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