[DeTomaso] Radar Detector
Cunnyngham, Christopher B (HSC)
CHRISTOPHER-CUNNYNGHAM at OUHSC.EDU
Wed Aug 31 09:45:49 EDT 2011
I had a V1 for years and loved it. I found the directional arrows particularly helpful but no doubt that thing is damn ugly. The V1 finally broke down and I was faced with choosing a replacement.
I ended up going with the Escort Passport 9500ix and have been quite pleased with it as well. I read the various comparison studies available in print and online and found it difficult to draw conclusions when comparing the flagship products from Escort, Valentine, Bel, etc. I don't recall what finally tipped me toward the Escort but I have no regrets.
It does the job and looks pretty sleek doing it. The GPS database is helpful but you do have to pay for updates after the first 3 months. Some states have large and frequent updates but my state unfortunately does not, so I have not utilized this service. The auto learn feature OTOH has been quite helpful.
I can only offer my anecdotal experience but I have been very satisfied with the 9500ix and other than the directional arrows, don't miss my V1.
On Aug 30, 2011, at 10:07 PM, SEL wrote:
> thanks Rob - i understand that the newer escorts include a gps function where it knows where cameras are - does the V1 have this functionality? - if not, does anyone have experience with this new feature?
> From: Rob Dumoulin <rob at dumoulins.net>
> To: SEL <edlebby at yahoo.com>
> Cc: "detomaso at realbig.com" <detomaso at realbig.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:47 PM
> Subject: Re: [DeTomaso] Radar Detector
> I have a Cobra and a Valentine 1. The Cobra is on the shelf now, as I'd rather move the V1 around than even trust the Cobra. Expensive, but I like it much better.
> My fusebox is Pantera Electronics upgraded one. I found a switched circuit that had a plug in the back I could easily get to and just plugged it up without having to remove the fusebox, though it would not have been a huge deal if I had. I created a ground wire off of my AC mount with a 14 GA wire and ran both up the passenger pillar and under the front headliner section. The V-1 comes with a hardwire jack that you just splice into under the headliner. I used heat shrink to make it look pretty and keep the visible wires together. Easy.
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM, SEL <edlebby at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Last thread i could find is 2010 - is the prevailing wind still in favor of the Valentine 1?
>> Also, can someone describe in detail how the wiring would go at the fuse box
>> assume one then goes up behind the a pillar trim to the overhead trim and out at the rear view mirror?
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