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In 2006, radar detector reviews and tests, with products supplied by Beltronics, Valentine One, Escort, and many other manufacturers of car radar detectors, one model stood high and mighty among all of them. It is the Escort Passport 8500 X50, it aced most of the torture test it was subjected to. The results were further supported by independent users all over the world, attesting to the detector's proven reliability.

Best Overall Radar Detector

Best Overall Radar DetectorEscort Passport 8500 X50 provides an impressive array of detection technology, which allows you to customize its operation to compliment your driving style and personal taste. This gadget is fitted with useful features, such as full LED display text of the Safety Warning System (SWS) signals, which comprises of over 60 specific safety text messages which warn of hazards in areas that use safety radar.Escort Passport 8500 X50 works in the X-band, K-band, Ka-band, and at the Laser emitted frequencies, or lidar using multiple sensors. The display modes consists a 280-LED matrix-text, a bar graph, SpecDisplay and ExpertMeter. The ExpertMeter display informs the driver of the band frequency and the relative signal strength on up to eight separate radar signals all at the same time; LEDs arrange in multiple columns represent a different signal. The SpecDisplay displays the numerical frequency of the detected signal. Customizable audible alerts increases in volume level as the relative to the incoming signal's strength, or the closer the signal source, the louder it gets. The 8500 X50's sensitivity controlscan can be set on highway, highly-filtered city mode, and AutoSensitivity; the latter makes us of an advanced signal rejection circuitry which separates real detector signals from background noise, such as the frequencies emitted by remote garage door openers, to reduce disconcerting false alarms. It has a microprocessor which can be reprogrammed and customized gives a degree of future proofing against emerging law enforcement technology. These options allow the driver to select individual signal bands (on or off), selections for the three meter display, a mute and an AutoMute, as well as two audio tone levels. The unit is designed to be completely immune to the VG2 "detector-detector". The onboard microprocessor is upgrade friendly, and can be worked on in the future to compensate for newer technologies. The 8500 X50 is conveniently equipped with an earphone jack built-in, and comes with a quick-release windshield mount, as well as extra suction cups, a durable travel case, and a SmartCord, which is a power cord with installed with an alert lamp, pilot light and a useful mute button. Description and Features:Escort Passport 8500 X50 Blue Radar Detector Portable Radar DetectorsManufacturer: EscortLowest Price: $278.04 USDDetection Bands: K Band Radar, Ka Band Radar, Ka Super Wideband Radar, Ka Wideband Radar, Laser, VG-2 Alert, X Band RadarPower Source: DC Automobile Power AdapterSensitivity Modes: Auto, City, and HighwayGeneral Features: backlit display, display dimmer, VG-2 Protection, visual alert, earphone jack, mute, audible alert, auto mute, volume adjustmentIncluded Accessories: travel case, Automobile Power Adapter (DC), window mount

Why Marijuana Should be Legal

Why Marijuana Should be Legal

Many Americans feel that Marijuana is helping fund the war on terror, but making a war on drugs and keeping Marijuana illegal has not stopped millions of Americans from smoking pot everyday. So what is the answer?First, why is Marijuana illegal? In the 1930's William Randolph Hearst, who had significant financial interests in the timber industry testified to congress on the evils of marijuana, saying things like it make people insane and commit acts of cannibalism? at this time very few even knew what it was and to stop people from going insane Congress decided to make it illegal.The truth is many paper manufacturers were thinking of changing from using trees to make paper to using hemp because it was cheaper and easier to grow and better for the environment, and Hearst stood to loose millions so he used his influence and testimony to help get marijuana banned in the USA.So now that we know why it was made illegal, we can realize that not only would making it legal in the United States stop terrorist from smuggling it into the USA, but would give us another option to cutting down of millions of trees every year for paper products that can be made better from hemp.Hemp has thousands of uses that we are unable to exploit because of its illegal status.During WWII hemp was used for the rigging on parachutes as well as rope and material for uniforms.Nowadays Marijuana can be used to relieve pain and some of the effect of cancer treatments and old age.It has been proven to slow down the spreading of Alzheimer's, relieve the pressure behind the eyes from glaucoma. It also helps relieve migraine headaches and the side effect of cancer treatment.But until the United States realizes how much money can be made from legalizing it, it will remain illegal.This is much like the situation with online casinos in the USA. America was sending billions of dollars out of the country and the government needed to do something to keep the money here, so they banned Online Casino and just like online casinos and online gambling I believe one day the government will learn to take advantage of these things instead of just banning them.Eventually the USA will realize that the best way to stop the flow of money out of the country is not to ban marijuana or online casinos, but to enter the market and compete.If the USA did what Amsterdam has done the government would make not only billions in Taxes from the sales of Marijuana, but the economy would boom from all the tourism that it would bring in from all over the world.The truth of the matter is that legalization is inevitable. The attitude of people has changed so drastically over the last 30 years, that eventually when the younger generations start to take over marijuana will eventually become legal because they understand the truth, and that is banning something only makes the market for it stronger.

