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      01-18-2013, 08:05 PM   #23
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get the smart cord and hook it up to your phone
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I have it.

I had a passport iq before in x5 and now have this setup in 335
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So I have always been a V1 fan, always. My dad has one that I use frequently, and my roommate has one as well that I borrow from time to time.

Wellllll now reading all these raving reviews with the GPS on the passport 9500xi, I feel like I may make the jump over to a passport.

I am still very torn, and I would love to hear what you guys have to save about them from your experiences. So if you currently have either or have switched from one to the other please tell me why you did so.
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You say that now, but once you've had the directional alarms i dont think you would want to go back.

If a cop is hidden somewhere id like to know so i can make a mental note of where and when. For instance, early this morning, a cop was hiding under a highway exit and pulling people over from off the access road.
I never really cared about the arrows on the V1. When I hear my radar go off I immediately slow down and drive speed limit until the radar stops going off
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Passport Radars. While using them I've gotten zero tickets! knock on wood.
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      01-19-2013, 08:57 PM   #30
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And yes I still got a few tickets while using the radar.
Then you were doing it wrong.
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And yes I still got a few tickets while using the radar.
Then you were doing it wrong.
Boy you never really want to hear that!!!!!
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Out of curiosity, anyone had the 9500ci installed? For the price you could get any combo of 3 9500xi and V1's
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I have the Passport SRX in my S4. It works very well but they don't make it anymore. I never really understood the importance of knowing where the radar is coming from. If you're on the highway and it goes off, just slow down. Doesn't matter which direction it's coming from!
A situation like the one below is why I love the arrows:

I was driving down alligator alley in South Florida, the V1 starts off beeping the Ka band and showing 1 signal ahead of me. V1 starts beeping around 78 miles on my trip computer with me traveling at aprox. 70mph. As I'm approaching the first bogey the V1 signals a 2nd bogey has appeared. As the first bond the cop were closing at 70mph towards each other) the V1 indicates the cop driving past me, but continues to show another signal still coming from ahead. Eventually the signal from the first cop weakens, but is still there as the rear arrow is lit up, and the forward arrow starts to flash showing that the bogey ahead is the stronger signal. At 82 miles on my trip odometer (another 2 miles warning) a state trooper drives by. Without the arrows I might have thought I was still picking up that first cop and had a false 2 signal reading from the signal bouncing off other vehicles or something like that.

Video of the encounter:

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Out of curiosity, anyone had the 9500ci installed? For the price you could get any combo of 3 9500xi and V1's
I know some people with the ci. IMO it is way overpriced especially when you consider it includes sub-par laser "shifters" (jammers). Real enthusiasts recommend the Bel STi-r + which is the ci radar reciever w/o the crappy jammers. And then add either Laser Interceptor or Blinder 905's for jammin'.
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A situation like the one below is why I love the arrows:

I was driving down alligator alley in South Florida, the V1 starts off beeping the Ka band and showing 1 signal ahead of me. V1 starts beeping around 78 miles on my trip computer with me traveling at aprox. 70mph. As I'm approaching the first bogey the V1 signals a 2nd bogey has appeared. As the first bond the cop were closing at 70mph towards each other) the V1 indicates the cop driving past me, but continues to show another signal still coming from ahead. Eventually the signal from the first cop weakens, but is still there as the rear arrow is lit up, and the forward arrow starts to flash showing that the bogey ahead is the stronger signal. At 82 miles on my trip odometer (another 2 miles warning) a state trooper drives by. Without the arrows I might have thought I was still picking up that first cop and had a false 2 signal reading from the signal bouncing off other vehicles or something like that.

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eye's forward!!

maybe it's my crappy laptop but that video took forever to spool up.
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Then you were doing it wrong.
then explain to me how you'd avoid getting pulled over from a speedtrap by a gang of motorcycle cops off the highway offramp?

I knew the limits of the radar and what it could do...
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then explain to me how you'd avoid getting pulled over from a speedtrap by a gang of motorcycle cops off the highway offramp?

I knew the limits of the radar and what it could do...
it probably wasn't the radarz that got you but the laserz.
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it probably wasn't the radarz that got you but the laserz.
The motorcycle cops:

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I have had both radars. Let's put it this way. If you are looking for a radar for pure performance, the V1 without a doubt. It will give you the most range and I don't care what anyone says I'll take the arrows over any GPS any day.

If you are looking for something that has more "bling" or features and something more quite. I would go with a 9500ix. I'm not biased at all. Both are great radars and have different uses for both. I originally bought the 9500 but it was not for me. Its definitely a lot quiter, but that bugs me. Having my valentine I KNOW I have something there to protect me. Whereas I didn't even know my 9500 was in the car. I gave that to my dad and upgraded to a v1. I wouldn't sell my V1 for the world. Loving every second of it. It has never let me down.

Hope you make the right decision! GL!
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The motorcycle cops:

haha speaking of lasers.. off topic but anyone have experience with them? I never really looked into them but see a lot of people around my area with them.
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No matter where the signal from you are going to slow down. I have had a 9500ix and now I have an 8500ci plus. The v1s arrows are a gimmick. If the radar is in front or behind you you are going to slow down. It's not like you are going to say oh he is behind me. I am going to accelerate. Lol.
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I have the v1 and I really enjoy it. Mine is hardwired and I have the "savy" unit that it pretty slick and makes the daily drive less annoying. The savy connects to the obd port and reads the MPH of the car. It has a wheel on it that you select a speed (mine is at 45 MPH) below which it defaults to the "mute" volume. You get an initial alert (quick bleep according to what kind of radar it detects) then it shuts up.

Most of my driving is around town and I don't speed very often during the daily drive, so I really appreciate my radar detector not bleeping and beeping all the time. On the highway, when I am above 45 mph, I get the full benefit of the V1 alert system. Does the trick for me and I really like what the savy unit adds for driving around town. If I remember correctly the savy was an extra $40.
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No matter where the signal from you are going to slow down. I have had a 9500ix and now I have an 8500ci plus. The v1s arrows are a gimmick. If the radar is in front or behind you you are going to slow down. It's not like you are going to say oh he is behind me. I am going to accelerate. Lol.
exactly my thoughts. that is why I chose the 9500ix over the V1. There is way too much red light camera here that gets a recording if you don't fully stop before making a turn.
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