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For some reason, I've always enjoyed asking for advice around SF-O; it seems as if everyone actually knows what they're talking about and generally cares about the subject. With that said, I'll be getting to shopping for a first car in the coming year, and I'd like some insight. I've narrowed it down to two vehicles; the Chevrolet Caprice (1991-1996 models) or the Ford Crown Victoria (1998-2011 models). Does anyone have any past experience with these two cars?

Alternatively, this thread could be used for talking about YOUR first/current car; I guess I'll see where it goes :D

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I'm not good with specific types of cars and such, so I couldn't tell 'ya. :P

My first car/current car is a GMC Jimmy, but I may sell it for a different car with better gas mileage.

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it was red, went really fast, and came in a little carboard box XD

Must be great on gas then! :lol:

I'm not good with specific types of cars and such, so I couldn't tell 'ya. :P

My first car/current car is a GMC Jimmy, but I may sell it for a different car with better gas mileage.

I always did like the GMC Jimmy, though I can imagine what the MPG must be :P

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I always did like the GMC Jimmy, though I can imagine what the MPG must be :P

I think it's just under 20... maybe 18 MPG or something.

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I think it's just under 20... maybe 18 MPG or something.

That'll certainly put a hole in your wallet; ESPECIALLY with California gas prices! :lol: . In other parts of the country that would be quite affordable :).

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If I had my choice I'd probably go with the Crown Victoria, of all the cars my parents and relatives have used, Ford have always been the best and most reliable cars. Also, the police here in Council Bluffs use Crown Victorias, and they take a beating. Now I'm not an expert when it comes to cars, I'm just basing this off of experience. And have you considered buying a truck? I've only driven two vehicles and I'd much prefer driving a truck to a car.

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If I had my choice I'd probably go with the Crown Victoria, of all the cars my parents and relatives have used, Ford have always been the best and most reliable cars. Also, the police here in Council Bluffs use Crown Victorias, and they take a beating. Now I'm not an expert when it comes to cars, I'm just basing this off of experience. And have you considered buying a truck? I've only driven two vehicles and I'd much prefer driving a truck to a car.

Thanks for the input, and though I have considered going for a truck, I've always been a sucker for large sedans. And don't worry if you're not an expert; experience with the vehicles and some basic input is all I really need :D.

-It's funny because both the Caprice and Crown Victoria have experience in the same fields; law enforcement, taxis, horribly "pimped out" giant-rim mobiles (unfortunately), and a regular family car.

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That'll certainly put a hole in your wallet; ESPECIALLY with California gas prices! :lol: . In other parts of the country that would be quite affordable :-).

That's why I want a car with better MPG. :P

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All i have to say is: Go with the Ford, it is very reliable and durable.

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My family experiences with Fords are that they're pieces of crap. My family has a running joke about the letters used to spell Ford: Found On the Road Dead. My dad refuses to buy one, and I like to think he knows cars pretty well.

My first car was a Volkswagen and I still drive it. Even AFTER a crash with it, it still runs pretty reliably. I'm looking for a new car, too, though. :P Just because I've had this car for 5 years and it's time for something new.

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My family experiences with Fords are that they're pieces of crap. My family has a running joke about the letters used to spell Ford: Found On the Road Dead. My dad refuses to buy one, and I like to think he knows cars pretty well.

My first car was a Volkswagen and I still drive it. Even AFTER a crash with it, it still runs pretty reliably. I'm looking for a new car, too, though. :P Just because I've had this car for 5 years and it's time for something new.

*Shrugs* My family uses Fords for a long as i rememebr. Mabye its what we all use them for.....I dunno; everyone likes what they like ;)

How about you try.......some kind of truck or SUV?

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My family experiences with Fords are that they're pieces of crap. My family has a running joke about the letters used to spell Ford: Found On the Road Dead. My dad refuses to buy one, and I like to think he knows cars pretty well.

My first car was a Volkswagen and I still drive it. Even AFTER a crash with it, it still runs pretty reliably. I'm looking for a new car, too, though. :P Just because I've had this car for 5 years and it's time for something new.

Gotta love all the Ford jokes; another one is Fix Or Repair Daily. Though I believe these acronyms originated with the Fords of the 70s & 80s; they seem to be fairly reliable now.

*Shrugs* My family uses Fords for a long as i rememebr. Mabye its what we all use them for.....I dunno; everyone likes what they like ;)

How about you try.......some kind of truck or SUV?

Eh, I think I'll feel more comfortable with a sedan; that and as I've stated above, there's something about the Caprice and Crown Victoria that gives them character; they're like nothing else on the road.

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Only people who drive Caprices and Crown Vics are Cops, Cabbies, and Grannies. :trollface: The Granny factor is worse if you go for the Mercury variant of the Crown Vic (Grand Marquis) or Buick or Olds Variant of the Caprice (Roadmaster/Custom).

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Only people who drive Caprices and Crown Vics are Cops, Cabbies, and Grannies. :trollface: The Granny factor is worse if you go for the Mercury variant of the Crown Vic (Grand Marquis) or Buick or Olds Variant of the Caprice (Roadmaster/Custom).

