Ok guys, here's a little back story. It all happened about 10 years ago when my dad handed me down his old V1 and purchased a new one with Laser. I used it for a couple years then retired it to the closet after loosing my license for about a year. I actually forgot I had it and found it earlier this week and sent it into Valentine for the upgrade for $229 on Friday. After doing a couple Google searches to see if it was still the top dog, the Bel STI kept coming up in all these reviews about how much better it was so that got me thinking.
I could take that new Valentine that I get from them and easily re-sell it for $375-$400 on eBay and put that towards a new STI Driver.
I've read every review and many many many posts on this site for about the last 8 hours and here's my take on each:
-outstanding x, k, ka, and the best laser detection
-best customer service experiences.
-remote display install is very slick.
-freakin' arrows man!
-I know from previous experience that these detectors windshield cups fall off fairly frequently (aka, very annoying).
-Best radar reception to the front, almost as much to the rear as the V1.
-Extended 3 yr warranty available from the website (very good for peace of mind.)
-Stealth to RDD's
Now, depending on which radar test review you read, results will vary. My opinion is that real world results will find very similar and reliable results from both of these detectors. I like the arrows, it's fun to see where the fuzz is. On the other hand, I don't like being detected for my RD. I don't live in an "illegal zone" but feel that I will be targeted if they detect my RD. Call it crazy but I haven't even been pulled over for speeding since I've ditched my old V1 years ago. So, there it is, in a nutshell, what would you recommend? The monetary difference is really small and that's not an issue.