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Radar Detectors

Anyone know anything about Whistler Radar Detectors? Im lookin at the XTR from walmart but didnt know about reliability. Anyone have one or something like it that works?

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its better than a cobra but still not going to give you that great of real world performance. I dont doubt youll get a lot of falses with it and its defiantly not as reliable as an upper level model but its a decent start, just dont expect any miracles from it
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1076628570944
Above is what I have and I love it, when I bought mine over a year ago it was the top of the line escort, it never misses a beat on the highway, i can always pick up state troopers way before we get to em and its done pretty good in the city, there is interference but you learn where the false alarms and will get use to it, but if i was gonna by one right now i would pick up the newest one
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yea the 8500 is the best in my opinion. Thats what I have, and like darkblue03xlt said, it never misses a beat.
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FYI: Escort 8500 and Bel Pro RX65 are the same internally, gives you another option
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i got a higher end cobra and its a bad beast
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I got the $40 version from wal mart and it works great. I have had it 2+ years. I can detect cops over 2 miles away.

Just remember though it don't do crap unless there is other cars around and the cop has his radaron
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Escort all the way! It saved me twice today going from TX to OK!!!
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I got the $40 version from wal mart and it works great. I have had it 2+ years. I can detect cops over 2 miles away.

Just remember though it don't do crap unless there is other cars around and the cop has his radaron


+1 I have the same model works great for the price.
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zach and josh, dont you guys live out in the boonies though where there isnt really that much industry and businesses. around here my cobra would false atleast once every few miles from just random interference. thats the only thing that makes the quality of the more expensive models far superior to the cheap units. range isnt that big of a deal because max range never really matters because if it did i could pick up radar from 9miles away on a flat road. the only other difference is processor speed and sensitivity, instant on detection is also far superior in the higher end models because of the speed at which the processors can convert the signal or how little of the radar is actually needed to produce a warning.
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im srry but dont waste ur money on cheapies, been there and ive tested them with a cop friend. only ones that work amazing are the valentine 1 and the 8500 or the 9500i passports. i recommend the 9500i. but im bias, thats what i have :)
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im srry but dont waste ur money on cheapies, been there and ive tested them with a cop friend. only ones that work amazing are the valentine 1 and the 8500 or the 9500i passports. i recommend the 9500i. but im bias, thats what i have :)

Bel rx65 is the same as the 8500... v995 is also very comparable for about 60 less than the 8500 and rx65...

9500 is a waste, no different than the new Rev of the 8500, just pay for the GPS ability which has been prone to problems, even my v995 with the 6.1 rev is as good as the 9500 when they first came out, just slower processor
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zach and josh, dont you guys live out in the boonies though where there isnt really that much industry and businesses. around here my cobra would false atleast once every few miles from just random interference. thats the only thing that makes the quality of the more expensive models far superior to the cheap units. range isnt that big of a deal because max range never really matters because if it did i could pick up radar from 9miles away on a flat road. the only other difference is processor speed and sensitivity, instant on detection is also far superior in the higher end models because of the speed at which the processors can convert the signal or how little of the radar is actually needed to produce a warning.
yes we kinda do... but I drive in Fort Wayne every day which is like 1/4 million people decent sized town and it only falses in a few places. it happens but it lets off a different tone and at different speeds. I can tell the false from a Cop. But most cops around here run their radars on all the time.
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My friend has a cobra. I don't see the reason to waste the money when they do the same thing?

If you know what tones to listen for the cheapies are just as good. 2 + years on mine now and no tickets!
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yeah i got lucky not to get any tickets with my cobra, after a few very close calls, and havent it get fried at truckfest (still worked but the power plug wouldnt stay in) i decided its better to be extra safe then pay in the end... to me its worth it to get something i know will work, it has paid for itself plus like 1000$ and insurance rates over the past 2 years so im happy.

just my advice as an avid detector enthusiast ha, id personally never want the false security of a corbra in my truck ever again. So you can take my advice or go your own way, maybe youll be one of the lucky ones, or maybe you wont, no one knows until after the fact
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Just remember, I can lock and hold and as soon as I see you. That radar detecter can't save you.
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if im the only car you instant on, then sure youd get me... any car you hit within a half mile of me, im going to pick you up. Plus theres tons of other signs the indicate to me that you are there.

what radar unit do you use?
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Just remember, I can lock and hold and as soon as I see you. That radar detecter can't save you.
But you wouldnt give a fellow Ranger owner a ticket would you?
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