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dbltap wrote:


Yep, it sure looks like Ford is handing the police car business over to Daimler-Chrysler. An interesting side story is that just before Ford bought Volvo, Volvo had an active evaluation program going with the California Highway Patrol for a police version of the 850 turbo as a cop car. They are used as such in several European countries. When Ford bought Volvo they immediately killed the project as Ford saw no reason to foster competition for their lucrative Police Interceptor line. Yet another short sighted decision. The Crown Vic is an ancient design and the Police Interceptor's days have long been doomed. It was always just a question of when!
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By 'ancient design' do you mean RWD, like the 'new' Dodge? LOL
Fords current plans are to build the CV and GM through 2008
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Mike Hunter wrote:

No, I mean that the vehicle was introduced in 1992 based on 1980s design work. Sure there have been tweaks, updates and freshenings along the way, but it still is the oldest car design still being sold in the US today.
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I have no idea where you got your information but there have been far more than tweaks. The engine is state of the art SMEFI OHC V8, with individual coil packs that can get 25 MPG. The tranny is an electronically controlled unit. The CVs frame, body and suspension are all new, as well, since 2000. The CV and GM are both built to far exceed both the front and rear NHTSA crash standards. A build standard that exceeds every other car on the market. Hardy of ancient origin
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You forgot to say in my opinion. The current CV/GM have nothing in common with those built in the eighties or the nineties except that they are still build on a RWD chassis LOL
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On Sat, 19 Aug 2006 15:49:53 -0400, "Mike Hunter"

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Compare Avalon to CV on Edmunds:
http://tinyurl.com/fqke8
The market price is almost identical.
The Avalon has more power, is generally better equipped and gets much better milage. Over 100,000 miles, the CV will burn about 1000 gallons more fuel than the Avalon. At the end of this period, the Avalon will probably be worth a few thousand dollars more.
Outside the CV much larger and less maneuverable. Inside it is a little larger and carries one more passenger (if you don't mind front bench seats). It's biggest advantage is about a third more trunk space.
The final advantage for the Avalon, it isn't primitive.
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