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cowman
01-01-2012, 02:46 AM
She may not have been the fastest out there, she may not have been the most fuel efficient, the most stylish, the most luxurious...

But the Crown Victoria was the last true Full-framed American V8 Sedan. If you don't have a place in your heart for these cars, you've either never driven one or you're a drooling moron.

And that's all I've got to say about that.

6 Speed
01-01-2012, 10:15 PM
I will one day have a box Town Car. Until then, everything else is just filler. RIP Panther chassis.

Tami
01-03-2012, 04:59 PM
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4094/4950760071_03f248ebfd_z.jpg

I'm going to find one. Then I'm going to buy it and love it forever.

TDSP
01-03-2012, 05:17 PM
Will you carry Ray Bans and a Neuralizer too? :LOL:

Matt Booker
01-03-2012, 09:12 PM
I had an 88 Crown Vic in high school.

But then I totaled it on a snowy road. Going around a curve too fast, I started sliding and headed for a tree... I managed to get it turned around and the rear of the car took out a rustic wood fence, sliding along it 'til that tree brought the car to a stop.

I looked back and there was a gnarled limb reaching through the back glass, just inches from the back of my head. It looked like a cadaverous arm, wicked and jagged and pointing at me.

If I hadn't got the car turned around, that might've speared me.

Haven't had one since, but I'm thankful it had a full frame!

It was a good car, too.

~Matt Booker

ronman
01-04-2012, 03:05 AM
I used to have a Grand Marquis. I'm glad it wasn't a Crown Vic, even if the differences are strictly cosmetic.
A Town Car is in my future.

Ezbok58a
01-04-2012, 09:05 PM
It has taken the ending of the platform, to make me want many more...

Sean
01-07-2012, 10:53 PM
It has taken the ending of the platform, to make me want many more...

Me too. I never really thought I'd want one again. Now I kind of do.

cowman
01-07-2012, 10:55 PM
Back in '03 I had decided that once I graduated and got a real job I'd buy a brand new Marauder.

They quit making them before I graduated.

:rage:

Ezbok58a
01-07-2012, 11:12 PM
Me too. I never really thought I'd want one again. Now I kind of do.

Having rented a '11 down in Charlotte, I really missed the lethargic stock CV. The gradual push in the back of the seat, the sweet singing of the 4.6 as it climbs the RPMs, and how easy and controllable it is to get the car to powerslide when making an illegal U-turn. :nod:

I want one stock to compliment mine...thanks to depreciation it might be doable without effecting my other plans.

Chevyguy
01-07-2012, 11:33 PM
I used to have a Grand Marquis. I'm glad it wasn't a Crown Vic, even if the differences are strictly cosmetic.
A Town Car is in my future.


I can recomend a 96-97 they sometimes show up pretty mint

Dan
01-08-2012, 01:18 AM
I enjoyed mine, whether just cruising to work or flogging the piss out of it on a winding back road.
Bought it from a police department near here and thought maybe I could find out a little about it on the net.
That was around ten years ago.

BigNSlow
01-08-2012, 01:20 AM
I disagree with this thread. Mercury Grand Marquis was the best car ever made.

Jinx
01-08-2012, 01:25 AM
Since this is a more neutral car site, the Crown Victoria was not the best car ever made. It is in the top two, but the Caprice was better. I'd still be driving one if General Morons hadn't cancelled the B body platform in favor of pushing FWD POS's.

/runs and hides.

ilcopcarguy
01-08-2012, 01:46 AM
I'd still be driving a Caprice if it hadn't become an electrical nightmare.

Ezbok58a
01-08-2012, 02:00 AM
Would those include the dreaded optispark?

Sean
01-08-2012, 02:02 AM
Yeah, the Whale Caprice/Impalas were crap. They made better power when equipped with the LT-1 but that's ALL they had over the Panthers at the time. End of story.

ronman
01-08-2012, 02:16 AM
I've been in refrigerator boxes with better ergonomics than a Caprice.

BigNSlow
01-08-2012, 02:21 AM
I've been in refrigerator boxes with better ergonomics than a Caprice.

That's cold.

TDSP
01-08-2012, 03:26 AM
If I found a minty Coprice that had been in someone's garage for a decade, I'd rock it. I dated a girl with one and I enjoyed it.

I'm also biased, I <3 my Suburban and I consider electrical issues a small price for loyal service.

