1986 Ford Crown Victoria LTD 5.0 302 V8 from North America
A tank with couches in it!
Nothing so far.
In the sense of sheer beauty, it is not quite my 1979 Lincoln that I used to have, but it makes up for it!
I never expected the car to be so smooth. It takes bumps just as well - if not better - than any other car I have owned. It rides beautifully! I also never expected the cabin to be so silent, the only thing you hear is the engine.
In my Lincoln, I was spoiled with big cushy leather seats (anyone who had a 70's Lincoln knows what I'm talking about). So I wasn't expecting the cloth split bench to be nearly as comfortable. I tell you though, those seats are very very supportive and comfortable, I could take a nap in there (I can't of course... because I'm driving, haha).
I have to say though, it IS an attractive car. There is something about that old school simplicity that makes it beautiful. Some of my friends look at me strangely, because I'm 22 driving that car. I don't care of course, I love it!
Something that surprised me... was that 302 under the hood! I figured it would be fine, but not a race car. I was shocked... that thing MOVES. It's a fast car with a wonderful burly sound... a sound you can never get out of a 4 or 6 cylinder (you can come close, but no cigar). I have only had it for a week, but it seems like the gas mileage is good.
Handling is quite floaty, but that's the way I like it. It WILL corner though when you want it to. If you can get your hands on one... go for it! It's a wonderful car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2011
15th Dec 2011, 17:42
I wish they still made 'em like this, big and floaty. I have always loved the big American cars from the 70's and 80's. I recently traded my 2005 Park Avenue, which still had a nice floaty ride, reminiscent of this time, and beautiful throwback styling. I bought a brand new Lucerne, and am not happy with it at all. I will probably move to an SUV ASAP, since there aren't anymore true American cars left. What a disappointment.
30th Jan 2012, 01:12
These are great cars. I usually drive Chevys, but will admit my 1986 Crown Vic Sedan with a 351 was one of my favorite cars to drive ever.
Amazing on the highway, great handling, braking, performs very well.
Full size, RWD, boat-like and luxury ride like a Lincoln or Cadillac.
Not to mention the smooth ride, quiet cabin, comfortable interior for 6 adults, etc. I would buy one again in a heartbeat.
30th Jan 2012, 09:37
351 in an 86?
23rd Apr 2012, 17:15
Yes, the Crown Victorias had an optional 5.8 Carb motor in the 80s.
22nd Nov 2012, 17:37
ORIGINAL POSTER HERE:
Unfortunately, I have to sell the car (if anyone is interested, let me know). The car has now cost me near $5000 to repair. It turns out that the car was not taken care of, and it sat for way too long, and parts rusted out/dry-rotted. Now, the last thing to finally replace is the computer itself! It has caused me nothing but financial problems and heartburn, I have not enjoyed the car ONCE. It's the biggest financial mistake I have made yet. It's a shame, because it COULD be a nice car.
23rd Nov 2012, 11:34
That's the way to try and sell a car LOL.
24th Nov 2012, 08:03
Well... it IS a new car now, LOL. It runs beautifully now (because everything is new).