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Old 12-30-2004, 08:56 AM   #11
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Best way to see if a Crown Vic was a previous law enforcement vehicle is to check the fuse box. Otherwise you could order them with the Interceptor package from the factory.
And they would still have the badging? That seems wierd that Ford would do that, but I'm sure there are people out there who'd think that'd be fun.
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anybody know what the exact differences are between the police interceptor and the regular crown Vic? My mom'* friend'* husband is a police officer ina small town and he said the crown vics are SLOOOOW. they miss the old Caprices. Apparently the police interceptors used by city cops are slow enough that most cars can outrun them pretty easy. nothing outruns the radio though.
You mean besides the completely different powertrain? I don't know what the stock Crown Vic has as far as power, but the 4.6L SOHC V8 Interceptor pulls quite a few more horses...

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If all the Crown Vic has is the Ford 4.6 SOHC V8, I can see why they are dogs. Depending on the year the modular 4.6s were rated as low as 205 hp, which isn't much for a car as heavy as a Crown Vic. In fact, my mildly-modded Bonneville is more than a match for a 95 Thunderbird with the 4.6 (and 160,000 miles on it ).

Now if you get into the 4.6 DOHC motors, that'* a different story. That'* the motor they used in the Lincoln Mark VIII, and it pushes something closer to 300 ponies.
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If all the Crown Vic has is the Ford 4.6 SOHC V8, I can see why they are dogs. Depending on the year the modular 4.6s were rated as low as 205 hp, which isn't much for a car as heavy as a Crown Vic. In fact, my mildly-modded Bonneville is more than a match for a 95 Thunderbird with the 4.6 (and 160,000 miles on it ).
I am not saying that you are wrong, but I do find that hard to believe. The police impalas put out right around 200 HP and 220 ft/lbs. In everything that I have heard, when it comes to acceleration and top speed (braking as well) they are almost identical to the CVPI. Obviously the CV is a lot heavier just because it has a V8, not to mention the bigger wheel base. So the engine either has a ton of torque or my sources are wrong .

While on this topic though, the main reason that the CVPI exceeds the impala is because it is rear wheel drive. You can't beat the handling of RWD.
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The back seats in them Crown Vics aren't as big as you'd think. Don't ask, just trust me on this one...
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The back seats in them Crown Vics aren't as big as you'd think. Don't ask, just trust me on this one...
You didn't think I would let this slide did you????? Details, details!!! Or are we better off assuming you busted a bunch of felons during your stint as a lawdog?
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Well, the Army doesn't have Crown Vics (too expensive or whatever). Let'* just say I've had a ride (or two) in the back of a police Crown Vic...

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Well, the Army doesn't have Crown Vics (too expensive or whatever). Let'* just say I've had a ride (or two) in the back of a police Crown Vic...

And y'all thought I was
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anybody know what the exact differences are between the police interceptor and the regular crown Vic?
You mean besides the completely different powertrain? I don't know what the stock Crown Vic has as far as power, but the 4.6L SOHC V8 Interceptor pulls quite a few more horses....
Actually, the PI powertrain is exactly the same as the civilian model, except for the programming.
The rundown on factory motors is
SOHC 4.6, single exhaust=205hp
SOHC 4.6, dual exhaust=230hp
police interceptor=
SOHC 4.6, dual exhaust+slightly different programming=approx.250hp

suspension on the PI is heavier, heavier springs, stiffer shocks, stiffer bushings, and heavier steel wheels for hopping curbs

alternator for the PI is 250amp to handle lights, sirens, and all the computers and radios

I've heard that the next Vic WILL offer the DOHC 4.6 SC for the PI
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The back seats in them Crown Vics aren't as big as you'd think. Don't ask, just trust me on this one...
Yes, they ARE tight. Especially if you're 6 ft.+ like me. Had to sit crossways, without a safety belt, too...
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