Scarface88
01-08-2012, 03:29 AM
If I found a minty Coprice that had been in someone's garage for a decade, I'd rock it. I dated a girl with one and I enjoyed it.

I'm also biased, I <3 my Suburban and I consider electrical issues a small price for loyal service.

A friend of mine had an Impala {B-Body, NOT a Wimpala} that had sat for a few years and it had a bunch of problems stemming from that.

TDSP
01-08-2012, 04:10 AM
Let me guess.....
Injectors
Fuel Pump
Coil Packs
Radiator Hoses
and.....
Alternator

Jinx
01-08-2012, 04:14 AM
A friend of mine had an Impala {B-Body, NOT a Wimpala} that had sat for a few years and it had a bunch of problems stemming from that.
Yeah, and a Panther starts every time. :rolleyes:

The point is that the Panther is not a perfect car either. COP problems, #8 cylinder on the Marauder, etc., etc., etc.

cowman
01-08-2012, 04:16 AM
Mine failed to start once when the battery was dead...

Scarface88
01-08-2012, 04:16 AM
Let me guess.....
Injectors
Fuel Pump
Coil Packs
Radiator Hoses
and.....
Alternator
Actually, it was one of these Impalas {same year and color}, so as far as I know, the only thing on your list that had to be replaced was the radiator hoses. It had the feedback Q jet on it, that thing was made of fail. It leaked EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, gas, you name it, it leaked it.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2330/5815464266_001ab2b04c.jpg

Ezbok58a
01-08-2012, 04:20 AM
Mine failed to start once when the battery was dead...

Mine has problems starting as well...then I remember I have to put the key in the ignition and turn it :P

TDSP
01-08-2012, 04:25 AM
Actually, it was one of these Impalas {same year and color}, so as far as I know, the only thing on your list that had to be replaced was the radiator hoses. It had the feedback Q jet on it, that thing was made of fail. It leaked EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, gas, you name it, it leaked it.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2330/5815464266_001ab2b04c.jpg

I thought you were talking about a whale :look:

I could see that.... Seals are cheap if you are doing the work :D

Scarface88
01-08-2012, 04:30 AM
I thought you were talking about a whale :look:

I could see that.... Seals are cheap if you are doing the work :D

If it was a whale, I would have bought it from her.

ronman
01-08-2012, 04:35 AM
It leaked EVERYTHING, and I mean everything. Brake fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, gas, you name it, it leaked it.


I am SHOCKED that you had such an experience with a GM.

Scarface88
01-08-2012, 04:44 AM
I am SHOCKED that you had such an experience with a GM.

It was an 83 that had sat for years, I don't remember the exact number. I think it may have been 5-10. It was stored in an un-air conditioned garage in central Florida, which probably didn't help it. My friend's dad just put new tires on it, installed a new battery and put fresh gas in it, then to give it to her to drive.

ronman
01-08-2012, 04:53 AM
Uhh, FYI, I'm a central Florida native, and have pulled plenty of cars out of garages that didn't leak.

Scarface88
01-08-2012, 04:58 AM
Uhh, FYI, I'm a central Florida native, and have pulled plenty of cars out of garages that didn't leak.

I dunno why it leaked then. Maybe they just were unlucky.

I'm a native as well, I've lived in north Orlando all of my life, with the exception of 2 years in England.

Spartan
01-08-2012, 07:16 AM
I'm going to get a 2011 PI just to have one even though we have a 92, 03 and 08 in my famliy. They are great cars.

ilcopcarguy
01-08-2012, 02:08 PM
Yeah, but it needed a couple grand in body work. Both quarters needed replaced and there was rust.

krasnyoktyabr
01-09-2012, 04:57 AM
http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4094/4950760071_03f248ebfd_z.jpg

I'm going to find one. Then I'm going to buy it and love it forever.

A two door 86 or 87 will too someday be my garage queen.

I loved my Crown Vic, and was looking at 04-05 Town Cars recently, but I got nabbed by another GMC.

Ryan
01-09-2012, 06:06 AM
I agree. The panther platform cars are some of the most robust, reliable, and cheapest cars I have ever seen

iMPY
01-11-2012, 03:52 AM
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z72/lordimpy/legacyshot.jpg

it's still nice to see enough of them around to make shots like this happen at random. someday it won't be like that. someday far too soon.