Gear: 2008 Crown Victoria

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2008 Crown Victoria

Category: Patrol Vehicles & Equipment
Subcategory: Patrol Vehicles
Price: $25,000 give or take a few
Average Rating:
(27 Votes)

MAJOR FEATURES Air conditioning Alternator – 200-amp maximum output provides additional electrical capacity for police equipment Audio – AM/FM stereo Body-on-frame, RWD construction Coolers – For engine, power steering and transmission oil Engine – 250-hp 4.6L flexible fuel (E85) SEFI V8 with overhead cam Engine-idle meter Full-size spare tire and wheel Heavy-duty frame Heavy-duty suspension Wheels – 17" with P235/55R17 tires OPTIONAL MAJOR FEATURES Airbags – Front-seat side All-Speed Traction Control Audio – AM/FM stereo with single-CD player Axle – 3.27:1 non-limited-slip or 3.55:1 limited-slip Ballistic Door Panels – Industry-first View video or View brochure Engine block heater Locking gas cap Power-adjustable pedals Remote keyless entry key fob w/out key pad – New for '08 MY Spot-lamp assembly – Driver’s side or dual Two-tone paint SAFETY & SECURITY Airbags – Front-seat side, available All-Speed Traction Control, available Brake/shift interlock Brakes – 4-wheel disc with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) Crown Victoria earned NHTSA’s highest crash test safety rating – 5 Stars – for the driver and front passenger for 13 years in a row (1996–2008) Personal Safety System® for driver and rightfront passenger – Includes dual-stage airbags, safety belt pretensioners, safety belt energy-management retractors, safety belt usage sensors, driver’s-seat position sensor, crash severity sensor, restraint control module Front-Passenger Sensing System Side-intrusion door beams Tire Pressure Monitoring System (standard) - New for '08 MY Trunk release – Emergency interior

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    Beef_stew, Sun, 04 Nov 2007 11:45:11 UTC.
    1st review

    Another thing they fixed from the 07's to the 08's. I know those of you that drive an 07 or lower, when you put on the brakes and try to turn around, all the pressure is distributed to the brakes and the steering gets a little hard. They fixed this problem in the 08's. Steering is good at all times. everything else is basically like the 07's. A few new options.

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    LawdawgTRAV, Sun, 18 Nov 2007 09:11:43 UTC.

    I drive an '06 currently and I love it, beat the hell outta it on shift or at EVOC and it keeps on serving and protecting my crazy a$$! I still like the Dodge Charger, but I definitely have a spot for the CVPI!

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    rlindsey, Fri, 23 Nov 2007 20:42:13 UTC.

    IThe CV is getting a "little long in the tooth" as they say. Can't wait for someone to come up with a real police car. No doubt the charger is fun to drive, but it misses the mark as a true cop car. Maybe someday.

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    JCSK960, Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:10:25 UTC.

    The most reliable police vehicle on the market. I am small compared to some officers and the charger, impala and vehicles of this kind make me feel like a sardine in a can, but the cvpi has plenty of room and with crown north america outfitting packages it can be rolled off the truck, put in a radio and your ready to roll, so to speak.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 30 Jan 2008 04:08:38 UTC.


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    canexinc, Fri, 22 Feb 2008 14:10:57 UTC.

    I wanna know how long is the warranty on the 2008 interceptor...what about the aftermarket on the 200 amp alternator?

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    JH502, Thu, 28 Feb 2008 00:01:45 UTC.

    The traction control works great !

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    bfelton, Thu, 28 Feb 2008 07:01:00 UTC.

    I like my 08, but i wish ford would make it a litter larger for the driver. I am 6'5 and I have no room in this car.

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    cmac1973, Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:42:54 UTC.

    I like my 08, it handles good and has a lot of power once you get past 80 but getting to 80 takes some time.

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    kydeputy, Fri, 28 Mar 2008 06:38:59 UTC.

    I was issued a 08 CVPI in September of 2007 and immediately noticed that the rear end was a little looser on wet roads than my previous CVPI was (2002). I could tell a difference in the power, but that could be because my turn-in had 162K on the odometer. The interior had been streamlined a little and had a deep charcoal color. The instrument panel has a tachometer, but I would much rather have more active gauges than dummy lights in place of it. My battery went completely dead after about four months of regular usage, but overall, it's a dependable workhorse of a ride.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 28 Mar 2008 21:28:23 UTC.

    Reliable vehicle which has sufficient interior room and trunk space. Enough speed to work efficiently.

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    Wolvarine, Sat, 29 Mar 2008 01:34:55 UTC.

    Excellent vehicle a definate improvement over previuos years....

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    Lulusgt, Sun, 30 Mar 2008 12:59:22 UTC.

    Piece of shit, wouldn't endanger the enviroment by running it off a cliff. Wouldn't waste good C-4 on it! Mine had a little over 2400 miles on it and the engine let go. Deputy in a county in my District had 5300 miles and the engine blew in it. If you ain't figured it out I'm not real fond of this hunk of shit. The reason I gave it one star???? Cause it made me give it something. How about minus 20 stars!

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    Anonymous, Sat, 26 Apr 2008 21:25:51 UTC.

    I am not a Ford guy by any means. However, the CVPI in my opinion is the best patrol car out there right now and will continue to be. The dodge charger may be faster, but the interior of the Vic is much more roomy as is the trunk. The 4.6Liter gets you up to speed quick enough and for being a larger sized car, they handle well. The charger is cool looking and has a hemi but it's not for me. Too each is own I guess you could say. As for the Impalas, they dont hold up well at all. Not suprising for a front wheel drive car. The transmissions dont last very long when driven hard, lots of other mechanical issues as well. Rumor has it the 2009 Vics (Available only to LE) will have the 5.4 Liter Triton engine. I love my 08 CVPI. I would give this vehicle a five star rating if it wasnt for the shitty gas mileage.

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    miapoet, Fri, 16 May 2008 11:46:35 UTC.

    Got it brand new in April. My first new car. Usually inherited ragged out vics with over 150,000 miles on them. I wish I had a CD player in mine. Just came with the standard AM/FM radio.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 19 May 2008 05:06:51 UTC.

    Very good suspension. We have an 04' impala and the 08 interceptor is much better. The ONLY thing i do not like about the interceptor is that the response on the gas pedal is sluggish compared to the chevy. Otherwise, it is much more spacious and comfortable than our other car.

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    Harleycop, Sun, 25 May 2008 17:16:26 UTC.

    Rides nice, very room seats 4 to 5 in the back seat.

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    Anonymous, Sun, 25 May 2008 21:58:12 UTC.

    I have plastic back seats, but i can still get 4 - 6 people/perps back there.

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    Slicktop, Mon, 26 May 2008 03:15:35 UTC.

    I want mine back, My 05 Slopala ia a POS. I love the new wheels, more power and the available 3.55 year end for a little more off-the-line acceleration. I can't believe Ford is scratching these, I hope the fleet sales stick around a few more years, I'm due for a new car in 2 years, can't wait to turn in the Impala

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    53RF, Sun, 06 Jul 2008 03:48:08 UTC.

    Basically - a bullet proof police car. For what we put into it, we get a lot out!!!

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    greer126, Wed, 13 Aug 2008 18:25:23 UTC.

    I got my 08 Crown Vic in Feb, so I have been driving it for 6 months. I have had several problems out of this one. When running code 3 on some back roads or windy roads, my brakes get very, very spongy. Also when accelerating out of turns, the 08 hesitates and seems to almost stop running. These were problems I have never encountered with any other Crown Vic I have driven. I have heard of these similar problems with the 07 as well. My last Vic was an 06 and had an 03 and an 01 before those. These cars were underpowered compared to my 08 but I never had any problems with the brakes or acceleration. I still enjoy the trunk space and the handeling of the Crown Vic. Over all still a decent car but Ford has never had these problems in the past, why screw with it. I guess they want to compete with Dodge in all aspects. Even Crappy Brakes!

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    sno, Mon, 13 Oct 2008 01:26:31 UTC.

    I would have to say this is better than the older ones when we get them

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    JimJ269, Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:10:56 UTC.

    the only police car

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    Sgt_Pilot, Thu, 23 Oct 2008 14:25:45 UTC.

    There are other cars for law enforcment? I have been driving a Crown Vic my entire career, it has been good to me and I could not imganine driving anything else.

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    DPDSGT, Tue, 11 Nov 2008 15:44:49 UTC.

    My department does not issue officer's cars, so to speak. Each district gets a certain number of cars and we try to keep the same officers in the same cars all the time but repairs and manpower fluctuations can make that difficult. That being said, here is the history of my police vehicle career...
    May 1992 Graduate Academy and drive a 1987 Ford Crown Vic
    Dec 1992 Make probation and drive a 1988 Plymouth Grand Fury
    April 1993 Switch sides of town I work and drive a 1990 Ford Crown Vic
    June 1995 Go into dispatch no car
    July 1996 Back to road patrol driving a 1993 Chevy Caprice (Small V-8)
    October 1999 CSI drive 1997 Ford E-350 Van and then 2007 Chevy 3500 Pick up w/box
    August 2008 Promoted to Sgt and drive a 2008 Ford Crown Vic
    Typically when a district gets a new car, it goes to the Sgt and then that car goes to the fleet. We only typically keep a car on the Sgt line for 6 months or so before we rotate it. I have been pleased with the Crown Vic, but I am a big guy and I like room. With the partitions we put it, they really hamper front seat travel so it can get a touch small in the winter time when you have the heave coats on etc. Great Acceleration and dependability. It will be interesting to see what we switch to in the future. Our city actually has part of the charter being that we must have full frame vehicles, we lost two officers in the past with those unibody cars getting broke in half so until they change that provision, we have to have full frame vehicles. I see Impala's in our future though.

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    Duke1282, Mon, 18 May 2009 02:35:38 UTC.

    My opinion is the 2004 Crown vic was the best. After the 04 I had an 07 that I reluctlantly had to give up for an 08. The 2008 is feels too light, especially in tight turns. The rear end seems to get away easily even loaded down with all the gear. A couple of months ago I was responding code 3 to a call and as always a driver wasnt paying attention, the driver pulled in front of my vehicle then veered at me nearly head on. As I applied brakes and attempted to evade, the brakes locked. I was attempting to evade left, and as explained after the accident to me, the car registered input for a left turn and in conjunction to the brakes locking the steering did too giving me no control. I avoided the driver in the road, but there was a collision. Fortunately or unfortunately the only injury was mine. There was a front end impact at approximately 60 MPH, the airbag did not deploy, nor did the seatbelt lock to keep me fully in the seat resulting in my chest hitting the steering wheel.
    Even though I had to compensate the light and loose rear end of the car, previously, I didnt think the car was so bad, though it didnt have the get up and go of my 98 or my 04. If given the choice I would never drive an 08 again.

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