Ford Crown Victoria Review from UK and Ireland

2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance77000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

The feel of a luxury cruiser with the right engine and price tag, built like a focus

Faults:

The rear passenger air vents don't work, not essential so not fixed yet.

One of the rear view mirrors power adjustment does not work, again not fixed yet.

Rear seat belt mechanisms both intermittently stop you from being able to pull the belt out so you can put it on.

The UV joints in the steering colum corroded, luckily only needed a lube to get rid of stiffness. Will require replacing if the steering stops being direct.

The parking (hand) break keeps seizing, has been lubricateded once, but if not used regularly keeps reoccurring.

The oil pressure gauge only starts to work when the car has warmed up. I have been told that this is the sensor.

General Comments:

This car is a great mile muncher, comfortable smooth quiet powerful. Despite it's faults I can't stop looking for excuses to go for a drive.

As all British US car owners know these cars are not brilliant for UK roads, the reasons:

At slow speeds over uneven surfaces the ride is a bit neck snapping.

When I have the air con' switched on there is a noticeable drop in power which I didn't get with my Chevy.

Having said that you can drive this car sedately with a lazy attitude, or when you get it wound up it will fly. Just don't expect to beat the likes of a big German car off the line, but then it cost half the price.

The philosophy is simple, the feel of a luxury cruiser with the right engine and price tag, built like a focus.

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

Review Date: 10th January, 2007

27th Jan 2007, 02:28

This is built like a Euro Focus, not an American Focus. Major difference. The Euro Focuses are notably higher quality vehicles and very popular sedans.

27th Jan 2007, 10:50

Ford still ONLY sells the original Ford Focus in America (seven years after it was introduced and 10 years after it was first sold in Europe), a fact made even more ironic given Ford Europe just showed off the third generation Focus at the Detroit auto show, a version that has no immediate plans to come to the US.

1st Apr 2007, 23:38

According to The U.S. Department of Energy Fuel economy guide the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria does marginaly better than the 2001 Mercedes-Benz S600... but not by much.

20th Nov 2007, 16:22

I own a Crown Vic, and very much enjoy the space of the interior and the bit of normal yank luxury you get for your dosh.

The one I own comes with the standard motor and trans, but with upgrades, this honey won't blow away super hot hatches or hi tec performo motors, but with 2x bottles of NOS in the boot and hit the button, I'll give you a couple of black tyre lines and the rear end of my motor to look at, to say bye bye to!

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review