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    Post Anyone have a Cobra radar detector?

    I'm able to get a Cobra ESD 9550 radar detector for a pretty good deal and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this model or a cobra model of similiarity?

    How do they perform?

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    General consensus I've heard is that Cobra radar detectors are basically your typical bargain bin detectors. As such, their performance will vary from poor to average. However, depending your driving habits (or monetary funds!) it may still provide sufficient warning for you.

    The best receiver that doesn't cost thousands right now seems to be the Escort Passport 8500. It's approx ~$250 new. The Valentine One comes a close second at $400 (maybe a little less). The Bel 980 is a close third, and is probably a little less than the Escort, maybe around $200.
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    Passport 8500 RULES! Save up and get it. Ive gone through a few Cobra's, Whistlers, and the Valentine. Passport 8500 is by far the best. I just went to Chicago this weekend...was booking 90mph the whole way with some other poor fool...radar went off at the bottom of an approaching hill....i slowed down and watched the other poor fool blow by a cop hiding in a bush at the top of the hill...Saved my *** 250 bucks right there for the ticket.

    I bought it at Best Buy when it first came out for 300 bucks. Im sure you can find it cheaper. But if you get the 3 year waranty on it for like 10 bucks, you have the 300 bucks for a new one for 3 years down the road. So when the passport 9000 comes out, just take it in and say its not working properly. Brand new one instantly! PoBoy
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    www.sbhcorp.com has good prices on Passport 8500s (usually $260 or so delivered).

    If you have a tweeter.com store near you, I might be able to refer you to someone who can get you setup for one at $235 + tax. Though after tax, getting it shipped might just be more convenient.

    I use my passport 8500 yesterday, worked awesome. Also has a handy voltmeter display mode, where if it's not alerting, it'll display the car voltage. I find the voltmeter tends to display 0.9-1.0V below the actual voltage, but it's consistent so it's still handy dandy.

    Wish I could find a convenient place to hardwire it in.
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    Ya, I was looking at the Escort 8500 and the Bel 980 ... more so the Escort but it sucks because I live in Canada so even if I get it for a good price I'm going to have to pay duty across the border.
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    Aren't radar detectors illegal in large sections of Canada?
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    jshrieve:Nah... It's Canada! =) ... I don't think so. At least not in B.C... but when I go down to WA I think it's illegal.
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    I believe they are illegal in Manitoba, but I know they are legal in Alberta and Saskatchewan. - I have one, just never use the thing.

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    I live in WA schrodos, and I don't personally have one, but judging by the availability here, and the amount of people that have one I don't think they are illegal. They are though in quite a few states, I believe that it says where they are legal and aren't on the box they come in.

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    Well, I know they're illegal in Ontario.
    If you try to enter the country via Ontario with a radar detector, they'll confiscate it and you may be fined. You don't even have to use it! Just have it.
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