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According to Ford sources who gossiped to Ward's Auto, the Ford Crown Victoria won't be available on retail lots after 2008. From 2009, the only folks who can buy one are police and taxi drivers. Even that frontier is being threatened, with police departments snapping up Dodge Chargers and Chevy Impalas. New York's taxi fleet has to go hybrid by 2012, and Ford is pushing the Escape Hybrid to replace 2,500 Vics on Big Apple streets.

If you've got to have a full-sized rear-driver from the Blue Oval, the Mercury Grand Marquis will still be available. The Marquis is apparently much more popular with the public than the Vic, with nearly 38,280 Marquis' sold by dealers in the first nine months of this year. Compare that to the Crown Victoria, which moved 3,000 Vics to retail buyers in all of 2006. I guess this means we'll have to start looking out for Charger headlights in our rearview mirrors at night...

[Source: Wards Auto]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      All this means is that more oldies will be buying more Camrys...I swear, every time I'm out on the road I'm stuck behind a Q-tip doing 25 mph in a Camry. Never truer a slogan was uttered when the ad said: 'The Car in Front is a Toyota'!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "I guess this means we'll have to start looking out for Charger headlights in our rearview mirrors at night..."

      I'm so glad I wasn't drinking milk when I read this, I could only tell you where it would have come out!
      Just a few days ago, I stopped at a parked charger and memorized the look of the headlights for this very reason!

      Anyhow, this is all irrelevant. There is now a new purpose-built police car:
      ha ha!
      • 7 Years Ago
      In factory trim, Marquis and CV alike are bingo yachts that would make most of us sea sick. But the platform is just a stiffer set of shocks and 3V heads away from being a very nice car.

      Go drive a used Marauder some time and tell me that's the worst car sold in America and should have died in 1999. That wasn't a nice car for a 20 year old platform, it was a nice car period.

      It wasn't worth $35,000, and it wasn't marketed at all, so of course nobody bought one - but as a $3,000 Ford sport package and not a $15,000 model name change no one ever heard of that was only available in the geezer showroom it would have been a real hit.

      Ford doesn't have the first clue about building what people want.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Excellent point. I have driven far more Vickies than I care to admit: this part of Canada seems to be where RCMP Vickies go to auction, and they sell for really cheap, so they're commonly bought by university kids who need something with space to haul their stereo equipment back and forth to university, along with that one pot and pan they borrowed from mom.

        On the other hand, as a fan of the 94-96 Impala SS, I was excited to see the Marauder, and went to test-drive one when they managed to get two on a local small-town Ford lot. The dealer kept trying to talk me into a Mustang, and seemed nervous of what I'd think of the Marauder, but I really enjoyed it. It had a smooth ride, but was still taut around corners. Power was plentiful and easy to access, with none of the weary loading of the transmission so inherent in the Vickie. (You know, that 3 second roar of the engine before the car moves when you stomp on the gas to pass...)

        Yes, it's old; yes, it's outdated; yes, it's probably past its prime. But even recent automotive history is riddled with examples of vehicles that survived for decades on the same platform. The Bentley Arnage still springs to mind. Last year they threw a new transmission in that car, and CAR magazine said it suddenly became nimble(-ish) and youthful(-ish) again!

        That was part of why the Marauder appealed to me; if anything went wrong, I could repair most of the parts on that car for a fraction of the cost of a tune-up on my Mercedes. The platform itself isn't bad; it's how it's currently being used that is the problem.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not sad to see it go. Its really just not a good car. My '76 LeSabre has a more composed ride, less bodyroll, and - though pillarless - feels stiffer than a late-model Crown Vic.

      Ask anyone who's driven CVs for years and years - the pre-'98s are better and still not even in the same league as the Caprice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        THANK YOU!

        Yes the Panther is an old platform, but that doesn't make it a GOOD old platform! This isn't an older platform that deserves to continue to exist.

        OTOH, If GM were just now dropping the RWD Caprice from the 1977-1990 era (NOT the horrendous 91-96 version) I would indeed certainly be mourning that.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think it was a bad car, just outdated. I would love to see Ford introduce another body-on-frame RWD V8 car of the same size or larger. It's a shame to see those cars disappear from existence. They do have a few advantages over the smaller FWD V6 uni-body cars that have become their replacement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yaaay Finally Ford NA is stepping in the right direction.

      Death to the god awful panther platform has finally started. Maybe now they will come up with something at least modern within the 2 year span that will replace this ugly fat pig-mobile. This car, along with the Grand Marquis do not have a place in this universe anymore and should have been dead in 1999.

      ...Next on Autoblog News a mob, mostly consisting of senior citizens, of pro RWD, boat sized, turtle slow American sedan lynch group holding flaming torches flood the outside of Ford Motor Headquarters.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The only thing worse than being stuck behind a CV driven by a codger in Tampa is being in FRONT of a CV with it's lights and siren going.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I own a crown vic and love it to death, but it saddens me to see the new accord with 260 hp out of a v6. Unfortunately for all of us almost no one except for chevy wtih the ls7 is really putting any new engineering into v8s
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the Crown Vic. Tough Car for Rural use. I've built up some Chargers-Impalas and Intrepids and other stuff. I Think the ole Vic is still a functional vehicle for Rough ground chasing-Pit Manuevers and general Police Hard Usage. Heavy Car and I really don't see any replacement for it on the highway currently. Nothing can replace those Dodge Monaco's used in the "Blues Brother's Film" Maybe we shouldn't! HA! But The Crown Vic will hang around some departments untill they are not cost effective while others run their "Chargers" and Whimpy Impalas. Then wonder why their mini new cars take 5 weeks in a body shop from a meer deer strike. I see this stuff folks. Maybe all want to be like England in mini cars with a Kojack bubble lite and a "HEW HAW" siren....Shame on the mess. This is all sad to me.

      Many companies sell refurbished Crown Vic. cars. I don't see anybody refurbishing an Intrepid! Bad Car!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn, I was hoping/wishing ford would be able to update the interior and drivetrain and tweak the styling. I saw one (on streetfire I believe) with the 5.4 S/C with a slightly cowled hood and better wheels, and I've been in lov ever since!

      The ultimate sleeper, yet big, comfortable, rwd, and v8.

      And no, I'm 20.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know what car you are talking about. Sweet ride.

        The problem with the 5.4L is that it isn't an easy fit. But I think if Ford spent some money on the Panther platform, a 350hp 5.4L would be great and maybe have the 300hp 4.6L as a base engine.

        There was an article in C/D (I believe) that featured a propane powered V-10 CV. Pretty wicked.
        • 7 Years Ago

        You've proven that I am not crazy. I am 21, and since the 300 came out in 2005, I have been rooting for the underdog. Aging platforms don't mean better cars, but the low key idea of all 3 cars is what I like about them. If they do get rid of all of the cars, the names should live on somewhere down the road. The Town Car is still of course the standard in american luxury. Justin, if it did have a 300 horsepower engine, like with the Matauder with 302, it would be able to have a fighting chance. I know someone that has 2004 Marauder, the last year. The family hasn't mentioned any problems. I will say that the back seat does not have as much room as the new Taurus and Sable. However, the gangsters get a hold of these cars like they did with the 80s buicks and 90s Caprices and Impalas, and the age group may not have such an old fanbase. We'll see if they can be like the movie with Queen Latifah and soup them up. We shall wait and see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was under the impression this already happened.
      • 7 Years Ago
      damn, i always liked Ford having a car from the 1970s in the showroom.
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