1997 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6 Liter from North America
A lot of car for the money, top notch reliability!
At 65,000 Miles, a front-end alignment was needed. Alignments do need to be done from time to time anyways, so this was not a real pain to deal with anyways. And the dealer payed for the alignment, so I cannot complain.
Other than that nothing else has gone wrong so far, and I got the car when it was 6 years old, so I feel that is good!
The car rides extremely smooth. The 4.6 liter V8 gives you plenty of power, though it could have more during takeoffs. This car is sort of slow "off the line", but that is the only downfall in the power department. At highway speeds, wind-noise is very minimal, and once you get up to speed, the engine is very quiet. During takeoffs, the engine produces the V8's signature throaty growl. And this being a rear-wheel drive car, there is no torque steer whatsoever no matter how hard you stomp on it, this is one reason why I will never drive a front-wheel drive car. Front-wheel drive cars have torque steer problems, where as rear-wheel drive cars do not. Passing is no problem in this car, and you can easily go 75 without the pedal being any more than a quarter of the way down. The seats are very comfortable, though not a perfect 10, so I gave them a 9. My other complaint is rear leg room is not as roomy as you would expect from such a large car. It is still roomier in the rear of the Crown Vic than in any other sedan I have been in however. Gas mileage is pretty good for a large V8 powered car, I average 20 miles per gallon. The trunk is definitely made for the mob, as you could fit six people in there easily (he hee). In reality I went to pick up a 6,000 BTU air conditioner and this only took up a quarter of the trunk, so in one word, it is a cavern. This is a great car for the money, reliability is great, power is awesome, insurance is cheap, and the gas mileage is pretty darn good for such a large car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2003
I agree. I own a 1997 LC Crown Victoria. Not only is it reliable, but it's fast as hell. I raced my buddy's 1994 Thunderbird off the line and his 2 door couldn't keep up with me.
I also have a 1997 Interceptor. It has 175000 miles on it and I know that's a lot. I do not know a lot about cars. My car also starts off slow then I'm happy once it shifts. But what worries me is this, is the car supposed to make the vroom sound as it's increasing in speed? My car goes vroom sort of loudly from 0 - 35MPH. It tends to make me think it's not going to make it to the 35MPH. Then once it hits 35MPH, the car jerks and the sound sort of tapers off and it's quiet. I'm worried because I don't know if that's a transmission problem or if the car really just sounds like that in the beginning. It also jerks a few times as I slow down. It's been doing that for many months, but I haven't had any problems with it mechanically. I've had a tune up done and oil change thinking that the jerk would stop. Just wanted to know if maybe the jerking and vrooming is associated with that year car. Has anyone else experiences the jerk and the vroom? Please let me know.
That jerking may be that you need to have the transmision filter and fluid changed. That's what kills Fords, their transmissions if you don't change the fluid in time.