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#4121752 - 09/21/21 01:27 AM My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria
gmerkt Offline
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Registered: 09/17/21
Posts: 17
Loc: WA
Pictures of my car follow. This is a Crown Victoria P73, low end model. I bought this car new with 9 miles on the odometer. I had taken it on a test drive and 3 of those miles were already mine. Over the years, I've taken very good care of the car and now it has 145K something miles on it. It still runs and looks like it did when I bought it. It's been in most states west of the Mississippi River.

I bought the car in early 2005, it was a left-over model from 2004. The dealer had advertised it in the newspaper at a $7,000 discount from window sticker. My wife and I drove up to this dealer, who was about 50 miles away. We drove up in a 1983 Mercury Cougar that my mother had bought new and given to us when she bought a new Buick. I'd driven the Cougar for a number of years but the V-6 engine was getting tired. I bought the 04 Crown Vic and left the Cougar with the dealer as a trade-in.










My scanner bed isn't quite wide enough to copy the window invoice in one go:



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#4121770 - 09/21/21 06:18 AM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: gmerkt]
Old_Guy_Stu Online   drunk

Over the Hill

Registered: 04/28/19
Posts: 2796
Loc: Cleveland, OH
Nice ride. Good to see a civilian model, especially one that's been taken care of.
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1988 CVLX Formal Roof (Love Boat) POTM July 2019, Aug 2020, & Oct 2021, 58K
E-code lights w/ relays, LEDs w/ switchbacks, 15x8 Ansen slots w/ 255/60 BFG's, Kenwood stereo, various hacks.
This, of course, was merely the semi-delirious notion of a fever-patient, but I remember that it struck me at the time as being eminently practical and feasible.

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#4121818 - 09/21/21 12:29 PM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: gmerkt]
Dmblanch Offline
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Registered: 11/13/19
Posts: 640
Loc: Utah
That's a lovely car that gives you the immense satisfaction of knowing you can go another 5 years and 50,000 miles with no worries whatsoever.
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#4121918 - 09/21/21 09:49 PM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: Dmblanch]
gmerkt Offline
n00b

Registered: 09/17/21
Posts: 17
Loc: WA
Originally Posted By Dmblanch
That's a lovely car that gives you the immense satisfaction of knowing you can go another 5 years and 50,000 miles with no worries whatsoever.


Very unlikely that I will drive that much more in this particular car. It has been driven about 2,000 miles in the past three years. In 2017, I bought an 06 Mercury GM so as to take the mileage strain off the 04 CV. I don't prize the MGM as much and it doesn't bother me to subject it to wear and expose it to hazard.

This 04 CV has been very good for fuel mileage. The vast majority of the mileage it has accured has been on the highway. Carefully driven, it will deliver 28 mpg routinely, no headwinds nor tailwinds. On one trip to Denver, my son and I got 29.05 mpg. The mileage sweet spot is 64 mph.

Many years ago, when I had a 1957 Lincoln, I had a place I went to often that was 135 miles away, one way. That Lincoln could not make a round trip of 270 miles without needing refueling of the 20 gallon tank. With the 04 Crown Vic, I can make 500 miles on one tank. Granted, the red low fuel light is on by the time I've come in for a landing, but there is still a bit of fuel left in the tank.

People look at this car and think it's a gas hog, but for its size and carrying capability, that just isn't the case.

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#4121952 - 09/22/21 08:20 AM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: gmerkt]
2011LX Offline
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Registered: 08/31/13
Posts: 1459
Loc: SE WI
Originally Posted By gmerkt

People look at this car and think it's a gas hog, but for its size and carrying capability, that just isn't the case.


Nice car, but by todays standards, they're gas hogs.

Around here, typical highway cruising speed is 75-80mph (64mph will get you run over), and at that speed, mileage is poor.

Driving normally, my 2.73 geared CV only beats my '08 Tahoe by a few mpg. Sure, I could widen that gap by hypermiling the CV, but that's not a true representation.
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currently @ 100k miles
Dark Toreador Red Metallic exterior
Medium Light Stone interior

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#4121996 - 09/22/21 05:48 PM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: gmerkt]
2007CrownVic Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 3268
Loc: Canada
Looks nice, that's some crazy low mileage to buy it at! Even by then most were police cars and rentals.

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#4122022 - 09/22/21 08:02 PM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: 2011LX]
gmerkt Offline
n00b

Registered: 09/17/21
Posts: 17
Loc: WA
Originally Posted By 2011LX
Originally Posted By gmerkt

People look at this car and think it's a gas hog, but for its size and carrying capability, that just isn't the case.


Nice car, but by todays standards, they're gas hogs.



I keep living in the past. It's better for my mental health.

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#4129272 - 12/02/21 11:46 AM Re: My 2004 P73 Crown Victoria [Re: gmerkt]
SlowV8 Offline
n00b

Registered: 10/31/18
Posts: 20
Loc: OK
Crown vics wear silver better than so many cars nowadays. And $6k off $23k was a huge value.

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