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Having worked with our local police dept for 25 years and had experienced with a number of Police vehicles I found that the Chrysler products were preferred but the upkeep was almost double of the Ford products. The upkeep on the Fords were about $750 per year but the Chrysler was about $1500. So guess what we purchased the most of.
After reading the vast array of commets here, all I can ask is this: How many of you are/were cops? What experience do you have with patrol cars, other than getting stopped for speeding?
I drove (mostly) Crown Vics for nine years. What makes a cop car a cop car? Do you know?
Nope. You don't.
I didn't want to comment but after reading some coments here i just had to stick my nose in..
Someone here posted about how the Chevy caprie classics were the best...yes he was right the best for breaking down..overheating seats collapsing, and the list is endless. The Chevy Caprie's had to have a hole cut in the hood in order to prevent it from over heating plus we couldnt use the ac unit while idling doing a report in the middle of a highway so for those of you to say shut it down...u cant...someone brought up about a car with a 440 that was the plymouth fury with a 440 hemi engine...got to say loved that car..
and now to utilize the dodge hemi's totally ridiculous...u dont need a car like that. The car that lasted the abuse of 150,000 miles of hard driving which for a normal person is like a million miles was the Ford Crown Vic...no other car like it...plus the best thing was when they finally stopped with the silly pure white cars and brought back the black and white...that is a police car...MY OPINION BASED ON MY LIFE
It's a shame about Ford cancelling the Crown Vic. Fortunately though, we should still be able to get them for a few more years as the police departments retire them. The down side is that I don't know if mine will even be close to worn out in the next few years... it only has 183k miles on it!
A couple years ago I was talking to a deputy about cars (my coworker brought it up that I drive an old cop car) and he admitted that the new Chargers are faster than the CVs but he certainly had a definite affection for the CV. When I told him that I had 160k or so miles on it he said it wasn't even broken in yet.
To the Crown Vic! She will be missed.