Welcome to the Crown Vics ETC blog!

On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018 with a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A New Addition to the Driveway... Introducing, MomVic!

I never thought I'd see this day, but here it is... Introducing, MomVic!

Yes, after all these years, Ma finally has a Crown Vic of her very own.  Her 1999 Lincoln Town Car finally looked so crappy and needed enough repairs that it was retired, miles unknown thanks to a replaced digital dash, but still under 100,000 miles.

MomVic is a 2011 LX in black with gray leather, about 85,000 miles.  So far, she really likes it.  It did sit for a while before being sold at auction, so there are a couple of things to look into, like one rear door power lock that doesn't seem to be working, and the CD player isn't working.  Shame, because it is super-clean and nice.

Even though it was clean, it needed a good wax.  I just wasn't up to doing it myself, not on a black car, so we had Arlington Auto Detailing handle the job.  Everyone was impressed with the results!

And YES, I am jealous of the rims..............  I did the initial clean up of them myself, for old time's sake...

Alas, this IS Massachusetts, so from here on, it will be subject to snow & salt, pollen & bird mess, parking lots & jerk drivers.  All reasons I myself could NEVER live with a black car!  Vic 2.0's medium blue paint was hard enough to live with!

On the way to it's new home...
Fresh from the detailer...
Settling into a new driveway... 
The 1999 Lincoln Town Car in 2016... I never liked
that car, and am glad to see it GONE!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cooooooool, man!

6/12/19 = 126,000
Vic 3.0 got a little love today.  The air conditioning finally ran out of "freon", or whatever they are using these days.  The accumulator had been leaking since the fall of 2018.  TaxiGuy put in a new one and charged the system, and just in time... it was 90ºF in Massachusetts today!

Then I (finally) replaced one headlight with a better used one.  All of the adjusters matched up to each other, so I didn't do anything but install it.  Looks better... but now the OTHER one isn't up to snuff.  I have two brand new ones, but for some reason, I am afraid to put them in... my luck, I'd end up in a head-on collision!


New accumulator inside the plastic cover...

... original headlight and slightly nicer used one...

... and finally put the nifty trunk bungee in. 
This came on Vic 2.0 and has come in handy through the years!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

125,886 Mile Update

A quick 125,886 mile update:  Vic FINALLY got it's oil change today... way overdue and yet the oil on the dipstick was darn clean looking!  Trying to figure out the car's small exhaust leak... or at least it SEEMS to be one.  It was put on a lift and looked at last month but there's wasn't anything obvious.  The cold and wet spring here in eastern Massachusetts meant it took me a while to get rust converter shmoo onto the car's wear spots.  Snow tires are off and other than that mystery leak, things have been uneventful.  Hopefully I am not jinxing myself!! 

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