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.
Maybe so. I may be wrong but I perceive that as market segment of very
finicky customers. It may be one of those markets where they spend a
$billion on a new product, and the market just says it's mediocre.
Mediocrity is the heart of what's driving them into bankruptcy.
In fact I think we're already there with the "Edge". It's an all-out
development effort, but reviews in the press are mixed. It looks good, but
it weighs 5000 lb, and it only seats 5. There's nothing really great about
the performance or the gas mileage. Just middle-of-the-road all the way.
It looks a lot better than a Pacifica, but maybe not so good as the Murano,
depending on your taste.
How about the Compass? It's cheaper, but awfully ugly. The Compass is going
to be the new Aztek, I'm afraid. Recent Autoweek test had all kinds of
breakdowns. It's bad when you develop products that are ugly right out of
I guess this new Buick Enclave thing is the GM's big all-out crossover
effort. Their current crossovers are kind of forgettable to me. I know
they had the Ranier/Aztek for a while. Now they have that Pontiac Torrent
instead and whatever it is at other divisions. These were all okay
(ignoring the Aztek's styling). I guess you could say mediocre.
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