I've owned three V1's in my life but none in the last 6 years (all purchased in the early to mid 1990's). I'm debating whether to get a Bel Sti or a V1 for a road trip coming up and for use on future road trips. Spectre immunity is not really an issue for me except the few times I drive to or through Virginia. Honestly I always loved my V1's and felt they were superior to the Bel and Escort products of the time. My concern is that I have read numerous complaints from V1 owners on this very board. Issues like overheating, ghosting, "E" messages, "J" messages, units falling out of tune in only a few months, etc. Has the V1's reliability and capabilities really decreased that much since I last owned a V1? Is the latest V1 version (3.873???) reliable and capable?
It seems to me that the Bel Sti has been more reliable (based on what I've read on Bel forum) and the rampup issue has finally been resolved. It appears that the V1 is still king of the hill in terms of early radar detection and hands down superior in terms of laser detection (Guys of Lidar results). My only concern being is the V1 reliable enough? Thanks for your thoughts!