown the V1 out in front, but I know people who have Escorts who love them. Definitely personal preference - especially on size.

Happy hunting.

PSYC0TIC ONE
06-07-2008, 02:34 PM
If you look at it this way, especially in VA... If you average at 10-20 over and get nailed doing 20 over, reckless driving automatically, without a lawyer you'll probably get nailed for it, possibly reduced to 10-15 over and get slapped with a $200 fine, do that again and that paid for the V1...


HOWEVER, out here in Hawaii except on military installations, its basically LASER only... I got pulled over last night (downhill with fun curves for about 2 miles, speed limit was 35) I saw the cop but, had zero warning by the V1 and didn't think he'd get me for doing roughly 7 over... He pulled me over anyway but gave me a warning because I had just gotten to the island and aren't used to the 35mph downhill stretches... He just told me to slow down *shrug*

besides the instance above, the V1 has paid for itself 2-3 times over in a month in VA

S4J
06-08-2008, 11:38 AM
I'm a big believer in always using a radar but IMHO, the arrows were a pointless option and didn't warrant the $100 more on a V1 compared to my 8500.

1) You're never going to need to know what's behind you. If you're getting gunned from behind, he's already coming after you. Unless you've already started running, you're probably getting pulled over.
2) The sides are useless as well. When would you get gunned from the side? When you are sitting still? The front is where they get you.
3) In many tests, the Escort models proved just as accurate as the V1, if not more so. The V1 is not the be all end all of radar detectors just because of the arrows.
4) Lastly, the V1 is so big and ugly! Granted, that's my opinion but many agree.

If you have an accurate detector, all you need to know is SLOW DOWN when it goes off, bottom line. I never understood the arrows or could justify the price difference. My 8500 has been great but I am considering making the jump to the 9500 as Escort is offering a $80 trade in.

1) I always want to know whats behind me (silly not to). If I'm in traffic on the freeway and my detector go's off, the arrows let me determine how I want to react. I'm not just braking and slowing clueless because my detector is at beeping at me[down]. It doesnt automatically mean he's coming after you. It just lets you know he's behind you, not in front of you and you can adjust accordingly.
2) As stated above, the sides let you know when the threat has passed. My x-ray vision is not the best so I often have a difficult time seeing through freeway medians or picking out that unmarked car coming and then passing from the other direction in traffic. Plus once he's passed and I'm still getting warnings, at least I know that threat has passed (how about you?)
3) I agree, the V1 has not always tested 100% number one in all tests...but...the differences are negligible...so the arrows do make a significant difference. Worth the cost? It is to most who have ever owned a V1. To me the V1 is the be all end all of radar detectors just because of the arrows.[race]
4) Lastly, yes the V1 "is" big and ugly. Come on Valentine [confused], why can't you make a product as good looking as it is functional? I'd buy a 3'rd one if you did [:)]

Have fun slowing down EVERY time your detector goes off.[eek]

Peace...Steve
*I'm in no way condoning speeding or the use of radar detectors in area's where they are against the law. Please obey all traffic laws and drive responsibly.*[drive]

ngng
06-08-2008, 12:52 PM
I think what most people don't realize is, say a detector is $500; once it saves you just ONCE it has paid for itself.

As for arrows, I've owned the 8500, and the arrows do make a difference.

dasberd
06-08-2008, 06:39 PM
Yes, 100% Yes, I've had one for about 6 years and it's saved me countless times.

bklein8888
06-09-2008, 09:28 AM
Thanks guys...the more and more I'm reading from your comments, I feel better about dropping the $450 on the V1. I get it tuesday...I'm excited. In terms of hard wiring, is this the best method?

http://forums.audiworld.com/a4gen2/msgs/648794.phtml


It's hard to fault Eddie Man's write-ups!

Thanks again!

wat2022
06-09-2008, 10:02 AM
hard wire it. I just took a trip driving to okla from washington and back. Wow the V1 saved my ass many of times. 2100 miles in 28 hours. It was long but a great drive. Only thing that sucked was gas prices and the whole trip mpg was 23 [headbang]

joeycuccaro
06-10-2008, 10:29 AM
absolutely worth it! don't hesitate!

