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Old 11-08-2014, 06:45 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I would not pay very much for a used cop car because I would plan on replacing the suspension wear components as soon as I bought it. The only military vehicle I would consider would be the one used to schlep the commander from his office to the officers club and home.
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Old 11-08-2014, 06:45 AM
Location: NY
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I have experienced some federal government GSA fleet cars. The cars themselves have been rather cheap and underwhelming (it's like they took the big 3's surplus). However, I also know GSA does maintain them well. Regular repair and maintenance all gets tracked and completed on time. Etc. They do take care of the vehicles.
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Old 11-08-2014, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mire View Post
I'm neither a fan of the 998 series or 1113 series. The 998 series used the same POS Detroit 6.2 which the M1008/M1009 series used. The 6.5 Detroit the 1113s use is still a dog. The worst were the uparmored ones based on the M998 chassis... same crap drivetrain (on account of the 6.2 Detroit, not the TH450), twice the weight, substantially more ground pressure... got stuck on a dime, no power... had to deal with those hunks of **** in Kosovo in 99. The Humvee is a high mobility vehicle... that was a great way to turn it into a "no mobility" vehicle.
When I worked the oilfields in Louisiana, we had a couple of the older HETs, with the 8V92.. those were fun.. now I'm seeing the newer HETS tractors going as surplus.. although I'd rather have the British variant, which is powered by a C18 Cat rated at 700 bhp! Another one I'd like to have is the M35A3.. from 94 - 99, the DoD took a bunch of M35A1s and A2s and put them through the Extended Service Program.. gave them a 3116 Cat engine (before Cat crapped out on their highway diesels), four speed mechanical Allison auto (I'd rather it be a five, but oh, well), and CTIS.
Yessir, these are some good times at the (former) DRMO system. I looked at the current version auction of what is being offered and saw those HET's also...wow! And the M35A3's previously, very cool! Prices are much higher than what I'm accustomed to back when it was sealed bid, but still, really neat that you can get stuff you only wished for back in the day.

My toy box had M1009's and M35A2's back then, good times

Regarding cop cars, I think it is pretty cool how cheap you can get a fully functioning Crown Vic in pretty good shape lately. Just gotta make sure you buy it 'right'. I've seen some nutty bidding going on at various auctions that would kill any resale profit (or break even for that matter). IMO, if you are paying over 2K, you are paying too much. Roughly 1.5K is a good spot for a 'disposable' toy that doesn't break the bank should you break it, or allows to make a couple hundred bucks when it is time to get rid of it. But that's just me.

One of my recent purchases...not too bad for $1425 on this one I think :

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Old 11-08-2014, 09:53 AM
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Also, I work for the State and I'm assigned a government vehicle that I take home at night. I can't speak for the others in my office fleet, but presently if my vehicle were pulled and retired for surplus sale, I'd consider buying it, as I regularly make sure that it is maintained.
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Old 11-09-2014, 09:14 PM
Location: Columbia, California
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I bought a 1994 Ford Bronco used by the Border Patrol at auction in 1998.
The transmission failed within 300 miles of buying it. I eventually repainted it as it was still painted up as a border patrol truck. Had a lot of fun in it.
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Old 11-10-2014, 08:25 AM
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I have bought 17 GSA vehicles from 2000 to this year. Ask away, what are your questions?
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