Retro Vehicles: Is Volkswagen Next?

Retro Vehicles: Is Volkswagen Next?

Retro styled vehicles are all the rage today and Volkswagens New Beetle was one of the first of many of these types of cars to show up on the market. Given VWs long running popularity, other long since retired models are certainly worthy of being copied, dont you agree? The Karmann Ghia, the Thing, and the Scirocco are a few that come to mind, however they arent the ones slated for a comeback. Yes, VWs famous Bus or Microbus is scheduled to return, to the delight of aging hippies everywhere.Okay, first a quick test. Can you name some of the recent retro vehicles to hit North American highways lately? Besides the Volkswagens New Beetle, here are a few:

  • Ford: Thunderbird, Mustang
  • Chrysler: PT Cruiser
  • Chevrolet: SSR and HHRTo qualify as a true retro vehicle it cannot just borrow the name like the Dodge Charger instead, it must take its styling cues from a vehicle from another generation.Enter the Volkswagen Microbus.Yes, open up your cedar trunk and take out those wild looking tie dyed shirts, your cavernous bell bottom pants, and that pair of odd looking leather sandals. Let down your hair [if you have any left], grow a beard [gents only, please] and be prepared to step back in time to the days when the VW Bus was the people hauler of the day. Peace, love, and stop the war you say? If VW has its way then around 2008 a vehicle very similar in style to the Bus will once again be seen cruising the streets of Haight-Ashbury, Greenwich Village, and every freaky place you can think of, man! Just, groovy.Featured at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show, a concept Microbus evoked all sorts of ooohs and aaaahs from visitors; it was this same type of reaction that has convinced Volkswagen to go forward with production.As of this writing, there is a battle raging within Volkswagen-land as to how much the Microbus will incorporate the retro look. Seeing how the New Beetle succeeded in the US, but flopped in Europe will VW have the courage to stand tall and bring back the hippie hauler? Or, will VW cave in and produce just another run-of-the-mill vehicle that only hints at its past glory?Time will tell, but my advice to VW is this: get it built now before us hippie dippy types are too old to climb into it.Unless, of course, the Microbus can be outfitted with a wheelchair ramp.

    Should I Buy An Extended Vehicle Warranty?

    Should I Buy An Extended Vehicle Warranty?

    Whether you are purchasing a new or used car, breakdowns can occur. Its always a worry that you could have major problems such as engine trouble or a transmission that stops shifting, and you suddenly are digging deep into your pockets for the cash to repair it. So the question that arises often is Should I Buy An Extended Vehicle Warranty? There are always pros and cons. An extended vehicle warranty adds to your total cost, but over the long run it can also be very beneficial especially if a big breakdown occurs. A vehicle extended warranty is a contract between a vehicle warranty company and you. It isnt an insurance policy even though most people think of it as one. It is actually the most profitable service a car dealer sells, but it can also be very beneficial to the consumer. When you buy a new car you get the manufacturers warranty. Then, for a specific fee, you can extend that warranty. If you tend to keep your vehicles longer than the period of the original warranty purchasing the extended warranty can make good sense. If however you tend to trade your vehicles in every few years, the purchase of the extended warranty would probably not be beneficial.When it comes to used vehicles, some dealers will offer a 30 day warranty and then offer to sell you an extended warranty. There are many companies that are now offering extended warranty coverage on used vehicles. Purchasing an extended warranty is a great way to give you peace of mind. You can protect your investment and your pocket book from unexpected costs. Extended warranties usually offer the same benefits as your new car warranty. This means that no matter where you travel within North America your warranty will cover you. Some extended warranties cover just the powertrain, while others cover bumper to bumper. Be sure to check with your dealer or read your policy.As an added bonus, almost all extended warranties offer 24 hour roadside assistance. Roadside assistance includes gas drops, flat tire changes, locksmith, and towing benefits. You may also get benefits such as vehicle replacement in the event of a breakdown along with accommodation expenses.Filing claims is a simple process. Many dealers simply require you to provide proof of coverage. Normally you are issued a coverage card. If you are dealing with your local dealership, chances are you are in their computer system. On used vehicles you usually are required to pay the costs and then submit the bill for reimbursement. Different plans have different deductibles. Dont buy your extended warranty coverage by price alone. More doesnt mean better; but then again cheap can mean that many repairs are exempt so read the fine print and read the entire policy carefully before signing on the dotted line. With so many companies offering extended warranty coverage online and through dealers, its important you are sure that the company is reputable. If your extended warranty comes from Ford or GM its pretty straightforward; but otherwise youll want to make sure you are dealing with a well funded company.Whether you should buy extended vehicle warranty coverage is really a personal choice, but good coverage can be beneficial. If theres one thing for certain, vehicles will break down. Its just a matter of when.

