10th Nov 2005, 07:54

Wow, theres a testament to the solidity of the car if I've ever heard one! Glad to hear that you're OK. I've driven my friends 1994 Vic, which I fell in love with instantly, and now I'm in the process of purchasing a used 2003 Interceptor from a specialty retailer in Wisconsin. I live in Northwest Ohio, but I don't mind driving the extra distance to find a car that's been properly reconditioned after police use... there are plenty of used and abused third and fourth-owner interceptors around here that people slap a Maaco paintjob on and call "reconditioned". Even though these cars will last forever, you still have to maintain them properly... without doing that, they'll crap out just like any other car you abuse. I'd rather buy a car that has come straight from a department, where I know it's been maintained the right way. And trust me, if they ARE maintained the right way, they'll last a loooong time - my buddies '94 had over 200K miles on when it randomly self-destructed...no lie! It was just sitting in his driveway one night, when a short in the electrical system started a fire in the dash, and it progressed from there. Talk about going out with a bang! Lets just hope that with all the driving I do for work, I don't find myself in an accident, too!

10th Nov 2005, 11:55

I agree that there are a lot of retailers who buy up these units at police auctions dozens at a time, do some minimal cosmetic and minor repairs, maybe throw on a set of cheap tires, then advertise them as "reconditioned" at prices 3x-4x what they paid for them! See how many CVPI's there are for sale on fleabay.

The drawback to buying one yourself at auction, of course, is the limited opportunity to check it out mechanically.

Hope the one you are getting at least comes with some sort of warranty!

10th Mar 2006, 11:11

The ford crown vic hasn't got the charm or charisma of earlier rear drive v8 sedans such as diplomats or gran furys FULL STOP.

9th Apr 2006, 23:49

Weren't those old Diplomats/Gran Furys based on the Aspen/Volare chassis?

Hmm, say no more.

8th Jun 2006, 09:06

I have a 1995 CV owned it since new and have about 375 000 kilometers on it I have done nothing much to it, but change the tires a few times and the muffler once and a few other things that are expected on a car with higher mileage.I'm in the market for a new one (police interceptor) but I love my car would buy nothing, but another cv and plan to keep my current one until it will no longer run. P.S. it runs the same now as it did the day I drove it off the lot.

18th Nov 2008, 23:54

To the previous poster: Are you a member of Crownvic.net or Grandmarq.net?

4th Mar 2009, 19:05

I own a 9C1 and I can say that those P71's will run in the most horrible conditions ever. In a race 9c1's are faster, but I've seen P71's with over 300,000 miles that have lost compression and power that still drive everyday! They just don't die.

23rd Nov 2010, 20:21

I love the Crown Victoria. Where else can a full sized, BOF, full powered sedan be found? Certainly isn't the Caprice... My father had an ex-NY LT1 Caprice that barely, just *barely*, could edge out my mother's '98 P71. On top of that, the LT1 was the most delicate friggin' thing we've ever owned too.

Funny; everyone praises the LT1, but Chevy needed a 5.7 to beat a 4.6... and by a pretty small margin.

24th Nov 2010, 15:33

The Crown Vic is the best.

4.6 gives good fuel economy, the handling and braking are superb, lots of power, comfort and safety...

Get one while you can. They are an endangered species.