1989 Ford Crown Victoria LX 5.0 Litre from North America


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New Muffler, tailpipe and catalytic converters were cut out.

Poor heater output when it is cold. I don't mean -15 Celsius, but at -30 Celsius.

General Comments:

After the tune up I did and your basic service and catalytic converters were removed I was so impressed with the 31 MPG on the highway for this size of care. Why would you go to a Civic? I don't think it is to save money. However, I would buy one 'cause they are easy to drive, but I wouldn't because of 92 cents/Litre. Cost per mile people I believe overlook. "Yeah let's spend $20 000 to save $600 a year on gas." That makes a whole lot of sense.

Smooth ride and I can kick back on the highway in comfort. I think people have forgotten about comfort. Not just Vics, but of how most were built back then.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st July, 2005

23rd Jul 2005, 09:36

Yes I get 30 MPG on mine too. Imperial MPG. Some people just don't know the difference.

6th Aug 2005, 18:17

First of all I see there is somebody else that disagrees with the mileage I had stated. That is your lack of ability to pay attention to what is written above. Cruising down the highway at 110 km/hour it will. You notice how I did not say 69 MPH. You think maybe that 31 MPG would then mean Imperial Gallons? I think so. Sorry to read that you get crummy mileage on your '92. I think those are the 4.6 L motor? Simplicity is always better therefore I wish they still made the 5L motor. (That is a 302 cu. in. for you yanks). As I stated earlier, although I don't think it was sent through, it doesn't matter to me if it is metric or not. Just that you need to pay attention to the details. 31 MPG...31 MPG... just in case you missed it?...31MPG.

1989 Ford Crown Victoria LTD 5.0 EFI V8 from North America


Great American car, V8 power, safe, great road trip car


The tranny didn't shift into over drive well, so my dad and I changed the fluid and filter. That was a bad idea!!! The darn thing wouldn't shift past second gear after that (it was a 4spd with over drive).

When jacking it up to take the tranny out for a service, the frame broke. This is due to not being under coated when it was new; a car just doesn't last 14 years in New York without being under coated.

General Comments:

I got this car for free. She had about 90K miles on it when I got her.

The 5.0L engine ran great, the ride was super, and when I waxed the paint, she really looked great. It was metallic silver.

The person that owned the Crown Victoria before me said that she never had much trouble with it, but sadly by the time I got the car, it had been exposed to 14 or 15 salty central NY winters. The body didn't rust much at all, but the frame was like aluminum foil in spots, and in other spots, the frame just wasn't there (not kidding).

If you can find one of these 80's or early 90's cars, that has a southern history, then get it. But you have to expect one main thing to be replaced in the car at or before 100k. And that is the electronically controlled 4 speed tranny. If the stock tranny doesn't hold up, then I would recommend using a Mustang tranny for a replacement.

I also had a 89 Grand Marque (same thing as a Crown Vic), but the guy that sold it to me was very dishonest!! The tranny stopped shifting past 2nd gear on my way home with it.

I drove the car for about 1 month, had tranny trouble, the frame broke, and had to sell the engine to a kid for his Ford Mustang.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2004

17th Mar 2005, 20:25

I said that a mustang trans would be a good replacement for the 4spd. what I meant is the 5spd stick shift trans from the mustang, I know of 1 older Vic with a mustang stick shift trans in it.

7th Sep 2005, 09:10

I just inherited my grandma's '89 LTD Crown Victoria LX. It literally was driven by a little old lady, it was kept in the garage and the oil was changed every 3 months even though she only put 5k miles on it per year, the tires were rotated annually and it had a tune up annually. She looks and drives and rides like new! The only thing is that she is on her 3rd tranny. If this one goes I will look into replacing it with the mustang one.

The only physical problem is that the last 6 months she sat in my dad's side yard in Florida. 6 months of Florida sun, sand, and salt faded her horribly (maroon faded to a dull red). But thanks to Maguire's car products it brought the vinyl top and the paint and the dash back to her showroom shine!!!