I bought my 2003 Ford Crown Victoria in 2003 to replace a RAV4. I had the last straw of foreign vehicles with my 1995 Civic after it bit the dust in late 1997 (transmission failure).
I bought a Windstar to replace the Civic because there was a dealer within 4 miles of my house, and I only had a broken seat latch and one power window regulator. I also needed more room than the RAV4 I had. It always served the family without a complaint or a cough, and, truth be told, I could not ask for anything more in a minivan.
I bought the Crown Victoria based on the fact that my Windstar was so reliable.
My favorite features of the Crown Victoria are interior space, comfort, and ride.
The amount of space in the Crown Victoria is the largest of any sedan sold in North America- with the exception of the extended-wheelbase Lincoln Towncar (a more expensive version of the Crown Victoria) and this generation Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable (previously known as the Five Hundred/Montego).
The comfort is second to none. The leather is supportive, and has worn extremely well. The seats adjust properly, and finding an appropriate driving position takes about a minute. I wish my particular vehicle had memory, so I could program two settings.
The ride is as smooth as silk. Every bump is absorbed in the suspension. I feel as if I am "riding on a cloud." This may also be in part to how comfy and welcoming the interior is.
The controls on the center stack are placed logically. They are accurately sized, and all buttons, including the radio display are still as readable as the day I drove my Crown Victoria off of the lot.
My least favorite aspects of the Crown Victoria are the gas mileage (which is understandable) and a few oversights.
I have the V8 engine. I do drive with a light foot, but I get 13 MPG in the city, and 19 on the highway. This is almost pitiful. The mileage has not increased or decreased in age, it has been like that its entire life. The gas mileage (or lack thereof) is probably my most major complaint. For the few times that I do 'floor it', it is worth it.
The engineers at Ford should have paid just a touch more attention to detail. For example, the pinstripe on the side is not straight and it does not match up to the door on the same side as it.
There are no adjustable rear headrests for an unidentified reason.
There should be a 'taillight adjuster' so that on foggy days, the taillights can be set to a brighter hue for better visibility.
In conclusion, I am very fond of my Crown Victoria for these reasons:
(1) It has never left me stranded.
(2) It is comfortable.
(3) It is luxurious and cheap.
(4) The engineers did their homework, and that's what matters to me.