4rings-rs4
06-10-2008, 01:03 PM
absolutely worth it! don't hesitate!


I 2nd that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SoEvoL
06-10-2008, 07:36 PM
im buying mine tomorrow

does the one from the official site come with the pop2?
i couldnt find the info listed. im sure its the most up to date version and their price is 399 vs 499 everywhere else, but they also list pop2 and v3.8 euro (i wont use)

wwb4
06-10-2008, 07:43 PM
HOWEVER, out here in Hawaii except on military installations, its basically LASER only...

Sounds like you need to pair your V1 with a Lidatek. [:D]

Mooneywa
06-10-2008, 09:40 PM
How does getting used to a radar detector with no arrows allow you to know if you the radar is in front or behind you? I had a Cobra back in the day (I do realize it's substandard) but I had no clue where it was - I just knew it was out there.

I think the issue here isn't so much the whether or not a $400 radar detector will pay for itself or not. Eventually in a car like the S4 the detector will pay for itself - it might be take one almost or two almosts - but eventually it will. If you find that the 8500 is to your liking and you don't think the bells and whistles of the V1 justify a $100ish price increase then go for it. Either one will provide you with a degree of protection. The 8500 will work just fine for the average 10-15 over guy, but if you like to "push 'em up" out in the Great Plains somewhere and want that long range protection go for the big guns in the V1. Truly we will never achieve protection in reasonable speeding with a radar detector alone - additional items such as a Uniden Beartracker 996, a CB radio, and a laser jammer would be necessary as well. And to achieve Alex Roy type speeding you'd need a spotter aircraft - and then even HE had some close calls. It's all relative to what you feel comfortable doing - no radar detector will protect you EVERY time from a 100 in a 70.

covertS4driver
06-11-2008, 12:12 PM
Definitely worth it.
Those who are saying that the rear/side locater is worthless have apparently never used one.
Owned mine for a few years now, and won't drive without it!

Blake260
06-11-2008, 07:43 PM
i love mine, saved me 3 times on my trip from elmira Ny to merrimac MA, I average 110mph.

wat2022
06-18-2008, 10:52 AM
The v1 saved my ass again, I was driving and the v1 went crazy and I hit the brakes hard, the cop pulled me over said he clocked me 34 in a 25. He looked in the car and said he just knew I had a radar detector, I just told him when I seen that I was speeding I hit the brakes. He gave me a warning. I love the Concealed Display, cop had no idea!

beung
02-10-2009, 11:09 AM
Maybe it's just me but whats the point of the arrows? It makes no difference if the signal is coming from in front or behind, you're slowing down anyways.

Ill 3.0
02-10-2009, 11:37 AM
A number of reasons but mostly peace of mind. If I'm driving fast and Ka pops up in front of me then is behind me, I'll continue to drive fast or turn off on a different road. If its behind me and stays behind me, I won't drive fast again for a while since the radar is traveling with me. I know it sounds like it doesn't matter, but if it gives you that extra bit of info to take a different route and hopefully not be followed, then its worth it.

joeycuccaro
02-10-2009, 11:47 AM
Absolutely worth it. One speeding ticket pays for the unit.

sakimano
02-10-2009, 11:51 AM
I enjoy performance but there are too many cars on the road.

For high speed driving I drive on THE RING and between Heidelberg and Frankfurt.

jealous me

channad
02-10-2009, 11:51 AM
Maybe it's just me but whats the point of the arrows? It makes no difference if the signal is coming from in front or behind, you're slowing down anyways.

I thought the same thing, until a long drive down the 395, the front arrow would turn on, and then turn off, turn on and turn off...turns out the CHP was ahead of me around some turns.

If there were no arrows, I would have just disregarded the beep and went at 90, since I couldn't get a visual on the CHP.

Trust me, it's VERY useful, not just a gimmick.

