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Old 05-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Do I need a radar detector?

Picked up Nasty on Thursday and already have 600 miles. This baby has more than met my expectations. Problem is I have a hard time keeping her under the speed limit... Got a rush yesterday on the Interstate twice when cops going the other way turned on their blue lights. Of course I thought they were for me. Luckily for me, some unlucky mustang owners probably got written up! Any suggestions on a radar detector/fuzz buster?
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I've heard different takes on these....Either when they are "needed", its too late anyway and they've already radared you, and when you do get pulled over and they see you have a radar unit, you're not given any discretion....or...just slow down!!..lol
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:06 PM   #4
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Dont get one, they are a waste of money. Just know your cop spots and you will be fine. Also if you do get pulled over and you have it most cops will give you a hard time about it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:10 PM   #5
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There new laser guns can get you without your detector knowing it. Unless you spend thousands on a top of the line kit then it's not worth it. Plus if you do get pulled over I have herd stories of people getting tickets for that type of equipment in there cars. I'm sure it depends on the state though. Also if you have a good gps unit they have uploads for them that warn you about speed cams and stuff like that, there all marked by users and approved by the company. They won't tell you about cops that stop and wait though.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:11 PM   #6
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Don't speed, it's cheaper.

You could use your speed alarm on the car if you really can't control yourself.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:12 PM   #7
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Yesterday on a Ct Interstate I saw two different guys pulled over by large brown State Police SUV's. Both SUVs had no markings, tinted windows, etc. They drive in the center lane @ 75 (in a 65)- when you blow by them @ 80+, YOUR TOAST.
And like 90503 said, when your caught with a radar detector there's no way your getting away with a warning.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:19 PM   #8
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No...probably would give u the idea that u are protected but in reality you are just as susceptible to be pulled over
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:21 PM   #9
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:25 PM   #10
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When the posted sign states Speed Limit 70 mph thats exactly what it means! You can still have fun and enjoy your Camaro. Just saying.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #11
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Shocking amount of misinformation here.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #12
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When the posted sign states Speed Limit 70 mph thats exactly what it means! You can still have fun and enjoy your Camaro. Just saying.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:30 PM   #13
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My biggest ticket ever was received while using the Passport detecter...supposedly one of the two best! The "Instant on" radar guns practically make detectors useless. That little indiscretion cost me $265. I don't use them now and rarely go much higher than 5 mph over...unlikely to get a ticket at that rate. Just do yourself a favor and drive pretty close to the speed limit and you'll be ok. Save the speeding for the road course or drag strip.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:33 PM   #14
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Mine was September 27, 1997
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:36 PM   #15
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bhttp://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...adar+detectors

I actually issue warnings for speed 90% of the time, as long as the speed isn’t completely crazy. If I do see a radar detector (they are legal in MN), and I’m on the fence about issuing a citation, it will likely cause me to write the ticket.

Verbal warnings are used in situations where I feel like they will make a difference in a person’s driving conduct; A radar detector leads me to believe a warning will not get the point across, for obvious reasons.

I generally don’t go out of my way to look for radar detectors, I’m too busy looking for weapons, threats, or contraband. They aren’t a big deal to me, I just feel like they are a waste of money.

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:39 PM   #16
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i got one one, barely turn it on. Waste of money!!!!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #17
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Shocking amount of misinformation here.
I see the exact opposite.... a lot of truth being written
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #18
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Op, Radar detectors are a complete waste of money imo. They are only good for detecting stupid officers who leave their radar gun on all the time or for the rare occasion when they tag someone ahead of you. Radar detectors do not prevent them from getting your speed so if you're speeding and it goes off might as well pull over and wait because you're about to get a ticket.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #19
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Use your smart phone and install a app called Trapster. Its not perfect but nothing is. I drive for work about 55k mi per year. The app comes in handy to remind you to slow down when coming up on a speed trap area and will alert you to live police if another user reports them ahead of you.
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Old 05-28-2012, 03:41 PM   #20
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waist of money,, mmmmmmmmmmm, i know for a fact that it has saved me a ticket at least once.... So i guess it just paid for itself
But i didnt go out and buy one of tho's way over priced unit's.. or a cheapy... --Spent 200.00 on a bell does all it needs to...
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #21
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Yesterday on a Ct Interstate I saw two different guys pulled over by large brown State Police SUV's. Both SUVs had no markings, tinted windows, etc. They drive in the center lane @ 75 (in a 65)- when you blow by them @ 80+, YOUR TOAST.
And like 90503 said, when your caught with a radar detector there's no way your getting away with a warning.
Was caught doing 68 in a 55 when I peaked over a hill my escort 8500 x50 went off and i stepped on the brake, but it was too late. The usual, license and registration and then he said I pulled you over because you were doing 68 in a 55 until your radar went off and you slammed on the brake. He came back from his vehicle a couple minutes later and said slow down (no ticket). Yes, I was lucky and this is an instance that is unavoidable and occasionally, if you speed, you're gonna get caught, radar detector or not. But let me tell you how many times it's saved me or just warned me so I could slow down. Not that I speed often or excessively, but occasionally. Well, worth the money and I almost feel like I'm driving naked when I don't have it. Wow to all the waste of money's.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:12 PM   #22
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People who say they're a waste of money are probably driving 65 in the far left lane and should trade their car in. Radar detectors are a hit or miss everytime you go out on the road they do work but like anything they have flaws and law enforcement as lazy as they are still manage to outpace the industry in technology. So buy a cheapo detector unless your smuggling crap in your car or just like to see if you can escape them (you won't outrun the radio) it will generally save you from the corner rat cops that hide just out of view and you see them just as you go by them we've all had those oh crap i'm screwed moments where your blood pressure go's up waiting for the blue lights. I will agree with people on just going a reasonable speed usually 5 -10 over won't get you a ticket in most states.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #23
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Radar Detector

I have had an Escort Passport for years and while most of the information above is true I can tell you it has saved me numerous times. It doesn't make you invincible but it has helped me when I wasn't paying enough attention to my speed.

I think they pay for themselves myself.

JMO though....
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:55 PM   #24
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Most interstates in CO are 75mph but last year I traveled Texas I-10 and that is posted 80mph. Still had a few cars pass me at around 95-100. Wonder what the fuel mileage is at 80 with our Camaro's?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #25
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