1999 Ford Crown Victoria User Reviews

1999 Ford Crown Victoria Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 21 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars3.9 out of 5 stars 3.9 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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"power" 12 reviews
"speed" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 7 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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Andrew5572 writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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- Excellent reliability/ruggedness
- Good highway fuel economy
- Good high speed stability (not easily effected by crosswinds)
- Very comfortable
- HUGE trunk
- Inexpensive maintenance and insurance costs
- Cops often ignore your wrongdoings

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- Conservative styling (some think the car is boring, I think it's classy)
- Moderate handling

* Transmission Note:
I recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30,000 miles - this will keep the transmission's torque converter happy. Some owners have reported "torque converter shudder", this is a weak point of the car. A Ford mechanic once recommended driving around town the OD set to off to reduce wear and tear on the torque converter. In short, if you take good care of these transmissions and don't drive the vehicle like a nut job all the time, it would be safe to expect nearly 200,000 miles with the original transmission. That is what my dad achieved with his 92 Grand Marquis.

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Best Kept Secret — It's conservative styling may seem bland to some, but beneath the exterior is an extremely well built car. This car humbly serves for over 80% of law enforcement and nearly all Taxi Cab companies. This in itself is a testament to reliability and ruggedness of the vehicle. In addition, the Crown Victoria has received a frontal 5 star crashtest rating from the NHTSA for 12 years running and is also the ONLY car in the world to be tested to a 75mph rear end impact by law enforcement agencies. The Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis/Town Car are amongst the only cars today to use "BOF" (Body on Frame) construction as opposed to "unibody" or "unitized" construction. By a simple frame of reference, nearly all pickup trucks (with the exception of the Honda Ridgeline) use the same engineering principle. Do not forget to note the car has a gigantic trunk at 20.6 cu ft. If you threw a bean bag and a flash light in there, a 7th passenger could comfortably travel with you. But I don't exactly think that's legal. Ford refers to the vehicle as a "modern classic." The original platform (code named Panther) dates back to 1979. It is one of the longest lived platforms in the auto industry. The current CV uses Ford's 4.6L SOHC 2V V8, which has been in use since the 1992 model year. The engine has received many refinements, most notably in 1998, when improved valve guides and coil on plug (COP) ignition were introduced. The 1998 model year introduced many other improvements such as Watts linkage to the rear suspension and a revised roofline to match it’s sister car, the Grand Marquis. The CV achieves remarkable fuel economy considering it's overall weight and engine displacement. The Crown Vic I currently drive typically achieves 22mpg and 25+ on the freeway. I consider this remarkable for a 2 ton RWD car with a V8. Crown Victoria's are easy to keep due to their low maintenance requirements and cheap insurance costs. Used Crown Victoria's can be found for a inexpensive cost due to their low resale value. I picked up my 99 in '06 w/98k miles for about $6300 in excellent condition. Many of the civilian CV's are commonly owned by the elderly and can be found in excellent condition. Insurance cost is also extremely low, and I mean LOW... My previous vehicle was a '94 Mazda Protege and the Vic is only slightly more expensive for FULL coverage VS the LIABILITY only insurance I had with the Mazda. If you're into performance, these aren't the quickest or best handling cars on the road. There is moderate body roll while taking turns, although the rear Watts linkage suspension does promote good high speed stability. In addition, a Crown Vic will achieve the quarter mile in around the low 16's... not exactly quick but not exactly slow either. The vehicle does have good off the line pull due to a reasonable amount of torque (275ft lbs for the 99 model year). But again these cars are not built with high performance in mind, they're designed to transport people and things. If you're looking for performance, the 3V version of the 4.6L V8 in the current Mustang will develop more power and will shave about 3 seconds off your quarter mile time. *Maintenance tips/comments: Simply change the oil every 5,000 miles and pay good attention to other manufacturer recommended intervals. Being a RWD car, there are no CV joints to worry about and all the wheel bearings are permanently sealed. The chassis is also permanently sealed and the u-joint on the drive shaft does not require lubrication. The brakes on this car have high longevity. After owning the vehicle for nearly two years and 30,000 miles, Les Schwab still tells me the brakes are at 80% (whenever I take my tires for rotation, about every 5k), I find this astonishing compared to my previous vehicles. There have been times when I've really had to jam on those brakes hard. So, I know I wrote a book about these cars... But if you're looking for a used car that's safe, rugged, reliable, and comfortable, DO NOT hesitate to add the Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis to your list. It is one of America's best kept secrets.

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Brendan writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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This car is cheap, fast, safe, easy to work on, and almost indestructible. Enough said.

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I wish Ford put Cobra heads on these along with a tachometer.

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1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor - 4.6 Sohc V8 — The 4.6 is one of the best motors ever built. Its a small v8 but if your willing to put in money you have the same HP potential as a big block. Not to mention the engines damn near indestructible. The P71 (police) Crown Victorias are significantly upgraded compared to a regular C.V. The police cars are lighter, they have a stiffer suspension, dual exhaust, aluminum driveshafts, transmission shift kits and a factory computer tune. Only thing i don't like is the interior, but hey, it's just a cop car/taxi. Nothing a Mercury Grand Marquis interior cant fix. Even though it may run, a mechanics car is NEVER finished.

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Paul writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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Old police package car- great fun!

