I'm not sure what officers you're talking about. The all refuse to
drive them here unless there are no crown victorias left. The highway
police won't even touch them anymore, they had one dose of them, then
the next year i saw them all go through the car auction 1 year old with
50-60,000 kms on it, while all the vics at the auction were 3 years old
with 200-225,000 on them.
That may be your opinion but when I owned my formed fleet business numerous
departments particularly city departments, bought the Chevy and Dodge FWD
cars because they were available for a few thousands less than the
Interceptor and got better fuel mileage Service experience soon shows the
maintenance and repair cost vis a v the Interceder far outweigh the lower
purchase price and when they bought more cars they returned to the Ford.
Ford 'owns' the police car business, by at least eight to one at well over
100,000 units, over the current Doge RWD cars and the Chevy.. That surely
slows which car department prefer.
Could be that they haven't completely switched over yet. Takes awhile
for the true cost to be realized.
Same at work, they thought they'd be saving bundles with the ford ranger
instead of the f150s... wrong... 3 transmissions in 7 trucks died
before 100,000 KMS, 1 just over 200,000. Two motors before 100, and one
at 250,000 KMS.
We do also use Crown Vic's, but like I said, most of our cars are Impala's,
and have been for many years. We used to use the old 80's style Caprice's
back in the day. I guess it helps that we make the Impala's here as well.
The Impala has a niche. University and public school district police
departments are what use them around here.
When the Ford Interceptor gets de-throned, it will be by a rear-drive
car. The Charger is the best bet to do the de-throning right now, but a
lot of PDs are very entrenched and slow to change. Hell, that's the same
reason they were still buying M-body Mopar copcars back in the 80s-
because they'd always bought Mopar in the past. It sure wasn't the
blistering performance of an 8:1 compression 318 and 2.45 rear-end ratio!
GM and Ford were smart to get out of the minivan business, at this point.
1. Why waists capitol in a declining market, with an ever increasing number
2. Chrysler dominates the market at around 48% of the sales, with six
others to share the balance
3. After 20 years of trying, the Japs are finally offering vans that can
compete with what you offer.
4. The competition can built their van for around 1/3 less than you can.
Good more GM and Ford, concentrate your capitol on the fast growing COV and
AWD market instead.
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