Hi - I just joined this forum but have been reading posts from it for the last several days. I just bought a brand new 8500 X50 Blue from <--- no no! - Sethy --> less than other places I've checked. I debated for days about getting the BEL RX65 or this Escort, finally decided on this one, then debated more about red or blue, deciding the blue was worth the extra $, thought it would look nicer. From what I've been reading on here, there's quite the debate about buying from eBay. I spent a considerable amount of time narrowing down who to purchase from and did not go with the cheapest seller. I'm aware that Escort will not warranty this but my seller is giving a 6 year warranty to fix or replace - which I'm aware can be iffy but he did have 100% + feedback. I've purchased a great many things from eBay over the years, some things very pricey (my car I just bought, 2003 Crown Vic), some very cheap and have never been screwed, I scrutinize everything carefully. The $60 I saved will pay for one fix from Escort if needed.
I've been using the X50 for 2 days now and love it so far. I drive 18 miles OW to work so I'll find out tomorrow how it does on the freeway.
BTW, Consumer Reports highly frowns on purchasing extended warranties from retailers for most items unless they're very pricey. And I guess I've been lucky, as I've never had any electronic items break, some of them over 10 years old now! So I consider then a waste of money.
I'm looking forward to the RD and this forum keeping me safe!