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    Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line in Ontario; factory closes | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    This stalwart of the American car industry is now history. Many thousands will be available in the fleet aftermarket for years to come, but the old girl is finally out of production.

    Last of the large rear wheel drive sedans, the Crown Vic suffered imo from a lack of interest by Ford to freshen up the vehicle, condemning it to heavy duty fleet use by virtue of its low cost to own. It sported an ultra reliable engine and transmission, at the expense of so so driving dynamics, dull as dishwater interior and poor fuel economy. Unless drove nothing but flat out runs on the highway or you had very little to spend on a used car, the Vic was a poor choice for transportation.

    However, some people bemoan the loss of the Vic. Are you one of those? Did you like the Vic? Why or why not?

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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    The 1955 model was pretty sharp.


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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line in Ontario; factory closes | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    This stalwart of the American car industry is now history. Many thousands will be available in the fleet aftermarket for years to come, but the old girl is finally out of production.

    Last of the large rear wheel drive sedans, the Crown Vic suffered imo from a lack of interest by Ford to freshen up the vehicle, condemning it to heavy duty fleet use by virtue of its low cost to own. It sported an ultra reliable engine and transmission, at the expense of so so driving dynamics, dull as dishwater interior and poor fuel economy. Unless drove nothing but flat out runs on the highway or you had very little to spend on a used car, the Vic was a poor choice for transportation.

    However, some people bemoan the loss of the Vic. Are you one of those? Did you like the Vic? Why or why not?
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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line in Ontario; factory closes | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    This stalwart of the American car industry is now history. Many thousands will be available in the fleet aftermarket for years to come, but the old girl is finally out of production.

    Last of the large rear wheel drive sedans, the Crown Vic suffered imo from a lack of interest by Ford to freshen up the vehicle, condemning it to heavy duty fleet use by virtue of its low cost to own. It sported an ultra reliable engine and transmission, at the expense of so so driving dynamics, dull as dishwater interior and poor fuel economy. Unless drove nothing but flat out runs on the highway or you had very little to spend on a used car, the Vic was a poor choice for transportation.

    However, some people bemoan the loss of the Vic. Are you one of those? Did you like the Vic? Why or why not?

    Count me among those.

    I've never owned one, but lately, my wife and I have been talking about a possible successor to our present car, and I've been expressing the hope that perhaps we could afford a Crown Victoria. We'd be in the used-car market, so the end of production doesn't remove this from our possibilities.

    My previous car was a 1996 Mercury Mystique. It was the best car I ever had. Alas, it was totaled in a collision a few years ago. Good thing the young woman driving the Honduh that rear-ended it was so cute, otherwise I might have been very mad at her.

    My present car is a 1997 Ford Contour. As the Mystique is the Mercury version of the Contour, and as this car was a year newer, had a lot fewer miles, and a better motor (the Duratec V6 instead of the Zetec I4), I thought it should be an even better car. It's turned out to be a money pit.

    I've decided that the big problem with modern cars in general is that the transverse engine makes repairs and maintenance much more expensive and difficult than it would otherwise be. They are more reliable, but when they do break, it's a much bigger deal to get them repaired.


    Your post, of course, points out the big virtues of the Crown Vic: “…low cost to own. It sported an ultra reliable engine and transmission…”

    After my recent experiences with my Contour, I would gladly “…so so driving dynamics, dull as dishwater interior and poor fuel economy…” in exchange for the simple, reliable design of the Crown Vic.


    An interesting note: A some point in my youth, my parents had a 1975 LTD station wagon—an ancestor of the Crown Vic.* It was a huge station wagon even for the pre-gas-shortage time in which it was designed, with a 400-cubic-inch V8. It got seven miles to the gallon. It also had an amazingly tight turning radius for such a big car. It was one of very few cars I've ever driven that could make a U-turn in the street in front of my parents' house.

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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    The 1955 model was pretty sharp.

    omg....that's a beautiful car!

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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    The 1955 model was pretty sharp.

    Dayum, I want one!
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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    My Grandpa might be sad about about his.Two of his favorite cars are the Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria.It seems like every time he gets a new car he switches between the two.
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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls off the line in Ontario; factory closes | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

    This stalwart of the American car industry is now history. Many thousands will be available in the fleet aftermarket for years to come, but the old girl is finally out of production.

    Last of the large rear wheel drive sedans, the Crown Vic suffered imo from a lack of interest by Ford to freshen up the vehicle, condemning it to heavy duty fleet use by virtue of its low cost to own. It sported an ultra reliable engine and transmission, at the expense of so so driving dynamics, dull as dishwater interior and poor fuel economy. Unless drove nothing but flat out runs on the highway or you had very little to spend on a used car, the Vic was a poor choice for transportation.

    However, some people bemoan the loss of the Vic. Are you one of those? Did you like the Vic? Why or why not?
    A few points

    The Crown Vic was not and is not the last of the large RWD sedans

    The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are large RWD sedans. Chevy is bringing out the Chevy Caprice ( Holden Caprice from Australia) for the fleet market (police)

    All are better cars then the Crown Vic, better engines, better suspensions, and better build quality. I dont miss the Crown Vic as it should have been canned 15 years ago
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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    A few points

    The Crown Vic was not and is not the last of the large RWD sedans

    The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are large RWD sedans. Chevy is bringing out the Chevy Caprice ( Holden Caprice from Australia) for the fleet market (police)

    All are better cars then the Crown Vic, better engines, better suspensions, and better build quality. I dont miss the Crown Vic as it should have been canned 15 years ago
    I have driven large Ford Motor manufactured cars for umpteen years now and I have loved every one of them My daughter's Dodge caught fire while she drove down the freeway. No thanks. I will take a Ford any day of the week over Chrysler or Government Motors. But, that's just my opinion.

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    Re: Last Ford Crown Victoria rolls of the assembly line

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    A few points

    The Crown Vic was not and is not the last of the large RWD sedans

    The Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger are large RWD sedans. Chevy is bringing out the Chevy Caprice ( Holden Caprice from Australia) for the fleet market (police)

    All are better cars then the Crown Vic, better engines, better suspensions, and better build quality. I dont miss the Crown Vic as it should have been canned 15 years ago
    My apologies, those two cars do in fact meet the EPA standard for large cars (the Charger just barely at .1 cubic feet over the minimum requirement).

    The 300 and Charger are pretty recent vehicles, my information was based on old assumptions. I don't keep up with the latest out of Detroit, sorry.

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