2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L SOHC V8 from North America
Cheap reliable transportation in police form
Replaced ignition coil + spark plug.
Replaced bank 1 cam sensor.
Needs ball joints.
Needs one wheel bearing (driver's side).
Minor rust around quarter and fenders.
Rust on the roof.
Burns 1 quart of oil every 2,000 miles.
The car has been great. Easy to repair. OBD2 makes my repair jobs take 5 minutes. I can feel the ball joints and wheel bearing going out, but that's an easy repair. I just keep driving it, expecting it to break down, but it hasn't.
It has the Police Interceptor package, but is hardly any more powerful than the standard model Crown Vic. Just has the 3:73 gears and programmed ECM from police use. Also has an aluminum drive shaft and larger suspension coil springs.
Other than that, the car's interior feels like cheap plastic, but I don't care because it keeps driving. My last 4.6L Ford engine had about 180k miles, and started burning lots of oil through the valve seals. This one is starting to burn about a quart every few weeks. For the car's size, it does handle amazingly well. It's not all that powerful until you get up to highway speeds.
My fuel mileage is about 18MPG city/21MPG highway.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st June, 2012
7th Jun 2012, 22:16
Thanks for being honest about it not being that much faster than the civilian Crown Vic (which it isn't).
So many reviewers on this site claim their tired old CVPIs are some sort of indestructible super cars...
18th Jul 2012, 11:30
Update on my review: I changed my alternator last week. Did it in under 30 minutes while on my lunch break at work! Easy to change, that's for sure.
As for the other comment above, yeah, the car is really no faster than the standard model. In actuality, the car isn't faster than most V6 family cars of today's standards. Even the other officers I work with agree. In fact, they agree that the 90's model LT1 Caprices outperform in some aspects. But in no way would it keep up to the Dodge Charger Hemi Interceptor.
21st Dec 2014, 19:19
Our 70s model was with the 440 V8 unmarked detective car. No wonder Delaware switched to Mustangs later.