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By racinchef
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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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When I first saw this car I passed it by, but after looking at a few other cars on the lot the dealer pointed it out to me, so I looked at it more closely; from that point on this car has grown on me. The car is super reliable, gets good gas mileage on the highway, and rides very comfortably. A/C is awesome too! Replaced headliner, ball joint and upgraded OEM stereo. Also had all windows tinted except windshield. Great value car, I love it!


Favorite Features

A/C, info center, climate control


Suggested Improvements

The stereo


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1997 Crown Vic 141k Miles
1 of 25 people found this review helpful
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By plymouthfury58
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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan


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I bought this car 3 months ago for $1400 from an exchange student. The lack of maintenance from the previous owner caused the radiator to fail, the transmission to slip and the engine to overheat. Hit a curb at 50 mph going down a hill, no damage from either at all. Drove to the shop just fine. Cost $450 to do all of the neglected maintenance at one. No permanent damage. A true testament to it's durability. The intake manifold needed replacement. Last owner took care of that. Even when in disrepair, it ran smoothly and beautifully. Steering is tricky and jittery but not too bad. Fuel efficiency is not fantastic but can be improved and is an even tradeoff for the safety and durability.


Favorite Features

Repairs cheaply and easily. Smooth and enjoyable drive, fun at high speeds. Still maintains great control at 100mph and over. Great for long drives, good highway mileage. Cruise control on, sit back and relax. My friends love it, it's nice and roomy. TONS of storage space. Smooth, quick, great horsepower and torque for it's size. 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. Super charge it, and you have a luxury sportscar. Very durable. Very reliable. Mine's been through hades and back and still running strong!


Suggested Improvements

Most of the maintenance it required was either from previous owner neglect or just the cosmetic problems that go with owning a 12 year old car. Headliner, heating core, intake manifold... that's about it. It's a great vehicle, and any improvements to make have been made in later models.


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Solid Choice
1 of 24 people found this review helpful
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By yankeev8
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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Its a solid, dependable and comfortable car. Bought it from my aunt and have had no problems. Surprisingly good fuel economy, I easily average between 22-25 mpg driving with a bit of a heavy foot. Power is good as well, has no problem passing and gets up to speed quickly. Transmission shifts smoothly and down the highway the car is quiet aside from some minor wind noise from the back driver's side window. Has an absoluely huge drunk and lots of interior space. A very easy car to drive but one that you can have a bit of fun with too.


Favorite Features

V8 responsiveness with V6 fuel economy, interior and trunk space, reliability and comfort.


Suggested Improvements

When using the cupholders, it blocks the controls for the heat/ air conditioniong. The seats could use a bit more lower back support.


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Best car ever
1 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By Coinneach
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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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Note the amount of miles I drive: in any other car, this much seat time would be intolerable. I've owned several Crown Vics: they're comfortable, reliable, and safer than anything else in the full-size class (ask me about the time I was rear-ended at extremely high speed during a blizzard). You can drive them like an old man if you wish, or you can put your foot down and fling them around with abandon. I've brought 3 very large friends along on road trips, and none of them had a single complaint about the car.


Favorite Features

Ride quality is extremely smooth and quiet. 4.6 L performance. The reactions of other drivers when they see me looming in their rear-view.


Suggested Improvements

Bit late to suggest anything as FoMoCo has killed off the CV line (fools! you FOOLS!). A diesel or gas-hybrid version would have eliminated the only quibble, that being the relatively low fuel economy.


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Not aging gracefully
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By Mark
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1997 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan


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Granted, it's an older car but you shouldn't have to replace the intake manifold for $1000 because it is made of a cheap material. Why did fleet cars get warranty coverage on this and personal owners didn't? Headliner is falling down, ball joints were shot, plastic door handle snapped off, plastic cover fell from above onto the driver's feet. Now we have a leak somewhere causing the floor to be swamped with every rain. Overall, mechanically pretty sound but body interior and exterior quality is very poor. Especially for a luxury car. Ford was really milking this cash cow when they sold this junker in 1997.


Favorite Features

Power + mass = safety.


Suggested Improvements

Stop using cheap plastic parts that disintegrate. Ford had a solid car but chose to let quality slide.


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