2001 Ford Crown Victoria 4.6 V8 from North America

Summary:

Well-designed rear-wheel-drive American car

Faults:

2 of the tires had slow leaks (suspected to be through the mounting area. I was told it is a notorious feature of these aluminum rims).

Brake warning light came on without cause at 45k; checked all 4 disc brakes, the master reservoir & pump, all in good working condition, no leak.

Parking brake cable is not frozen. (A bad switch? The mechanic did not bother to check further, & assured me the brakes work fine)

Battery went dead after months of sitting, due to the anti-theft system constantly using electricity.

General Comments:

The ride is very comfortable & smooth.

Many standard features, such as cruise control, ABS, traction control, electrical compass, auto-dim rear view mirror, etc., all highly desirable.

Repair cost is low -- parts availability is high, & the car is designed for easy services, no odd tools needed, no awkward positioning of components.

Highway gas mileage is surprisingly high -- 27mpg, great for a car this size. Mixed with city driving, it drops to only 21mpg though; still not bad for a V8 luxury car. This is a car built for long, highway driving.

It is rear wheel drive. Maneuvering is a bit tricky if you are used to front wheel drive cars nowadays.

There are not many storage compartments, other than a glove box.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2011

2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

The feel of a luxury cruiser with the right engine and price tag, built like a focus

Faults:

The rear passenger air vents don't work, not essential so not fixed yet.

One of the rear view mirrors power adjustment does not work, again not fixed yet.

Rear seat belt mechanisms both intermittently stop you from being able to pull the belt out so you can put it on.

The UV joints in the steering colum corroded, luckily only needed a lube to get rid of stiffness. Will require replacing if the steering stops being direct.

The parking (hand) break keeps seizing, has been lubricateded once, but if not used regularly keeps reoccurring.

The oil pressure gauge only starts to work when the car has warmed up. I have been told that this is the sensor.

General Comments:

This car is a great mile muncher, comfortable smooth quiet powerful. Despite it's faults I can't stop looking for excuses to go for a drive.

As all British US car owners know these cars are not brilliant for UK roads, the reasons:

At slow speeds over uneven surfaces the ride is a bit neck snapping.

When I have the air con' switched on there is a noticeable drop in power which I didn't get with my Chevy.

Having said that you can drive this car sedately with a lazy attitude, or when you get it wound up it will fly. Just don't expect to beat the likes of a big German car off the line, but then it cost half the price.

The philosophy is simple, the feel of a luxury cruiser with the right engine and price tag, built like a focus.

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

Review Date: 10th January, 2007

27th Jan 2007, 02:28

This is built like a Euro Focus, not an American Focus. Major difference. The Euro Focuses are notably higher quality vehicles and very popular sedans.

27th Jan 2007, 10:50

Ford still ONLY sells the original Ford Focus in America (seven years after it was introduced and 10 years after it was first sold in Europe), a fact made even more ironic given Ford Europe just showed off the third generation Focus at the Detroit auto show, a version that has no immediate plans to come to the US.

1st Apr 2007, 23:38

According to The U.S. Department of Energy Fuel economy guide the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria does marginaly better than the 2001 Mercedes-Benz S600... but not by much.

20th Nov 2007, 16:22

I own a Crown Vic, and very much enjoy the space of the interior and the bit of normal yank luxury you get for your dosh.

The one I own comes with the standard motor and trans, but with upgrades, this honey won't blow away super hot hatches or hi tec performo motors, but with 2x bottles of NOS in the boot and hit the button, I'll give you a couple of black tyre lines and the rear end of my motor to look at, to say bye bye to!