This is the last of the big, rear-wheel drive American sedans. Comfy seating for six and cpapable handling, with the performance and handling group, and an incredibly low price make this car a winner for police departments and cross-country cruisers.
Muddled interior ergonomics make some of the controls awkward to operate.
What's New for 1997
After a mild facelift last year, the Crown Vic soldiers on with a few color changes, improved power steering and the addition of rear air suspension to the handling package.
by Jay on Apr 30, 2007 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
I bought this car two months ago. The car has the police interceptor package. I've fixed the handful of minor problems the car had upon intital purchase. It's fun to drive with plenty of acceleration and good handling for a car that size. Plenty of room for the wife and kids. Also a lot of metal around you in the event of an accident.
by Roy Vail on Jul 2, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
This vehicle is very comfortable, has a heavy feeling, stable on the road; gets near 25 mpg on hwy; has required very little repair (some electronic parts replacement); has some of the heavier features on the police equipped cars.
by Luke Houston on Nov 6, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
I'm 16, just got it. I know that you'll
think I only like it because it's my
first car... that may be partly true,
but I asked for this car. I love it;
it's got a lot of power, acceleration,
and interior room. This is a police
interceptor I own; it has no carpet, the
heater core leaks, and the exterior has
some missing trim. However, as far as
the car itself.. it still performs very
by srcOR on Sep 22, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
Buy the police package if you can find
one in good shape. I have 140K on mine
with no mechanical problems
whatsoever. For the price, you can't
beat it if you're looking for a solid,
rear wheel drive, V8, full size
vehicle that can drive like a smaller
by Easley on Dec 31, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
Good solid car.
Watch the plastic intake manifold (it
splits and sprays water on the
alternator). Also, the transmission
can be faulty on shifting (it stutters
between gears due to bad shift timing
and faulty fluid).
by mike_weiss on Jun 3, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Crown Victoria
My father got this car from a retiring
cop in NYC. It is seriously the
greatest car I have ever driven, and I
own 3 other cars; a 2003 Cadillac
Escalade, a 2002 Lincoln LSE, and a
1998 Ford Windstar. The Vic just gives
me a good feeling when I am driving it.
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