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, 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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

UPDATE: Ready for spring

Vic is ready for spring.  Snow tires are off and alloys are on!  Which means I can take corners faster now... The front snow tires are trash, with cracks on the sidewalls.  They will be junked as soon as I can get them off the rims.  The warm weather Goodyear RS-A's still look great.  Mobil 1 oil/filter change was done on the 18th.

Thing is, the rust on the front fenders really is getting on my nerves.  People now comment on it.  It kills me to drive a car that no longer looks perfect...

Also, I think that the rear shocks need to be replaced.  It's hard to describe why I think so.  Chaulk it up to having driven the car for 14 years now.  I just know.

Yes, hard to believe, but Vic and I have been together for 14 years.  Last month, I ALMOST replaced him with a P71, but we got outbid.  I will have to make a move at some point, though, because as the car wears out, and I get poorer, I may not have the money to replace it in the future.  The economy stinks, and in Massachusetts you can't get a decent job without a college education now.  Employers can pick and choose from a vast amount of applicants. 

Quite frankly, I no longer want to work FOR someone.  I'd love to work for MYSELF.  Because as I always say, the only person you can really count on is YOURSELF.

143,000 Miles

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Yahoo! Motoramic Says Crown Victoria a "high quality, low-cost used car"

(SOURCE:  https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/the-top-10-high-quality--low-cost-used-cars-that-mechanics-buy-192211682.html)

Ford Crown Victoria: The Lincoln Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis are based on the same platform. For those just looking for a beater, and don't drive very much, the price of a government issued Crown Vic is the cheapest durable buy you can find on a pound-per-pound basis. Government surplus auction models that haven't seen police duty are tough to beat.

* what do they mean, "don't drive very much"??