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This is the first time I have ever had a radar detector completely die on me.

I was driving on the highway and had a look up and see that the display is off, the lights on the smartcord are out and it is somewhat cool to the touch.

It was on a rural 2 lane so I didn't even have any blind spot monitors to remind me it was there.

I tried swapping to the regular power cord rather than my direct wire and still nothing. I plugged my redline into the same cord and all is good. Tried 2 other cords and the detector is simply dead.

Anyone else have this happen? Any idea at what I would be looking at for repair costs? Might just have to get an R3 and call it a day or splurge on the V1G2. Might have to finally let go of the Bel Brand name that has served me well since I got my license in 1993.
 

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Those are two solid choices. I stepped from the R3 to a V1G2 and its nice!
 

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Sorry to hear that you're GT-7 crapped out on you like that.

I think either option will suit you well. Absolutely nothing touches the performance value of the R3 for $300 new (and often less used). It's pretty close to the V1G2 in range performance and has a little bit better reactivity on K band. I don't think the filtering is as bad as some on this forum make it out to be (and I run it in Highway mode), but there are days where I am stuck in traffic and get bombarded with falses. And if you need MRCD protection, the R3 gives you that. If you're on a budget and need top-shelf performance, the R3 is definitely the way to go.

If you are willing to spend the extra $200, the V1G2 is a great package. It gives you the arrows and noticeably better filtering, plus that little extra range performance that you may not notice 90% of the time, but you have the peace of mind. You also get the world of the apps, which are a whole different experience than a standalone detector (some are apprehensive, but many here swear by them). The kinks seem to have been worked out at this point. If I were going to spend money on another legacy detector, I would probably buy a V1G2.
 

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This is the first time I have ever had a radar detector completely die on me.

I was driving on the highway and had a look up and see that the display is off, the lights on the smartcord are out and it is somewhat cool to the touch.

It was on a rural 2 lane so I didn't even have any blind spot monitors to remind me it was there.

I tried swapping to the regular power cord rather than my direct wire and still nothing. I plugged my redline into the same cord and all is good. Tried 2 other cords and the detector is simply dead.

Anyone else have this happen? Any idea at what I would be looking at for repair costs? Might just have to get an R3 and call it a day or splurge on the V1G2. Might have to finally let go of the Bel Brand name that has served me well since I got my license in 1993.

Sorry to hear about that. I think the standard repair charge by Cedar is $99 if you want a 3-month warranty, and $139 if you want the upgraded repair package that comes with a full 1-year warranty and Cedar will cover shipping if you have to send it back again.

Personally, upgrading to a R3 or V1G2 would be what I would do. I own both the R3 and V1G2, and they are both great detectors that are strong performers.


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I decided to get it repaired as I can still fetch $250 CDN locally for it.
I just sold my Bel GX65 for $100 CDN and I'll put my redline up for sale as well and then decide whether to try the V1G2 or go all out and get an R360C.
 

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Had the GT-7 back from the mothership for a couple weeks now and I don't remember it being this good before I sent it back.

I can actually distinguish a Hyundai and a LEO now. I'll use this for my around town and populated area use and keep the redline for the open highway.
 

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