1998 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L V8 from North America
Great car for a great price
The lighting behind the temperature controls has been out since about a month since I had it, and seems to be on the same fuse as the lighter adapter, which is also out. I haven't needed the lighting or the adapter, so it hasn't been fixed, but would be simple. I don't blame Ford for this... it probably occurred when the police equipment was being removed.
Had to have Ford reprogram the computer around 90,000 miles due to the timing program getting problems.
Inner door panel of driver door is cracking at the back end level with the handle.
Panel containing controls in driver door pops out slightly and needs to be pushed in on entry. Possibly mechanic damage from when the rear window controls were reconnected.
Cup holder vibrates badly while braking hard if a heavy cup is not in it while in the "out" position.
This car is the most satisfying car I've ever owned.
Despite the faults above (which appear to be a singular quirk. The other 1998 Police Interceptor I owned didn't have driver door problems), it's very reliable, and with short downtime to fix what did happen.
Gets decent mileage for a V-8.
Handles great at unreasonable speeds.
Stock speakers are pretty decent.
The cup holder positioning isn't perfect, and the vibration can be annoying when braking hard.
Very safe from my experience in high speed front-end crashes.
Traction control system can be annoying when starting from a stop on gravel roads.
Air conditioner is great in the Texas heat.
Runs very quietly.
Good top speed, good acceleration when already in motion (i.e. for passing)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd October, 2002