Mc Bear, thanks for that, I have looked extensively on the net and Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Towncar
and the fact is, simply this: The Police Interceptor package is NOT available to civilians, it is sold ONLY to Law Enforcement and Government Agencies, there is no way around that, FoMoCo has a strictly enforce agreement with all its dealers about that.
The only time the public can get one is a a brand new one is damaged in transit, then ford repairs the body damage (the buyer doesn't accept the cars) and then sells it to whichever dealer wants it to resell as a used car, even with just delivery miles on it. They show up on ebay, and those cars go for a VERY high price and are ugly, too - usually an all white or black low trim car with spot lights.
The "Street Appearance Package" with the chrome, nicer interior and carpets, hubcaps and stuff like that is somtimes sold for investigators, chiefs, and people like that who can use the undercover look. But I never saw one new. Even the CVPI cars sell new for $26-32,0000 usually, not such a nice price....
It has just been announced that the public at large can't buy Crown Vics starting in 2008- they will be for fleet sales only, taxis, police and rental fleets, which make up more than half their sales anyway. A non Police Crown Vic MIGHT be available if you can find a dealer who would "fleet" you one, but most won't
They have been Fleet only in Canada, where they are built, for many years already.
Thagt leaves the Grand Marquis, which is pretty much the same car except for trim differences. The GS is the base model, and it sells for about $25,000 msrp with incentives the price goes down to about $18,000. I don't need leather seats or fancy wheels on it so one of the lesser ones might be all right.
They are bulletproof, for sure, I have owned two, cheapest to car for running costs I ever owned. No Benz feeling by any means buyt a competent car, on old technology. Tooling costs long paid off, so they can sell cheap and still profit on each one.
But the company doesn't advertise them or update them very much. Very possible they will go through 2009, and then be dropped or replaced with a whole new design.
The $7,000 rebates on them expired on 7-2 but it now looks like they may get extended.
For depreciation, they are really bad, among the worst cars around. A year old one is the best best. When I got my last one an '88 that was just 10 months old with 21k on it, it cost just $11,300. Nor bad for one that cost new, about $16,000 give or take.
Thanks. I will think some more on this. I do love the Benz though.