This is our second Crown Vic. Our first ('97 LX) got totalled after being rear ended : (, and we were so happy with it, we decide to get another and we couldn't be happier.
Crown Vics are the best used bargain around bar none. In '02, my CV Sport sold for over 30k new, and I picked it up for 10k from a private owner. We really like the features of the Sport model vs. the standard LX. Bucket leather seats, center console with center shifter, 17" alloys, steering wheel controls, traction control, etc... This car is loaded to the gills. Just try to find an SUV with these features at that price. Not gonna happen.
The car is very comfortable on long trips, and is a dream on the interstate. It also does very well in town. It's very easy to get in and out of, and has a HUGE trunk that could rival any SUV's storage capacity. The MPG are also very good for a V8, we can almost hit 30 highway driving!
It's really hard to beat the value and reliability of used Crown Vics. There's a reason they have been in production for so long, the design is proven and is bullet proof. It's a shame that Ford is going to stop making them, but I suppose a good thing can't last forever.