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Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
09-25-2017, 10:09 PM (This post was last modified: 09-26-2017 01:11 AM by arizonajack.)
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Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Last Friday I bought a 2011 Crown Victoria LX with 88,000 miles on it. That doesn't seem like a big deal but, like in the movies, I tell you the now and then give you flashbacks.

I've been an "old car" nut as far back as I can remember. Now I'm an old "car nut."

I became enamored of police cars during the 1980s after the Blues Brothers movie came out. In the mid 80s I bought a retired Arizona DPS cruiser (1981 Gran Fury). Had it for several years. Unfortunately, quality was still lacking after the debacle of 1979 and I donated it to charity after the tranny went out for the second time.

Flash forward to the 21st century and I renewed my interest and bought a white 1989 Crown Vic police car (roof lights, rear cage, push bars). That car went to car shows. I also bought a red 1988 consumer Crown Vic for regular driving.

Kept those for several years and found myself getting interested in the later models for more modern equipment and comfort so I sold them and, in late 2012, I bought a 2008 P71 that was formerly a CHP car (came with some documentation). Someone had sprayed over the white parts but I could still see the wording through the spray paint so I had the car painted black. I've driven that for almost 5 years now. It's been very dependable but when it turned 170,000 miles I decided I wanted something with lower mileage and cruise control.

I spent the last several months looking for a lower mileage P71. Amazingly, there are a bunch of them here with 100,000 miles or less for reasonable prices but, alas, there was always something not quite right about the car or the deal.

Last week the 2011 LX came up. It had what I wanted plus a few extras. I'm retired so I won't be racking up the miles so it should last me a good long time.
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09-25-2017, 10:34 PM
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RE: Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
(09-25-2017 10:09 PM)arizonajack Wrote:
 
Last Friday I bought a 2011 Crown Victoria LX with 88,000 miles on it. That doesn't seem like a big deal but, like in the movies, I tell you the now and then give you flashbacks.

I've been an "old car" nut as far back as I can remember. Now I'm an old "car nut."

I became enamored of police cars during the 1980s after the Blues Brothers movie came out. In the mid 80s I bought a retired Arizona DPS cruiser (1981 Gran Fury). Had it for several years. Unfortunately, quality was still lacking after the debacle of 1979 and I donated it to charity after the tranny went out for the second time.

Flash forward to the 21st century and I renewed my interest and bought a white 1989 Crown Vic police car (roof lights, rear cage, push bars). That car went to car shows. I also bought a red 1988 consumer Crown Vic for regular driving.

Kept those for several years and found myself getting interested in the later models for more modern equipment and comfort so I sold them and, in late 2012, I bought a 2008 P71 that was formerly a CHP car (came with some documentation). Someone had sprayed over the white parts but I could still see the wording through the spray paint so I had the car painted black. I've driven that for almost 5 years now. It's been very dependable but when it turned 170,000 miles I decided I wanted something with lower mileage and cruise control.

I spent the last several months looking for a lower mileage P71. Amazingly, there are a bunch of them here with 100,000 miles or less for reasonable prices but, alas, there was always something not quite right about the care or the deal.

Last week the 2011 LX came up. It had what I wanted plus a few extras. I'm retired so I won't be racking up the miles so it should last me a good long time.
2004 CVLX Dark Blue Pearl, 29,000 mile garage queen, 100% Showroom
ADTR zip tube, K&N drop-in, Mach1 chin spoiler, Addco's, Dual exhaust-H pipe & Walker s/s, 20% tint all around, Pro-Gard bumper tuck, KYB gas-a-just shocks, Heinous c/a, s/s brake lines, 18x8 AR908 pvd wheels, 255-45-18 Sumitomos, beach towel seat cover, OEM splash guards

2004 CVLX: Perfect, 29k
2000 Buick Park Ave, 109k
1998 BMW k1200rs, 16k
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09-25-2017, 10:38 PM
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RE: Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Congrats on the retirement! I am as well, and really enjoy the old school cars. Hope to have mine for the next 20 years!
2004 CVLX Dark Blue Pearl, 29,000 mile garage queen, 100% Showroom
ADTR zip tube, K&N drop-in, Mach1 chin spoiler, Addco's, Dual exhaust-H pipe & Walker s/s, 20% tint all around, Pro-Gard bumper tuck, KYB gas-a-just shocks, Heinous c/a, s/s brake lines, 18x8 AR908 pvd wheels, 255-45-18 Sumitomos, beach towel seat cover, OEM splash guards

2004 CVLX: Perfect, 29k
2000 Buick Park Ave, 109k
1998 BMW k1200rs, 16k
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09-26-2017, 12:59 AM
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RE: Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Welcome aboard! Sounds like you found a good, low mileage, car, should last you a good, long time.
2011 P7B CVPI
1994 Land Rover Defender90
1967 Triumph TR4A

Panther, Ford, Crown Victoria, Mercury, Grand Marquis, Marauder, Lincoln, Town Car, Police Interceptor, P71, CVPI, LX Sport, LX, LS, GS, Signature, Limited
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09-26-2017, 01:44 AM
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RE: Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Welcome, post some pictures when you have the chance!
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2006 Light Ice Blue P71 - Jmod, Whelen PAR 46 LED Floodlight, Wig Wags, Strobe Lights, 158K, Otherwise Stock
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09-26-2017, 05:29 AM
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Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Welcome from Ohio

It is what it is
2006 GMQ, 2010 CVPI
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09-26-2017, 07:06 AM
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RE: Hello from Phoenix - It's a Dry Heat
Welcome

LOUD EXHAUST IS FUN! AM I SHOUTING?
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1989 Country Squire - needs more air
2005 CV Sport
SW full exhaust, Heinous control arms, Hawk pads, Powerslot rotors, Addco swaybars, BBK TB, Accufab plenum

Panther, Ford, Crown Victoria, Mercury, Grand Marquis, Marauder, Lincoln, Town Car, Police Interceptor, P71, CVPI, LX Sport, LX, LS, GS, Signature, Limited
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09-28-2017, 01:16 PM
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Welcome
2007 P71
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