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#4106910 - 04/30/21 04:38 PM New member from Florida
Surfwagon64 Offline

Registered: 04/28/21
Posts: 1
Loc: United States
I just joined I have a 2008 Crown Vic, P71
130k, 4880 idle hours. Ex Ocoee PD Oreo paint color. Got her in February 2021,and I started the tear down to paint her black.

#4106926 - 04/30/21 05:51 PM Re: New member from Florida [Re: Surfwagon64]
VoodooChild Offline


Registered: 11/23/17
Posts: 90
Loc: Northeast
Welcome to CVN!

Paint is the only big issue with these cars as far as I'm concerned.

If you haven't yet, just a few things I wish I'd done earlier:

Check the FEAD (belt, tensioner and pulley system) for play and wear, these cars usually idled a TON in their past life. Mine has over 12000 idle hours, an hour being equal to ~33 miles of driving, that's 396K on the FEAD. Not counting the 127K on the clock.

Intake manifolds fail pretty easily on these cars, don't go with the Dorman unit if you can help it. You'll lose HP and TQ.

Replace the front 02 sensors, check the driver and passenger floor for rot above the cats.

Also check the steering shafts for play, looseness and wear. There was a recall on a ton of them, more than a few people lost complete steering input due to them dropping out of the column. I actually found a report of a Cranston officer crashing into the median on rt. 37 less than 2 miles from my house.

I'd highly recommend changing out the trans fluid and switching to a pan with a drain plug asap, just to avoid any issues. Consider a J-mod as well while you're in there.

Good luck with your Vic! I'm sure she'll serve you well for many years to come.
2011 Interceptor 127K, 12k Idle hours - POTM 4/21
Former Newton, MA patrol car
Marty Tune
3.55 Limited Slip
Ported plenum
Moog Sway Bar links & bushings
Mevotech Supreme control arms
PLZ MP-900 double din 7" touch screen
Infinity Reference 6x8 door speakers
Alpine 6x9 rear speakers
Soundstorm 400w 4 channel
12" Infinity Reference sub in a Sound Ordnance ported Bass Bunker
1500w Power Acoustik mono amp
Dash Cam w/ backup cam
LED lighting
RKE thru Forscan

2001 LX 144k -

Lincoln Chaffee's former protective car
RI State Police (sold)

#4107290 - 05/03/21 07:25 AM Re: New member from Florida [Re: Surfwagon64]
Rainbowpizza Offline

Registered: 01/20/21
Posts: 256
Loc: SW Florida
welcome to CVN!
Originally Posted By Moby_Vic
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

#4107378 - 05/03/21 05:47 PM Re: New member from Florida [Re: Surfwagon64]
cghorr01 Offline

Registered: 04/12/21
Posts: 11
Loc: Kentucky
Welcome. I recently picked up a cherry 07 Grand Marquis and have been enjoying it thoroughly. Best of luck with your Vic.


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