Greetings. My name is Jon, I am 25 years old and work for Honda of America Mfg. Inc.
I currently use an old, pathetic Cobra ESD-9110 which was a replacement for an ancient Escort model that I cannot even think of because of its age. The Cobra has an okay range and is decent for city driving, but falses all the time and does not do crap on the hwy.
Since starting my job with Honda back in the summer of 2008, my drive time has increased to 2 hours a day, is 90% hwy driving and has me going through two known speed traps. I go to work at 3:00pm and generally can spots the local fuzz in the day light, but sometimes cannot see diddly on my way home at 1am. There are also places on the drive where the fuzz like to sit in-between the wall and zap people.
I am looking for a good unit under 450 dollars that has strong range and sensitivity, but is low on falses. I could care less about red light cameras as there are none where I currently live. I have been looking at various Escort models as well as the Valentine 1. I have always thought the V1 to be the gold standard in range and sensitivity, but I hear it falses all the time in the city, it's costly, and somewhat dated from what I have been reading on the web and watching on YouTube.
For mounting purposes, I drive a 98 Acura CL 2.3P.
So, I have to admit, I am pretty dang confused as to what will be the best fit for my driving habits. From what I read, the V1 and Escort models tend to be the top two choices. As mentioned, I have read just about everything I can find and have watched countless YouTube videos on these dang things.
I am ticket free, but wanna make sure I stay that way as I drive more and more. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.