Hello all, I am thinking about buying a used crown vic police car and I
wanted to know what common problems these cars have. Ones that I am
looking at are all around 17K-50K miles, not too many parts cut up in
the interior or exterior, and the guy selling them also offers an
extended warranty. I know cop cars tend to have an abused life
(depending on where they are used or what they are used for), but I have
driven a few and I really like the way these vehicles drive. I would
like to use it as a volunteer fireman response vehicle. I do not know a
whole lot about Ford's but I do know that I like these cars.
Thanks in advance!
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My car spends a lot of time sitting at idle and then full out for short
bursts. Low miles are common in city police vehicles. The state guys put
on a lot of highway miles and tend to maintain their cars a bit better since
they take them home. We just turn the keys over to the next shift and
wonder what condition they will be in next time around. I like the beefy
suspension and the heavy duty electrics and cooling in the police duty
vehicles but I wouldn't buy one. Some end up as taxis and at security
companies, but they certainly lack the comforts.
If you live where it snows, you may be better off with a 4x4 or front wheel
drive (remember, these start well in the snow, but don't stop much better).
This might be a good single-use car (getting to the firehouse or fires fast)
while not a good general purpose vehicle. But I would also consider their
handling. I think you would be better off with a good small car with a blue
light on top.
One thing to consider: do you think the police departments would be selling
them if they had a lot of life left in them? They might not be as dependable
in an emergency (like starting up in the middle of the night while you want
to go to a fire) as other used vehicles as well.
Just my thoughts.
We service police vehicles for several eastern states and many
local departments. Generally police cars, depending on the
state, are replaced on a time/mileage basis, WOF. Some as much
as five years 300K, some as low as three years 100K. I've seen
some as low as 80K in five years depending how and by whom they
were used. Detectives, for instance, do not put near as much
mileage per year as those used on highway patrol. Some patrol
units can easily accumulate 100K in seven or eight months. The
majority have a lot more time on the engine than is indicated by
the mileage because they get a lot of idle time, in addition to
the mileage. That is the reason they are serviced monthly rather
than on mileage alone. In any event all state police cars receive
the finest of maintenance. To a police officer his vehicle is as
important as his weapon. Used CV police vehicles are are
generally offered to other smaller departments before they are
sold off to the public. The largest single buyers of used CV
police cars are taxi companies.
Backyard Mechanic wrote:
Thanks for all the replies! I think a lot of these cars are from
departments that have a budget to spend and instead of losing that money
they switch out their cars quite frequently (although i cannot confirm
this, I just heard it from a friend who has one of these cars; who knows
where he learned it from).
At any rate, thanks again for the replies and I will take them into
consideration when i make a decision if I will buy one or not.
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who takes care of the cars. If it is a large county or city they probably
have their own shop, if not who knows. Either way it would be good to talk
to the shop. If you can find one that seams to be taken care of you should
be able to get a good deal. You didnt say what year(s) they are but the
thing to look out for is the trans. Drive it and drive it hard. Make sure it
doesnt slip in any gear. The dept. I worked for (as a mechanic) would drive
them till about 120K. They were abused for sure, but well maintained. I have
no idea how other police departments take care of their cars. It seams VERY
odd that they would get rid of them at 50K or less miles. VERY strange. They
must have a moron running the fleet or they have too much money.
Be suspecious...Nobody has money to waste, not even police depts.
Open the hood on the cars. See a black plastic intake manifold.
Leave it there...it's junk. That's why their getting rid of them.
The manifolds tend to blow out behind the alternator when you
floor the gas. Since 98 been that way. Ford's sales figures may
have directed them to the fault.
New one's have the aluminum manifolds but other problems too.
Fleet sales customers get free replacement parts.
Private owners get the shaft~ and the bad manifold to keep.
Hi Nick, here is a list of articles, gang of class actions suit's results of
neglect for public safety & reliability issues. If you can look past these
obvious faults, then their great cars. be sure to look at ford's TSB's
for the nylon/delrin timing gears chewing out nylon and clogging the oil
pick up, @ blue oval news. then see these sites.
Just read what highlited
Well you did ask for any thoughts.
Maybe this guy here will fix it for you for free????
Or maybe just reach into his pocket and give you a $1200.00
note to make it easy for you.
Beevee has obviously got a bug up his ass about fords. Every car
maker has problems of various sorts, nothing is perfect, expect
Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts:
"What, sir, is the use of militia? It is to prevent the
establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. . .
Whenever Government means to invade the rights and liberties of
the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order
to raise a standing army upon its ruins." -- Debate, U.S. House
of Representatives, August 17, 1789
Really,??? You want to see something really stupid?
Go to Google, Choose groups, Type this Author:AZGUY
Then enjoy 100 pages of utter nonsense from some guy
in Phx.Az.that does zero reasearch about insects,..
colon's and automobiles, or Elbridge Gerry, of Massachusetts:
<<<<<nope, its an easy fix.
You won't find a better vehicle for the money. They tend to sell real cheap
because everyone is afraid of getting a POS. I've owned 3 of these over the
last 12 years and they were all happy with routine maintenance. Never ever
left me stranded anywhere or had any serious mechanical issues.
If you can find the history of the vehicle from someone who actually drove it,
it will help you a lot. My last used CV was from a department where a friend
works. They had 3 up for auction and he suggested I stay away from one of
them (the oldest one). He said he and the guys would purposely abuse this car
because they knew it was getting old and they wanted to "help it along" to get
a new one.
This holds true for most fleet and police vehicles. The manufacturers
overbuild them to take lots of abuse and sell a LOT of them. Many of
them are abused and have a hard life, as expected, which makes the
Crown Vic drop about 40% of its value in 3-4 years. Nothing else
on the market, in fact, suffers this drastic of a depreciation.
And it's all artificial if you are looking at a private-party
first owner vehicle. They are forced to sell it cheap and
you get less than 100K miles on it if they didn't drive much(common
for elderly people).
I'd personally go this route instead of the ex-cruiser routine.
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