Strangely enough the cops up here in Canada are increasingly using F150s.
Rear wheel drive has less issues when under hard use. Bet they bring
them back for those discontinuing them. Get a little torque steer from
FWD cars and it kills a few cops they will stop buying.
Had torque steer issues once, they could never fix it right.
Is government working for you, or are you working for the government?
The Pennsylvania State Police use some unmarked FWD cars for detective and
investigative duties but they are restricted to that type of work. FWD
cars can not be used as pursuit vehicles. Back in the days of the federal
"55 Alive" program the State police were given Ford and GM FWD cars to
enforce the federally imposed 55 MPH limit. Troopers died, and were
injured in high speed pursuits, hence the bad on FWD cars as pursuit
When I owned my fleet service business we sold mostly Fords to State Police
Departments, about eight to one, but many of the smaller local departments
switched to the less expensive GM and Chrysler units, only to discover the
much more expensive maintenance and repair costs of FWD vehicle negated the
$2,500 purchase price advantage, and the majority switched back to the
Interceptor in a few years. My guess is Pennsylvania will go with the AWD
Interceptor because of Ford much better service record vis a vs. GM and
Chrysler police cars. The state does not buy import brand or imported
Personally, i think Ford screwed the Pooch when then discontinued the CV
with no RWD replacement in the works. The AWD Taurus may look good
on paper, but i am dubious of its long term durability.
Ford somehow needs to leverage there F150 underpinnings and drive-line
into some kind of hybrid RWD car. If they did this, they would not
have to build a new plant and have an entirely new platform.
Maybe the Been counters at Ford have figured the police market is
too small to bother with. Or liability too high.
Chevy seems to have seen the light and is going into the direction
of satisfying where the CV left off. On paper, it looks like they
did there homework. Time will tell...
The new AWD Interceptor is basically a built up SHO, that outperforms the
RWD Interceptor in every test including handling. You are correct that the
build and maintenance costs will be greater than a RWD chassis.
Ford currently offers the Explorer as a "Security" vehicle but not as a
"certified police vehicle." Ford will offer the new Explorer derived
"Interceptor 2" as a certified police vehicle as well, since it is built on
the same chassis as the new AWD "Interceptor." Ford has a half dozen
running around with the Flex body. The problem for the police only GM
Caprice is, it is going to be built by Holden and imported. That seems
strange since GM already has several cars, based on that RWD chassis, that
they build over here.
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