1997 Ford Crown Victoria Base 4.6 from North America
No more tailgaters
Intake manifold cracked where heater hose connects in the rear.
Keep getting a PO171 code - still trying to track it down, no luck so far.
Replaced gas tank - didn't need to buy strap studs, found an easy way to install = $90.
Fuel pressure sensor on tank snapped off during removal = $70.
Replaced front brakes and rotors - previous owner installed them backwards = $100.
Right tail light wiring harness shorted out = $25.
Top mount brake light out = $5.
All around shocks needed replaced - like riding a roller coaster.
Whole exhaust replaced from after cat = $150.
I'd think twice before buying another version of this car, but I can't be too disappointed, I do live in the salt belt so most cars don't make it 10-15 years here before rust takes over. Probably going to derby this pig sometime.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th March, 2017
11th Mar 2017, 22:13
The drivetrain in these Panther cars will outlast the body by a long shot.
12th Mar 2017, 16:05
Unless you have a garage.
15th Mar 2017, 21:04
"No more tailgaters" = oil burner.
18th Mar 2017, 11:13
Absolutely. These were commonly used for high speed chase vehicles. Nobody would chance tailgating them for fear of a ticket. I had a new 99, in white. It was amazing seeing approaching cars slowing down quick and dipping their hoods. Thought I was a state trooper. I had a few of these and the Marquis for company cars. Very reliable, roomy and comfortable. Maybe the styling was a bit old fashioned, but they were free to drive. No insurance or repairs or depreciation. You can grow fond of that. And use the money saved to buy a fun new weekend car.