2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L
A great car if you choose wisely
When I bought this car, it had been a Lieutenant's unit and had seen very little use for 12 years. As a result, the coolant had never been changed and many greased parts had dried out, so the maintenance problems I've had are not necessarily the result of poor build quality, but careless maintenance by the police department.
In the year and a half I've owned the car, I've replaced:
- All four ball joints (OEM ball joints are not greasable. Dried out and wore quickly, $750 job.)
- Heater core (corroded and ruptured due to 12 year old coolant, $1000 to replace.)
- Brakes all around.
- Tires (12 years old and dry rotted.)
- Horn stopped working unexpectedly.
- Due to improper coolant mixture used by the dealership, the coolant in my lines froze up on a very cold winter day, resulting in a hose popping off and the engine overheating. No problems resulted other than me being stranded.
Overall, I have been pretty happy with this car and would consider it one of my favorites out of 7 different makes I've had.
Other than the issues of neglect the car experienced, I've had no issues with reliability. I bought this car because of its incredibly low mileage, though with cars more than 10 years old I would no longer recommend this practice. The engine is very young in miles by Crown Victoria standards, and with regular full synthetic oil changes I could reasonably expect 300k miles if I keep the car that long.
The interior of the car is somewhat cheap (lots of plastic) and is prone to cracking. The fit and finish is nothing to write home about; lots of rattles and squeaks when driving on rough roads. Seats are pretty comfortable with electric lumbar adjustment and interior space is enormous; you almost need a megaphone to talk to your passenger side.
Power is generous with the 4.6L V8, and I don't think I've ever opened the throttle all the way. Steering is acceptable, though with the 03+ models you will see a marked improvement due to the implementation of rack and pinion steering. Turning radius is fair.
I routinely drive long distances of 500+ miles with this car, and it is comfortable on long road trips. With all season tires I routinely get close to 25MPG highway; not bad for such a big car.
Overall, a good purchase, even though I've had to sink more than half what I paid for the car into repairs already.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2014