2007 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L V8
One of the best American cars ever built!
Haven't owned it long enough to have any issues. Just had some stuff done when I bought the car, like replacing the rear struts and starter.
I purchased my 2007 Crown Vic 2 months ago after an extensive research. I wanted to find out as much about the car as I possibly could before making a decision. I read reviews, I asked people's opinions, and finally came to a conclusion that I had to get one of my own. And the car is everything I hoped it would be and more! No wonder these cars are being used by law enforcement agencies and taxicab companies throughout North America. These cars have no problems reaching the 500 000 km mark, and exceeding it!
I purchased my 2007 Crown Vic Police Interceptor from a dealer in Toronto. The car had been originally an RCMP vehicle in Nova Scotia. Police Interceptor Trim includes many upgrades over the "civilian" Crown Vic version such as: heavy duty brakes, heavy duty suspension, heavy duty frame, heavy duty cooling system (to accommodate for long idling these vehicles are exposed to - and to eliminate overheating), heavy duty transmission and all aluminum drive shaft (to accommodate heavier shifting caused by sudden acceleration needed in police applications), heavy duty steelies, dual exhaust system without resonators, and completely different computer and wiring (which results in a HP increase to 250 HP from the standard 187 HP). All of these upgrades make the car rugged and durable.
Car's handling is great, although quite stiffer when compared to the civilian version, mainly due to stiffer suspension and performance tires 235/55/17. It handles very well however, and is a pleasure to drive on the highway (only 1800 RPM @ 100 km/h) and around town (only 1100 RPM @ 60 km/h). There is enough power to get this 2 ton giant moving, and more than enough power to stop it when needed (due to heavy duty brakes).
Also, contrary to popular belief, these cars are very fuel efficient for their engine size and weight. I average between 10L/100km (or 24 MPG) on the highway and 13.3L/100km (or 17.6 MPG) in the city, which rivals or beats a lot of V6's in smaller/lighter cars out there.
This car is a pleasure to drive, and requires very little maintenance. The downside is that P71 Crown Vics have more expensive parts, but you don't have to change them as often.
All in all, I would recommend this car to anyone, especially the Police Interceptor trim. You get a cheaper car that's better than its civilian version. So what if you have a couple of screw holes in the dash and plastic floor liner instead of the carpet.
I purchased my 2007 Crown Vic for $4500 + tax with 153 000 km on it. When you wanna buy a 2007 Crown Vic LX, it's at least $15 000, usually low mileage (30-50 thousand km - from rental companies), but you don't get all the extras you do with the P71.
I am very upset that Ford has decided to pull the plug on Crown Vics and that St. Thomas plant will stop making them at the end of 2011. The new Taurus can't possibly replace the Crown Vic as the main pursuit vehicle in North America. It's really sad to see this body on frame workhorse go. So my plan is to drive my 2007 for another 3-4 years, and then buy a 3 yr old EX Police 2011 Crown Vic to truly enjoy this great American car till the end.
LONG LIVE THE CROWN VICTORIA!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th October, 2010
15th Jan 2011, 15:34
I totally agree with your opinions on the Crowns :) I have a 2004 P71 Police Interceptor from Alberta RCMP. Mine was an Edmonton city police cruiser, and I feel the same about the thoughts you put into this review. I'm jealous about you having a 2007 for the price you paid and for the K's that you got with it. Mine is a 04 and it had 187K for $3100, I am thinking the same way, buy the 2011 Crown Vic after a few years!
Awesome review once again :) Thanks for posting!