1985 Ford Crown Victoria LX 302 cu in. V8 from North America
I understand now, why they have such a long history as police and taxi cars
Intake manifold gasket (typical for all 302's; fix it right away, that will be the end of that; don't ignore it or you'll destroy one of the best marvels of modern engineering ever built).
I love the car, I bought it from a dealership in Akron, OH. They couldn't sell the car and had it for nearly a year. So they put her in back and shut the gate thinking it would someday have to go to auction. The very weekend I started looking they lowered the price to try to get rid of it. I was the only bite after a week. I paid 1205 tax, title, etc and out the door.
Since buying the car, I've traveled long distances and short daily. I love her to death, my wife not so much though (she likes her Chevy Astro), but I enjoy the sound of that old V8 and how smooth it runs. I've seen brand new engines that had rougher idles than that old beast. The mileage is actual (Carfax report verified), it was owned by one other person, and then has been pretty much sitting in a field ever since.
I don't get great gas mileage, but then I don't expect it either, City is always 15 whether I'm hard on it or not. Highway varies by the direction the wind is blowing, but usually 18-22.
She's not fast, either, (0-60 in about 11 seconds) (some kids would think her quick, but I've owned sports cars and driven fast, I know what fast really means) but off the line up to about 40MPH I will admit that the torque piles on quickly to make for one heckuva tire burn.
Great car, couldn't ask for one better. I believe it's a true blessing, and I'm grateful I found something I don't have to fix every weekend.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th May, 2010
5th May 2010, 22:48
Lucky find! Hope you take good care of her. When I was younger, I found a '79 LTD with 40,000 original miles and totally took it for granted and ran her into the ground. 1979 was the first year of that same chassis you got right now, and went on til the early 90's. To call it an engineering marvel is an understatement.
6th May 2010, 01:46
Bravo on an excellent choice my friend! I am a, (more than words can describe),extremely satisfied 20 year old owner and commander of two luxury liners: A 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis LS, and a pristine 1998 Ford Crown Victoria.
I am disgusted by the overstressed sound of fours and sixes, so nothing gives me goosebumps or gets my blood pumping more than to hear the deep, mighty growl of my torque-laden V8.
I don't know if anyone else noticed, but I love the jet-like whine these cars have when starting out in first. The Chevy Caprices had that sound too.
My other major loves about these fine automobiles are the three-box shape, gear selector on the column, where it should be (looks much more elegant) and of course, the body-on-frame solidity and safeness. And with their solid axle and RWD, the cars are basically trucks underneath. There is NO unibody disposable that I would take over this in a crash.
Pretty soon I think I'll either go for another Grand Marquis or maybe have fun and pick up a P71 Interceptor. If I ever won the lotto, I would buy a brand new Lincoln Town Car Signature L, the one that's six inches longer. Aw come on, I'd buy 1000! And a nice cherry red 1959 Chevy Bel-Air.
Keep supporting real cars, and have fun!