Sub $100 Radar Detectors

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  1. Stephen L

    Stephen L Second Unit

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    I'm looking for a radar detector and don't want to spend $$$ on a top of the line V1 or Escort8500. Anyone have a recommendation for a $100 detector with decent performance? Am I being unrealistic at this price , I'm thrifty (a cheap bastard) ?
     
  2. Kevin P

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    I'd avoid Bel like the plague. They detect radar good enough, but they also detect just about anything else that emits a signal. It'll drive you crazy. Just about any other brand in the sub $100 range should suit you fine--Uniden and Cobra come to mind.

    KJP
     
  3. Marc S Kessler

    Marc S Kessler Stunt Coordinator

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    I have a Escort 8500. It's amazing especially for Ka band radar. I've seen some places on the web you can get it for
     
  4. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith Stunt Coordinator

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    I don't really think you're going to get any kind of "decent" performace out of a radar detector that is THAT cheap.
    I was in the same position you were a few months ago. I was looking to get a radar detector but didn't want to spend a lot on it. So I started doing a lot of reading. Bascially there are two categories, The top of the line (Valentine's V1 and Passport's 8500, and there is much debate BOTH WAYS about which is better) and everything else. Of course, in "everything else" there are better and worse ones. I direct you to http://www.radartest.com/MRDT.html to see the differences in the lower end radar detector. NOTE Craig Peterson is an ass (IMO, I guess, but he is). He doesn't like the V1 for some reason and will rip it apart in any chance he gets. In fact he actually claims the V1 has TOO MUCH rear radar range and he thinks that being able to see too far behind is a bad thing. [​IMG] But I think for the lower end spectrum, where the V1 is NOT, he problaby is alright since he doesn't seem to have any direct bias against any of the manufacturers.
    I bit the bullet and went with the V1 and would never drive a car without it again. But that was me and YMMV. Anyway, if it saves me from just one ticket (probably already has) then it was a good investment ($400 compared to $1000 for three years insurance hike in NJ for speeding tickets).
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    I got a Bel 941im about 4 years ago, it cost me $250 and I've never gotten a ticket while using it. It was top rated by Motorcycle Consumer News and the cordless aspect (and remote earphone with different beeps for different situations which means you can use it without the LEDs) means I can easily use it on my motorcycle (and do on trips all the time). It detects the K bands very well, most of the "false alarms" I get are X band and easily avoidable by switching to City mode.

    That said it's been that many years since I've shopped so I don't know what's out there now. However, my initial reaction to the question, considering that I got my detector for $250, is "no".
     
  6. Michael Silla

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    Heck no!. Don't waste your money. Save up and buy a V1. You'll never regret spending the money. I'd need 10 hands to count the many, many times the thing has saved my a$$.

    Michael.
     

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