2004 Crown Vic questions
My '97 Geo Prizm has been nickel and dimeing me to death lately and I'm mulling over my next car that I plan to get before next year. I want something comfortable, long-lasting and cheap to fix, so a 2004 Crown Victoria LX Sport is looking pretty good. I picked a 2004 since it's new enough that I can find one good enough to (hopefully) last a decade, but old enough to buy for under ten grand. I also am looking at the '04 for that year's improvements to the acceleration and I want the Sport model for the improved seating. I do have a few questions I can't find ready answers to, though.
1. I am worried a bit about the mileage so I have a couple questions regarding that:
(a) I believe I read the Sport has a different axle ratio. Does that affect mileage significantly?
(b) Is the trip computer mpg meter real-time? I'd like to be able to keep an eye on that and adjust my driving.
2. I read the Crown Vic's AC is very good, but what about the heater? The one in my Mom's Focus kinda sucks, at least in the time it takes to warm up.
3. Is the ride as smooth as the Grand Marquis?
Thanks for any help you folks can give. If I have any more questions I'll be sure to ask them.