2003 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L Modular V8 from North America
The perfect car for both beginners and avid drivers
When I bought the car, the low and high beams did not work. Only the driving and park lights worked. I still have not been able to fix this problem. The only way to drive at night is to hold the High beam flash toward you (makes your hand cramp out...)
The bakes wore out completely in less than three months without warning until the rotator disk wore right off the rear end on both tires. Replaced all brake pads and discs.
At 230,000 kms, the car is now making an ungodly loud clacking noise - the cam rod went in it. Needs new motor. Transmission was also beginning to wear out.
Engine burned both oil and transmission fluid.
Amazing acceleration and power - can get you just about anywhere you need to go.
Would be an excellent family car as there is tonnes of room in it.
Very comfortable to drive, even on long trips. (I do wish it had cruise control though, legs got tired after a while).
A/C was amazing in 30-40 degree (Celsius) weather. Would have to turn it off because it got too cold!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th August, 2009
25th Aug 2009, 09:16
You have that kind of trouble and call it the "perfect" car?
A hint: if the A/C is too cold, dial the temperature up.
25th Aug 2009, 13:50
LOL, for the comment above. High and low beam might be a relay that the vendor forgot to connect up.
I wouldn't trust an ex-cop car to be a very reliable vehicle considering the abuse they take.
12th Mar 2012, 09:36
FYI most ex cop cars get purchased by taxi companies, where they tack on an additional 250k mostly trouble free miles.
There is a reason that police and taxi services use these vehicles. They are bullet proof. Literally, if you get one with the ballistic door panels!
27th Jun 2012, 00:51
I personally drive a P71 (Crown Vic Police Interceptor) both as my taxi, as well as my personal vehicle. I have no issues with it at all, other than just the normal wear and tear on it.
As posted about the headlight issue, this is a commonly known issue with the light control module under the dash on the driver's side. I do believe Ford put out a Technical Service Bulletin on it, but there was no recall on the faulty part to my knowledge. Other than the heavier fuel consumption, and the lack of cruise control, at 612,031 km to date, my 2003 P71 is still going strong! I'd buy another one in a heartbeat!