In my defense, I drove a Grand Marquis in Vegas because I was one of the last people that picked up a full size car and they didn't have the Dodge Charger or Chrysler 300 that I usually reserve. The Grand Marquis was the only one left! I felt so weird... D:

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Only people who drive Caprices and Crown Vics are Cops, Cabbies, and Grannies. :trollface: The Granny factor is worse if you go for the Mercury variant of the Crown Vic (Grand Marquis) or Buick or Olds Variant of the Caprice (Roadmaster/Custom).

I say that's one of the best parts about these cars; and the Grand Marquis/Roadmaster/Custom are great too! :lol: .

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Gotta love all the Ford jokes; another one is Fix Or Repair Daily. Though I believe these acronyms originated with the Fords of the 70s & 80s; they seem to be fairly reliable now.

I knew I forgot one, I just couldn't remember it. :D Thanks for reminding me.

Though I'm sure you intend to buy used, since it's your first car, so do be careful and remember the warnings. ;D Also, if you decide on the crown vic, make sure you're not brown, black, or white, or you'll have some really upset people on the road! :D

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Isn't the whole point of driving a crown vic when you're not a cabbie or a granny to pretend to be a cop? :rolleyes:

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Depends entirely on your preferances. Both are quite reliable body-on-frame constructions that can take a beating and keep going. And don't be confused by people who say they had a Ford that broke constantly, or a Chevy that was in the shops all the time. No car-maker is good across the entire line, and the very most of them have both good and bad times.

Another thing working for you is that with the exception of previous police vehicles, most of the cars out there won't have been driven as hard as many other vehicles. They don't lend themself to it to be honest. Don't shy away from previous police vehicles either if there doesn't appear to be any damage from hard use or it runs bad. They have been taken very well care of, and a lot of the suspension and driveline is made tougher than on the civilian vehicles.

All in all, you can't go wrong with either of them, and which one you pick will come down to personal preferences.

I have one pro tip for you however. The current Crown Vics in police use are looking to be replaces by more modern alternatives the next couple of years, which is going to flood the market and let prices plummet. Which might give you an excellent deal if you buy at the right time.

As for my first and one car at the moment, it's a third gen Chevy Corvette, and I love to death.

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I dunno really anything about cars. >.< All I can say is if one has good gas mileage, it looks cool, and is well, safe? Go for it. [Also if it is on the cheaper side. x3]

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Isn't the whole point of driving a crown vic when you're not a cabbie or a granny to pretend to be a cop? :rolleyes:

Or to experience a wonderful work of the American automobile; there aren't too many newer sedans with a column-mounted gearshift, bench seating for 6 (at least on the civilian model) and reliable body-on-frame construction!

But having people slow down and tread carefully around you is always nice :lol:

Depends entirely on your preferances. Both are quite reliable body-on-frame constructions that can take a beating and keep going. And don't be confused by people who say they had a Ford that broke constantly, or a Chevy that was in the shops all the time. No car-maker is good across the entire line, and the very most of them have both good and bad times.

Another thing working for you is that with the exception of previous police vehicles, most of the cars out there won't have been driven as hard as many other vehicles. They don't lend themself to it to be honest. Don't shy away from previous police vehicles either if there doesn't appear to be any damage from hard use or it runs bad. They have been taken very well care of, and a lot of the suspension and driveline is made tougher than on the civilian vehicles.

All in all, you can't go wrong with either of them, and which one you pick will come down to personal preferences.

I have one pro tip for you however. The current Crown Vics in police use are looking to be replaces by more modern alternatives the next couple of years, which is going to flood the market and let prices plummet. Which might give you an excellent deal if you buy at the right time.

As for my first and one car at the moment, it's a third gen Chevy Corvette, and I love to death.

When I made this topic I was wondering how long it would take you to get here, Asper :-D, and thanks for your insight. With personal preference in mind, I'm probably going to go with the Caprice if I can find a good specimen. That 1990s interior charm and styling always caught me. If I cannot get a good one though, I won't hesitate to go straight to the Vic' for the reasons you mentioned. And by the way, that Corvette sounds great; I always was a bigger fan of the older ones, and the third-gens have some of the greatest aesthetics in the exterior AND interior departments! :D

I dunno really anything about cars. >.< All I can say is if one has good gas mileage, it looks cool, and is well, safe? Go for it. [Also if it is on the cheaper side. x3]

At least these two cars hit two of your three criteria :-D. (Gas Mileage is decent for a car in this class)

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At least these two cars hit two of your three criteria :-D. (Gas Mileage is decent for a car in this class)

Yes! I am -such- a bad ass like that!...

*remembers that he has no license* ... *Becomes sad*

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Yes! I am -such- a bad ass like that!...

*remembers that he has no license* ... *Becomes sad*

:lol: .... Oh wait T.T

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I cant wait to get my first car, but judging by the two you have up there I would choose the one that looks cooler, cause you will get more girls that way, unless you are married.... then just get the one wit better gas mileage, and if you are girl, well, you shouldn't be driving, you should be in the kitchen. NO, im just playing with you, that was a joke, and very rude of me, but if you are a girl I would get the one that comes in your favorite color! :P

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I cant wait to get my first car, but judging by the two you have up there I would choose the one that looks cooler, cause you will get more girls that way, unless you are married.... then just get the one wit better gas mileage, and if you are girl, well, you shouldn't be driving, you should be in the kitchen. NO, im just playing with you, that was a joke, and very rude of me, but if you are a girl I would get the one that comes in your favorite color! :P

ahahaha i have made a grave mistake in inviting you to come here

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