...Mark...
02-10-2009, 12:00 PM
I'm a passport guy..

beung
02-10-2009, 12:43 PM
A number of reasons but mostly peace of mind. If I'm driving fast and Ka pops up in front of me then is behind me, I'll continue to drive fast or turn off on a different road. If its behind me and stays behind me, I won't drive fast again for a while since the radar is traveling with me. I know it sounds like it doesn't matter, but if it gives you that extra bit of info to take a different route and hopefully not be followed, then its worth it.



I thought the same thing, until a long drive down the 395, the front arrow would turn on, and then turn off, turn on and turn off...turns out the CHP was ahead of me around some turns.

If there were no arrows, I would have just disregarded the beep and went at 90, since I couldn't get a visual on the CHP.

Trust me, it's VERY useful, not just a gimmick.

I would think that most people in either one of these situations would be slowing down to the limit until the trigger stopped. If I am doing 90 and it goes off, my first reaction it letting off the gas or tapping on the brake regardless of which direction the cause is coming from.

sakimano
02-10-2009, 12:56 PM
I would think that most people in either one of these situations would be slowing down to the limit until the trigger stopped. If I am doing 90 and it goes off, my first reaction it letting off the gas or tapping on the brake regardless of which direction the cause is coming from.


same here...V1 owners are ballsy. They REALLY trust that thing.

...Mark...
02-10-2009, 01:15 PM
same here...V1 owners are ballsy. They REALLY trust that thing.

Thats why i have a 8500. Its just as good and its cheaper.

Granted it doesn't have the arrows but like you two said, w/ my driving style its a nonissue.

ConroeS4
02-10-2009, 01:17 PM
It saves me a couple times a day!

ChrisAZ
02-10-2009, 01:24 PM
If you've had a V1 after owning another detector you know why the arrows are so great. You can pinpoint exactly where the radar is and when you are clear of it by the arrows. Many times the officer is driving at you from the opposite direction and the detector will arrow forward, then side, then back and you know it was the officer that just passed you going the other way. The V1 helps you slow down in time but it also helps you to know when you can accelerate again based on the arrows. When I had an Escort detector I never knew for sure where the radar signal was coming from and that made it tough to decide when it was okay to speed up again.

Randy M
02-10-2009, 01:30 PM
Escort, Bel and whoever else would have the arrows if Mike Valentine didn't have the patent...

Not only that but the V1 has tested consistently on top of all detectors for years. That's why I have one and yes it has probably saved me thousands.

Bravest NY S4
02-10-2009, 01:35 PM
THIS IS DOPE......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJa1g3bBSXw&NR=1

...Mark...
02-10-2009, 01:36 PM
THIS IS DOPE......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJa1g3bBSXw&NR=1

Heard you the first time when it was "PRETTY DOPE....."

sakimano
02-10-2009, 02:01 PM
dope

Bravest NY S4
02-10-2009, 02:06 PM
Heard you the first time when it was "PRETTY DOPE....."
Sorry Marth.
I refreshed the page after the post and it seemed like it, didn't post....damn computers!!

two2
02-10-2009, 03:14 PM
is it worth it really depends on where you drive and where you usually travel to.

i have had a V1 on my car for about 3 yrs and also have laser jammers on my front bumper (i haven't installed the jammers on my rs4 because i don't know where to mount them yet), my other car has it installed.

NJ, VA and some mid-alantic states use mostly radar. in CT where i live they use mostly laser. my laser jammer has saved me more times than the V1 because they don't use radar here that much.

the laser jammer saved me where as the v1 just sat there quietly and i would have got a ticket if i only had the V1.

both V1 and jammers on your bumper is the best bet.. if i travel to NY/NJ then i can rely more on my V1 than laser.. gotta have both if you have the cash.

covertS4driver
02-11-2009, 07:00 AM
Problem with that rear view mirror display is you still have to mount the V1 internals somewhere. Some shops mount them in the headliner effectively reducing the V1 range. Also, once they deconstruct your V1 to make the rear view display, say goodbye to upgrades.

