I've thought about this a lot and still not sure how cost effective it is to buy a V1 and upgrade multiple times. Perhaps some of you V1 owners can chime in. I've heard about how the original 8500 couldnt be upgraded so you had to buy a new X50. The question remains how long did the original 8500 last? How long will the X50 last? How many times has the V1 needed to be upgraded since the original 8500 came out and how much does it cost each time? How many times has the Escort 8500 needed to be "upgraded". I only know of one for the X50 since it's come out. I have no idea on the Bels, but I would presume they must be pretty similar to Escort.
I guess what i'm getting to is that if you pay $400 for a V1 in 2000, and in the past five years you've had to upgrade multiple times does it equal the same amount as it would to have bought an 8500 in 2000 and a X50 in 2005? I know some of you have both so you may know that answer right off the top of your head. The X50 is still pretty new so I would hope that there wouldn't be any special needs to upgrade the software any time soon.