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#1 mysteriousjl

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:02 PM

I think I'm gonna need to replace my car soon, and funds are a little tight right now, so I was thinking of going to this place that sells retired cop cars and other government vehicles.

Are these vehicles generally pretty well-maintained, or have they more likely been rode hard and put away wet, so to speak?

I'm sure a Crown Vic Interceptor burns a lot more gas than I'm used to buying lately, but on the other hand ... 

 

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:16 PM

Every time i get in my tahoe, it gets abused. Hard braking, fast acceleration, hard cornering. Running pretty much 24/7. Quality of maintenance probably depends on the department, but i wouldn't buy one of ours. You can find a better kept used car for the same price probably.
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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:20 PM

No way I'd buy one of our cars. You couldn't sell it cheap enough for me

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:41 PM

I agree, one of my buddies had the one he bought blow the engine in a matter of weeks.

 

Check Craigs list, we just found a real good deal on a car for the wife. They're out there, you just have to look around a lot to find them


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#5 mysteriousjl

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 09:01 PM

Thanks, gentlemen, I'm glad I asked!


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Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:28 PM

One of our transport vans just was killed. I say killed because it was returned from the shop for the SECOND time with no oil in it, and was driven like that. I mean, when it goes in for maintenance, and to get the oil changed, you'd assume they'd put new oil in... *facepalm* sad thing is, we have both gas and diesel vans, so no one really payed attention to the knockin noise until it got louder. RIP Van, you were my favorite, bullet holes and all.
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#7 mysteriousjl

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 09:32 PM

Reminds me of a time I sold an old VW Jetta for scrap. I got to the place and the guy comes out and he's like, "Oh, it's a diesel?" and I'm like, "Uh, no, that's why I'm scrapping it."


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Posted 16 June 2015 - 01:10 AM

Update!!

Last week my division had seven vans, and a crown Vic to our fleet! Tonight, we have two vans and an "old people Casino bus" left and one of those is on its last leg and being babied! The rest are in the shop and are either dead, dying or trying to be fixed! Hahaha one was over two thousand miles past due. No one seemed to notice. Run away! Run far away from fleet vehicles!!!!
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#9 mangeface

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 06:30 PM

RIP Van, you were my favorite, bullet holes and all.

Is this the same van from the story you told me, Davis and DirtyTrigger?

 

This story? http://www.kpho.com/...escape-from-van


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#10 PsychoFish

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 12:39 AM

Yep same van! Still had a bullet hole in the floor board.
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Posted 27 June 2015 - 08:00 AM

I didn't read over the replies, but an auctioned patrol vehicle will be the biggest POS you could buy. Because so many different guys -young guys at that- drive them there is often no sense of ownership or responsibility. Bad brake and rotors, slick tires, running with no oil, cracked block, bent frames...all problems I've seen in cars my previous profession has disposed of to the public.

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:18 PM

Yeah, I drive one of the newer generation chargers. Yesterday I was doing 110 going to a job. LE beats the absolute dog shit out of the cars (unless you're lucky enough to work somewhere with a take home program, then they get beat up slightly less)

 

You couldn't GIVE me a used police car. MAYBE if it was a detective/admin car. But definitely not a patrol unit.

 

When you look at the odometer reading of a police car versus a normal car, 60k miles might not seem like much (as an example) Except for the police car, those are a HARD 60k miles. I cannot emphasize that enough.


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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:21 PM

Also, does anyone here drive the new explorers at work? We're getting rid of all of our chargers and going to explorers. Already replaced 1 car. 9 more allegedly coming late summer.

 

Haven't driven them yet, so don't know how I feel about it. But the chargers are pretty much cheating assuming the weather is nice. Explorers will be great for the northeast winters, but man these cars ain't gonna win any pursuits like our chargers do now.


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Posted 05 July 2015 - 01:46 AM

Do the new explorers still have a V8 option?

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 08:53 AM

Do the new explorers still have a V8 option?

 

Nah, either a 3.7 V6 or a 3.5L Turbo V6


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Posted 05 July 2015 - 09:26 AM

My brother (a cop) told me as far as milage on squads go you take the number x3, so that 60,000 squad is really 180,000

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:23 PM

Nah, either a 3.7 V6 or a 3.5L Turbo V6


Lame. That's the only thing that made those worth having imo

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 06:38 PM

My brother (a cop) told me as far as milage on squads go you take the number x3, so that 60,000 squad is really 180,000


Considering our "new" crown vic we just got for run around delivery duties has been redlined twice that seems about right. Meaning it has been stripped of all lights, radios, and ANY thing LE related because, well, it should have been retired twice already!
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Posted 09 July 2015 - 05:35 PM

As others have said, police cars are driven hard... If you are still just head over heals for the police cars look for one without holes in the roof where lights were removed and that still has the factory rear seat, most likely a detective or supervisor's car. Keep in mind the crown, ever the interceptor are not fast cars. It was never the car but the driver and the radio that placed other cars at a disadvantage. 


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Posted 10 July 2015 - 05:35 PM

Also make sure you get one with operable rear door locks. Most cars have them removed to prevent escape.


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