1996 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

1996 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor U.S. 4.6L, V8, 2 Valve, SOHC from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.6L, V8, 2 Valve, SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired126002 miles
Most recent distance133954 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

1.) Pittman arm bushings have cracked and worn.

2.) Idler arm bushings have become cracked and worn.

3.) Front shocks have become soft and began squeaking.

4.) Rear shocks are worn, but not as much as the fronts.

5.) Control arm linkage bushings have become worn.

6.) Ball joint bushings have become worn and dry.

7.) Front driver's side tire became bald on outer tread.

8.) Front passenger side tire became worn on both sides.

9.) Both of the rear tires have seen slight wear.

10.) Windshield has become cracked by road debris.

11.) Plastic on bumper tore slightly, from off-roading.

12.) I had to use the spare due to a nail puncture.

13.) Door panel on drivers side has become loose.

14.) None of the electric windows roll up or down.

15.) A/C does not work anymore because of R-134 leak.

16.) Right gauge panel light burnt out.

17.) Trip meter has seized to function properly.

General Comments:

I have owned this vehicle since January, 3rd of 2008, and it is now December, 15th of 2008 for me. For nearly 8000 miles, these are issues that I would expect from any car of decent quality that has over 130,000 miles on it, and I must say, this car has earned my respect.

The seats are too comfortable.

The car has horrible gas mileage in the city, but gets 27-29 MPG on the highway.

The car feels very sound and sturdy, it feels safe.

The car is extremely quick, and has excellent acceleration.

This is a great car, I know why Police agencies use it now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2008

25th Feb 2009, 21:06

I have a 1996 CVPI which just turned 100,000 actual miles. The car is in mint shape with the push bars and light still installed. The rear doors will not open from the inside, not child protection locks, and I like it that way, always tease my passengers I have to let the prisoner out. I love the power and how safe I feel driving it.

Judy, Akron, OH.

16th Jun 2011, 10:18

I have purchased 2 Ford P71 Interceptors. A 1996 and a 1998.

The 96 P71 is in better shape as it was a trainer with only 85,000 miles. There is a lot of differences between the two. I agree with the 96 being a smooth ride fast responsive handling not only quick but fast. The little 4.6 (281 CID) delivers a nasty punch for what it is. If you look at the power to weight ratio to the Cheverolet package, the Ford really does beat it. This 96 Ford has a lot of weight reduction.

My wife had a Caprice police special and claims the Ford P71 is the better performer. This is a very good family car because of the ride, room and power.

The family sleeper.

1996 Ford Crown Victoria Police Intercepter 4.7 V8 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.7 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance154000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Money pit

Faults:

The cat-converters blew up.

The fuel pump died.

Transmission would shift rough, and bang and clank through gears.

Auto windows were moody and only worked when they felt like it.

The car had a good size oil leak.

Broken blend door actuator and AC unit.

Numerous electrical issues.

General Comments:

I bought my 96 Crown Victoria in 2007. It looked really cool because it was an ex-cop car.

The car drove fine for about four months and then everything just began to break.

The check engine light was on, and when I took it to a shop they said that the cat-converters were shot, and that it would cost about 1500 bucks to replace (car had four cats).

Around Xmas, whenever I turned on the defroster, the turn signal fuse blew, and eventually the high-beams quit working too.

The A/C was totally non-existent, which made driving in the summer tedious.

The auto windows were temperamental and the car burned as much oil as it did gas.

The fuel economy was pathetic, a military tank does better on gas.

Its only redeeming quality was that it was very fast and people moved out of my way.

The car didn't even last a year. Very disappointing considering it was "Built to Last". What a joke.

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

Review Date: 24th August, 2008

26th Aug 2008, 20:09

Keep in mind, your car was previously used by the police. They don't exactly drive their cars gently... Try a civilian model next time, it will likely last a lot longer.

30th Aug 2008, 00:53

I'm sorry about your problems, Crown Victoria's run 16 hour days for 5 years or more, the air conditioner is run endlessly. When cars are taken out of service they sometimes just cut certain wires instead of disconnecting equipment. These are the most under rated cars on the market.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 15 reviews