2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L SOHC V8


Cheap reliable transportation in police form


Replaced ignition coil + spark plug.

Replaced bank 1 cam sensor.

Needs ball joints.

Needs one wheel bearing (driver's side).

Needs alignment.

Minor rust around quarter and fenders.

Rust on the roof.

Burns 1 quart of oil every 2,000 miles.

General Comments:

The car has been great. Easy to repair. OBD2 makes my repair jobs take 5 minutes. I can feel the ball joints and wheel bearing going out, but that's an easy repair. I just keep driving it, expecting it to break down, but it hasn't.

It has the Police Interceptor package, but is hardly any more powerful than the standard model Crown Vic. Just has the 3:73 gears and programmed ECM from police use. Also has an aluminum drive shaft and larger suspension coil springs.

Other than that, the car's interior feels like cheap plastic, but I don't care because it keeps driving. My last 4.6L Ford engine had about 180k miles, and started burning lots of oil through the valve seals. This one is starting to burn about a quart every few weeks. For the car's size, it does handle amazingly well. It's not all that powerful until you get up to highway speeds.

My fuel mileage is about 18MPG city/21MPG highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st June, 2012

7th Jun 2012, 22:16

Thanks for being honest about it not being that much faster than the civilian Crown Vic (which it isn't).

So many reviewers on this site claim their tired old CVPIs are some sort of indestructible super cars...

18th Jul 2012, 11:30

Update on my review: I changed my alternator last week. Did it in under 30 minutes while on my lunch break at work! Easy to change, that's for sure.

As for the other comment above, yeah, the car is really no faster than the standard model. In actuality, the car isn't faster than most V6 family cars of today's standards. Even the other officers I work with agree. In fact, they agree that the 90's model LT1 Caprices outperform in some aspects. But in no way would it keep up to the Dodge Charger Hemi Interceptor.

2001 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6 V8


Well-designed rear-wheel-drive American car


2 of the tires had slow leaks (suspected to be through the mounting area. I was told it is a notorious feature of these aluminum rims).

Brake warning light came on without cause at 45k; checked all 4 disc brakes, the master reservoir & pump, all in good working condition, no leak.

Parking brake cable is not frozen. (A bad switch? The mechanic did not bother to check further, & assured me the brakes work fine)

Battery went dead after months of sitting, due to the anti-theft system constantly using electricity.

General Comments:

The ride is very comfortable & smooth.

Many standard features, such as cruise control, ABS, traction control, electrical compass, auto-dim rear view mirror, etc., all highly desirable.

Repair cost is low -- parts availability is high, & the car is designed for easy services, no odd tools needed, no awkward positioning of components.

Highway gas mileage is surprisingly high -- 27mpg, great for a car this size. Mixed with city driving, it drops to only 21mpg though; still not bad for a V8 luxury car. This is a car built for long, highway driving.

It is rear wheel drive. Maneuvering is a bit tricky if you are used to front wheel drive cars nowadays.

There are not many storage compartments, other than a glove box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2011

2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L V8


Best car I've ever owned!


Needed oil changes every 3,000 miles and new tires after I found that the car had Posi-Track Rear End, so burnouts are very easy and fun.

General Comments:

Incredible car! Very roomy, comfortable on long road-trips and cruises very well. Performance-wise, the car is seriously fast, a real sleeper. Its no wonder why police departments across the country use this as their patrol cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2005

12th Dec 2006, 16:10

"Posi-Traction" is a GM term - Ford's version is "Trac-Lok", which is what you have ;-)

All kidding aside, YES, these cars are amazing. They don't have all of the bells and whistles of the LX or Sport models, but what they lack in creature comforts, they definitely make up in reliability. Oil coolers, trans coolers, better computer tune from the factory, better transmission programming, better suspension components... you can run these things to 300K miles or more as long as you keep up on the basic maintenance. Plus you get nice, strong running V8 with true dual exhaust.

Oh - one last perk: nobody drives like an idiot when they are near you on the highway :)