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Hi everybody,

has anyone in here ever or is using a radar detector? Do they actually work? Is it worth buying?

Below is one I found in ebay that is for sale for less than $115 including s/h.....


Cobra XRS9700 11 Band Radar Detector








Cobra XRS9700 11 Band Radar Detector Features:

Ultra Performance- Extra detection range provides advanced warning

K & Ka Band Pop Alert- Detects the latest K&Ka Radar Gun Pop (Super-fast Instant-On) Mode.

IntelliMute- Relative speed sensing auto mute system that virtually eliminates false alerts

IntelliShield False Signal Rejection- Reduces the frequency of falsing in densely populated urban areas

8 Point Electronic Compass- Automatically provides an accurate electronic direction reading

Strobe Alert- works with tens of thousands of emergency vehicles
Smart Power- Automatically shuts off power to the unit when ignition is turned off

Voice Alert- provides the user with specific band voice annunciation

LaserEye- Provides 360-degree detection of laser signals

Safety Alert- Warns driver of emergency vehicles and road hazards from systems equipped with Safety Alert transmitters

VG-2 Alert- Alerts the user when they are under surveillance of VG-2 radar detector-detector

VG-2 Undetectable- Provides complete immunity to VG-2 radar detector-detectors

Spectre Alert- Alerts user when they are under surveillance of Spectre 1 radar detector-detector

Spectre Undetectable- Provides complete immunity to Spectre 1 radar detector-detectors

DigiView Data Display- Provides easily recognizable digital text display

City/Highway Modes- Allows the user to select operating mode

Digital Signal Strength Meter- Provides the user with relative proximity to the target

Auto Mute- Automatically mutes the alert tone for enhanced driver convenience

Dim Mode- Allows the user to dim the radar detector display enhancing night driving visibility

EasySet Programming Menu- User-friendly mode selection/setting with visual guidance

Stay Set Electronic Memory- Electronically remembers radar detector settings

System Ready Prompt- Notifies the user that the radar detector has correctly completed a self-test and is ready.
 

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quite a few people have 'em. and as far as what i've read, the cobra's pretty good. some people dont like radars b/c they can be annoying if it's a false alarm. sometime's it senstive and triggers at the slightest little thing.

Thank about how you will wire it too. you may not want wires dangling to your cigarette lighter...so hardwire may be an alternative.
 

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Well they pay for themselves if they even get you out of a single ticket.

That said however, if you get pulled over and you have one you can say goodbye to any hope of just getting a warning.

You can't really rely on them as they only catch the lazy cops who leave their radar on all the time instead of using instant on(or laser as it becomes more popular). But still if it saves you from that one lazy cop it's done its job.
 

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related question..........

I used to have an old-school radar detector when I was a teenager, back before they had laser and photo radar, and of course it was mounted on the dash. Here in Switz. radar detectors are illegal, so my question is this: Will a new generation radar detector work if it is mounted somewhere BEHIND the dash, in the glove box, or even under the seat maybe. The idea being to hide it from view. Will it still be able to receive the signals and warn a guy like it's supposed to, or does it realy need to be out in the open and working "through glass". Thanks, J.
 

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They still need to have line of sight. Easiest way to do that is to put it in the windshield. Though some people come up with ways to mount it somewhere on the bumper/grill. But they're not really meant to face the outdoor conditions.
 

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Yes, they are worth it, but you still need to be alert and not drive at excessive speeds. The two best types are Valentine1 and Escort X-50. They aren't cheap but much better than the lower priced models.

I have the Escort and it saved my buns a number of times.
 

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Are they useful? Yes and no. Due to the advent of laser and pulse radar, detectors are becoming less and less effective, especially on the interstate. However, they will still warn you of moving radar that cops leave turned on while driving down a two-lane road.

I've had a Bel 930 for almost three years now, and it works pretty well. I use it all the time out of habit, but it comes in most handy when I am driving along the two-lane state routes. I don't have too much faith in it on the interstate, because most state troopers use laser or pulse radar, which cannot be detected before it's too late.

That being said, I have not gotten a ticket, or even been pulled over, in almost five years. I attribute this not to my radar detector, but to using my eyes and paying attention to what's going on around me. Your eyes serve as the best radar detector, because you can see when the traffic ahead of you hits their brakes, and many times you can see the cop car before it even hits you with radar.

My brother used to have a V1, but since it got stolen out of his car 4-5 years ago he hasn't used a radar detector. He speeds all the time but never gets in trouble with cops, because he keeps his eyes open, and doesn't speed recklessly. I've learned that most police don't mind if you are speeding within reason, but if you are pedal to the metal all the time, no radar detector in the world will save you, because you will eventually get caught.
 
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Yes and no. I have an old Escort Passport that I bought in 1984 after I got a ticket for doing 56 in a 55 (Ohio). It still works, except the orange light is burned out, but they will certainly pay for themselves, even if you can prevent 1 ticket or a day in traffic school. I think they are only illegal in VA, DC and Canada.

I've still gotten tickets from airplanes out on I-5, and cops can still follow behind you and record your speed, even with their radar turned off. Most cops are pretty good at judging a car's speed just by looking at it.

Nothing is fool proof.
 

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Re: Escort

parkwaycruiser said:
Yes and no. I have an old Escort Passport that I bought in 1984 after I got a ticket for doing 56 in a 55 (Ohio). It still works, except the orange light is burned out, but they will certainly pay for themselves, even if you can prevent 1 ticket or a day in traffic school. I think they are only illegal in VA, DC and Canada.

I've still gotten tickets from airplanes out on I-5, and cops can still follow behind you and record your speed, even with their radar turned off. Most cops are pretty good at judging a car's speed just by looking at it.

