1991 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1991 Ford Crown Victoria LTD 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Fastest car I have ever owned and handled like a dream

Faults:

Alternator went at about 75,000. It only has a five digit odometer, but I do not believe it rolled over. I blew the engine after playing with it too much.

General Comments:

This car was incredible when I owned it. The car only had 155 horsepower, but the 5.0 liter engine pushed out about 130 miles an hour. I'm sure I could have gotten it up higher, but you only have so much straight road in Massachusetts, and this car is a boat, so it takes a little while to top out.

This car was used by the Ipswich town police so it had the 140 mile per hour certified calibration speedometer, which by itself shows it is a quick car.

I saw "The Fast And The Furious" and was disgusted with the imported cars they had topping out at 140. They put about ten thousand dollars into their engines, and did that with nitrous oxide, and I just laughed and remembered my Vic just about did that stock from the factory.

I would recommend this to any beginning driver. I would challenge any person to drive this car and say they do not like it. Any Teen would claim this car to be a great ride.

Its comfort is what really drew me to it. I actually fell asleep at the wheel it was so comfortable. Its cloth interior makes 4 hour drives to Vermont seem like a Sunday cruise. Speaking of cruise, the quick ratio steering, which makes it feel like you aren't even touching the steering wheel, and the excellent responsive cruise control, make it seem like you aren't even driving. I am not exaggerating at all. This is and will probably always be the most comfortable car you will drive.

Being a typical teen, I put a great sound system in this beast of a car. This sound system only included about 400 watts, but because of the quality, the wattage doesn't matter too much. I had two Rockford sub-woofers in the trunk, and another thing I love about the car is that the sound carried so well. The trunk is large enough to fit about 4 or 5 people in it, so the sound was incredible.

I also love speed, so sawed off my mufflers and the tone and resonance was incredible. The only problem was the back-pressure was so decreased that the engine began to backfire and the lifters in the engine started to go. I never payed attention to this, but this eventually became so bad that on one day, while taking one of those 4 hour trips back from Vermont, I tested the limits of my car yet again, but threw a rod while doing 120 on the highway.

I grew so attached to that car that I had to go out and get another one. I recently purchased a 1991 Crown Victoria (it couldn't be any other year because I love the style), but this one now has the police package with a 351 5.8 liter engine and a POSI rear end. I can't tell you how much fun I will have in this car.

The only reason I rated this car a 7 instead of a ten for reliability is because of the blown engine, but I do agree it was entirely my fault. If I hadn't messed around it would have been fixable in any case, just like all true American cars. This car is definitely a ten in my book and I don't think I will ever go with a different one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2003

22nd Oct 2009, 21:49

I will agree it's a nice ride, but my 5.0 goes nowhere near 100 mph. Just 85 mph went on a highway that was basically straight. It took a while to get upto 85, but didn't go no faster (85 mph speedometer). My mom was next to me in her Grand Prix and verified with her speedometer that's as fast as I got..

I am highly disappointed with my gas mileage; only getting around 8-9 MPG (as opposed to the what was is 12/19 city/highway rating I saw somewhere..) Even with a tune up and what not. This is a HUGE expense for me coming from a 97 Grand Prix with a 3.8.

1991 Ford Crown Victoria S 5.8Liter 351Winsor from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.8Liter 351Winsor Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Big old boat with lots of power

Faults:

The car came with an exhaust leak which I thought was one the exhaust headers. It turned out to be something on the intake manifold that was leaking so all I had to do was tighten two bolts and the problem was solved.

It was leaking oil when I bought it and I still don't know what the problem is. I removed the oil cooler, tightened the valve covers and it's still leaking oil (front driver side of engine).

The car came with the air conditioning not working and I doubt I'll fix it.

General Comments:

My car came with the full police package and handles like a dream for the old boat (just as good as my dad's 2000 Grand Marquis).

The 351 is a gas guzzler, but it feels so good to hear it purr when you step on it.

The interior is in perfect condition, no cracks, tears, or missing components.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

6th Feb 2005, 15:40

You said that you couldn't fix the oil leak? Try replacing the valve cover gaskets. Sometimes the gaskets are so bad that they will leak regardless of how tight they are.

31st Jan 2013, 01:15

I pulled the entire engine and ordered a complete engine gasket set. It appears the oil cooler lines were leaking; took it off car, screwed oil filter directly to the block.

Repainted the entire engine Ford blue, replaced all gaskets (including head gaskets).

New water pump, fuel pump, power steering, plugs, wires, hoses, etc.

Now in the process of rebuilding the venturi carb.

An old man had the car sitting for 5 or 6 years.

Changed trans fluid and filter (re-torque the trans filter to 11 inch pounds or no overdrive).

The car has 93500 miles on it! It's a detective car. A great car; safe, powerful and fast. Has a 25 gallon gas tank! Just needed some TLC. Good luck.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews