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Re: Uniden failure!
One quick note about Uniden. I recently bought the model which was tested
in Car & Driver (maybe R&T) about 6-9 mths ago in their tests of budget
detectors. The Uniden scored exceedingly well even against non-budget
detectors. However, it sends out way to many false alarms!!!!!
Interestingly enough, I use it next to my trustly old (orgininal version
with their STOP filtering) Escort which performs better than the Uniden
except the Escort doesn't detect Ka and laser.
At 08:10 AM 5/31/96 -0500, you wrote:
>> Some of you may remember my radar detector escapades a couple
>>months ago. Just to quickly recap - I got a Uniden LRD6199SW last
>>Christmas. On a recent caravanning trip with two 5KCSTQs from Chicago to
>>Flint, I had the Uniden in one car, and my old Bel 826 in the other car.
>>There were so many radar traps, that we were able to verify very
>>definitely that the Uniden was doing NOTHING. The Bel consistently gave
>>me a mile or two warning.
>> I returned the Uniden for repair, and after a 5 week wait, I got it
>>back today "No Trouble Found"!!!!!
>> I guess that just confirms that Uniden makes junk (and they don't
>>serve the junk-buying customers very well either.) Initially, the store
>>that sold it to me sounded like they weren't going to help me at all, but
>>today they said they would exchange it for a Bel. They have the 525 and
>>the 560. Which one would you guys recommend?
>>BTW, I think it was Car & Driver that recommended the Uniden as
>>virtually equal to the Bel in their last detector test last fall. I
>>think I'll send an email to C&D about this failure of Uniden.
>>Thanks very much.
>>Graydon D. Stuckey
>>Flint, Michigan USA
>>'86 Audi 5000 CS Turbo Quattro, GDS Racing Stage II
>Well, don't be so fast Graydon. I have been extremely well satisfied with
>my old Uniden RD-9, which was rated highly way back when and never failed
>to perform as advertised. Uniden could have slipped, but...I was thinking
>of going back to them after my recent purchase of a Bel 745STiPlus, the #1
>rated unit. After about two hours on the road, it definitely gave up the
>ghost! NADA! It will go through it's self test as if everything is okay
>if you turn it off and on, but nothing is really working. I teseted it
>against the old RD-9.
>I talked to Bel yesterday and they said to send it back for a replacement.
>BTW, bought it from Smile Photo, advertising in the back of C&D. At this
>point, not a high recommendation for service, but we shall see and I will
>report to the group later.
>For the two hours that the Bel worked, it appeared to be all that it was
>reported to be...we'll see with a replacement. Actually, I may try to work
>a deal for the new 945, which is the battery powered version of the 745.
>Stephen A. Marinello, Ph.D.
>Corporate Technical Services
>Newpark Resources, Inc.
>P.O. Box 6411 - Metairie, LA 70009
>504/838-8222 FAX 504/833-9506