Originally Posted By bigstick61:
Originally Posted By kevinb120:
Originally Posted By roboman:
Originally Posted By motown_steve:
I wouldn't drive a cop car if someone gave it to me for free. Cops are the worst drivers there are and they drive the patrol cars like they stole 'em.
+1. Any resold cop car has been beat to absolute piss.
Not to mention the amount of idle running time versus odo mileage.
No kidding. I was working a graveyard shift in front of a police station watching over some city property and one of the cops pulled up and went inside the station leaving the car running. He didn't come out for well over five hours and then left. The car was running the whole time. While that was the longest I had seen, it was in general very common for cops to leave their cars idling in front of the station for a couple of hours or so. What a waste of taxpayer dollars, too.
'06+ Crown Vics now have engine idle hour meters. Many people think they are total life hour meters but they are not, its the time spent running in park or neutral. Ford says that every hour of idling is the equivalent of driving 33 miles. The purpose behind the meters is to give a better idea of when to change the oil. The worst average I've seen IIRC was about 2,000 hours when the car had about 30,000 miles on it so if that average continues until the car has 100,000 on the odometer, it will actually have a realistic 320,000 miles on it (100,000 drive miles, 220,000 idle time miles). I know there has to be worse out there in departments that have officers write reports in their cars. I average about 1 hour per 100 odometer miles which is great but I work in the middle of no where.
Also, some departments prefer to keep their cars running. It quickens response times and gets longer life out of car batteries, alternators, and starters. I know I have four or five electrical devices in my car that I can't turn off during my shift and that's a low number compared to more modern departments.
Finally, you would have to pay me before I would take a used police patrol vehicle, especially if it wasn't a take home car.