Last Radar detector I owned was back in 1986 and I do believe it was an Escort as well. I was and I guess still am a tech geek and being young and having gotten a few speeding tickets... I needed protection. False alerts were just a thing you got use to and in many cases you only turned it on when you were on the highway where usually if you got an alert it was Mr. Bear.
Step forward 22 years and we find our hero once again with a fast car and an insesent love for the sound of his modded G37S in need of a nanny to calm those bad tendancies of his right foot.
I came close to buying a V1 several times, and man am I glad I didn't, the thing would have driven me mad. Fortunately in my research I came across Escort's GPS series radar detectors and it was a welcome discovery. IMHO a RD without GPS is just pretty much useless unless you have a passion for squalking gadgets. So far the 9500ix has been a great companion and like the woman you always wanted.. quiet unless she has something really important to say .
I concur on the short redlight warnings, I guess they're thinking if you have a light your in the city and the distance between the next light and possible camera is short. Perhaps some speed sensing could help with that... faster speed earlier warning. Another interesting note, my city, Charlotte NC, decided to drop it's Redlight cameras since tax payers weren't willing to pay for the cameras and a great deal of the proceeds were going to the company that maintained them, instead of the school system as intended. Never the less the DB still has them marked in Charlotte. I was just at a section of the city where they apparently had a camera every block..geez. No doubt that feature works..lol.
Only other issue I came across was the door at work right by the parking garage, the GPS hadn't had time to sync up so I couldn't block the signal. Solution obviously is to just wait in front of the door until it does... to be expected.
Overall this is one of the best gizmo's I've bought in awhile, looking forward to it paying for itself.
Oh, one last request for a newb.. Glossary time, definitions of: