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PoliceLink's Patrol Car Guide

Kevin Powers | PoliceLink

Ford Crown Vic

known as the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, Ford built this popular patrol car off of the Lincoln Town Car.

It’s the only full-frame rear-wheel-drive passenger cars built in North America, which increases handling and provides officers better traction during acceleration. It’s also one of the few body-on-frame vehicles available, which makes it better suited for heavy-duty usage and easier to repair after crashes.

The car, which is only sold from Ford for law enforcement use, is built with V8 power, heavy duty transmission, heavy duty brakes, and a 250 hp (190 kW) engine.

And there are some other notable upgrades in the Police Interceptor. An external oil-to-coolant heat exchanger keeps engine oil temperatures down. The transmission is set up for more aggressive shifting, they added a dual exhaust system and a “stab plate” is installed behind the seats to prevent a perp from doing any damage to an officer while being transported.

The Crown Vic has dominated the market because of these advantages, but it will be replaced in 2011 with a version based off of the 2010 Taurus.

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    Anonymous

    almost 5 years ago

    Still the "1" heavy, solid but sends a messge 'BRING IT ON.'

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    MidnightMike

    almost 5 years ago

    470 Comments

    Best one ever--1996 Caprice with the LT1 engine. The worst--the Impala. Cramped, poorly constructed, no trunk space. Gave up an old Crown Vic for the Impala, sure wish I had the Crwon Vic back. I remember the old Gran Fury/Diplomat, too...not bad for it's time, still beats an 07 Impala.

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    semicrazy1

    almost 5 years ago

    236 Comments

    Diesel? What about some states no idling rules for diesels? Wouldn't these be included? I'd like to see them Nascar fast .

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    semicrazy1

    almost 5 years ago

    236 Comments

    Rides rough and the rear passenger compartment is designed for really small people....

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    FULTON_372

    almost 5 years ago

    58 Comments

    Crown Vic saved my butt many times. It may be slow and corner like a whale but sure is more comfortable 8-12 hour office on wheels.

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    JR909

    almost 5 years ago

    32 Comments

    Bring back the Dodge Diplomat (1988)

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 5 years ago

    11268 Comments

    Also showing my age here. Best police car I drove was a 1980 Plymouth Volare, with the 360 C.I. engine and heavy-duty suspension package and cooling. Fast and cornered extremely well; only problem was it ate transmissions left and right !! One of ours went through three trannies in 42, 000 miles !!

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    jcocasio

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Great to hear but Honolulu Police Department is switching to the Toyota Camary Hydrid

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    acellk9

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    chevy tahoo two thumbs up

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    HB613

    almost 5 years ago

    48 Comments

    Wheres the Impala at?!?!?!?!

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    JTAC2010

    almost 5 years ago

    84 Comments

    That E7 sure is looking cool. But I think the favorites will remain for me the Crown Vic and the Dodge Charger.

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    daredad

    almost 5 years ago

    104 Comments

    I guess I'll show my age also. When I started we had the Dodge 440 magnums. They were pure speed, and ugly to handle. The Ford Ltd's. came next, and weren't anything to brag about. Dodge Diplomats followed. They sounded tough, but weren't. The bathtub Chevy Caprices came along, and were ugly and not much to brag about. Finally the Crown Vics came, and saved the day. They weren't as fast as the Chevy's, but a lot more comfortable. The Crown Vics were last patrol car I drove. Overall I liked them the best. Now you have Dodge Chargers, and I'm really old. What in the world is an E7? I may have missed something, but I didn't see who makes it. It sounds impressive.

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    Hillmanjdh

    almost 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    Yeah although I am a die hard Chevy fan the E7 seems to be the most promising.

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    René

    almost 5 years ago

    808 Comments

    Crown Vic...the transmission could take a beating and rear wheel drive made fast maneuvering/quick turns easy. Great in the snow too.

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    NorthernCop

    almost 5 years ago

    132 Comments

    Chevy Tahoe way more HP then the VIC plus more room

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