• Aug 30, 2006
The Crown Victoria will live! That's the word, according to a recent article in Law and Order magazine, which puts to rest rumors of Ford killing off its body-on-frame, V8-powered, RWD sedan, loved by police and loathed by anyone who's gotten the gumball machine treatment.

The Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) will continue to be produced in its current form through 2008, with a redesign due in 2009. The new model will keep the same dimensions as the current vehicle, with measured revisions to add both performance and safety.

A posting on CrownVic.net brings to light some interesting facts about the CVPI, with regard to airbags (i.e. how do you get side curtain airbags to function properly when there's partition between cop and criminal), the importance of ballast, what level of performance is necessary and a host of other geeky tidbits.

Although this may be good news for both Ford and our boys and girls in blue, it doesn't bode well for Dodge, whose Charger has been the up-and-comer in a number of precinct garages.

[Source: Jalopnik via Crownvic.net]




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      • 8 Years Ago
      From the CrownVic forum: "There will be no change in the interior space, trunk volume or wheelbase."

      That is a huge disappointment, as anyone who has been in the back seat or trunk of a 1992 or newer Crown Vic will tell you. I have a 2001 Grand Marquis (same dimensions) and the contrast between that and my 1984 Crown Vic are striking - the old vic has far more interior room. With the new ones, by the time that partition is in place, there is barely room for much else. Now, I'm certainly not advocating that there should be comfort for prisoners, but the rear seat almost becomes a package shelf. The Crown Vic is no longer a true 6 seater, or even 4 adult seater for that matter. And the trunk of my 1984, while only two cubic feet larger, is better laid out and seems much bigger, not to mention there are side storage areas for things under the mat that the newer ones don't have.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I dunno about the switch not going to Dodge. There were a lot of cities that sued ford over the exploding gas tank. Dallas (where I'm from) went though and changed all of their Crown Vics new and old to Stratus and Impalas. It's not hard to see this city staying out of the new crown vic. I've also seen the suburbs of this area cruzin' aroud with Durangos, Magnums and Chargers way before the NY Police took their order. Just sayin' it's gonna be interestin' now that the other companies are beein' looked at again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would like to see one of the great Toyota/Honda pride and joy joining the police ranks.

      How about a Camry or Accord as a Police Interceptor.

      Now that would be nice to see. Then we could measure there so called quality.........
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Mad Detroiter and fawgcutter hit the nail on the head.

      Caprices and Vics are tough cars, parts are readily available and cheap. I like the Charger/300 but I don't think they'll keep up to the day to day punishment that police cars go through
      • 8 Years Ago
      16. For a car that has been manufactured for about 100-years it still isn't very reliable.

      Posted at 12:08PM on Aug 30th 2006 by Gardiner Westbound

      Gardiner, are you part of the drive by media? You make a drive by comment like it's a fact, but back it up with ZERO examples. I believe, off the top of my head, that the Grand Marque is one of the most reliable cars according to JD Power and/or Consumer Reports. How can you just throw that out there (right or wrong) with no facts to back it up?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Several things come to mind while reading these posts. 1. The reponsibility of part supply is not in the same sphere of influence as that of procurement. Translation- the guys who want and will buy the replacement cars are not concerned with replacement part cost. Besides, the taxpayer is a money tree, so who cares. 2. Cops like to look cool, and be the baddest of the bad. To drive the new Charger with a Hemi? Or, drive Grandpa's car? It's simply not gonn'a happen. 3. Chrysler will pull all the plugs to make this happen. Read money. They have more cash to throw, and will. 4. Every cop I know, and I know a few, lament the loss of the Carpice LT-1, and tell you that the Ford doesn't hold a candle to the old Caprice. 5. Release date. The Dodge will get there first, and in this business, second is last, or never.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I personally love it that Ford has recognized a cash cow. Yes, all the Ford bashers/Toyota lovers are going to rip Ford for producing such an antique who's heritage goes back to 1979. But if it's a profit machine, who cares? Same goes for the Town Car. Why kill it, even if it is produced solely for fleet sales? When you're strapped for cash, these are what seem to be simple decisions. It's obvious DCX has recognized the potential in the police busines or they wouldn't have bothered coming out with the Charger. Or maybe Dr. Z was a little embarrassed when his wife was arrested last year for serving minors alcohol in her home and there were Ford Crown Vics in his driveway?
      • 8 Years Ago
      In every test I have read, the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300's are miles above the venerable Ford. Why would any police force want the old guard when they can have the best for the same price?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For a car that has been manufactured for about 100-years it still isn't very reliable.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ditch the Crown Vic and get this ultimate eco-friendly cop car....

      http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/08/lexus_hybrid_police.php

      • 8 Years Ago
      9. This trhead has Dukes of Hazzard written all over it. Red states.

      Posted at 10:15AM on Aug 30th 2006 by Cap'n Jack 0 stars

      Only thing I can add to your comment "Cap'n Jack is: Thank God for us Red States. Red states do not translate into Red Necks, my friend. Go get in your Prius and move on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Of course they should not be killed off because they seem old in the industry -- BUT --ALTHOUGH I AM A FORD LOVER, NOT A FAN OF THE JAPANESE AS A PEOPLE --- FER CHRISSAKES, TOYOTA WOULD HAVE MADE A NEW MODEL YEARS AGO, BECAUSE THEY HAVE C__A__S__H AND BRAINS.
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