Used Police cars
My experience in buying and using a former police interceptor
If you live in the US cop cars can be pretty cool, of course we all remember the Dodge monaco that stared in "The Blues Brothers", and anybody alive today whose old enough to read this remembers when black and white Ford Crown Victorias that ruled the streets from the mid 80's all the way into the late two thousands. I loved cop cars so much that In High school I did a report on them for my U.S. history class, and in 2018, I actuall bought one.
To be specific It's the 2014 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, essentially a roided up Explorer. This Is my experience and my rundown of what Its like owning one for the past year.
They are usually quite affordble, thankfully, once the state or municipality has gotten all they think they can out of a set of wheeles they're be happy to give it away for well under 20 grand.
However (I hate to do this but there has to be a "however"), you'll spend an awful lot of time at the pump courtesy of 16 MPG and a 17 gallon fuel tank. The oversize tires will also set you back a fair bit whenever you need new rubber.
Sparsley equiped to say the least. It does it not come with things like hands free, Mp3 connectivity, and bluetooth. If you want to add them yourself you need not only buy the parts, but also do some serious electrical work as well as the cops will do some electrical bodge work to connect lights sirenes and computors. However in my case I was able to easily install a radio and CD player, so not all is lost.
In this respect I dont think theres much better value for money. We in the States know cops like to have enough grunt to comfortably run down the average perp in thier mid range Chevys and Toyotas, as well as be able to keep up with mid to low range BMW's, Mustanags, and Porches. What this leads to is some respectable figures. These are the ones in my case; 365 Hp, 350 F/lb tourqe, 160+ top speed, and 0-60 in 6.5 seconds.
On to the more subjective aspects of perfomance. The automatic gearbox can be a bit of a dog sometimes, it will either refuse to shift up during deceleration or down when you need a boost, or, and perhaps most terrifyingly, it will unexpectedly shift down when you try to pass or aply power through a slow bend. Aside from that the gearbox does it's job most of the time.
Speaking of bends for a 2 ton + SUV it corners with an astonishing ammount of poise. The all wheel drive system is supurbly sorted, giving it a suprising ammount of grip. You still feel like you're going to die if you thow it into a 90 degree corner at anything over 25 mph, but somehow you don't.
Off-road and Winter Performance
It's brilliant, and it's quick, what more could you want?
Big puffy tires, and normal seats make for a fairly comfortable ride on thier own. Couple that with springs and dampers that are reasonably firm but with lots of travel so the occupant is never shattered when all 2.5 tons of car cant go down any further. For the generously perportioned fellow such as myself there is plenty of space in the cabin to slouch and man-spread to your hearts desire.
It's cheap, fast, and practical, and it's the type of car that simply brushes off its shoulders after you drive it straight into the ground. Ive had it for over a year now and I plan to keep it for a while. I just need to get the cigarette lighter fixed.