Pearson International (Toronto's airport) is the nearest to me, but is still
around an hour away, so we don't see many airport cab's. I do recall seeing
a PT cruiser used a couple of times though. Like I said above, as for
taxi's, the Impala's are the thing here. There are even a few local
companies who use Lumina's.
Good stuff. I prefer large cars myself. Bonneville's are the way to go,
In BC, Canada a variety of vehicles are used as police cars, even some
4WD vehicles where snow conditions are difficult.
It seems that large Ford car is most common and it even keeps it's hub
caps which that obsolete GM car didn't do. <:)
I own a '98 olds van, and it has been decent, for the purposes its
designed for. Yes, its slow, but it gets about 23mpg mix of city and
hwy driving, and has a ton of features (I got a GLS). Trip computer,
auto lights, passenger 8 way power seat, air compressor & leveling
system - all of these the Honda makes you spend huge bucks for on the
"touring edition" if available, but some like the seat and compressor,
are not even available. Yes, the seats don't fold away but on the
other hand, they are very comfortable even in the 3rd row, while fold
away seats are only good for kids or short trips. On the horrible evac
from Houston during the Hurricane scare we had 5 of us in the thing for
over 24 hours and were no worse for wear, and the good fuel milage and
large 25 gal tank let us pass thousands who were stuck w/o fuel in
lesser vehicles. Oh, and the transmission works super good, doesn't
hunt for gears and the van can cruise at 90 if need be, w/o strain (on
Bad points? Wipers, coolant leaks from intake typically - and not just
on the U van, 3.4 is known for this, but GM never treated customers
right. Those who had to pay for repairs, many before 70k, were not too
happy with GM. Also have some rust near the hatch.
I guess its a business decision where to employ the capital where they
can sell and make money. Others have raised the bar pretty high so
maybe it makes sense, but bad for a big compan to let their product get
It is pretty strange that the largest automobile company in the world
has been outclassed in this segment by Hyundai of all companies, not to
mention Toyota, Honda and Chrysler. For some reason GM never cracked
the code of building a top-notch minivan. From the Astro through the
dustbusters and on to the last two generations the GM vans were always
At least on my Olds Silo it has a much higher level of equipment than
most chev/pontiac, like 4 captain chairs, rear radio/HVAC, auto
leveling, roof rack, trac control, etc.
I have not driven all variations of the U van, but the one Pontiac I
drove that had cheap tires handled horribly, it was unsafe at 35 even
around a small road. My olds was marketed as a Sport Van (a bit of a
stretch, granted) but it does handle very good for a big van, and I
guess the stabilizer in front and bushings might be different. I
replaced the shocks. Good tires like my michelins makes a huge
difference as well.
The is a difference between vehicles 'used' by police and 'police' vehicles.
Naturally a police department car use whatever they choose for bicycles to
Hummers, and the do. but that does not mean they are certified for
patrol/pursuit work. There are one three vehicle sold in the US that are
'certified police vehicles.' The Ford Interceptor is by for the number one
around 80%. Followed by Impala and the newly certified Dodge vehicle.
There are a whole group of vehicles, mostly 4X4 that are sold for 'security'
service, some of which have been mentioned. The explorer and the Jeep are
the most often used. Of the departments we serviced, in six eastern states,
many that bought FWD certified police cars, because they were a few thousand
dollars less expensive and more fuel efficient, eventually when back to the
Interceptor. Some like the Pa State Police, ban the use of FWD cars for
I can certainly understand that. I am certain that the police Impalas
have uprated suspension, etc. but the basic dynamics of the chassis is
not so good for high speed handling. I've been told it's basically a
stretched Lumina and it shows. Now my comments are based on the '05
and earlier, I have not driven the '06 yet.
If I were expecting to be involved in pursuit driving, I would
certainly want a purpose-built vehicle, not an uprated economy sedan.
They actually do quite extensive upgrades to the Impala before using it as a
Police cruiser, at least down here. For starters, the 3800 is standard (no
3400's). The brakes, suspension, tires, and charging system's are all beefed
up as well. We still have the old style Impala's here, but there are a
couple of the new '06 models being used.
I was actually talking with an Officer in a near-by town who had Dodge
Charger interceptor's. I asked him what him and his officers preferred, the
Charger, the Crown Vic, or the Impala. He said the Impala is the most
popular, followed by the Crown Vic, and then the Charger. I guess it is a
matter of preference.
The Charger is by far the coolest looking. Not that that matters as much to
the cops in the cars.
I saw a couple in NYC. Way cool. The NYPD was testing them. They had V6 for
city patrols and a V8 got highway patrols.
Regardless of any badging: dual exhausts indicates a Hemi v8, single
exhaust indicates a 3.5L v6. The 2.7L v6 is not available in a Charger
police package car (actually I don't think its available in the Charger
A 2.7L Charger must be a real slug. Even the 3.5L is not particulalrly
impressive. The 3.5L Chrysler 300 is slower than the 3.0L Ford Five Hundred
which everyone except me says is "too slow." I can't imagine the 3.5L
Charger is any faster than the 3.5L Chrsyler 300.
I wonder how many 2.7L V-6 Chargers Chryler actually sells? Hard to imagine
anyone wanting a slow car that is also uncomfortable, rides poorly, has
mediocre fuel economy (21/28), rattles, and is unreliable. I can see the
atttraction of the Hemi version, at least until I get my first speeding
The 3.5L Chrysler 300 has 250HP and according to Car and Driver the 0-60
time is 7.3 seconds and that's with the lousy 4 speed. The 07 3.5L has the
5 speed which should improve it to 7.0 sec.
No way is the Five Hundred faster than the Charger/300 with 3.5L.
Sure the Five Hundred is lighter by a couple of hundred pounds but it is
giving up 50HP/45 FT-LBS.
I have rented the 300 and it handles well and is really comfortable.
No rattles and light years ahead of GM products.
The bad areas are front/rear visibility.
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