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I searched and found plenty of info on radar detectors, but not this particular one.<p>Does anyone have this version? Is it worth the cash ($415)? Is this the newest and greatest from bel? I know this technology changes yearly and it gets expensive to have better technology than the police.<p>I was considering getting the beltronics 980. The 980 is an older model, but has gotten great reviews and costs 75% less. I've actually been using the 980 for the past week and seems to work well, but I haven't passed a cop doing radar lately.<p>FYI, i don't plan on spending $1000.00 plus, so there is no point in discussing laser blockers, etc.... Tying to keep the cost down and add a little more protection than my two eyes. Eyes work well, until the sun goes down. <br>
 

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Re: Beltronics STI driver (jpbb03)

Probably not worth it, why not just get a passport X50. It will pick-up the radar well ahead of time and laser.. well you're screwed with any of them.
 

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Re: Beltronics STI driver (jpbb03)

I personally use a valentine 1 and had very good luck using it. Being that you are in CT, like myself, you are hosed either way do to the troopers using laser on the highways. Mine will only pick up the signal once they gun you, by that time you are done for.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jpbb03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Does anyone have this version? </TD></TR></TABLE><br>No. I have the GX65 <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jpbb03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is it worth the cash ($415)? </TD></TR></TABLE><br>YES. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Especially GPS based detectors<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jpbb03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is this the newest and greatest from bel? </TD></TR></TABLE><br>No. GX65 / GPS based detectors <br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jpbb03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I know this technology changes yearly and it gets expensive to have better technology than the police.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>The bell not only is able to recieve updates from Beltronics it is adaptable to changing technologies... Sure there is always going to be something better that will come out but save your self from ** 1 ** triple digit ticket and you are now driving around with very inexpensive detector. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I don't think that any traffic division has the funds to change out there detectors annually or every other year for that matter. Do a search on what departments are currently using between X (ancient) K (not bad) Ka (Best band until recent and the smallest percentage in use) & then newest Ku () Your detector will hold it's value! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jpbb03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I was considering getting the beltronics 980. The 980 is an older model, but has gotten great reviews and costs 75% less. I've actually been using the 980 for the past week and seems to work well, but I haven't passed a cop doing radar lately.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Now that would be wasting your money... Go with the STI if speed camera locations and GPS false lockout is not important to you.<br>The GX65 GPS feature is amazing... After it is installed for a while and you adapt it to the local area... If you hear a threat that is what it is, not some BS automatic door. As well the range and features and update ability are all worth it on the GX65 w/GPS or STI w/o GPS<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>xman03</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Probably not worth it, why not just get a passport X50. It will pick-up the radar well ahead of time and laser.. well you're screwed with any of them.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I had the original 8500 loved it... The GX65 just suited me better than what the 9500ix had to offer plus change is good.<p>Xman03 - You could not be more right about laser. Let's use the fishing analogy.<p>Radar = Fishing net behind a boat... Everything gets picked up, leave it to the crew to sort em out.<p>Laser = Fisherman with a quality pole and hook... The one he catches well is the one caught. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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KMG,<p>if you don't mind me asking, where did you get the GX from and how much did it set you back? After doing some research and doing my taxes, I might join you as a GX65 owner.
 

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I have the 8500 X50 myself and love it. I checked the prices on the Beltronics as well when I read the reviews, and chose the Escort. Hasn't let me down yet. BUt with any laser, you're tanked once they tag you.<p>Check Amazon for pricing. I got a really good deal on the brand new X50 from there.
 

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Re: Beltronics STI driver (jpbb03)

I run with a Valentine One but with all the laser and instant-on radar these days, it's best thought of as an "Oh, s**t, not <I>another</I> one!" device. If I was really worried about tickets, I'd just go back to using a CB radio along with the V1.
 

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$469.95 on Amazon right now... I think that is exactly what I paid for it... I love Amazon.com... It is like an online verion of Walmart... Only better <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> It is quite impressive, and you won't be disappointed in its performance. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Amazon is great, but not always the best.<p><A HREF="http://www.mobiletronicsusa.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=GX65" TARGET="_blank">http://www.mobiletronicsusa.co...=GX65</A><p>$366.95<p>It only took me two seconds to find that site, but I doubt I'll beat that price. I'll put that $100 that I'll save to my next speeding ticket.
 

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I have the STI driver I have had it for about 2.5 years since it came out it works great and it being undetectable is a must in VA.I have not regretted buying it even once I think I paid $400 I ordered mine directly from Bell.I have also used this quite a bit in a commercial vehicle which is a no no in any state FWIW.
 
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