Nothing is fool proof.
I was always curious about those airplane ones. How exactly does htat work? Does the airplane tell the ground patrol and they come catch you?

Surely cops can judge speed very well, but there's no proof unless there's a radar. Often times a cop will either show you your speed on the radar or ask if you'd like to see it. If they don't have you recorded, there's a slightly smaller chance that you can get away with it.
 

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Do you ever see those random six foot long by one foot wide stripes that run perpendicular to the white line? Well they are quarter mile markers so planes can calculate your speed. They just use a stop watch or a tool called VASCAR that records the time it takes for your car to travel one quarter mile, and then they calculate the speed. Then they radio down to ground units to pull you over. New York used to track speeders with planes years ago but they stopped because it became too expensive (they still leave the signs that say so on the interstate though). Tracking speeders with planes is not very common in New England because of the mountains and the amount of traffic, so they are the last thing I worry about.
 

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Oh well.....since these radars are not 100% dependable i bought a Remote Starter instead.....

I guess this is more practical to buy than a radar....Do you think so? :wink:


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NEW! Alert 3500R
Remote Starter w/Keyless Entry

(click-on image below for a closer look)

Two, 3 Button Remotes. Pressing the left button will remotely LOCK your vehicle. Pressing the right button will remotely UNLOCK your vehicle. Pressing the bottom center button will REMOTE START your vehicle.

4 Choices or Remote Start Run Time. This system can be pre-programmed to run for 5, 10, 20 or 30 minutes. If the vehicle is not entered within the programmed run time, the engine will automatically shut down after the programmed time has elapsed.

Control ALL features from up to 500 feet away.

Parking Lights Flash to indicate activation. The parking light's will flash everytime you use the remote and when you activate the remote starter, the Parking Lights will go on, and remain on, to indicate that the vehicle has started and is running via remote control.

Horn output pulse notification upon remote starter activation.

Car Finder Feature. Pressing the remotes lock button twice will beep the vehicles horn 6x and flash the parking lights 12x to help you locate your vehicle in a crowded parking lot.

Pit Stop Mode. This feature allows your vehicle to remain running after the key has been removed from the ignition switch. This feature is useful for occasions when you wish to exit and lock the vehicle for short periods of time, but would like to leave the engine running with the heater or AC on.

Automatic Re-Start. This system will attempt to re-start the vehicle automatically, up to 3x, if the vehicle fails to start or stalls after the first remote start attempt.

Auto Timer Start. This unit can be programmed to start and run the engine every 2 or 3 hours. The engine will then run for the pre-set run time.

Turbo Cool-Down Timer Mode. Keeps the engine running after arriving at your destination for a programmable period of 1, 3 or 5 minutes. This allows the system to conveniently cool down the turbo after you have left the vehicle.

Safety Input. Brake input to assure a Safe Shut-Down and/or prevention of remote starter activation.

Automatic Transmissions/Fuel Injection Vehicles Only.

Diesel & Turbo Vehicles Compatible.

Owner/Operator Manual.

System-to-Vehicle Specific Wiring & Installation Instruction's!

"Quick-Connect" Installation Kit.

2 YEAR WARRANTY

Pre-Wired to be installed into your specific vehicle.

Easy Installation! NO PROGRAMMING NECESSARY! Make your connections following the easy to follow step-by-step guide for your vehicle & PRESS THE REMOTE! Technical Assistance available to you 7 Days a week






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Will post pics on the installation...................
 

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this new guy nouse4aname seems pretty negative but whatever.

the practicality of having a remote starter was my personal excuse to buy one. It's just a fun gimmick to play with. I'd hardly call it practical, but definitely convenient to warm up the car and scare old people.
 

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New guy? Been here longer than you :p

Anyway, I personally don't have a need for one.

If I was still living in an apartment and had outdoor parking within transmitter range I certainly would get one.
 

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Ok guys.....everybody is entitled to his own opinion....in this case it does not work out for him so he does not want it..so what! big deal, nobody cares!.....let him voice out his rants or whatever....i have no problem with that.... :lol:

Zoomie, i agree with you...Remote Starter ROCKS!
 

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My vote's for the remote starter.
 

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i have lost count the many times my radar detector saved my ass, i have a BEL and it is an invaluable piece of equipment in both mine and my wife's car.
but things to remember with a radar detector. it is not there to tell you when and when not to speed. it is not there so you won't get a speeding ticket.
like other people have said in this thread, you need to keep your eyes open and be alert at all times, the radar detector is there to aid you in spotting cops, not to prevent them from pulling you over.
cops have a lot of ways to catch speeders not just using their radar. if they are behind you with their radar off, they are 'pacing' you and would know how fast you're going. now if you're busy yakking on your celphone and not paying attention to your speed and not noticing that cop behind you, you're busted.
another thing when you're out in the interstate, don't ever speed when you're the lone car, you are easy pickings for that cop hiding behind those tall bushes. when he hits you with that instant-on, your detector will warn you too late.
 

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Stay away from that Cobra or Rockymountain brand...Go to this websight...Radardetector.net..You get what you pay for :lol: Do yourself a favor and go to that Radar Forum....You will thank me later :wink:
 
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In Ontario, they have marker arrows painted on the back roads, so all the plane has to do is time you between the markers. My I-5 ticket was a totaly mystery how they figured it out. I guess when you are going that fast, it's not hard to pick you out of the crowd.

I've read there are other ways to beat the plane. Use a police scanner tuned to the plane's frequency. If you hear the plane talking, slow down. In California, this also works if you tune the radio to the VHS HI frequency of the CHP partol car's portable radio. That goes off and you have about a 3 mile warning something is either behind you or in front.
 
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