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Simply said, the best car I've ever owned!
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By mmckimmey
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I cannot say enough about the Crown Victoria. I bought my 2004 two years ago with 148k on the clock. Since then, the only non-maintenance items I've had to replace was driveshaft u-joints, and a cooling fan. Today, the car sits at 181,500 miles. This thing can take a serious beating and not even care! It's super comfortable. The ultimate highway car! Crazy amounts of torque! Most passing maneuvers don't even require a down shift. Parts are really really cheap and easy to find. Largest trunk in the universe! What's not to like? Well the gas mileage is meh, but you should expect that coming into it. Long live the Crown Victoria, its Panther siblings, and the Modular V8!


Favorite Features

Power, Comfort, Reliability


Suggested Improvements

Bring it back into production, Ford!


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Police Interceptor
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By automaniac9
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria LX Sport 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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This car is great value for the money, especially used; that's if you find the perfect one. Now, this being a police version, it does ride a lot firmer than the standard car, but since the seats are so comfortable, it almost doesn't matter. Being a police spec car also means that it gets all the powertrain improvements over even the LX Sport. I was even lucky enough to get one with matching seats. The wheels on the car do rust quite easily; my car has 159000 miles and there is quite a bit of rust on each rim. The power delivery is very broad in this car, but I found that it loses power when getting close to the redline. It corners pretty flat, but it's easy to upset, especially in the rain.


Favorite Features

The sound from that 4.6 SOHC V8 is amazing, and the transmission shifts nice and firm. The interior is basic yet functional. I was lucky enough to get a police spec car with a tape deck. The sound system isn't too shabby either. This car is very intimidating, especially with the police spec black steel wheels.


Suggested Improvements

The police issue Goodyear RS-A P Eagle tires leave something to be desired; I know what it is, grip! It is a very big car in general, but it tends to feel bigger than it actually is. Wet weather traction is terrible (most likely due to the mediocre tires), and it's easy to get the tail out, which can be a bad thing, especially for inexperienced drivers with lead feet.


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Fun to drive, Police Interceptor
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By hinderrocks25
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


Review

the 2004 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is a big car that is fun to drive and has pretty good power for such a big car. However this year of car has a common problem of headlight failure due to the lighting control module. If you are going to buy one of these cars make sure the headlights work! and not just intermittently. Also about a week after buying this car with 123k miles on it the shocks that hold the hood open failed and now it slowly shuts the hood down so u have to hold it up with your hands. Also when pulling the lever to open the hood it doesn't open the hood all the way and u have to pry it open with something just to unlock the latch. Make sure you inspect it good b4 buying.


Favorite Features

My Crown Vic PI came with tinted windows all around which is a nice feature. The car is big, and therefore much safer than smaller compact cars. The seats are really comfortable in it due to the fact that it was previously owned by a police department. You also get more respect on the road due to the fact that most people think you could be an undercover cop. So it is fun to play around with. Also the CVPI is a really smooth ride and takes most bumps in the road with ease.


Suggested Improvements

The 04 model of this car should of had a recall by Ford on their Lighting Control Modules, for many people listed having this problem and have had to take on the expensive cost of replacing it for $500+. Also this car gets terrible gas mileage. If you go appox 35 miles in it you will use a quarter of a tank in no time. Im not really sure what other people are talking about in saying that this car gets 30 mpg because it most definitely does not! maybe 20 mpg tops. Also if the CVPI you are considering buying was a former police car chances are the wiring in it is all messed up due to the hook up of so many extra electronics in the car from the past. So make sure you inspect everything.


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Big Ford
7 of 32 people found this review helpful
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By JTRAIN369
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I bought this Ford a year ago and it now has 65,000 miles on it. Everything works is the best running and most comfortable car I have owned. I get 30 mpg on the highway and 20 running around town. Love sitting at stop lights and young kids in little sports cars wanna run them. They get a quick surprise when all they see are my tail lights. I love my big Ford with the huge bench seat and the trunk you can put a small compact in.


Suggested Improvements

Would like a tach, and when the rear defroster is on, the weaker radio stations don't come in..


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Great bang for the buck
1 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By Bang for the buck
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria LX 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


Review

Others rate fuel economy as poor yet this car will give you 35 mpg Cdn (28 US). Try it. Non interstate routes 60 mph (Ottawa to Orillia and return) passing normally, booted it twice and got 34 mph. Amazing car and it's about as fast as a Hemi PU truck. Pricing is fantastic. $20,000 Cdn for a $41,000 car a year old and about 20,000 miles. Look at the whitest model and you will see one of the most beautiful cars around plus others will pull over and let you pass. Wearing a hat helps. There is nothing like the sound of a V8 as you all know.


Favorite Features

Size, V8, dual exhaust, comfort, quiet ride, and burning rubber.


Suggested Improvements

Keep the 4.6L and up it to 315 hp which shouldn't affect fuel mileage.


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