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(Jalopnik)   "Whether the cops in your town patrol in Crown Victorias, Ford Tauruses, or Dodge Challengers, make no mistake: the Seattle Police Department has them beat"   (jalopnik.com) divider line 12
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2013-04-25 11:11:33 PM
3 votes:
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas.
2013-04-26 09:37:14 AM
1 votes:

Pssh.  Amateurs.


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2013-04-26 08:32:12 AM
1 votes:
Malacon:
I'm all for cop cars having large engines, but I gotta agree with praymantis on the SUV front. I don't understand why they'd drive one of those. I see them in the suburbs as well. Depending on the area I understand why, but highway patrol? I don't get it.

K9 Units
Multiple arrest
Extra Carrying Capacity
 - Extra equipment for stand offs (shields, body armor, etc.)
 - Confiscated goods
 - Towing (Boat, Snowmobile, Radar Sign, etc)

They don't just let them sit and rot when not on routine patrol.
They include them in patrol to have them rolling and being used.
2013-04-26 08:31:05 AM
1 votes:

praymantis: You don't need a V8 that gets 13 MPG for that there are plenty of 4 cylinder cars that can do that, things like turbo. It is evident that for sometime you can use a smaller engine and still get the performance when you need it. In addition 99.9% of the time when the lights are flashing people pull over.


How much do those cost? What's the MPG for that? Do you also know that everything they buy has to be awarded to the lowest bidder? That means they'd have to find someone willing to make all of that at a low cost, someone who can maintain that at a low cost and then swap everything over which would then include training everyone on this which also costs money.

Malacon: I'm all for cop cars having large engines, but I gotta agree with praymantis on the SUV front. I don't understand why they'd drive one of those. I see them in the suburbs as well. Depending on the area I understand why, but highway patrol? I don't get it.


It snows in NY, pickup trucks aren't a good option with the gear they have. Also those suburbans could be K9 units.
2013-04-26 08:25:54 AM
1 votes:
I had a crown vic, it averaged 24mpg with the 4.6 liter V-8.  They're not that bad on gas for a full size car.  A Focus or whatever, without significant mods, can't take the beating that most cops would subject it to - thats why the front drive Chevy Impala and Dodge Intrepid cruisers didn't stick around long, outside of quiet, sleepy, towns.

csb time -
I actually have a 1976 Plymouth Gran Fury that's an ex Florida Highway Patrol that I'm in the process of restoring to its original patrol specs.  Its got the 440 Hi-Po engine, heavy duty suspension and brakes, and a "Sure-Grip" limited slip rear diff.  Its not quite as insane on power as the 71/72 models were, but its still quite a potent ride for such a large car, doing 0-60 in around six seconds today, even with the well worn and not-yet-rebuilt original engine, and its said that the top speed was somewhere over 130mph.  The 70s were a dark time for performance, but to put it in perspective, that puts this giant land yacht on par in acceleration with the corvettes of its same year.
2013-04-26 08:23:56 AM
1 votes:

praymantis: Tom_Slick: praymantis: Not even sure why cops are driving V8's still, with the price of gas they should all be driving a Ford Focus or some other 4 cylinder with much better gas mileage. I live in NY and it makes me crazy to see one cop on the NYS Thruway in a Suburban. They are wasting tax payers money and it needs to stop, and I am serious not trolling, it really is a pet peeve of mine.

Big issue is size, a Focus couldn't hold their equipment let alone have room for a perp in the back.

Does not have to be a Focus but there must be something out there better than a Suburban and a Crown Vic., especially for town or city cops. 13-15 MPG is a complete waste.



Crown Vics have a much lower center of gravity then SUVs and are good for employing the pit maneuver, in the event it would be necessary.  They are also very heavy; you most likely couldn't pit another large heavy car using a Focus, etc.
2013-04-26 08:20:12 AM
1 votes:
WTF is with all the retarded little widgety knick knacks on that page?

The Muthaship: My V6 Nissan gets 24mpg and will outrun your choice of current cop cars with considerable ease.


They don't drive them because they're fast. They don't have to be fast, they have radios. They drive them because they're roomy, durable and easy to fix.
2013-04-26 07:58:49 AM
1 votes:

praymantis: Not even sure why cops are driving V8's still, with the price of gas they should all be driving a Ford Focus or some other 4 cylinder with much better gas mileage. I live in NY and it makes me crazy to see one cop on the NYS Thruway in a Suburban. They are wasting tax payers money and it needs to stop, and I am serious not trolling, it really is a pet peeve of mine.


Ummm you don't understand why police cruisers need speed to catch up to people speeding...........?
2013-04-26 07:56:44 AM
1 votes:
Great... hipster cops...
2013-04-26 06:45:33 AM
1 votes:
Ah, cars when they had designers and not CAD CAM annotated drag coefficient numbers.  Sick of ovate sh*tboxes.
2013-04-26 06:14:09 AM
1 votes:

Cyberluddite: Even in its day, the Plymouth Satellite was an econobox POS.


You should give up the trolling, you're so awkward at it.
2013-04-25 11:50:15 PM
1 votes:

phlegmmo: It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas.


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