1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4.6 V8 from North America
I love this car more than anyone, or anything!
Not one single thing. Only replaced tires.
Well it's about time I right a review! I've been visiting this site and leaving comments since 2004, so here goes.
I have always loved the the styling and construction of larger vehicles, so the Crown Vic came as a natural. My previous cars were a 1987 Chrysler Fifth Avenue that I purchased in December 2005, and a 1985 Chevy Suburban 3/4 ton that I purchased in July 2007.
My current vehicles include a 91' Mercedes 300E (wish I had never purchased it) and a 95' Grand Marquis, and of course my favorite: my beautiful Vic.
Ever since I was 14 (I'm 21 now) I've always wanted a Crown Vic, or any of the Panther cars, so in September 2008 I finally purchased one.
Mine was always garage kept by an older couple and washed and waxed religiously, hence the reason as to why the gorgeous black paint frame rails etc. are flawless. And I reside in NorthEast Ohio.
Now here are my main favorites about this type of vehicle.
(1) Body-on-frame construction, superior to uni-body junk for safety and durability. I was involved in a collision in my Marquis with a 2008 Malibu. I drove away with a dented fender, while the Malibu was totalled.
(2) Solid axle just like a truck and very durable, can hop a little on uneven bumps though.
(3) A-arm front suspension just like a truck.
(4) Styling, oh man do I love the long and lean look and the tail lights have a mean look to them. Why are cars getting so fat, stubby, and chunky nowadays.
(5) I think the column shifter looks so much classier than a floor unit, and it makes for six passenger seating.
(6) The styling of the car in general. Like how the dash has all manner of elegant curves and such.
Now for the V8. Yes it could put out more power for its size, but don't ever question its reliability. I've been in many taxis with 300-400,000 miles average, and they ran flawlessly. It puts out gobs of torque at low rpm however, and I've shamed many Toyotas and Hondas, and that V8 sounds like heaven when working too. Deep and burly, not like the above blenders.
When you're starting out in first gear, the transmission makes that wonderful whine that Caprices, Delta 88's and pretty much all heavy-duty transmissions do.
I plan on getting Flowmasters and maybe some police rims (I love that black, clean look), and I might get a front end from the 98'-02' Grand Marquis, as I love how they have that smiling, happy look. The Crown Vic kinda looks sad.
Also these cars can tow some major poundage too. My Grand Marquis is listed to tow 5,000, while my Vic manual says 2,000. I guess the accountants took over in the later years.
Anyway, I hope to hear from you other Panther owners, and you can guarantee that I'll never part from my Crown Vic. Global warming is a hoax, and screw gas mileage!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd July, 2010
You're going to put a Grand Marq front end on a CV?
Seems like it would be a whole lot easier and cheaper to have just bought a Grand Ma to begin with..
I have always wanted a Crown Vic since I was ten. I'm twenty-five now, and I am getting ready to get my fourth one in the coming weeks. Mine was totaled in an accident a little over a month ago. These cars are great, solid, safe and reliable (besides the 2000's).