Well guys I have to share this story.
A little background on me... I LOVE Escort and started owning them starting with the 7500 (bought in 99)... then sold it and bought a V1 back in 2000. I HATED, detested, and despised the V1. It was big, bulky and NEVER shut up. I sent it back to Valentine with a 1.5 page letter about why V1 sucks and Escort is so superior, [and bought another 7500].
I continued to own Escort and bought an 8500 when they came out, and an X50 when it came out. I did have several go back for service related issues, and took some back for an exchange... but they are still GREAT detectors.
OK.... enough jibber jabbing about that....
When I got my 2006 GTO (which is kick arsh LS2 sweet Jet Engine power.... I LOVE IT, oh yea!!!!!!) back in May 2006 I bough the latest V1 a 3.826.
I was like well this is pretty damned cool. Its smaller, has better filtering, etc. etc. I was like I can live with this (still no darned smart cord!!!!!), but I really was impressed.
LAST NIGHT, I had my Girlfriend with me, who was driving, and My uncle in the back seat... who BOTH own an Escort X50 (uncle bought mine when I got the V1 and GTO). We were on I85.
My Gfriend was doing about 90 in the GTO... in a 60.... and all of a sudden.... DEET DEET KA to the REAR! She hit the brakes, I was like slow down now... get in the center lane right away (she was in the left fast lane).
Not 45 to 60 seconds or so after she gets in the center and slow downs BOOM, to the left flies by a Statey doing about 90.... V1 shows radar to the side and then to the front.
We were like he is going for the white Silverado.... here he goes... here he goes... NO... he is switching to the center lane..... he is going after someone else... NO... after 2 minutes he gets off the interstate.....
Well thinking nothing of it, because we then figured he is going to get Coffee and Donuts my Girlfriend speeds back up a little..... about 2 minutes Later DEET DEET KA to the REAR!!!
I was like holy *&^*&! We slow back down, headlights come up in behind us gradually... moves to the left lane... and...BAM a minute later that same damned Statey FLIES by at about 90 (V1 shows radar to the side, then to the front) and 2 minutes go by and he pulls over a hyundai.
I am almost positive he was fishing for that GTO, but thank God for Valentine.
My Girlfriend and Uncle were SOOOOO impressed they are selling their X50s in the next few weeks and ordering a V1.
We were talking about that performance all the way home... they could not believe their eyes. AND... coincidently I was JUST talking with my uncle the previous day about him going V1! I lent him my V1 manual and programming guide to see what he thought of the documentation.
I haven't seen a performance like that in a LONG time, but it just put a HUGE SEG smile on my face.
Later guys, and stay safe over the holiday weekend!