How many miles before breakdown?

Asked by Jul 04, 2010 at 10:13 PM about the Ford Crown Victoria

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

I was looking into buying a Ford Crown Victoria, but was wondering how many miles does the engine do before it break down? 200.000? 250.000?


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depends on how the car has been taken care of serviced reguraly,thing is you never know when a car will break down.but mantaince is key to any vehicle.

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The other response is correct, but your question is a little vague. If you are wondering what the life expectancy is on the 4.6L 2V that can be found in the police interceptor, then depending on the maintenace (usually excellent) and depending on what the car was used for (city or highway) you can figure up to around 500,000km. I bought my 2006 P71 with 200,000km and it runs as smoothe as silk, I love my car. Maintenance is the key on any car. A new car with 50,000km that had no maintenance will be far worse than my well maintainted 210,000km. Of course, certain makes and models are more resilient than others and the Crown Vic is known for its reliability.

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Simply depends on how good you maintain it.

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I've been working on this engine since it went into production. Typically, the 4.6L 2V either seizes up before it gets off the transport truck or it runs well over 300,000 miles. Almost no in between. Maintenance is critical - so is 5w/20. We retire our Police Cruisers at 150,000 miles - not because of the Engine, but because of the Frame! Our Patrol cars can see some very severe service between the Mojave Desert, the Mountains and Metro use. Almost never an engine problem - now the transmission and Axles are a different story.

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I have a 95 crown victoria lx. 275k miles and going strong. I have changed oil every 5,000 miles. I have always used conventional oil 10w30. I on original transmission. Only problem is worn out door hinges, only a $20 fix. Love the car.

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Mine has 308,607 & going strong so it's a great car, oil & water!

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I have a 2006 Town car 4.6L. It has 300k and i'm using royal purple .I had to change the gaskets inside the tranny both internal and by the axle. It runs good and now i have to change my catalytic converter i just got a P0430 code on my check engine light. I spent 290 on the catalytic and 300 on replacing the gaskets inside the tranny because they had to take it apart. Overall a really good reliable vehicle.

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Should I buy this 2011 state patrol car with 167000 miles

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I'd spend the money and have it inspected first but if it's a Crown Vic, it's a good car - when everything is in order. Give us some details about the car.

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My 2008 Crown Victoria P71 has taken my to pennsylvania and back to New York over 10 times. I mean many miles. It runs excellent and it has the power to pass any vehicle on the run. Smooth ride, not bad on gas on the highway. Getting the on left lane is never a problem. If get your hand on one never sell it just pass it down to your grandson. They are exceptional. I know I hand minds for over 10 years and yes they do last more then a new car.

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I have 2001 CV Sport 204,000. Original motor and Trans runs great. Intake manifold replaced 160,000 common problem until 2002 model. Air suspension needs replaced. AC control module replaced twice averaging every 80,000 miles plus gneral maintenence change oil synthetic every 4000 miles. Runs like new. Jamey

Oh almost forgot. Oil leak behind Trans common problem high milege cars I use Lycos oil treatment has stopped and or slowed the leak. Jamey


Just bought a 2005 LX Sport for $1250.. 300k miles on it. looks decent, has some minor dings and scratches and some chipping on body molding, blows no smoke, uses no oil, no knocking, purrs like a kitten and rides like a Town Car. Previous owner took it to Ford religiously every 5000 miles, car fax came back with no hits. I'm just curious what may go wrong. It doesn't seem to have any issues so far.

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I love these police interceptors they run good and strong mine has 475000 miles on it and the check engine light isn't on yet I think you can get prospering about 600 to 700 thousand miles on them well maintenance the only thing that go bad on these cards are the AC compressor the starter and alternator

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My mom bought a brand new grand marquis LS back in 1998 and put 330 grand on it without a major repair. When she came across a used Grand marquis with 50,000 on it and garage kept for 3000 dollars, I told her to jump on it. She gave me the older Marquise for a work car and I've been driving it ever since. It needed a new alternator, water pump and I broke the plastic intake manifold replacing a thermostat and had to replace it. The radiator had to be replaced at about 400K due to damage from a pressure washer and the rear axle/bearing wore out and had to replaced. The total amount for all of the parts was around 600 dollars as parts are really cheap for these cars. What is amazing is the air conditioner still blows ice cold and the fuel pump has never been replaced. The only complaint I have is a leaking rear crankshaft seal that costs about a quart of oil every change cycle and I aint about to do that repair. It now has 420k on it and literally runs like brand new. It has always had Motorcraft OEM Synthetic oil and filter and oil changes on schedule, I believe if you drive these cars conservatively and service them regularly you could drive one for the rest of your life with a moderate level of repairs..

Question for you guys maybe Tracy you would know I'm looking at an 08 Crown Vic with a 4-6 it's a police car head gaskets are out it's got $88,000. Is it worth fixing or should I stay away


Hard to say. You never know if it's been run until it couldn't run any more. Could have even ruined the rings in an overheat condition. Big job changing the head gasket(s). If the car is cheap enough, an engine swap might be in order.

I’m trying to buy this 2003 ford crown Victoria and it has 147238 miles on it. I’m trying to find out what could possibly go wrong with this car before I buy it? The owner took care of it, it was like a show car, he says he just put a new brake system on it and a new transmission. He has it lifted , rims and all! Is this a good deal and reliable car for $2,800?($3,800 with the rims) I do not know about what type of engine it is

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