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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan

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Simply said, the best car I've ever owned!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By mmckimmey
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 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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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 Sedan 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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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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Get a P71
4 of 31 people found this review helpful
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By P71inVA
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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I have nothing but good things to say about my ownership experience with my black police interceptor. This car has good power, turns heads, rides like a Cadillac and has been very reliable. Of course, the police package has beefed up components but from other reviews all Crown Vics seem to be well built. You can find these cars on the used car market cheap, and if you find a well kept P71, get it!


Favorite Features

Power, looks, ride, room, "Moses effect" on the freeway.


Suggested Improvements

DOHC Marauder motor would have been nice. Otherwise, hopefully Ford will keep building them so I can get another later down the road.


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Excellent Car
1 of 23 people found this review helpful
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By Gary S
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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This was my first new car. At age 54, I had only driven used cars and decided to treat myself to a new one. Mine was a left-over 2004 model that I bought in early 2005 at a very steep discount. It's the cheapie base model, but who cares, I don't next extra plasti-chrome or fancy wheels. It's got a simple presentation but that's to my liking; I don't need extra cup holders or cargo nets or any of that fluffy stuff. Everything in mine is simple, like analog instruments, manual heat/def. controls, etc.


Favorite Features

Very solid, roomy, comfortable, quiet, dead reliable, excellent fuel economy for size at an actual 17 city 28 highway. Some much smaller cars don't do a lot better than that on hwy. mileage. I'm very fond of the rack and pinion steering on this large car.


Suggested Improvements

Redesign the deck lid lip molding so water doesn't dribble into the trunk when opened it after it rains. Front seat head restraint angle is all wrong for us and there's no way to adjust for it, just up and down.


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Best Vehicle for the Money!
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By notch9
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2004 Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 4dr Sedan (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


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Mine is a base '04, with every option. Very comfortable, very economical, very reliable, and very safe. Sharp looking car, too!


Favorite Features

Rear wheel drive with V8 power. The Ultimate Dodge Diplomat !!!


Suggested Improvements

Not a lot of storage for CD's, etc. Build quality good, but could be better ...


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