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I know this is probably going to be a shit thread, but lets try it out anyway.

Today, I made arrangements to buy a '92 Lincoln Town Car. It's not special, the paint's rough, but it's mechanically sound. Best part... $600

I drive with a lead foot, and have had several radar detectors. The last one I had was a Cobra, it was alright and functioned decently well. I loaned/gave it to a friend from Phoenix and she's enjoyed it ever since.

I had planed on replacing it so that I could have it in the bronco but now I figure I'll get it for the towncar.

Here's the catch... I've been out of the loop about car electronics for so long, I don't even know what to look for, all these different radar bands and other shit are new to me.

My budget for this is in the $150-200 range MAX

So please do not suggest the 499-1000 dollar units, as that will never be possible on my current salary.

Aside from all that criteria, let me hear what you guys use and think about units you own or have experience with.

Oh, and these are 100% legal in MS, so do not worry about the legality issue of them as some other states do..
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Anyway...Look for a lightly used Escort Passport 8500 X50 Red. They are right in your price range and will be the best performing radar detector for the money. Make sure it's not stolen and make sure the owner transfers the registration to you, because if it breaks in the future Escort won't fix it if it's not registered to you. That's your best bet. Don't waste time with cobra and that crap.
 

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thats an easy answer move ur foot up on the gas pedal
Yeah.... I don't speed often, or try to for that matter. I'm just one of those guys who does 40 in a 35, or 50 in a 45. I'd like to know if johnny law is near, ya know?

Anyway...Look for a lightly used Escort Passport 8500 X50 Red. They are right in your price range and will be the best performing radar detector for the money. Make sure it's not stolen and make sure the owner transfers the registration to you, because if it breaks in the future Escort won't fix it if it's not registered to you. That's your best bet. Don't waste time with cobra and that crap.
Really? Can you tell me about it? I'm not asking for a sales pitch, but part of the reason I'm asking about detectors is that I don't know enough about them in general. And thanks for the suggestion :beer
 

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Where would you find a lightly used unit? Do they have a refurb outlet somewhere?
 

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Radar and laser detectors are a false sense of security. You can't detect instant-on radar or the laser. If you have a radar/laser detector, you will surely get a ticket. If you think you are clever enough to pull it out of the window thinking the cop didn't see, you will definately get a ticket. Don't waste you're money.
But, if you're only going 5 over, I doubt you would ever get stopped, unless you drove by the cop with the detector in plain view driving a POS.

Just curious, do you drive with a lead foot, or do you only drive 5 over? You kinda contradicted yourself :doh0715:
 

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Radar and laser detectors are a false sense of security. You can't detect instant-on radar or the laser. If you have a radar/laser detector, you will surely get a ticket. If you think you are clever enough to pull it out of the window thinking the cop didn't see, you will definately get a ticket. Don't waste you're money.
But, if you're only going 5 over, I doubt you would ever get stopped, unless you drove by the cop with the detector in plain view driving a POS.

Just curious, do you drive with a lead foot, or do you only drive 5 over? You kinda contradicted yourself :doh0715:

Detectors are legal in MS, there is no stipulation against them, nor can officers issue tickets for them. I have checked this with city PD, county sheriff's (they don't use radar or laser), and highway patrol.

I live in a small-big city called Ridgeland. North of us, is the city of Madison. South of is is Jackson. The local yocal PD guys will pull you for 5 over if they're having a bad day.

I like to say I only do 5 over, but I have caught myself doing more on more than one occasion. Not justifying my "need" for a detector, but simply giving a reason as to why I have used them and want a replacement.
 

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Detectors are legal in MS, there is no stipulation against them, nor can officers issue tickets for them. I have checked this with city PD, county sheriff's (they don't use radar or laser), and highway patrol.
They can't issue tickets for them, but they WILL be much more likely to give you a ticket rather than a warning. For 5 or mph over the limit, you'd likely get away with just a warning, but I'd bet that cops would be a lot more likely to throw the book at you when they see that detector on your dash.
 

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Radar and laser detectors are a false sense of security. You can't detect instant-on radar or the laser. If you have a radar/laser detector, you will surely get a ticket. If you think you are clever enough to pull it out of the window thinking the cop didn't see, you will definately get a ticket. Don't waste you're money.
But, if you're only going 5 over, I doubt you would ever get stopped, unless you drove by the cop with the detector in plain view driving a POS.

Just curious, do you drive with a lead foot, or do you only drive 5 over? You kinda contradicted yourself :doh0715:
Radar has to bounce off your vehicle and back to the officer, the radar detector can detect radar waves before it is reflected back to the officer (if its a good one)

i already tried this and even my cheapie cobra which goes off at everything worked, going past one of those (you are doing XX MPH) signs, my detector went off before the sign lit up




Also, for those of you saying "oh well if the cop sees it he's gonna take a night stick to your ass" well then, hide it behind the mirror and not in plain sight
 

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My first ticket, I had a radar detector sitting on the dash. Trooper walked up, saw it, pointed and said I might want to try and get my money back.

I've only used cheapies and they never work for shit.
 

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Those signs are not instant-on, and run in a different radar band, usually in the X or K band in analog. Thats old technology, that still works, but most Police radar use Ka band in either analog or digital. The signs are designed to slow you down, not take any enforcement action and are emitting radar waves continuously. So, yes, your cheapie cobra would pick up a sign or radar trailer everytime. It takes less than a second to get a clock on your vehicle, by the time your foot even comes off the gas, your done. There is a seperate processor thats built into those signs that displays the speed from the counting unit to the large display, causing a slight lag, the dash mounted display in the police cruiser does not have that problem. Hiding it behind the mirror doesn't work, when I clock you, I look at your car and you just before you pass by...For example, I normally don't stop cars for less than 15 over, but I clock you at 10 over, as you drive by I'm looking for radar detector, or a seatbelt violation. If you're good, I may wait for something better and faster. I can't tell you how many times I see the detector when they go by, then I get up to the window and it's gone. You can't hide those suction cup marks either. Another giveaway is a nose dive and quik drop in speed on my radar display. Whether your going 20 over or 5 over, it's a normal reaction to torpedo the brake pedal.

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I don't know of any police, sheriff or Highway Patrol agency not using radar and/or laser. BTW, I never implied radar detectors were illegal, they are legal to own here in Fl too. You won't get any break on the speed either, like getting clocked at 15 over and written at 10 over.

exiledtexan,
You were obviously paying attention and 100% correct.

Now with laser, the actual laser beam has to hit the laser detector for it to even alert the driver. The laser beam is very thin, like the laser you buy for a handgun, or powerpoint, only it's infrared. I've stopped many people and thier detector never went off, because I aim for the tag, grill, or headlight. I've actually had a guy use that as his defense in court, he lost.

I also tested a Rocky Mountain Phaser II unit...garbage, picked the car up every time with radar and laser.

Take the info for what it's worth, don't want to see my Bronco brothers getting into any unnescessary trouble.:thumbup
 
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