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(JSOnline)   It's the end of an era: After hoarding them, Milwaukee police sends its final Crown Victoria into service with no replacement in sight   (jsonline.com) divider line 109
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2013-08-25 07:15:01 AM
When I drove a cab, or fleet were all Crown Vics we bought from the police department. Those were some weird rides.
 
2013-08-25 07:15:43 AM
*our
 
2013-08-25 07:44:59 AM
Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.
 
2013-08-25 08:39:56 AM

FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.


This.  The PA state police seem to be phasing out the old crown vics and caprices in favor of those things.  Just not the same AT ALL.
 
2013-08-25 09:31:12 AM
Pretty soon, they'll all be sold to a bunch of little old men wearing hats.
 
2013-08-25 09:40:23 AM

ginandbacon: When I drove a cab, or fleet were all Crown Vics we bought from the police department. Those were some weird rides.


Fantastic rides you mean! 75 mph on surface streets and barely unweighting over raised RR tracks...90 to 120 acceleration through the curves of fwy to fwy ramps

I mean in theory, an experienced taxi driver might be able to make them do such things on a closed course controlled environment and certainly never with passengers.  Well at least that is what I've heard
 
2013-08-25 10:54:53 AM
Wonder what the Havana Polizia drive?

touroperator24.pl
 
2013-08-25 10:56:17 AM

FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.


My last speeding ticket was when I blew past a cop who was just driving along in a Rav4 of all things. No roof lights, no little spotlight thing, no big STATE POLICE on the bumper or anything. Just a run of the mill Rav 4.

He didn't appreciate my defense of, "Well, if you were in a cop car, I would have seen you and slowed down. You aren't playing fair, you know"
 
2013-08-25 10:57:54 AM
They mention "marked and unmarked" Crown Vics in TFA.  I just assume an unmarked Crown Vic is a cop, period.  Period, period.  This has worked well for me.
 
2013-08-25 10:59:16 AM
It's sad to see that the end of the Crown Vic. However it's even sadder that some cities are replacing them with SUVs. I work in a city of 40,000 and they are switching to SUVs. It ticks me off.
 
2013-08-25 11:00:07 AM

BitwiseShift: Wonder what the Havana Polizia drive?

[touroperator24.pl image 413x280]


Ladas, mostly.
 
2013-08-25 11:00:47 AM

Infobahn: They mention "marked and unmarked" Crown Vics in TFA.  I just assume an unmarked Crown Vic is a cop, period.  Period, period.  This has worked well for me.


In HS a friend of mine's parents had one, in white of all colors. You would just watch traffic back up around you as you drove down the highway in that thing and everyone slowly inched up on you to see if you were a cop, or just some old dude.

It also made for hours of endless fun of driving down the highway, getting right up on someone, and tailing them for a few miles watching them freak out thinking they were about to get pulled over.
 
M-G
2013-08-25 11:01:14 AM
 
2013-08-25 11:04:10 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: It's sad to see that the end of the Crown Vic. However it's even sadder that some cities are replacing them with SUVs. I work in a city of 40,000 and they are switching to SUVs. It ticks me off.


Why? A new SUV probably has better gas mileage than a crown vic. It has 4wd so is better in bad weather than a RWD cruiser. Higher field of vision, and can still carry all of the stuff they kept in the massive trunk of a crown vic.

I read a article a while  back talking about what police departments looked for in cop cars. Apparently the most important thing is a back seat that they can easily get someone into if that person is resisting, so they need big door openings. It really cuts down their options as to what they can drive. The alternative is waiting for the guy with the car big enough to hold someone when they make an arrest.
 
2013-08-25 11:04:29 AM
Will miss the Vic, but as far as performance goes it doesn't hold a candle to the new Taurus.
 
2013-08-25 11:05:04 AM

BitwiseShift: Wonder what the Havana Polizia drive?


bestsellingcarsblog.com

I wondered, so I searched. They used to drive Ladas, and probably do to some extend, but they're all being replaced with the above car which is a Chinese Geely CK.
 
2013-08-25 11:11:41 AM
 
2013-08-25 11:11:43 AM
Just invest in this and be done with it.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-08-25 11:15:12 AM

Preebs: Just invest in this and be done with it.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x454]


Crickey it's the Rozzers! the Crims don't stand a chance.
 
2013-08-25 11:15:34 AM

FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.




Those stick out like a sore thumb.

Muscle cars are for the small penised.

