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I haven't purchased a radar detector in years, but I'm thinking of getting one for the GT. I don't want to spend a lot of money on one, but I do want a decent one. I also need one that can be installed directly to the fuse box (I hate those coily cords). Any suggestions?

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Check legality of use of radar detectors and passive jammers in your area...if legal, I'd recommend the Black Widow radar/laser jammer. It covers 360 degrees around the car.

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Radar detectors are legal in Md (but not in VA and DC, which is not a problem for me since I never go there LOL). I'll do a search for the one you recommend. Thanks!
 

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Check your local regulations first. Even if disconnected, some states will confiscate your radar detector if visibly seen and just about all radar detectors emit a signal that can be picked by detection equipment used by some law enforcement agencies.
 

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We want an edge over the law....we get radar detectors.
The law replys with Radar detector detectors (as Sci-Fi mentions)
Ive just seen an add for "our side" again...a radar detector detector detector!!!

SHEESH!!!
 
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My first detector was a Bell. It worked well and I know it kept me out of at least 2 tickets. Bell detectors run about 100 to 150 bucks. Escort makes a battery operated, wireless radar detector. The only down side to those is battery life.

Another really good detector is the V-1 (Valentine One). The V-1 is not a cheap detector (400 bucks) but in my opinion, well worth the money. I know that the V-1 can be hard wired into the car.

Car and Driver usually has adds for radar detectors. Also you can check out the following web sights. The Valentine site has a lot of good info about detectors.

www.valentine1.com

www.escortradar.com

I currently own a V-1 and if I had to do it over again, I would not have bought my Bell detector but instead went right for the V-1.

Hope this helps,

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Eeek, $400.00 is a bit more than I wanted to spend. 8*

I was just looking at one on amazon.com. It's a Cobra 9110CS. Only $85.99. But, I don't know if I'd be able to hook it up to the fuse box?

I guess I should specify that I only want to spend around $100.00-$150.00.
 

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Check out www.radar-detectors.com

They compare several different brands of dectors. Cobra's are cheaper but they usually have the lowest rating when comparied to other brands.

The different companies web sights should have information about installing the radar detector in your car. That is where you can find out if / how the detector can be hard wired into the car. Also watch out for break ins. My Bell was stollen and that is why I bought my V-1.

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I've got a Bel battery powered detector! It does suck having to replace the batteries, but I don't mind!
I bought in the states when still living in Canada where they're illegal! That way I could use it with no suspisions due to the hanging power cord! The irony is, Bel's corporate office is up there!
All you need is for it to save you once, & it's paid for itself!
 

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Spdracr,

Yep the $400+ for a V1 is hard to take. But the features and sensitivity make it the only thing worth spending money on. If you buy one in the range you’re looking at and end up driving with a friend that owns a V1, you’ll see what I mean.

I realize that no one has an infinite amount of cash. I’m just saying think hard before messing with the low end units as I think you’d be better off without one giving all the false alarms and small response windows.

As far as hard wiring, check out the post on hard wiring the V1 posted here this past week. The stuff for typing in to the fuse box and running the wire will be nearly the same for any unit that doesn’t run off batteries only.

Good luck.
 

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Greetings all...

I put a Passport 8500 in the Wife's PT. I mounted it above and to the right of the rear-view mirror. The wire runs under the headliner, down the pillar and into the fuze box to an ignition switch controlled circuit.

I chose it because the price was reasonable and the performance good. It can also be programmed to display electrical system voltage. It's a nice addition since the car doesn't have a voltmeter. :-{
 

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Funny that this thread is going again, because I just bought a radar detector today. :D

I went to Circuit City and got a Beltronics Express 916. The guy there told me I could go to Radio Shack and get the straight cord to run it directly to the fuse box. Well, I went to Radio Shack and WRONG! So, tomorrow I'm going to call the Circuit City car stereo installation shop and see what they say. I refuse to have a cord hanging across my dashboard. :(
 

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Not all Radio Shacks are created equal. It pays to call around and find the store that stocks what you want. Many of the mall stores don't carry a full line of components; nor do they keep bona fide geeks on staff to help you build what you need.
 

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WalterMitty said:
Not all Radio Shacks are created equal. It pays to call around and find the store that stocks what you want. Many of the mall stores don't carry a full line of components; nor do they keep bona fide geeks on staff to help you build what you need.
This was one of the older Radio Shacks (not in a mall). But, I will try another one and see what they say. :)
 
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