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Old 11-14-2007, 02:00 PM
 
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For the most part, the vast majority of Police Departments across the US use the Crown Victoria. I havenít see too many civilian Crown Vics but the police seem to love 'em. Seen a few of those Dodge Charger Cruisers, but Ford still has the monopoly on police cruisers. What about it do they like?
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:40 PM
 
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Size, reliability, price, etc.

I personally never understood why cops dont use a car with AWD though. Watching the Crown Vics try and maneuver in the snow is nothing short of hilarious. Not only that, but Crown Vics (even with the Interceptor package) are horrible underperformers. Some states got smart and used Z28s and Mustangs for Highway Patrols to keep up with the cars theyre pursuing. To make a long story short, I dont know why cops love the Crown Vics, there are many better options to choose from.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:48 PM
 
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Yeah - for best performance, you need the snow tires in the winter. Which is what I suspect is done in snowy areas. We own one. An ex-lombard squad. That thing rocks - can't see how it would be slow. It is very fast and very well built. We drive it everywhere and have put tons of miles on it.

In MI, we were seeing the mustangs on the highways.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:59 PM
 
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They are big and well-built enough to be able to protect the officers in the case of a collision. They have room enough to carry suspects/arrestees in the back. They have a large enough trunk to hold a wide variety of gear. The cockpit is large enough for two officers, their computer systems, weapons, and a box of donuts.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:59 PM
 
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That thing rocks - can't see how it would be slow. It is very fast and very well built.
Car and Driver tested the current police models, the Crown Vic ran a 0-60 of 8.5 seconds, which is not the worst, but not fast either by any means. Youd have a hard time beating 95% of the cars on the road today with that kind of performance. Seriously, a Hyundai Elantra can blow the doors off a Crown Vic.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:50 PM
 
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Yeah for all the reasons above, just a cheap generic 4-door public vehicle - the myth about the souped up special model police cruisers is just that - a myth. Nothing special about em except I think they put tranny coolers and maybe larger radiators, if that, mostly to deal with the amount of mileage police put on them.

They aren't particularly fast at all. The old Caprice police models were much faster.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:53 PM
 
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Car and Driver tested the current police models, the Crown Vic ran a 0-60 of 8.5 seconds, which is not the worst, but not fast either by any means. Youd have a hard time beating 95% of the cars on the road today with that kind of performance. Seriously, a Hyundai Elantra can blow the doors off a Crown Vic.
But not their radio.
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Old 11-14-2007, 04:01 PM
 
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But not their radio.
True, true.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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Like sean said

Name another full size sedan. Rear wheel drive, simple to maintain, take an absolute beating and still run, room to carry gear in trunk, and cost a hair more than free.

Some departments are/were using new Impalas, but the front wheel drive takes a beating, and has a higher maintenance value than rear wheel.
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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Like sean said

Name another full size sedan. Rear wheel drive, simple to maintain, take an absolute beating and still run, room to carry gear in trunk, and cost a hair more than free.

Some departments are/were using new Impalas, but the front wheel drive takes a beating, and has a higher maintenance value than rear wheel.
Not necessarily true. FWD is better in the snow/rain/off road/etc, less damaging on the tires due to less wheelspin and oversteer, plus it eliminates driveshaft problems and u-joint problems which Ford vehicles are plagued with. The only downside to FWD cop cars is the trannies are harder to work on than a RWD vehicle, thats about it.
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