• Apr 20, 2011
The age of the Ford Crown Victoria cop car is almost at an end, but law enforcement in Austin, Texas wants one more crack at the old standby. Actually, the police are asking city council for $4.5 million to buy 176 Police Interceptor squad cars at an average price of $25,568.

Why the mad rush to buy 176 vehicles when all the new cop cars are on the way? Police officials tell the Austin Statesman that the department already has parts like computer mounts and light bars that fit on the Crown Vic, and a new model would call for a fresh batch of parts. Further, automakers haven't yet set official prices for the new models, and new models like the Taurus-based 2012 Police Interceptor and Chevrolet Caprice haven't been extensively tested in the streets. And the department has already determined that the Dodge Charger isn't the answer, saying that the back seat is too cramped for passengers and the trunk too small for computer equipment.

Assistant Police Chief Sean Mannix says that the department typically buys vehicles every year, but this allotment should last five years, adding "this will last us while we are determining what the next model will be." We're sure Ford will be more than happy to fill the order, and we'd also wager that the Austin police department won't be the only municipality to ask for one more big order of Crown Vics. Hat tip to Marcus!

[Source: Austin Statesman]


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      purplewonagain
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an Austinite, I like it. Those crown vic front ends with inboard turn signals are visible from a mile away.
        TexRob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @purplewonagain
        So true. The way I see it, Crown Vics are the the Windows XP of the police car world, and the current gen of police cars are Vista (crap), and it has yet to be seen if the new ones coming out are Windows 7, or more along the lines of Windows ME (total garbage).
          Jeremy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TexRob
          I guess seeing as u want to compare software to cars, then why not compare the Crown Vic to some computer hardware. That would make the Crown Vic probably a 286 / 8 MHZ with a 100 megabite drive .Stone age technology at its finest !
        Jeremy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @purplewonagain
        ya we are all watching the turn signals of cars a mile away
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fat criminals need a lot of back-seat room to be comfortable.
        Herp-a-Derp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        tahoe is proven to be a better choice long-run (cost wise)
      patelc0916
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be smart to wait for the new pricing to be released first? Afterall I'm sure between Ford's Taurus, Chevy's Caprice, and Dodge's Charger... Pricing for 2012 will be released soon enough before the Crown Vic bites the dust. Just plain dumb if there isn't. And why are they sitting on that much inventory? Sounds like someone made a mistake in inventory control which is why they expect to sit on 5 years of new purchases? Cars don't remain new when you sit on them that long...
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @patelc0916
        Who say it was a mistake? Maybe someone got a trip to Hawaii or New Zealand out of that deal.
      drewbiewhan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't this like a super bad economy? How do they expect to get the funding for this far in to the future!?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Local sheriff's office here just bought 60 CVPIs for the exact same reason. He didn't need 60, but a little fear mongering goes a long way for padding the budget.
      Vossco
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wouldn't be nice to have side airbags in these vehicles since they've been around for years and have proven to be life savers? Alas, the Crown Vic isn't equipped with side airbags and that is one of the primary reasons that it is being put out to pasture. Sure, let's buy some old model that isn't near as safe and expose those beloved and dedicated law enforcement officers to several more years of unnecessary risk. And let's spend 5 years of public money now when everybody else is tightening their belts. I sure thought Texas was smarter than this.
      GoFaster58
      • 3 Years Ago
      Others will follow suit and there won't be near enough Vics to go around. Then after 5 years, what do you do Austin? You'll have to change. Change is good. Ask Obomber! Maybe Ford will continue building the Vic and just call it The Law! But don't count on that ever happening.
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Call me old fashioned, but I don't see why Ford is phasing out this model (as a police car) I mean... it's a govnt vechical, used for criminals, how stylish does it have to be? it's not like we're in Eroupe... (M5 police cars...)
      ToniCipriani
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not sure why rear passenger comfort has to do with the decision?
        Tolly Crump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToniCipriani
        I was thinking the same thing. If the back seat is too cramped, don't get arrested. Or does a cramped back seat violate criminals rights?
        mbmorrow4
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToniCipriani
        Not passenger comfort as much as getting people in and out without injuring them or the officers. Comfort is the reason you don't see Charger Taxis.
          Jeremy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mbmorrow4
          ..ya like a Taxi Company is going to spend the bucks for a performance car lol..
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToniCipriani
        ever heard of 'innocent until proven guilty' ?
        Jeremy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ToniCipriani
        Im sure you would find many of the euro sedans as cramped in the back as well as the bigger Rice Burners.. How soon they forget the INFERNOMATIC Crown Vic Gas tanks
      S C
      • 3 Years Ago
      Apparently, no one from Ford has told the Austin PD that all those mounts and the like will transfer to the new Police Interceptor intact.....
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      So they're going to buy five years worth of cars and then store them? I don't think it's a good idea to buy cars and just let them sit, with rotors rusting, engine parts not lubricating seals, etc. I just don't see this being a good idea. The Tahoes have plenty of room, and are as low-tech as the Crown Vics. Why lot just buy those? Plenty of PDs here in Texas are using Tahoes. Our town switched from CVPIs to GMT800 Tahoes, and has since bought GMT900 Tahoes.
      Termin8
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds ridiculous to me. Local tax payers should be fuming.
        Jarda
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Termin8
        Local tax payers in Texas are happy they don't pay taxes in California.
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