An American icon
By Brad on Saturday, April 18, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,000
overall rating 7 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Fun to drive, gets looks, comfortable."
Cons: "Costly repairs"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my Crown Vic Sport. The fat leather bucket seats, each with power adjustments and lumbar support, are extremely comfortable. My car also has air ride suspension in the rear. With 17" wheels and Yokohama Avid "V" rated tires, it handles incredibly well. True dual exhaust. Rated at 239 horsepower, and with a 3:73 rear axle, it is very quick. It gets around 25 MPG on open roads. The steering wheel controls for HVAC, cruise control, and radio functions are very intuitive, and are illuminated. The car is VERY quiet on the open road; very smooth, and a joy to drive.
On the negative side, however, this car has been the worst car I've ever owned regarding repairs. Most repairs have been covered by an extended warranty I've purchased. The electronics have been terrible. I've replaced the HVAC module @ $500, the door control module @ $250, and the lighting control module @ $500. Very disappointing, however Ford did a reconfiguration for this year, and "bugs" were certainly going to show up. New for 2003 were a hydro-formed frame, rack & pinion steering, and some other refinements. I've also had a power window switch go bad, but it was an easy, 5 minute fix. $20.
Overall, I would give a rating of 8 out of a possible 10 for the Crown Victoria Sport. They have a "following", with enthusiasts and clubs across the Nation. This is based on the "Panther" platform including the Ford Crown Victoria, the Mercury Grand Marquis and Marauder, and the Lincoln Town Car."
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