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Old 12-12-2012, 10:13   #1 (permalink)
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Crown victoria P71 use it or lose it?

Was having a debate with my Grandfather on whether or not purchasing a crown victoria p71 to go to and from work would be a good idea.

His claim was that these cars were meant to be driven and exceed in long durations of being in the road rather than mild use, which is completely right.

He claimed that if the vehicle isn't driven properly it would seize up. How would this be different from any other car with 4/6/8/12 cylinders and would this actually happen?
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P71's were designed to be driven 24/7 and sustain the abuse of police work, but they will last longer when used "normally" and absolutely will not seize up due to mild use. Tell your Grandfather, respectfully, that police cars are driven slowly while on routine patrol, which is 95% of the time. Those wild pursuits are few, even in Los Angeles, where I worked for 31 years.
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Re: Crown victoria P71 use it or lose it?

As with any machinery, as long as an automobile is ran within it's designed limits and not continuously pushed to the outer edge of those limits, and maintained properly, it should last years. Moving parts ARE designed to move, if left at rest for extended periods of time, they may incur problems. An automobile designed for public streets, regardless of whether it's a police cruiser, taxi, or kid chaser, will last for years driving at street speed limits, providing it's maintained.
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