Cons

putting it in the garage

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P71 Crown Vic Police Package — this is one of the most fun cars around. Fast powerful it doesnt even breathe hard on the interstate. No problems so far. huge trunk. barely fits in the garage though! Most people probably dont like the styling, but I love it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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skaizun writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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4

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Durable; comfortable; very few and low repair costs

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Low MPG; half the IP lights failed; not user-friendly (i.e., radio out of reach)

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I've Kept All Maintenance Records On A Spreadsheet: Total Maintenance Costs: $3.4k; Avg/yr: $1.9k! — Incredibly durable! I've had two minor fender benders, and it still shows well! Other than basic maintenance (fluids, tires, batteries), she's had only two "major" repairs: the idle air control valve failed after 5 years ($200 repair) and, just a few months ago, the end links needed to be replaced ($200). That's it! No muffler/pipe replacements, no belts, no spark plugs, no starters, no alternators, etc!!! The only issues: 1) Half the instrument panel lights failed after 6 years(I drive with the lights on, and, if I had thought about it, would have dimmed the panel lights, at least during the day; repairs would probably be costly; if it ever fails completely, I'll tape something like LED Xmas lights to the outside (i.e., the side facing the driver). 2) The radio is too far for me to reach (I'm only 5'10", but keep the seat pretty far back for comfort (any closer, and my knees would hit the bottom of the steering column). 3) I constantly cut myself on the top of the trunk lid, which has a metal chrome (?) strip that is not flush with the trunk lid, itself (I've tried glue, tape, and screws, but nothing keeps it flush; over the years, I've just dealt with it as best as I could!). 4) After the seventh year, the cruise control failed slowly, then totally. I found out, accidentally (while hand-cleaning the engine compartment), that pulling the vacuum hose from the power distribution box seems to reset it. I've had to do it twice in the past 3 years.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Emile writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr S Sedan Review
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Excellent Performace, comfort, and reliability. Cheap parts, short labor times, good highway milage.

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Poor city gas milage.

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Crown Victoria Praise — This car is excellent. Granted, mine only has 35000 miles, but its ten years old, still pulls a 14 sec quarter mile, and gets 30 mpg on the highway. Plus, the silhouette looks like a police interceptor, which is useful in some situations.

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Tom writes:
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5

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Performance, Safety, Police-look

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Fuel Economy (23mpg highway)

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Ford Cvpi — It definitely is a fun car to drive in an area where law enforcement uses the very same car in the very same color (unmarked sheriff squads) so people treat you very differently, make way and all that kinda good stuff.

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Tom writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Way easy to drive.  Everyone thought it was an unmarked unit, so I pretty much sped everywhere and no one stopped me.  Great highway cruiser, most people would change lanes and let me by quick.

Cons

The transmission started to slip a little towards the end.  No ABS.  Thirsty.  

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The Best Car I've Ever Owned — It was a Police Interceptor model. I had to drive down to Miami to find her. She was to me, the ultimate car. Big inside and out, rear wheel drive, good power, great sound, high intimidation factor. Just a great car. I liked how she had all the upgraded, heavy duty parts. She even had sub frame connectors. My brother slid her into the midpoint bridge support and we fixed her. I plowed into the side of a school bus one morning and we had to say goodbye. Still miss her.

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bobfartley writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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5

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Quite roomy.  The trunk is beyond huge. Super easy to work on.

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Wish it had better gas mileage.

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Bought A Grand Marquis Just Like It But A Model Year Newer. — As I stated earlier. I bought a car exactly like this one but with a few more luxuries. It is probably the easiest car I've ever worked on and parts are cheap because there are so many on the road. I can't wait to purchase a 2006 model in 10 years.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mobilecity writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr STD Sedan Review
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Very roomy and fast. Great gas mileage for a V8 on the highway

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Seats are not power so hard to adjust for me.

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If It's Good Enough For The Police , It's Good Enough For Me. — People move out of the fast lane on the highway when I'm behind them. Easily fits 8 people. Five inside and three in the trunk. Has very good acceleration and it feels like i'm sitting in my living room couch. Would highly recommend this vehicle.

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Allen writes:
1999 Ford Crown Victoria 4 Dr LX Sedan Review
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Lots of room, very reliable.

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Kind of plain.  Could accelerate faster.

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1999 Crown Vic — Performance: Nothing special. Ride is very good. Very comfortable for long road trips. Build Quality: Great, 165,000 miles and still going strong. Appearance: Nothing special. Its not gorgeous, its not ugly..lol Cost of Qwnership: Pretty good. Gets 18-19mpg in town. 25-26mpg on the hwy. Not bad for a heavy V8 car. Fun Factor: Actually pretty fun car. People think its a Highway Patrol car and move out of your way..lol

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2011 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

Very Comfortable By 7215charlie_

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2010 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

Great Car For Road Trips And Family, Police Model Also Has A Cool Stance. By KenF

Highly recommend the venerated Crown Victoria to anyone who can appreciate a large sedan that has both power and style, and that don't break the bank. Maintenance on the Crown Vic is easy and cost eff... Read More

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2008 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

I Am So Proud Of The Way It Was Made. Awesome. By RSTORMFIELD

I like everyrhing about this car. Too bad Ford made the big mistake to stop its production in 2011. I think they will regret it everntually. The way the engine sounds when it picks up, its great pass... Read More

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2007 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

Awesommme Car By John

Build Quality: Best Car Car Comparisons: Crown Vic. Best Car Eva. Performance: Awesome. Read More

Great Car By Ahmed

acceleration : real nice and fast inspite of the size of the bod handling : better handling than old models , real good Build Quality : its a tank on wheels doesnt have a serious problems Appearance :... Read More

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2006 Ford Crown Victoria Reviews

My Bronze Family Car By synnek

One of the best cars for road trips. Very comfortable with lots of space. They are powerful and yet yield fair economy. They are not the image of young drivers; they are driven mostly by big cops ... Read More

Great Powerful Luxury Car! By Chris

Great car. It has 4.6L v8 but still gets 18-20 city and 26-30 hwy! Comfortable, not cramped. The build quality is amazing, especially since its a retired cop car that was taken care of. Its got heav... Read More

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