Go for the '04-newer interceptors, the older ones had issues with the plastic intakes, if I remember correctly. The only bad thing about the '04+ interceptor is Ford when cheap on the drive shafts, and had to lower the speed limiter to 120mph I belive, or risk driveline failure, due to the cheaper metal used. Look for state auctions, not city ones, unless it was a part of the unmarked fleet, as city police are harder on cars (curb and median hopping) than state troopers are (more hwy miles).Way too expensive to maintain.
I'd buy a used fleet service Crown Vic first. (cop motor, cop tires, cop suspension. Jake knows...)
It's based on the S-TypeThe Lincoln LS is the same thing as a Jaguar X-Type, which is not that different drivetrain wise from a Taurus, but the suspension and chassis is a whole different animal.
The Lincoln LS is probably more expensive to repair, but is known to be fairly reliable.
Cab drivers seem to keep them going a long time, many beyond 300k! The 4'th gen Taurus is also a very popular taxi of choice here, there's nearly as many in the fleet as the Crown Vics (I know a cab driver, he also drives a Taurus). I asked him about the rear struts, that's why I bought the KYB strut plus for my car, as he carries people around all the time in his.And I was looking into the Crown Vic's, but i'm not too sure about them. I mean, coming from the Police Squad, or even Town Dept, they take a lot of abuse, and you never know what problems are hiding under the hood, or anywhere else!