1994 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

1994 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance192011 miles

Summary:

It may look like a big piece of crap, but it's a phenomenal vehicle!

Faults:

Left passenger side speaker no longer works.

Transmission went out around 160000 miles and was subsequently replaced.

Ignition was replaced once a long time ago.

Aside from these things, absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the car that we would consider outside the realm of normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

I bought this car new in August of 1994. I never would have thought that it would still be in my driveway today. The Crown Victoria may be a dinosaur of a vehicle, but it is without question the best and most useful one I have had. Extremely comfortable, very powerful, and overall very reliable.

Aside from the one time when the transmission went out, this car has never let me down on the road or failed to start. In fact it was my only car until 2003, and I used it to commute an hour and a half to work daily.

It is truly a special car, and I am convinced that it was built with more care than either my 2003 Taurus or the 2009 Civic EX coupe, which I purchased a few months ago. In fact I am very disappointed with the Civic, I happen to think it's a piece of junk. The thought of selling this car would never cross my mind. I would recommend it to anyone, especially as a first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2009

28th Nov 2009, 22:53

My first car was a '92 CV... It died once because of a bad fuel-pump sending unit. Other than that, a very good car to own.

29th Nov 2009, 08:20

I couldn't agree more that the Civic is an enormous come-down from a Crown Vic. Small, cramped, tinny, plasticky, delicate, and so forth. Those of us who got used to driving full-framed, rear-wheel drive, V8 cars in our youth are really going to suffer when they're finally all gone, and we have to drive the modern garbage.

1994 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6 from North America

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired79500 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Love the Crown Vic family in general, it is and always will be my favorite

Faults:

The EGR valve has gotten stuck open.

Burning oil every 800 to 1200 miles.

Seeing tufts of white smoke from the exhaust.

General Comments:

Handles beautifully, such as control and pick-up.

Beautiful car, all Detroit metal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2009

15th Mar 2009, 22:07

"Seeing tufts of white smoke from the exhaust."

Time for new valve-seals.

1994 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6L V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Faults:

Ball joints L & R 2002, L 2004, R 2005. ($150 each)

Brake pads and rotors (front and rear), 2002, 2004, 2006. (pads $30 pair, rotors $85 each, each time)

Brake line 2003 ($1200)

Air conditioner was repaired 4 times by the previous owner, failed again in 2002.

Power window cable failed. The $0.30 part cannot be purchased without the rest of the assembly ($400)

Transmission line wore trough due to design where it rubs against the suspension. ($350)

Intermittent wipers work... intermittently. So does the climate control, signal lights, digital cluster lights and check engine light. Dealer not sure where the problem is, is willing to try to fix it, but cannot say if this is one problem or many, how many hours this will take or the worse case scenario bill for repair. He will gladly attempt the repair and bill me $100 an hour until it's fixed, but cannot promise anything.

Road noise is not an issue as it cannot be heard over the squeaks and rattles of the interior.

General Comments:

Before purchasing the vehicle I did my research on this and other sites and chose a CV over others due to favourable reviews. I guess my mistake was to get a luxury model with air suspension, digital cluster, automatic lights, traction control and "regular" (read sub-par) brakes as opposed to the Police Interceptor model.

The good: you can fit anything in a CV, you can tow anything (including a building) in a CV, you will slow traffic down to a crawl in a CV so it feels like it's the fastest thing on the road. You can stretch out on a back seat, you can fit 6 normal size adults comfortably inside and 30 or so golf bags in the trunk. Excellent on long trips. It will survive a frontal collision with a tank. It will smoke a Honda Civic with a coffee can exhaust while towing a trailer. It has a radio.

The bad: Cannot take corners any faster then 35 km/h when it's dry. Cannot take corners any faster then 25 km/h when it's wet. Cannot take corners any faster then 5 km/h when it's snowing.

It will refuse to drive in the snow. I'm serious... It's equipped with traction control system that cannot be turned off on a 1994 model (this was fixed in later model years), which applies brakes to the rear wheels when wheel spin is detected. This means that the car will not move up the hill in the snow and it will refuse to start moving on a level surface if standing on ice. I had to purchase studded winter tires to use it in the winter (studded tires are illegal where I live)

Cannot brake. The breaking distance of this vehicle is far longer then any other car I know. I can only compare it to a Uhaul moving truck I once driven. On top of that, applying the brakes hard will warp the rotors in less than 10 000 Km. According to Ford, hard breaking should be avoided.

It takes ~80L of gas to fill it up and with careful driving that will last almost 400 km in the city and a whopping 600 highway.

Adding oil requires a funnel, adding transmission fluid requires a double jointed funnel. Changing the spark plugs is next to impossible, removing the oil filter requires turning the wheels to the left to achieve necessary clearance (this wee bit of info is missing from the manual).

My Honda civic is nearing the 300 000km mark it is driven on average 40K Km a year and over the last 4 years it cost $90 to fix. CV is driven 10K Km a year and the maintenance cost over the last 4 was in excess of $2000.

I’ll trade it for a Japanese car with twice the mileage in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st August, 2006

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 18 reviews