I have an Escort 8500 non X-50. Part of the reason I bought it when it was new in Jan of 01 was because it was advertised as "upgradeable for new threats", never obsolete. Well, I Escort today to ask them which firmware version I have and if I should upgrade to "pop" because a year ago this april they told me that they are going to have a pop upgrade available in September of 04. The lady informed me that not only has there never been a performance upgrade for the 8500, but that there are no plans to update it. She told me it was an "engineering decision" not to offer a pop upgrade and that the 8500 will not be upgradeable to KU. I feel as they duped tens of thousands of us who bought the 8500 and that it was merely a technological pit stop en route to the 8500X50. That would be Ok of they didn't advertise it as upgradeable, which was a scam designed to take sales away from the V-1. I would have bought a V-1 if I knew they were lying. At least I could have sent it in for an upgrade without hassle. Anyone else buy an 8500 with the hopes of having it upgraded and feel duped??? I feel almost as if this is grounds for a class action law suit. If they are going to give up on the 8500, Escort ought to offer the 8500X50 to current 8500 owners for the reasonable cost of what they would charge for an 8500 upgrade. Thanks for letting me vent.
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