I disagree with the last comment. The Impala and Caprices handled lousy compared to the Crown Vic P.I.s. And top end the C.V. XL Sport would match it top end.
I'm at 43K miles on my CV Sport. Great car, no problems, gobs of room, hard golf travel case fits without issue, great cornering, fast (although a 5.4L option would be nice) and a head turner despite being a land yacht. I have started test driving other new cars... still can't beat the value of a CV Sport. Intend on a new CV Sport when my lease is up and installing a supercharger for 300+ HP!
I've thought about getting a used CV. I live in SF and have a 50 miles commute. The little truck I drive is uncomfortable and has over 200,000 miles on it. Around here, you can pick up 5-6 year old CV's for under 5k. They simply lose a lot of value because they aren't that popular here. My grandad had one and the thing got around 20MPG. This was back in 1988. Do these still get decent fuel economy? Also- how has the overall reliability been?
It'd be a shame if they quit making this, because if they did, that'd pretty much be the last of the fully American engineered and designed platforms out there.
I must also strongly disagree with the first commenter as well. I owned two '98 P71 Victorias that came to me as ex CT state police cars. I had raced them against many other vehicles, including the "better" Impala SS (yes, my moment of irresponsibility), and needless to say, my P71 outran them... by quite a large margin. Seriously, people keep saying the Crown Victoria is a "fat pig" compared to others.
Do any of you Nay-sayers have proof? Right. Didn't think so.
Good car man! Keep her going!