V1 in the windshield... loud and proud!

channad
02-11-2009, 11:19 AM
Not only that but the V1 has tested consistently on top of all detectors for years. That's why I have one and yes it has probably saved me thousands.

that's the same reason I got a V1...it reigns supreme!

Audi0s
02-11-2009, 02:16 PM
I had a v1 and loved it but I just sold it for a k40-2000 model, red lights in the dash, not the newer Calibre bluetooth setup. I wanted the k40 because the 2 radar heads are just as big as each detector. Larger heads=more range. and although theyre mounted lower, I feel they do a very decent job. I had one in a b5, and now Im trying to mount it in my b6. I like the discreet look of it as well. It seems as though no one here has used one, I see veyr little feedback about them. I dont think they warrant the ~$1200 the dealer/installers ask for, but I got mine, with the defuser ex2 radar jammer for around $600, and Im putting it in soon, if anyone is interested.

s4buckeye
02-11-2009, 06:40 PM
Can anyone post how to get V to link up with DIS?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZnAjzVw-KI

Thanks!

a2gtinut
02-11-2009, 07:05 PM
NJ State Police - LASER- V1 is useless.[:(]

Silverstreak98
02-11-2009, 07:15 PM
I had a v1 and loved it but I just sold it for a k40-2000 model, red lights in the dash, not the newer Calibre bluetooth setup. I wanted the k40 because the 2 radar heads are just as big as each detector. Larger heads=more range. and although theyre mounted lower, I feel they do a very decent job. I had one in a b5, and now Im trying to mount it in my b6. I like the discreet look of it as well. It seems as though no one here has used one, I see veyr little feedback about them. I dont think they warrant the ~$1200 the dealer/installers ask for, but I got mine, with the defuser ex2 radar jammer for around $600, and Im putting it in soon, if anyone is interested.

Trust me the V1 trumps the K40 by a LARGE margin, and the defusers on the K40 do absolutely nothing against laser.

Watch this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fwJCRDk2Ik)......and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1aJ4uKkKjo)


As for radar performance, read this (http://radartest.com/article_2.asp?articleid=100584)

K40 sells their products by suing people who test their product and don't give it good reviews. [down]


I hate to tell you that you wasted your money, but it is better than falsely thinking you are protected, and still getting a ticket.

s4buckeye
02-11-2009, 07:46 PM
That Escort 9500ci looks to be all that and then some, even with the high price.

DuncanC
02-11-2009, 07:55 PM
The escort 9500ci is a completely different kind of device. I think your better to get a V1 which has been the best money can buy for 10 years as far as radar detection. It will always be upgradeable to detect the latest radars if anything new comes out. And they last forever. Then get a separate laser shifter if you want one. You could buy a LI shifter which as far as I have read is the best with the $1000 you saved by getting a V1 over a 9500ci.

Audi0s
02-11-2009, 08:19 PM
Well, thats disheartening to read, but I have had both, and they both do well in certian situations. Ive had times where they both pick up a ka band from over 1/2 mile away, in traffic. Both blew up pretty much as soon as I pulled onto the road where he was sitting. I guess Ill wait and see how it goes. Believe me if it f s me over youll all hear about it. [headbang]

ginkof
02-11-2009, 09:22 PM
absolutely!

RocC4S
02-12-2009, 07:32 PM
Love my V1, has paid for itself many times.

As far as laser goes, look way ahead on overpasses and medians.

Celtic
02-13-2009, 07:32 AM
I cannot provide personal observations on the V1, but I have no doubts it's one of the best units out there and I'm sure the answer to the OP's question is yes. I just wanted to share some experiences I have made with a new Escort unit. I intend no thread jacking, so if you're not interested feel free to skip the rest.


