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    Thread: Best Radar detector... For less than $100

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      05-22-2007 09:35 PM #1
      There are tons of detector tests with the likes of the V1, 8500, etc., but I'm having trouble finding comparos/testimonials on the lesser models.
      I've had an older $89 Bel that I've used for years with positive results, but it's finally given up the ghost as far as audio alerts. I have a budget of $100... No more. What can I get that is of decent range and quality?
      TIA [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-22-2007 09:37 PM #2
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      05-22-2007 09:39 PM #3
      for less than $100?
      stay off the go pedal. it's free.
      i don't know of any decent detectors in that price range. lower end detectors like that don't give you enough warning distance.

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      05-22-2007 09:39 PM #4
      save up for a valentine

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      05-22-2007 09:45 PM #5
      comon sense?
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      05-22-2007 09:45 PM #6
      It used to be the Beltronics 795 Express (formerly the 925 Express)but BELtronics has discontinued that model though you might find one on Ebay.
      I have a BELtronics V955 ($180) and if it weren't for the hair trigger laser alert (I've disabled the laser eye with tape since all laser alerts are really good for is to let you know you're toast), it would be perfect. I'm more interested in radar reception than laser reception anyways.

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      05-22-2007 09:49 PM #7
      Quote, originally posted by helement2003 »
      for less than $100?stay off the go pedal. it's free.

      I do.
      This thread is not a discussion of my driving habits, but I drive conservatively enough that I could never justify the $300-400 for a high end detector.
      Nor is this a..
      Quote, originally posted by castel »
      save up for a valentine

      thread.
      I've had a Bel detector that worked perfectly for what I needed it to do for the last 4 years, and it only cost me $89. That specific model is no longer available, so I'm looking for people willing to share an opinion about an inexpensive detector they are familiar with. Nothing more.
      Thanks [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-22-2007 09:50 PM #8
      Quote, originally posted by RatRedux »
      formerly the 925 Express

      Which is what I had. Thanks for the memory refresh. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      05-22-2007 10:07 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by 3 Money Pits »
      Which is what I had. Thanks for the memory refresh. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

      Anytime, I was really pleased with it's performance and I'd still be using it but I gave it to my ex-wife. Besides, I wanted something a bit more advanced.

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      05-23-2007 10:22 AM #10
      Any other opinions?

    11. 05-23-2007 10:24 AM #11
      No point in buying a crappy detector. Either buy one of the 4 or 5 good ones or stay in the right lane.. http://www.radardetector.net

    12. 05-23-2007 11:21 AM #12
      I'm not very familiar with a lot of these brands... but try ebay. Maybe you can find a used "better" one, whatever that may be, in your price range.

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      05-23-2007 12:07 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by castel »
      save up for a valentine

      x2

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      05-23-2007 12:09 PM #14
      Quote, originally posted by vdubjb »
      No point in buying a crappy detector. Either buy one of the 4 or 5 good ones or stay in the right lane.. http://www.radardetector.net

      Meh.
      Thank you to the two posters that comprehended the OP. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] I thought I was pretty clear and concise with my question. I'll keep my eye out for another Bel 925 on eBay.
      Really.. I mean...
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      I'm looking for people willing to share an opinion about an inexpensive detector they are familiar with. Nothing more.

      Is that too difficult to comprehend?


      Modified by 3 Money Pits at 12:14 PM 5-23-2007

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      05-23-2007 12:16 PM #15
      I think the ability to trust the detector is the primary factor that determines whether it is actually worth it or not. When it comes to a detector, my advice would be to go with nothing but the top, because anything less sort of defeats the purpose, you know?


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      05-23-2007 12:21 PM #16
      I have a whistler that does a decent job. However I get tons of false alerts. It has one of the best Pop-up protections for the cheaper detectors.
      I also can't see spending $300+ on a radar detector.
      Here's a link for the one I have.
      http://www.radarbusters.com/ra...BL004


      Modified by Insomniac2100 at 12:23 PM 5-23-2007

    17. 05-23-2007 12:27 PM #17
      I have a Cobra XRS 9430 that I got for something like 100 bucks.
      http://www.cobra.com/index.php...&id=1
      I'm really happy with it, it's saved me at least 2 tickets in the couple months I've had it. Thing to remember with the lower cost radar detectors is that if you won't have a ton of range on it. For most people, that's not a big deal.
      If you're really wanting to gun it and go all out and not get caught, don't rely on something like this. If you want a little peace of mind and the ability to play a bit while having a few seconds of advance warning, this is the type of device that should work well for you.
      Basically, you just have to be aware of what you're buying for the price.

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      05-23-2007 12:29 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by theguysmiley »
      I think the ability to trust the detector is the primary factor that determines whether it is actually worth it or not. When it comes to a detector, my advice would be to go with nothing but the top, because anything less sort of defeats the purpose, you know?

      While this may be true, my first detector was a $70 Uniden, and second was the aforementioned $89 Bel. Both detectors served their purpose for me, which means they gave me a sense of security, and had no problem alerting to K band (which is primarily what is in use in my area).
      I can't remember the last time I even went 10 over the limit, and haven't been stopped in years, but I do like to know where the LEOs are hiding.

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      05-23-2007 12:32 PM #19
      Thanks Insomniac and Tyrant for your suggestions. That Whistler actually sounds like a good deal. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    20. 05-23-2007 12:34 PM #20
      You might try hitting the pawn shops. Here they always have a few detectors. I've seen V1s going for ~$150 and Passports around $100.
      Personally I'd rather have a good used detector then a new one with questionable performance.

    21. 05-23-2007 12:35 PM #21
      radar is only one way the police can get your speed, in my area they rarely even use it. your best bet is to score some PBA cards, or just slow down.

    22. 05-23-2007 01:03 PM #22
      A keen eye and common sense are both free upgrades and infinitly customizable to you current conditions.

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      05-23-2007 09:08 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by elephant parade »
      radar is only one way the police can get your speed, in my area they rarely even use it. your best bet is to score some PBA cards, or just slow down.

      I'm not in your area, and if you note the posts above, I explained my driving habits, even though it has nothing to do with this thread. Thanks for your input, though. [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

    24. 05-23-2007 09:56 PM #24
      I have a Beltronics, and think it's the 795 Express model. It had a bunch of good reviews on a forum site, and for $80 at Radio Shack, I think it was a great deal. (Sad if it's been discontinued).
      For me, driving 10 MPH over the limit and paying attention to my surroundings, it's done a great job.

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      05-23-2007 10:19 PM #25
      Ive gotten two tickits with a valentine on my windshield....dont save up for a valentine BUY A RADAR JAMMER!

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