1988 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

1988 Ford Crown Victoria LTD LX 5.0 HO from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.0 HO Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The most beautiful, low maintenance, big, classic, cheap car you will ever find

Faults:

I got the car for under $2000, the body was in good condition as well as the interior. It ran beautifully, like a boat/Cadillac.

Had to fix the brakes, all new brakes all the way around, changed the belts (all for under $400), a few months later around 88k miles, my upper radiator hose blew on the freeway. New hoses installed and no problem since.

The tranny linkage is off, and has been since I got the car. All this means is all the gears are one off to the left, so drive is 1, overdrive is drive, neutral is reverse, no biggy.

Changed the tranny fluid because it started to slip, no problem since.

Nearly 30k miles later and no major repairs were needed. Very reliable, more reliable than my old Honda Civic of the same year.

General Comments:

This car turns heads constantly. It has a huge trunk so I put a huge sub and amp of course.

It's a huge, fully metal car. Its the newest old school ride you can get and feel like you're driving a tank. If you crash into something, it smashes, this car will not. It is a solid steel frame and body, no crumple points. I've been a jerk and have bumped my friends in their smaller cars, to see them fly around the inside of their car, and for me it felt like a speed bump. I often create my own roads while driving. No worries on off road, or over curbs. Drive through anything.

The interior is huge and comfortable as hell, it's like driving while sitting on a giant couch. Perfect for a romantic night at the drive ins, or at the beach. Me and my girlfriend sleep in it often on long trips, or overnight trips to the beach. Very comfy.

For a V8 and a big metal car, the gas mileage isn't too bad at all. I've gotten 22mpgs driving on the freeway at 75 for about an hour. Not so nice on the streets, about 13 for the streets and 15-18 mixed, depending on how you drive it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2010

4th Jun 2010, 14:17

"I've been a jerk and have bumped my friends in their smaller cars, to see them fly around the inside of their car, and for me it felt like a speed bump."

That's hilarious, man. I love it. I really enjoyed this review and I love the big old cars, may they rest in peace.

1988 Ford Crown Victoria 5.0 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance240000 miles
Previous carMercury Marquis

Summary:

Awesome, reliable, sturdy vehicle

Faults:

Fuel pump, repeatedly. The only Achilles heel. Best to invest in a high-dollar pump ($180 Bosch), as the cheap ones are unreliable.

Brakes.

Starter.

Two alternators.

Radiator, heater core.

Just basic repair and maintenance. WAY cheaper than making car payments.

General Comments:

In 1996, I drove my Marquis into a lake, so my dad gave me this car (his old company car, he had it from 60,000-120,000 miles).

In 1997 I pulled out in front of an Escort and totaled the Escort. I drove away.

In 2003 I rear ended a Nissan at 50 MPH and demolished the Nissan (my front end was a little crooked, didn't even break any lights). The cop was amazed "This thing is a tank!" he said.

I have driven this thing around town, and from Louisiana to L.A., and back three times across the southwest desert in May and August, when I was in law school.

The A/C has always been ice cold. The heater core went out in 1998, and I never replaced it (I live in Louisiana, it's moot). This car has treated me better than I can ever express.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2006

12th Apr 2007, 17:58

I really like your review. My wife and I are looking at buying one of these (actually a 1990 model, but virtually identical). A couple of years ago we bought a late model import, a nice enough car, good on gas, but it's bland, not very comfortable, and the monthly payments are killing us. The Crown Vic sounds perfectspecially since we do a lot of long distance driving.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 13 reviews