What always bothered me about these devices was, that they would get on my nerves because they would detect a lot of false alarms. I have driven with some people who had older Escorts installed and they were beeping a lot, often for no reason and sometimes for very good reasons. When it comes down to it, this is still what it is all about. You'd rather be warned 5 times and it turned out to be false alarm when number 6 saves yours ass than having a unit that just isn't up to the task. Still, I decided to live without them because I could not get over my personal threshold of annoyance vs usefulness.
Then I began reading about the Escort Passport 9500ix that is advertised to filter out a lot of false alerts and some online reviews seemed to support this claim. Since it is a GPS-based unit that can update locations of speed cams or red-light cams from an online database, it would give you audible alerts when approaching such a location. I picked up the 9500ix at buy.com for 450 US$ and have been using it for three weeks now. I'm still in the testing and monitoring phase, meaning, I have not built up enough trust in the unit to go that much faster than before.

While I cannot make any comparisons to the V1, at this point I can say this:
1. The autolearn feature function seems to work quite good. Drive by the same false alarm twice and the third time the 9500ix beeps and displays "stored" in the display. From now on it won't alert you anymore at that location, unless one of the following two things happen:
a) the signal has disappeared when you drive by and re-appears the next day
b) the signal has changed (e.g., now a cop is sitting in the same parking lot where the previously locked-out signal was present)

2. The information about fixed traffic/red-light cams seems to be working. It alerted my to a red-light camera under an overpass in my area that I had no idea was there. Must have been recently installed. The nice lady living inside the 9500ix told me "beeep ... Red-Light camera" and I thought that was rather nice of her. As more and more counties will install these stationary units to reduce cost, this feature will become even more useful.

3. The 9500ix can display your speed via GPS (just like nav systems do) and I run it in that setting. I found this a very cool feature. Ever since I got the 9500ix I haven't bothered looking at the instrument cluster to check my speed. It's very convenient, almost like a HUD. Speaking of which, if you own a GPS iPhone, you may want to check this out:
http://app-store.appspot.com/?url=viewSoftware%3Fid%3D302990503%26mt%3D8 It supposedly works great at night.

4. The 9500ix is indeed a lot quieter. At first I thought the unit wasn't working, that's how quite it was. Then it went off and sure enough there was a gentlemen on the side of the road who was up to no good.

5. The POP feature went off when a cop popped a car in front of me giving me enough time to get off the throttle, but I'll have to keep monitoring for a while before I can say more about its usefulness.

6. It has no arrows. I cannot say how much I miss this since I have never seen a V1 in action, which is also the reason I cannot make any comments on the detecting performance of the Escort vs. the V1. The way I see it is this: If it goes off while I'm going too fast, I'll slow-down. Whether the signal comes from the front, the rear or the sides doesn't matter to me that much as I would slow-down in any case, even if I knew where the bad guy was lurking. But I would really like to hear the opinion of the V1 owners regarding this.

I think for your daily commute the 9500ix makes a good companion as it really is quieter out the box and through its auto-learning feature it becomes even quieter. If it does go off, you know it means business. If that is important to you, you should take a look. When you order from Escort you can test-drive it for 30 days and return it if you're not satisfied.
I'll be keeping mine.

Sorry for the long post and thank you for reading.

scotty607
02-13-2009, 08:16 AM
I havven gotten a ticket since a I put it in my car now for about 5years. It works great but you never wanna speed with it while driving completely alone on the hway. It uses the reflections off other cars for early warnings. It actually states that in user manuel that it wont be as effective if your driving in zero traffic\

ALWAYS4UDI
02-15-2009, 06:46 PM
NJ State Police - LASER- V1 is useless.[:(]

haha. illinois is ruthless too. i just got pulled over with my v1 a few days ago.
f*ckers had a guy on a bridge with a laser, radioing to cops in cars down the road.

