2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6
The feel of a luxury cruiser with the right engine and price tag, built like a focus
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!