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Default Cobra XRS 9300 problems??

I have had my Cobra xrs 9300 for a few years and it worked normally for the 1st year or so. Then gradually I'd get random safety alerts along with the usual x band alerts. But lately, I get lots of laser, K band, and Ka band alerts all the way to full strength(5) when I KNOW there isn't a cop anywhere near. It still alerts when an actual police car is near, but these ghost alerts are driving me crazy! During a ghost alert, I can turn it off & on, and the alert goes away. Can someone please tell me what is going on?
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Welcome wadecool.

Could you go into a little bit more detail about your driving route?

Is it pretty much the same, day to day? Do you travel by any airports on a routine basis?

Do you notice certain vehicle makes when these alerts occur? The reason I ask this one is that newer vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Departure warning systems often rely on either radar or lidar (laser) based systems to function. I found this to be true when the Audi Q9 with Side Assist.

Furthermore some vehicles like Lexis can set of laser detectors when their rear brake lights are activated.

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Veil guy, I drive the entire state of KY for my job, mostly interstate. I hadn't thought of other vehicles causing alerts. I read somewhere that the newer semi trucks have a laser or radar system, & I'm around those vehicles a lot. I'm thinking of getting either an Escort passport 8500 or Escort Solo 5110. Do you know anything about these detectors?
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wade cool,

When your radar detector alerts, observe the vehicles around you and what they were doing at the time and/or if they tend to be the same makes that accompany the radar detectors alerts.

The Escort Passport 8500 X50 is a fine radar detector. If top performance is your absolute priority, I would tend to shy away from battery operated models which tend to 'sleep' for very brief periods of time to conserve power.

However, if your radar detector alerting issue is an environmental one, you may experience similar behavior in your travels. Escort, I believe, has a 30 day evaluation/return policy.

Keep me posted on your progress and good luck!

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