This is a city police car. I am a City Police officer (Medium/Large city)
The car is ran 24/7 and driven by 3-teams.
Nothing has gone wrong.
The rear bumper drug and busted as I pulled out of a ditch.
Windshield got cracked from angry landlord.
Front bumper busted from hitting high sidewalk when parking (too low to ground)
Already on 2nd set of tires and brakes.
Gets about 12mpg the way we drive it (Not bad our Impala V-6 FWD actually got about the same)
Vandals kicked in left side sheet metal on car. Cosmetic.
Left side headlamp busted (Un-Known how) New one put in by Ford, now it vibrates at night when I hit rough roads.
While in pursuit we drive this car very hard and ramp over sidewalks at 40mph etc.-does not seem to hurt it.
This is the extended wheelbase version of the Crown Victoria. I would recommend to all departments to go ahead and opt for the extended wheelbase. The regular wheelbase is a bit tight on space with all the protective cage gear in the car.
These cars are very solid performers and durable.
Our Impala fleet that we bought into in 2001 are all already gone. (All 30 of them) None held up and they proved to be more costly to operate due to no savings in fuel and high frequencies of mechanical failures. We still have some pre 2001 CVPI in our fleet. We even have one 96-RWD Impala left. We just keep it for memories I guess. It is not in use.
The added traction of FWD during snow just didn't out weigh the other benefits of the Crown Vics. We switched back and only a few officers prefer the Impalas, mainly the women.
Bottom line is to stick to the CVPI and go for extended wheelbase models only.