1986 Ford Crown Victoria LX Station Wagon 5.0 EFI V8 from North America
Family wants for nothing
Dual exhaust recently rusted out and had to be replaced from catalytic converters back.
Power locks don't work in rear doors.
Rust starting under rocker panels.
Bad oil leak from valve gaskets.
Fuel gauge is spotty.
This is a great family car.
The engine has plenty of get-up-and-go, and enough room for three kids, two dogs and all the accompanying luggage.
We're nearing 240,000 miles and looking for another 1986 wagon to stablemate with this one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th July, 2004
13th May 2010, 16:10
I recently bought a 1985 Crown Vic LTD Wagon as well, from the daughter of the original owner. Talked it down to $750, put $3100 into it, and it's great!
Only storage, no seats in the rear, but it's all good. Beige color, we use it on the weekends/grocery time. Love it! It's my "bucket car", the 3 kids and wife love the room. Door behind me lost the doorlock in the frame, and sometimes the car "jerks" when around 65 mph on a certain highway (what's up with that?), but it's still a great ride. Just load and go.
Moving to Yuma is fall (live in San Diego now), hoping to do some "Griswald" family adventures between that time. Want to add stuff to the wagon, but it just looks so good now to me, maybe tint the back windows for the AZ sun. Glad we have it, yes, I've turned into my dad, and it feels awesome. :)
13th May 2010, 23:41
I fondly remember renting an '85 Crown Vic wagon for a vacation back in '85. That was when we were young and carefree and didn't worry as much about tickets. On one lonesome, desolate stretch of road, I set the cruise on 100 and left it there for about 50 miles. It seemed so effortless and smooth. I loved those big barges.
15th May 2010, 22:23
"sometimes the car "jerks" when around 65 mph on a certain highway (what's up with that?), but it's still a great ride."
Sounds like the throttle valve (TV) needs to be adjusted. You should also upgrade to a brass TV grommet. The plastic grommet can break, which holds the cable to the throttle-body. Premature transmission failure will be the end result... For more tech data, please visit www.grandmarq.net.