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#1030917 - 09/24/06 12:06 PM Towing Capacity?
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Im considering buying either a 1999-2003 P71 of a 1994-1996 9C1 Caprice. I would much prefer the Ford Crown Vic but one question I have is how much weight can a P71 tow? Im looking to tow a Mustang police package car on an open car trailer from time to time. I need to know if the P71 is capable of doing this. Thanks!

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#1030918 - 09/24/06 12:18 PM Re: Towing Capacity?
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CV's can tow about 5000 lbs (ignore the 2000lb tow rating that Ford stuck on them 96+)
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#1030919 - 09/24/06 12:36 PM Re: Towing Capacity?
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Some may have towed a 5000 lbs trailer because as you know these were highly underated. These are both great vehicles and either would work, but you are kind of comparing a much newer vehicle to an older vehicle. I think you'd be happy with either choice however I would recommend the Caprice for a couple reasons. It has the LT1 which my car also has backed by a 4l60e. The LT1 is a very potent engine that makes more power and torque then the crown vic stock and is a more durable(Opinion) and tried and true power plant that's made to take a beating. Also the transmission is supperior for towing applications(One again my opinion) this is a heavier duty transmission that is also tried and true in everything from towing applications to high performance applications. Either choice would suffice but my opinion(maybe a little bias) is choose the LT1 powered caprice. Not to mention these vehicles are rated at 5000 lb tow capacity.


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#1030920 - 09/24/06 11:32 PM Re: Towing Capacity?
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Also the transmission is supperior for towing applications(One again my opinion) this is a heavier duty transmission that is also tried and true in everything from towing applications to high performance applications




The 4r70w has seen many applications, and has proven to be a reliable transmission so long as regualr maintenance is performed.

Is an f150 NOT a towing application?

Is a Mustang NOT a high-performance application?

Both have seen use of the 4r70w, for many years, rather sucessfully.

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The LT1 ....is a more durable(Opinion) and tried and true power plant that's made to take a beating



The 4.6 SOHC has been around since 91, and is still being used in the panthers. It has proven to be a dependable reliable power plant, from the extreme run times of police and taxi duty in Panthers, to tearing up the streets in Mustang GTs, to the high-strain use of towing and hauling in F-series trucks. There is no doubt a LT1 has more power, but there are many modulars still running with more miles than a LT1 could ever dream of.

Your points are completely valid, but can also be applied for the panthers.


A CVPI is the closest thing you can get to the old CV/GM Towing Package, which was rated at 5k lbs. The only thing the Towing package had over a CVPI was load-leveling RAS, and pre-wiring for trailer.

I personally would go for the Vic, I prefer the styling.
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#1030921 - 09/24/06 11:39 PM Re: Towing Capacity?
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Loc: Houston, TX
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I think you'd be happy with either choice however I would recommend the Caprice for a couple reasons. It has the LT1 which my car also has backed by a 4l60e. The LT1 is a very potent engine that makes more power and torque then the crown vic stock and is a more durable(Opinion) and tried and true power plant that's made to take a beating. Also the transmission is supperior for towing applications(One again my opinion) this is a heavier duty transmission that is also tried and true in everything from towing applications to high performance applications.




HA! You have more faith in the 4L60E than this B-body junkie. I have been less than impressed with my current 4L60s in my 1992 Caprice to their 700r4 predecessors. The LT1 is however the superior engine to pick versus the 4.6. They won't be around forever and once your wear out your new B-body then you can move on to a Panther since they are a dime a dozen. The LT1 is no more of nightmare to work on the 4.6, and has the extra oomph to boot.
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#1030922 - 09/25/06 12:01 AM Re: Towing Capacity?
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Since it's been proven that a Crown Vic *can* tow 5000 lbs with a stock 4.6L just fine WTF is the logic behind going with a 10+ year old B-body instead?

Every single B-body I see on the road lately--and they're not many of them in these parts that are still road worthy--looks like it has been beaten hard and put away wet repeatedly every day of its life. The remaining Impala SSs especially look like freaking beaters now.

These days, I'd personally be really hesitant to pick up a used B-body as a tow vehicle, especially considering that Ford is still making the Crown Vic a decade later.

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#1030923 - 09/25/06 12:54 AM Re: Towing Capacity?
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Besides people might look at you funny towing your Ford with a Chevy haha. Keep in mind that the 'stang weighs a chunk more than 4000 lbs. It's not a light little car. Not saying you can't do it, just a lot of people underestimate the weight of a 'stang.
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