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Old 01-13-2019, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Yes I did. Great acceleration. Couldn't afford the oil. Was burning more than a quart of oil a day.
Yeah, those motors have been run far more than the miles on the odo imply. Most would probably benefit from changing out the piston rings and honing the cylinders. The ring sets are cheap enough, it's the labor that's a killer...someone who can do the work himself would be OK. I've done pistons and rings in smaller motors, but the big ones are more of a project with all the extra crap you have to remove to get the heads off.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:08 PM
 
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There is a local guy who buys the all of those high mileage Crown Vics that he can lay hands on. He converts them into customized "Donks". Flashy painted bodies about 4 feet off the ground, riding on huge 24 or larger inch chrome wheels. He can't keep enough on hand to meet the demand. I'd love to know what kind of profit he's turning per car.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:05 AM
 
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Has anyone here looked into buying a retired police cruiser at auction?
(or actually bought one, or knows of someone who did)

It seems like an affordable way to obtain a sturdy vehicle.
Have you seen how rough cops have to use their cars on the road performing maneuvers an average car would never be asked to do? I'd say they are pretty hard on the shocks, suspension, tie rods, ....

Can you afford a paint job and tires?
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:27 AM
 
Location: Troy, NY
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Has anyone here looked into buying a retired police cruiser at auction?
(or actually bought one, or knows of someone who did)

It seems like an affordable way to obtain a sturdy vehicle.
I'd think about that very carefully.


Although these are movie clips, police cars go through hell on the roads.
Exhibit A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz81ZO0qfvI

Exhibit B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GwdlLJw9q0

Exhibit C

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX6tBHXyaRY
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:29 AM
 
Location: MN
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They never get shut off either due to all the computers, electronics having to be restarted. The hr meter on them has to be off the charts, mileage might be high, but meter/timer is much higher.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:52 AM
 
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Buy the detective models. They usually were driven a lot easier than the cruisers. I have friends who are cops ad they drive the hell out of those cars. Just remember at some point some lunatic spit, pissed, crapped and vomited all over themselves in the back of that cruiser.

I would buy the Grand Marquis version. Usually driven by older people and you can find clean not abused ones for not much more than buying a cruiser.
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Old 01-14-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Buy the detective models. They usually were driven a lot easier than the cruisers. I have friends who are cops ad they drive the hell out of those cars. Just remember at some point some lunatic spit, pissed, crapped and vomited all over themselves in the back of that cruiser.

I would buy the Grand Marquis version. Usually driven by older people and you can find clean not abused ones for not much more than buying a cruiser.
This ^

My only other suggestion is buying one used by a state police/highway patrol agency. They usually only see highway miles and very little stop-and-go traffic.

California Highway Patrol used to pull their patrol cars out of service <100,000 miles. They were repainted, fully serviced, new tires (if necessary), and smogged. A lot of smaller police departments purchased the retired CHP vehicles for detective and administrative staff use.
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Old 01-14-2019, 01:43 PM
 
Location: SF, CA
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Here's a low-mileage (too low??) beauty:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2007-Ford-Cr...r/303025813938

I'd like to give it a home, but I'm not in buying mode yet.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Buying one is a crapshoot, you can either get a great car or one that has been ridden hard and put away wet. Taxi companies grab these up and put another bunch of miles on them, so there must be some value to them.

Most police cars are serviced fairly regularly and when repairs are needed, they are done. I worked at a body shop years ago, and we had the city contract to repair damaged cop cars, and no expense was spared to make them right.

Not sure how the newer cop cars will hold up, the old Crown Vics were like tanks.
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The spousal unit looked into them a few years because he's always wanted a Crown Vic and that seemed to be a way to get one affordably. but he gave up on the idea because of heavy wear and tear concerns.
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