2002 Ford Crown Victoria

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$23,150

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2002 Ford Crown Victoria

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2002 Ford Crown Victoria review: Our expert's take

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The verdict:

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I was an old man for a week, and I loved it. That’s “old,” not “middle-aged.” I’m talking 65 to 75 years, not 45 to 55. I’m talking geezer, curmudgeon, grouch, don’t-have-to-listen-to-you because-I’ve-heard-it-all-before.

I had a good time.

It happened in a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria LX sedan. It’s a big, conservative American car favored by police, government agents and senior citizens. It gets respect.

People move out of the way of a Crown Vic. If they’re speeding, they slow down. Nobody cuts you off.

Another thing: At a Giant Food store in Northern Virginia, one motorist allowed me to take a regular parking spot closest to the store. She was very nice about it. Maybe she thought I was a detective, or maybe an Internal Revenue Service agent. Maybe she thought I as an old guy in a Crown Vic who needed a break.

No matter. It felt good. I once wrote a column about being treated like royalty in a Rolls-Royce Corniche. But that was deference stemming from envy and, perhaps, a mixture of lust and greed.

The Crown Vic engenders something else. If you’re sitting behind its wheel in coat and tie, people assume that you’re on a mission. Why else would you be driving an “Arizona Beige clearcoat metallic” govmobile that stretches 17.7 feet front to rear? Why else would you be in a car that could seat six large adults in perfect comfort?

If you’re in casual wear, as I was on the day the nice woman helped me at the Giant, younger people treat you as their father, village elder, someone in need of and deserving of assistance.

There is something so establishment about the Crown Vic, other motorists assume that you’re going to do the right thing behind the wheel. I’m often nervous when slowing down for yellow lights. I fear that drivers speeding behind me will smash my rear. But in the Crown Vic, I checked the rearview mirror and noticed that traffic was slowing in anticipation of my stopping at yellow.

It’s easy to make fun of this car. Its dashboard is long and wide enough to host a soccer game. Despite a variety of cosmetic fixes, the rest of the interior is old-school — big cloth-covered or leather seats, depending on your preference; lots of woodgrain inserts, plush-pile carpeting.

The car also is traditional mechanically — rear-wheel drive; a 4.6-liter, 220-horsepower, two-valves-per-cylinder pushrod V-8 engine; and, of course, a four-speed automatic transmission.

Rival automobiles, such as the Toyota Avalon sedan, have more pizazz and prestige. But the Crown Vic trumps most of them in terms of value for dollar and overall safety.

I’m going to miss this car. It carried me well on my tours of Northern Virginia. It was as great at rest stops as it was on the highway. I’d pull over at patrolled rest stops, turn off the engine, crack the windows, check the door locks, and quite literally stretch out and nap on its sp acious rear seat.

And it didn’t matter when I got up a bit rumpled and ambled to the men’s room to clean up before hitting the road, again. I was just an old guy, probably a nice old guy, traveling around Virginia.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.3
  • Interior design 2.0
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 2.0
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

3.9

A lot of car for the money

When my car was totaled by flooding, I had a budget of just under 3,000 to find a vehicle. Something reliable. I decided on a decommissioned Police Interceptor. Knowing the vehicle had been maintained professionally every month of it's life bought some piece of mind. The vehicle has been nothing but reliable since I brought it home. Power to spare, plenty of leg room. The only down sides are the mileage, which honestly is fine for a car this size, and the sheer mass of the vehicle which makes parking and navigating tight spots more challenging, but that same size is a blessing as well, I can comfortable seat five and uncomfortably seat seven, not including the massive trunk. It's a lot of car for the money.

2.9

Okay...... But

My 2002 Ford Crown Victoria is a okay car its not my only car. We have a lexus,range rover,ford f250,and gmc denali. This is the used car I bought just for like company reasons and my kids think its a okay car and a feature you might not know is that you can phone pair it in a round about way

3.4

Very solid automobile

I am very pleased with my purchase. I was looking for something that is tried and true; a car that will re reliable and get me to where I need to go. This car does just that. It is not the best ride as far as comfort or styling, but I wasn't looking for that. I needed a car that would perform and this one does just fine. It is a retired police chief's car so I like the fact that people slow down when I am behind then as they cannot see yet that I am not the law. :-)

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Gold
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Gold Certified: Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-Month/12,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Blue Certified: 90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Powertrain
7-Year/100,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Powertrain Limited Warranty Blue Certified: Available Disclaimer: See your dealer for warranty coverage details.
Dealer certification required
Certified 172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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