1988 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews - Page 5 of 5

1988 Ford Crown Victoria Country Squire Automatic from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Oldsmobile


Someone saw me coming


The first thing that happened when I bought this car, happened the next day when I was driving home from work. The coil, rotor and the electronic modulator all died at once.

Then I noticed an oil leak and a gas leak from under the hood.

General Comments:

The car has been reliable for the most part I just think that someone saw me coming when I bought this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th May, 2002

1988 Ford Crown Victoria LTD 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired287000 kilometres
Most recent distance310000 kilometres


The best first car a kid could get


Oil leak stated at about 292 000km. It has been getting worse since then. I now have to put one liter of oil in every 5 - 7 days. We believe the problem is in the head gasket.

Small steering fluid leak shortly after purchase.

Transmission was shot after freeing myself of a mud hole.

The water pump went at 303 000km and the fuel pump went shortly after that too. Both were caused by a collision with a dog.

Just reasently at 310 000km, my alternator went. This was caused by the stereo I installed.

General Comments:

For my first car this vehicle is a dream.

The 5.0 Mustang engine gives this luxury boat quite a ride.

The interior is very roomy and very comfortable.

With the way this car drives and handles, you may as well be on a yacht.

With the right accessories and some custom modifications this car become quite a pimping ride.

With the price tag of only $400 it was a sure buy for me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2001

17th Jul 2004, 11:29

Personally I like the look of the box body vic's more than the 92-97. I never owned a box, but I liked the looks better then my first car ('89 Chrysler fifth Ave. RWD). I now have a '99 Police Interceptor, which I love the looks of and love to drive. I've put almost 10,000 km on it in two months and with no problems and loved every minute of it.

I will own a V8 rwd as long as possible! Friends make fun of "my grandpa car" but I don't care what anybody else says. Everybody tells me I should buy an import because they are "so well designed, and fuel efficient." While in some aspects a little crude, I'm sure that this car will by far outlast pretty much any ricer.

23rd Nov 2004, 19:11

I glad to hear all you kids enjoying old cars, My first wagon was a 55 Ford Ranch Wagon, Then my parents got a 72 Mercury Wagon and then a 74 both with a 460. I could blow the doors off most anything in a good drag race. I now own an 1988 Country Squire,it blows oil and tranny fluid everywhere. I have a newer T-Bird, but still love to get out in the Squire. I recently blew the doors off a little Japanese model of some sort. He seemed shocked. Have fun and stay safe.

14th Dec 2004, 14:21

"Have fun and stay safe"-racing other cars on public roads?


2nd Jun 2006, 13:18

Well, I wouldn't exactly describe lead-sled station-wagon versus 2.0L FWD hairdryer off the green-light as "racing", but YMMV.

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