Guns and muscle cars? Microscopic peckers.
 
2013-08-25 11:16:43 AM

FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.


I don't see why not. 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. What do you say, is it the new Copmobile or what?
 
2013-08-25 11:16:44 AM

FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.


My company 2012 Charger Pursuit kinda does, even though I'm not a cop:
imageshack.us

/yes, of course I got the Hemi
 
2013-08-25 11:17:07 AM

Mid_mo_mad_man: It's sad to see that the end of the Crown Vic. However it's even sadder that some cities are replacing them with SUVs. I work in a city of 40,000 and they are switching to SUVs. It ticks me off.


I know around here tribal police has been using SUVs for quite a while because they're more suited to the mountain roads they need to patrol.  It seems everyone around here is switching at least some of their fleet over.  I guess they got tired of chasing a guy until he turned off the paved road.
 
2013-08-25 11:18:58 AM

GopherGuts: FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.

My company 2012 Charger Pursuit kinda does, even though I'm not a cop:
[imageshack.us image 800x462]

/yes, of course I got the Hemi


I don't understand why anybody would want to drive a car that looks like a cop car. You pull up behind somebody passing in the passing lane, and they freak out, slow down and stop passing. Now you're stuck behind a paranoid moron who's blockading traffic.
 
2013-08-25 11:20:37 AM
lotpro.com
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks...
 
2013-08-25 11:20:40 AM

ginandbacon: When I drove a cab, or fleet were all Crown Vics we bought from the police department. Those were some weird rides.


I drove for Red And White in Minneapolis.  They were great rides.
 
2013-08-25 11:22:55 AM

Enormous-Schwanstucker: Preebs: Just invest in this and be done with it.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x454]

Crickey it's the Rozzers! the Crims don't stand a chance.


Admittedly it's better than doormat with some nails in it.
 
2013-08-25 11:24:28 AM
It's too bad the government killed Carbon Motors. That would have been sweet.
 
2013-08-25 11:25:09 AM

whatsupchuck: [lotpro.com image 400x286]
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks...


Fix the cigarette lighter.
 
2013-08-25 11:26:24 AM

Donnchadha: I don't understand why anybody would want to drive a car that looks like a cop car. You pull up behind somebody passing in the passing lane, and they freak out, slow down and stop passing. Now you're stuck behind a paranoid moron who's blockading traffic.


More often, they move over.
And the police don't stop it, even if they clock it going way too fast.

/not that I would ever speed, of course
 
2013-08-25 11:34:46 AM

nekom: FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.

This.  The PA state police seem to be phasing out the old crown vics and caprices in favor of those things.  Just not the same AT ALL.


Shouldn't you be watching the road so you can stop at the end of that on ramp?
 
2013-08-25 11:35:28 AM

oldsbone: Mid_mo_mad_man: It's sad to see that the end of the Crown Vic. However it's even sadder that some cities are replacing them with SUVs. I work in a city of 40,000 and they are switching to SUVs. It ticks me off.

I know around here tribal police has been using SUVs for quite a while because they're more suited to the mountain roads they need to patrol.  It seems everyone around here is switching at least some of their fleet over.  I guess they got tired of chasing a guy until he turned off the paved road.


Around here it's not at all uncommon for the police forces to use cars that have been seized as undercover units, particularly for traffic duties.
 
2013-08-25 11:36:43 AM

theotherles: ginandbacon: When I drove a cab, or fleet were all Crown Vics we bought from the police department. Those were some weird rides.

I drove for Red And White in Minneapolis.  They were great rides.


Yeah. Unless you hate rear wheel drive and a car that has too much power for it's steering. Otherwise, it's fabulous.
 
2013-08-25 11:40:28 AM
Here's where the Crown Vics were made:

www.sunnewsnetwork.ca

The plant closed two years ago next month.
 
2013-08-25 11:49:07 AM
Was it an interceptor?

www.makemeadriver.co.uk
 
2013-08-25 11:49:13 AM

LineNoise: Infobahn: They mention "marked and unmarked" Crown Vics in TFA.  I just assume an unmarked Crown Vic is a cop, period.  Period, period.  This has worked well for me.

In HS a friend of mine's parents had one, in white of all colors. You would just watch traffic back up around you as you drove down the highway in that thing and everyone slowly inched up on you to see if you were a cop, or just some old dude.

It also made for hours of endless fun of driving down the highway, getting right up on someone, and tailing them for a few miles watching them freak out thinking they were about to get pulled over.


i bought a 2004 non cop white crown vic last year. it truly is fun faking folks out.
 