    9 Japanese Automakers

    Japanese built and designed cars have flooded the North American market for over forty years now. Over time, many nameplates have come and gone, but Japanese cars continue to gain market share and acceptance with a growing number of motorists attracted to their high quality and durability. There are nine Japanese automobile manufacturing companies in existence. Can you name them? Lets take a look at the list:Toyota The second largest automaker in the world is Toyota, maker of the Camry, the Corolla, and a host of SUVs, trucks, passenger cars, and a van. Toyotas Lexus division produces luxury cars, while its Scion division manufactures youth oriented vehicles.Honda The Accord and the Civic are Hondas two most well known models, followed by the Odyssey minivan, the Ridgeline truck, the Element, and several other passenger vehicles. Acura is the name given to Hondas luxury car division.Nissan Drive a Datsun and then decide. Up until the early 1980s, Nissans North American nameplate was Datsun, but was switched to Nissan to give it a more global name. The Sentra, Maxima, and Pathfinder are amongst the divisions best selling vehicles. Infiniti is Nissans luxury car division. Renault Motors of France owns a controlling interest in Nissan.Mitsubishi Originally imported exclusively by Chrysler, Mitsubishi began to sell cars under its own name in the 1980s. Top selling models include the Lancer, the Eclipse, and the Montero. DaimlerChrysler owns a chunk of the company.Mazda The Tribute, Miata, and the 6 are some of the most well known Mazda models. The Mazda 6s platform also powers several Ford Motor Company cars including the Mercury Milan. Ford owns an important stake in the company.Subaru Think all wheel drive and you may just think Subaru. The Forester, Outback, and Legacy are all top selling Subaru models. Fuji Heavy Industries [FHI] owns Subaru; General Motors has a 20 percent stake in FHI.Suzuki 20% owned by General Motors, Suzuki is as noted for producing cars as it is for manufacturing motorcycles. The Grand Vitara is one of its most noted models.Isuzu Did someone say General Motors? Again, GM owns a stake in Isuzu. At one time Isuzu imported cars to the US, but those days are over. Currently, Isuzu has a miniscule presence and the two vehicles they do sell the Ascender SUV and I Series pick ups are simply rebadged GMC vehicles.Daihatsu The Charade and Rocky were two models introduced by Daihatsu when the car company started selling vehicles in North America in 1988; four years later its North American operations were closed. In 1999, Toyota assumed controlling interest over the company.So, there you have it: there are nine Japanese automakers, two of which are still independent. Much like the American market further consolidation is likely with nameplates disappearing entirely just like the Packard, Hudson, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, and a host of other North American nameplates have driven off into the history books.

    How To Buy A Luxury Car For Peanuts

    The auto auction is where many used car dealers go to find deals for their company. This usually consists of the used car sales manager heading to the "auto auction" and buying the cars that he or she thinks will turn the biggest profit for their dealership. These auto auctions usually take place about once a week, and can be attended by only authorized car dealers. This is not the same as a car auction which can be attended by the general public. The main purpose of this sort of auto auction is to allow car dealers to buy and sell used cars for their lot. Buying used cars at an auto auction allows for the dealer to purchase a car at a very cheap amount and then turn it into a nice profit. These dealers know their limitations, and they know what they need to buy a car for at the auction in order to turn a reasonable profit at the dealership.There are many dealers that also sell their used cars at auto auctions. These dealers often sell cars that they can not move off of their lot for one reason or the next. Also, these dealers also practice taking trade ins to the auction to get rid of them for more money than they paid out. This is a great way for them to make some extra money off of the trade ins that they accept.An auto auction is an event that every car dealer has taken part in at one point in time, and probably will again sometime in the near future. This is one of the best ways for them to make money, and turn a large profit for their respective dealership. If you are authorized head to your local auto auction today and make some money!But there is something only few people know: there are now many auto auction sites online where everyone can auction a luxury car for peanuts. Every single month, thousands of cars become government or bank property through various seizure laws. Due to the fact that the expense to store them is enormous, these cars must be sold fast and cheap. You can buy direct from the sources and save tremendously. Savings of up to 90% off the regular retail price are not rare.Finding these auction sites is not difficult. Just go to your favorite search engine and search for government auctions or police auctions.

  • Summary

    In 2006, radar detector reviews and tests, with products supplied by Beltronics, Valentine One, Escort, and many other manufacturers of car radar detectors, one model stood high and mighty among all of them. It is the Escort Passport 8500 X50, it aced most of the torture test it was subjected to. The results were further supported by independent users all over the world, attesting to the detector's proven reliability.