1998 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews - Page 3 of 5

1998 Ford Crown Victoria P71 4.6L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles
Previous carDodge Dakota

Summary:

Fantastic, reliable, a pleasure to own/drive

Faults:

The only issues I have had with the car were due to Police department modifications, and the light control module started to go. I've put $300 into this car the entire time I've owned it.

I owned a 99 Dakota before this; it was riddled with problems. I've owned the Crown Vic twice as long, and it hasn't had a fraction of the problems that truck developed.

General Comments:

This is by far the best car I have ever owned. Absolutely reliable, comfortable to drive, and very good on gas for a 4000+ pound car. It's very difficult for a person my height (6'5") to find a car that is truly comfortable and not cramped to drive. The Crown Vic delivers on all fronts for me.

Accommodating, smooth handling, decently fast, turning at unreasonable speeds, it is second to none, gas mileage, inexpensive and extremely easy to maintain, all around the best bang for the buck.

If you like big, comfortable cars, this is the car for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2009

1998 Ford Crown Victoria P71 4.6L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.6L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired326000 kilometres
Most recent distance326052 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Parisienne

Summary:

Dependable workhorse that doesn't give one inch

Faults:

Needed a tune up when first bought.

Needed tires.

Needed radio.

Seat joint was broken from cops going in and out.

Seeds and leaves in the air filter box.

Key doesn't work in the trunk.

General Comments:

Even though I had some problems, it is an excellent mode of transport.

Lots of power.

Great fuel economy.

Lots of room.

Tough as nails.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2009

1st Apr 2009, 17:58

You noted that your key did not work in the trunk. Is it possible that it is a valet key? I realize that this was a police car, but if you had additional keys made, they may have been valet keys. If the glove box on your example locks, you could try locking it and opening it (making sure everything is taken out from it, of course, if it doesn't work).

1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX-HPP 4.6 SOHC 16-Valve from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.6 SOHC 16-Valve Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired13250 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

The Best Car Ever

Faults:

Fuel vapor canisters clogged twice; this caused the car to lightly buck and sometimes stall out and make a weird humming noise from the rear. The dealer repaired under emissions warranty.

Intake manifold developed a small crack at the thermostat housing. Replaced it with a revised intake manifold. Cost was $400 parts and labor.

The LX-HPP has an HVAC climate control system that fails. This is a common probelm and is located in the blend door. Dealer replaced under warranty- but had to remove the dash. Keep that in mind if you are considering a Crown Victoria with the HVAC climate control.

The OEM and replacement Eagle LS tires were a disgrace. Replaced with Goodyear Ultra Grips and couldn't have been happier with their performance.

The quality of the leather interior wasn't that great. The leather became stained from clothing.

General Comments:

This was the most reliable vehicle I had ever puchased. I regret getting rid of this car. It never let me down!

Handling and perfromance (LX-HPP) package merged luxury comfort of air suspension and wood finish interior with heavy-duty police package handling and power. It was a very nice touch!

The Crown Vic had the largest overall space. The interior has more than enought room for large adults and plenty of trunk space.

This vehicle is inexpensive to run, maintain, and insure. It had great mileage for a 4,000 lbs. vehicle!

The resale value on these cars is terrible. You lose $10,000 by driving a new one off the dealer lot. I wouldn't buy a new one: I would search for a low mileage used one. I bought mine in early-2001 for $15,000 with only 13,000 miles on the clock. Original MSRP was around $30,000.

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

Review Date: 20th October, 2006

1998 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor 4.6L V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.6L V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired195000 kilometres
Most recent distance199707 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

I think this car is the best bang for the buck

Faults:

I had to change the tires because it still had the police tires on it.

It has a small oil leak from the oil pan gasket, but that will be a cheap fix.

I had to get new mufflers and tail pipes because the pipes were pinched above the axle.

General Comments:

This car is the best car I have ever owned. It has great mid range torque and the handling and brakes are unreal.

I paid $2,500 for the car and I always ask people what other 1998 car with this kind of power can you buy for under $3,000.

I love driving it around and seeing people grab for their seat belt or slam on their brakes when they see me coming, I laugh when they get pissed when they see its not the cops.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2006

20th Oct 2007, 19:03

Why did you have to change the tires. I am looking to buy one and it has the police tires on it. Are they illegal or something?

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 16 reviews