I own a 2001 crown vic police interceptor, and i may never buy anything
but p71's after this car. I have nothing but good to say about them.
They do have thier drawbacks however.
First up, if it were my 16 year old, id put him in that thing in a
heartbeat, they are tanks, they have alot thicker metal in the doors
for side impacts, the sway bars and control arms are much much thicker
than on the p74(civillian crown vic). theres a huge list of other
things, including the best stock cooling system availible.
heres a breakdown of the differences:
be sure to run the vin through this to make sure you know what you are
As far as the check engine light goes, turn on the headlights, then
disconnect the positive battery terminal for about 10 minutes, and hook
it back up, if the light remains on then either the pcm didnt clear or
theres a sensor triggering it.
I accidently started mine up without the o2 sensor plugged in and
triggered it, even after i fixed it, the light remained on, i unplugged
the battery and it reset it, so if you do that and its still on, that
should raise a flag.
The floors are always worn out. they do not come with floormats
because in a pursuit they could slide under the pedals, so 99% of
police dept's remove them.
The engine is very easy to work on, everything is easy access, and if
your kid has any interest in automechanics, this IS the car for him to
Now for the BIGGEST thing about driving one of these..... And the
biggest saftey feature. Everybody thinks you are a cop! nobody EVER
cuts you off, when you turn on your blinker in rush hour, a spot opens
up, you get respect everywhere you go, and for a kid that is just
learning to drive, its nice not to have all those jerks cutting him
However... in my search i went through about a dozen cars before i
decided on mine. they get really beat up by cops. be sure to have a
mechanic with no affiliation to the seller run a full check on the car,
because for 1000$, something is wrong.
My 2001 came with 95,000 miles, and needed a little bit of work (new
pitman arm, brakes and rotors on front, tires) and i paid USD $5700 for
it. After taxes and all the work i did to it i walked away for 7000,
and that car..... oh man, that is a strong reliable car, and no matter
how much hell i put it through, it will not break!
if you have any other questions, feel free to email me
firstname.lastname@example.org remove the nospam.
btw, if you want to let him have some fun, do what i did, put some
antenna's on it, and the push bar back on, make sure the search light
works. keep the stock wheels, and leave it solid white. then when a
speeder goes past you, just pull in behind, watch them hit the brakes
and panic 0:-)