2004 Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor 4.6L V8 from North America

Summary:

Built to last

Faults:

Nothing so far.

General Comments:

Arizona Beige Metallic P71, black honeycomb grille + black trim, no spotlights or spotlight holes.

Rock solid. Reliable. The last of a dying breed of true American sedans.

The only sedan I've owned that which I can step out after driving, look back with a smile on my face, and TRULY think to myself "I love my car."

Last year of old-style cable linkage throttle before switching over to Electronic Throttle By Wire system in 05. Good for those who have come to rightfully mistrust computerized components and systems in vehicles.

04' is probably the best year for this car, with most aggressive factory tuning output of 250hp, thanks to the MAF 80 airbox similar to that of the Mercury Marauder.

Handing is excellent and parking (even in tight spots) is nothing for this car.

The Crown Vic makes driving on trips fun. The extra thick padding on the bucket seats in the interceptor models are very comfortable for longer drives.

Simple no-fuss controls (seat, manual A/C + Heat, radio)

The mean V8 growl and purr is music to the ears.

Wins friends over who ride with me and razz about driving "granny's car". One friend even said "I want one."

Easy to maintain - you could use gardening tools to fix them, figuratively :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th May, 2010

22nd Jun 2012, 19:29

Yup, the Crown is THE car, and everything you say is so true.

Driving one, you are the king of the road, and so... it is the real muscle car.

It does everything so effortlessly, and handles every wrong move with grace.

And, you are SAFE. These things are graceful tanks that will protect you against death and injury.

That big V-8 sounds like a champ, and every drive is a reward of having the real, last rear-wheel drive super car, the last of the full-size V8 interceptor, American-dream, Canadian-made good guys.

Now all we have left is front wheel drive junk and hybrid women's cars.

2004 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor 4.6L SOHC from North America

Summary:

ANYONE should get one and enjoy these cars. They're great

Faults:

Water pump, steering pump.

Alternator seized up and snapped a belt.

Passenger side wiper flies off after a day.

General Comments:

This is my 4th Crown Victoria, and my 3rd Police Interceptor.

This car is from Georgia and has 209,000 miles on it of pursuits and high speed driving, it was used in the reckless driving division.

This car has surpassed all tests, doesn't leak a single fluid, will bark the tires from 1st to 2nd gear at 45mph, and throw you into the seat well past 130.

Gas can get a little expensive if you have a heavy foot. The 4 speed transmission is geared differently than normal with a shift kit to help with the sloppy shifts found on Ford's 4r70w transmission.

The 4.6L V8 is paired with a built transmission and a final drive line ratio of 4.10, so this car really flies.

Love every bit of driving this car; it starts up every morning, doesn't burn fluids, can idle for hours without problem, and I've taken it to 100+ mph in 90 degree heat and then let it idle and had no overheating problems.

Got 23mpg with A/C on at 60mph on the highway. Got 24 mpg without, and averaged 18mpg city, and with a heavy foot around 14mpg with the higher gear ratio.

These cars are amazing in all ways. It's a 4 door sports car. 0-60 is 5.9 sec, and it can go from 50-100 in 5.2 sec. Down shifts are quick and firm at any speed, and allow the car to take off like a bullet at any speed.

5 stars in all departments.

It eats brakes and tires fast, especially with posi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2009

24th Feb 2010, 09:52

I have just purchased a 2004 Crown Vic. P.I. p71 package and am trying to find a repair manual for it. Do you have any ideas? I've checked Chilton's, Haynes, and Helms online.

Thanks Steve.

2nd May 2011, 13:00

Mine does 0-60 in 6.2 with no catalytic converters and no other mods.

Lovely car, great road manners, safe family car, and a beast at the same time.