2013-08-25 11:49:34 AM

Donnchadha: GopherGuts: FriarReb98: Cop cars just don't look like cop cars anymore.  Especially cop Chargers.

My company 2012 Charger Pursuit kinda does, even though I'm not a cop:
[imageshack.us image 800x462]

/yes, of course I got the Hemi

I don't understand why anybody would want to drive a car that looks like a cop car. You pull up behind somebody passing in the passing lane, and they freak out, slow down and stop passing. Now you're stuck behind a paranoid moron who's blockading traffic.




The lulz dude, the lulz.
 
2013-08-25 11:51:00 AM
Meh, here's your replacement:
newsimg.bbc.co.uk
 
2013-08-25 11:53:02 AM

M-G: No mention of this?

http://www.gmfleet.com/police/chevy-caprice-ppv-patrol-car.html


I sure am relieved the cops can drive around listening to Pandora while bluetoothing on their phones and internetting on their "Autonet Mobile Wi-Fi."

Dear cops:  You hang up and drive too.  All the special training you claim to have does NOT give you the ability to multitask safely.  Nobody has that.
 
2013-08-25 11:58:05 AM

Donnchadha: I don't understand why anybody would want to drive a car that looks like a cop car. You pull up behind somebody passing in the passing lane, and they freak out, slow down and stop passing. Now you're stuck behind a paranoid moron who's blockading traffic.


you then flash your high beams. as they move over you blast past watching out of the corner of your eye to see their reaction.

60 miles of interstate round trip to work and back you have to do something to past the time.
 
2013-08-25 12:01:16 PM

whatsupchuck: [lotpro.com image 400x286]
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks...


plymouth fury lll. had one, a 1974, former TX DPS cruiser. great car for performance but crap mileage.
 
2013-08-25 12:03:26 PM

Tyrosine: Here's where the Crown Vics were made:

[www.sunnewsnetwork.ca image 431x242]

The plant closed two years ago next month.


there is video of the last crown vic coming off the line and the plant after it closed. sad as all hell.
 
2013-08-25 12:04:19 PM
Cop Cars Online

Get you two before they're gone
 
2013-08-25 12:04:41 PM

spawn73: BitwiseShift: Wonder what the Havana Polizia drive?

[bestsellingcarsblog.com image 600x349]

I wondered, so I searched. They used to drive Ladas, and probably do to some extend, but they're all being replaced with the above car which is a Chinese Geely CK.


That looks like a downscale Toyota Echo. I guess since their island is only "so big," running away isn't an option for avoiding a ticket because you could probably outrun this on a 12-speed.
 
2013-08-25 12:05:38 PM
ts1.mm.bing.net
Strap on a few missals and ready to go.
 
2013-08-25 12:11:01 PM

RINO: It's too bad the government killed Carbon Motors. That would have been sweet.


The government didn't kill Carbon Motors.  The government refused to give it a loan after examining the company and determining the loan was unlikely to be repaid, which is a part of the criteria for giving out the Advanced Technology Vehicle loans.  I notice that no private lending institutions gave them the money either, so one could just as easily biatch about Bank of America killing Carbon Motors.  But if the business wasn't viable, then it was really Carbon Motors that killed Carbon Motors.
 
2013-08-25 12:11:14 PM
We got  a retired Crown Vic police car from the city. Painted plain white with alley light. Not only is it the most comfortable car I've ever had, all the cops wave at me because I could be somebody.  Punks on street corners straighten up and pretend they weren't doing anything. Traffic gets out of my way. And when DH and his dad took it on a road trip, they drove exactly as fast as they wanted to.

the lulz are worth it. but it is an amazingly comfortable car. Even in back.
 
2013-08-25 12:13:03 PM
www.thetorquereport.com This thing was supposed to be available soon. Police only. Wonder when that's happening?
 
2013-08-25 12:13:11 PM
The local Sheriff's department has been fielding the Taurus interceptors, Explorer interceptors, and the Chargers.  I guess they're trying everything out to see which one works best.
 
2013-08-25 12:14:32 PM

Curious: whatsupchuck: [lotpro.com image 400x286]
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks...

plymouth fury lll. had one, a 1974, former TX DPS cruiser. great car for performance but crap mileage.


The big dog was the 440 Polara.  Neck snapping acceleration. Throaty sound. Good times!
 
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