Moving to the city

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So iam moving to the city from the suburbs. Iam going to live in Chicago. I probably don't need my R3. I was going to sell it, what would you guys recommend for a decent cheap detector as I no longer need extra protection cause all of the city streets have speed cameras and are only 30-40 mph

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DFR6/DFR7 (if you want GPS) are basically the same as the new DFRs minus the pretty OLED screens, they'll give you good range on the highway. Not exceptional when it comes to K filtering though, so don't use them in the city unless you want to hear alerts every three seconds. Should be cheap if you search used options on eBay.

Edit: looks like you'd only get $100 max if you sold the R3 and bought a DFR6. Might as well keep the R and use it outside of the city. Who knows, it might save your ass on a road trip and pay for itself!
 

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You already have a great detector... keep it. You'll regret it with going to a cheaper detector
 

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Keep it for highway road trips!
 

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There’s still gonna be times where you’re commuting on the freeway nearby either to Indiana for cheaper gas or to Wisconsin for who knows what or to the suburbs of Chicago (Naperville etc) where police still exist.
Keep your R3. You gain a lot more keeping it.
 

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Keep the R3 unless you are getting rid of your car too. The lead foot never escapes. Even when city speed limits are 30-40.
 

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I can't think of any reason to scrap the R3 and move to a cheaper detector. It will barely net you any money and if anything you want the R3's sensitivity even more now to sniff out the MultaRadar cameras that are all over metro Chicago. You're free to run in city mode to eliminate most falses in the city environment.

Plus when you drive on the highway the R3 will still be invaluable.
 

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I recently moved to the city and I am very glad that despite my initial beliefs I didn't sell my detectors.
I say keep it through the move then decide if you need it. As others said the r3 is barely worth more than other detectors that perform half as well. It's not worth downgrading.

I now drive much more, but for the first few months here I was using just my v1. The v1 with jbv1 was surprisingly good in the city.

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I agree with everyone who is recommending keeping your R3. Adjust your settings for your new driving environment, and see how it works for you. If you sold your R3, and bought something less expensive, you may miss your R3 and not really net that much money and have a detector with less features and performance.

I would recommend hanging on to your R3 as long as you are happy with it. I used to have two R3s , and I sold one of them, and I regret selling it. I still have one R3 which I am very happy with.




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I don't need any of mine during the day as stuck in traffic so can't speed anyway, most chicago cops don't have radar, once ya take the same route day in and day out you know where the speed cameras are. Expressway is when it's useful as state police patrol those pending it's not rush hour and you can actually move. Takes me 20-30 minutes to drive my 5-6 miles every day.

Not sure what you'd buy on the cheap end that would better the R3?

Even though I don't really need any of mine for city driving I keep them as I drive to Florida every year and everytime I visit family about an hour south of Chicago down 57 I do 120+ mph to blow the car out as it's the only place I can do it as wide open.
 

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I don't need any of mine during the day as stuck in traffic so can't speed anyway, most chicago cops don't have radar, once ya take the same route day in and day out you know where the speed cameras are. Expressway is when it's useful as state police patrol those pending it's not rush hour and you can actually move. Takes me 20-30 minutes to drive my 5-6 miles every day.

Not sure what you'd buy on the cheap end that would better the R3?

Even though I don't really need any of mine for city driving I keep them as I drive to Florida every year and everytime I visit family about an hour south of Chicago down 57 I do 120+ mph to blow the car out as it's the only place I can do it as wide open.
Ah, I57.... back in 90s so sparse, one could blast like that until the tank needed a refill. Today, more traffic. Still decent place to move very fast. Limited exits, very rural areas, less ambush sites than other highways. Enjoy the “blow the car out” times That can be had on I57. In the meantime, do not sell the R3. Or upgrade to R7 just for the I57 running. IL will do instant on. With less traffic they hit with radar ahead of you, you need all the range possible. IMO.

If you want to monitor live all those speed cams and radar based red light cams in town with a radar detector, the Radenso Pro M is best way to go for seeing MRTC speed cams, snd MRCD like red light cams. The R3 can pick them up. However, more false positives from various BSMs in vehicles than the Pro M will give you. The Pro M does not have the range in the highway where instant on is in use, for your “blow out“ runs. You need R series for that. Or a vehicle installed Escort 360ci remote system (Way out of your price range).

Hope this helps.
 

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