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Old 03-13-2004, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have been reviewing the v1 and the 8500
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Old 03-14-2004, 11:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ok i looked at all of the forums earlier before i posted
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Old 03-14-2004, 04:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I own and sell the P8500 and i must say it is A VERA NIZE!! But i must say if your not in a crowd of cars it wont help. If you are by yourself (no other cars around) and it goes off, that means get out your check book. In other words, if you travel in heavy traffic areas go for it, if you find yourself blazing new trails by yourself it won't help you much.
--If you have ANY questions about the P8500 I can answer them. The V1 is just too expensive. I haven't checked around for prices but i could get you a P8500 for $300 shipped (have no idea if that is cheap)
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I own and sell the P8500 and i must say it is A VERA NIZE!! But i must say if your not in a crowd of cars it wont help. If you are by yourself (no other cars around) and it goes off, that means get out your check book. In other words, if you travel in heavy traffic areas go for it, if you find yourself blazing new trails by yourself it won't help you much.
--If you have ANY questions about the P8500 I can answer them. The V1 is just too expensive. I haven't checked around for prices but i could get you a P8500 for $300 shipped (have no idea if that is cheap)
yeah 300 is what they go for, except every place ive seen carry them is 299+tax so it comes out a little more. i was able to get mine brand new for $254 shipped off ebay.
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ok thank you that helped me a little more.
Yea so far the prices i have came up with
are $300 for the passport 8500 and
$400 for the v1. Just dont know if the $100
more is necessary for the v1
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I did the k40 undetectable, its the only way to go for the best in radar and laser diffusion
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I got the 8500 the other day and I too sell them, I like it alot! I tested it out in my 4 runner this past weekend and it worked really well...I can tell you one thing, spend your money right the first time and don't op for something cheap, you will only wish you would have spent more the 1st time!
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well this topic has been beaten to death in every car forum in the world. But since no one is really comparing the two directly, I will try to give you what I know. The k40 is an integrated system. They hardwire it into your car and is basically undetectable by any cop. They install 2 little led lights on by your speedometer and rpm gauge to indicate whether it detects a x, ka or k band. I heard it was pretty dope but it does cost a lot of money compared to the v1 and passport. Also, its detecting capabilities are not as good as the v1 and passport 8500 due to positioning (the v1 and P 8500 can be positioned higher on the car for better signals).

Everyone has their stories on the v1 and P 8500. From what I hear, their detecting abilities are very close in capability. Some say that the P 8500 is a little less sensitive (a few dozen feet at most) compared to the V1 in side by side tests. But then again Ive heard the opposite in other forums. Also, many websites and magazines have actually rated the passport 8500 a little higher in capability than the V1. the only clear cut advantage that the v1 has over the passport 8500 is the little compass it has to show the driver where the signal is coming from.

Conclusion - If you want cool factor and have lots of money, get the k40. If you want a portable device, get the passport if you want to save $100 and the v1 if you want to pay $100 for a compass. Theyre all about the same in capability.
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Escort offers the SR-7 which is integrated and includes a sensor behind the front bumper and one behind the rear bumper...There may be more than one sensor on each end I cannot remember...Retails for $1,099 installed...Big money, Big features...I will stick with the 8500 for now!
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Today on my way home my P 8500 picked up a CHP at more than 2 miles out. The Ka alarm was going off for so long that I thought it was getting a false hit If Passport could come out with some sort of add on device that told you which direction the hit was comming from, you would have an unbeatable combo with that and the P8500.
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