Well, I no longer own an Escort.
I sold my blue 9500i on eBay for almost $400. Not bad, I would've liked to get more since it was mint...but I'm satisfied. That'll pay off what I owed for the V1.
I'll keep my eyes out for Escorts "next best thing"...as I'm sure its not far away!
After all, I'm still hardwired for one! The smart hardwire shown below is now buried behind the dash, and my V1 concealed display is mounted in its place. I figured it was worth leaving it installed so I can switch over to an Escort any time if I want to without going through re-running wires.
Most of all I'll miss the blue LED, Speed Display, and the noticable difference in tone between K and KA band!