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Old 01-11-2019, 05:59 AM
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Has anyone had recent experience doing the Valentine V-1 upgrade? I went online and input the serial number of my ancient V-1 (already upgraded once more than 10 years ago).

Turns out that it would cost $286 plus shipping b/c mine is so old. It amounts to a $110 discount from the MSRP of $399. I would actually get a NEW unit with all current technology. The main new feature is addition of their "Junk-K Fighter", which allegedly eliminates most of the nuisance false alarms caused by lane-changing systems and other radar-enabled BS in newer cars.

I am wondering if anyone has a new V-1 and finds that it really DOES eliminate the almost constant false alarms that occur when I fire up my older model. This problem almost renders the old one useless for my frequent trips on the PA turnpike.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by paS2K View Post
Has anyone had recent experience doing the Valentine V-1 upgrade? I went online and input the serial number of my ancient V-1 (already upgraded once more than 10 years ago).

Turns out that it would cost $286 plus shipping b/c mine is so old. It amounts to a $110 discount from the MSRP of $399. I would actually get a NEW unit with all current technology. The main new feature is addition of their "Junk-K Fighter", which allegedly eliminates most of the nuisance false alarms caused by lane-changing systems and other radar-enabled BS in newer cars.

I am wondering if anyone has a new V-1 and finds that it really DOES eliminate the almost constant false alarms that occur when I fire up my older model. This problem almost renders the old one useless for my frequent trips on the PA turnpike.
I'm surprised you bother with a radar detector. I have a couple and tried to give one away last summer at a car meet and no one wanted it. I can't recall the last time I bothered with one.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:35 AM
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I'm surprised you bother with a radar detector. I have a couple and tried to give one away last summer at a car meet and no one wanted it. I can't recall the last time I bothered with one.
I use my Escort 360C constantly and it has saved my butt multiple times.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:37 AM
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I have a V1 but haven't been using it, Waze has been very good for this.
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My V-1 is very useful on road trips but I've never upgraded one.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:58 AM
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I was in a similar position to the OP with a very old early V1. We did the upgrade which gave us a brand new model when my wife got her Allroad (nearly impossible to have any idea of speed without constantly watching the speedo). It was a significant improvement in rejecting false alarms, especially from cars that use radar for adaptive cruise control. But it's not perfect either so we still get some false alarms.

Like others commented, I've given up using detectors in my cars - but it was important to her so we did the upgrade.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Scooterboy View Post
I use my Escort 360C constantly and it has saved my butt multiple times.
I'm with you........a lot with you. Both my Crosstour and S2000 have Escorts (S55 in the S2000) and I owe my freedom from jail time to both of them.
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I wonder how well it would do in my cars with distronic radar which has two K band transmitter channels.
I have to believe there would significant interference with each other.
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Old 01-11-2019, 04:57 PM
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I'm with you........a lot with you. Both my Crosstour and S2000 have Escorts (S55 in the S2000) and I owe my freedom from jail time to both of them.
In my '09 S I have a Escort 9500ci. What a great detector but getting old.
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In my '09 S I have a Escort 9500ci. What a great detector but getting old.
I did a three month trial several years back with a V1 and an 8500 mounted in my S. I took two trips to Boston and back and one trip to the Dragon plus a lot of other driving. I sold the V1.
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