83 in a 65 ftl

crafty
02-15-2009, 09:52 PM
I picked up a Passport 8500 X50 from eBay used for about $130.00 (I was on a budet), and I have to say that it really has helped alot! Accoding to the review sites as far as detection goes the 8500/9500 are "more or less" equal to the V1 (actually they rate a bit a bit better along with the top end Bel). I can say without a doubt that this radar has saved me a few times. I have to admit I DO wish I had arrows (and I have never had them before). For example, when merging on to a highway (where I almost always am accelerating faster than traffic so that I can put my self in a merge spot I scoped in advance :)), and a few times my KA went off, and while I was looking for him ahead turns out he was behind me! I have learned to use my strength meters (advanced mode) along with a few seconds to figure out where the bogey is, but arrows would be faster and easier :). Same thing about on coming traffic, sometimes it goes off and I have no idea on on which side of the road the cop is on and I pass without ever figuring it out sometimes. If I had the "ahead, then to the side, then behind" indication, I could probably spot em alot quicker so I would be sure where the fellow is :).

If the V1 is as good as the 8500 then I would say definitely worth it for the arrows! Depends on what is important to ya I guess. I have to admit for my $130 I haven't been hit > speed limit since (and my 8500 has saved me once or twice from laser as well while I had it mounted low), but I still aim high (look far ahead), pay attention to brake lights ahead, watch known traps, etc., Regardless of what detector you get, it is just another edge, but should not be relied upon without other habits no doubt. It still does help (even with all of my habits I have been tagged twice the first year I had the S4 (although without the habits who knows how many times I would have been tagged), since I have gotten my radar I have had a couple of close calls, but clean so far for the second year of ownership!).

Although, V1 needs to catch up with the times, not only is it ugly and huge, but the GPS in the 9500ix is sweet, light/camera DB is nice, etc. My dream combo is a 9500ix + LI... two heads up front and two behind, a police scanner, and Veil painted everywhere :) (I would do the 9500ci instead assuming it was the same as the 9500ix, but not if it was the same as 9500i, haven't researched enough to know that since I don't have that kinda $ anyway :)).

But, since I am not a total speed demon, the 850i will do just to make sure every now and then that I speed a bit I have warning.

BTW, another awesome use for detectors is to be a "wreck detector". When it snows / rains heavy here and visibility sucks, when I run the detector in these conditions, invariably when it goes crazy on KA there is a wreck up ahead since there aren't normally speed traps when it is snowing/raining hard (and I sure as hell ain't speeding o even close to the limit for that matter). GREAT feature! Between that and my 7" GPS screen showing me the curves of the road ahead, I am totally prepared for almost anything.

M threezy
02-15-2009, 10:01 PM
Anyone know how to get the display on your dashboard?

crafty
02-16-2009, 05:20 PM
You mean on the DIS? If so, check here:

http://www.caughtbluehanded.com/home.html

If you mean in a custom POD, there are alot of DIY that I have seen, not sure if there is a "off the shelf" pod that seperates the indicators from the detectors for a stealth install like the 9500ci is.

whartung
02-16-2009, 06:22 PM
I'm on my second V1. First one was stolen, and when presented with an opportunity to change which detector that I own, I opted to go straight back to the V1 without hesitation. If used in a smart fashion it will do everything you expect it to do, within reason...

Ynnekdude
02-16-2009, 06:42 PM
My dad has a 9500ix and I have a V1...no complaints about either. I'd say go with the V1 though. [:)]

EYE4SPEED
02-16-2009, 07:20 PM
I have a nearly new one for sale - latest model, in box, mint. Looking for $380 shipped. I don't drive my car far enough or fast enough to really justify having it.

peterr
02-19-2009, 09:45 AM
Taking a road trip this weekend and would like to get a V1. Are there any stores I can buy a Valentine from? Or is it online only.

Beelzeebub
02-19-2009, 10:07 AM
i don't have experience with V1, but what I currently use is this:

http://www.bestradardetectors.net/Cobra_XRS_9950_p/cobra-xrs-9950.htm

And as you may have already known, Im in NJ and as mentioned on this thread, NJ is pretty ruthless when it comes to detecting speeders. The Cobra XRS 9950 has served me well. Whether it be some small town deputy or the NJ State Police out to meet their ticket quota for the month, this detection unit has alerted me and by no means have I ever been caught by surprise when its turned on. It can take whatever NJ has thrown at me.