UTA_FLYingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 51 Posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4952 times:
Here in the Republic, the Garda Siochana (Irish Police) mainly use Ford Mondeos or Isuzu Troopers as marked cars. For unmarked patrol vehicles, anything goes, with the main vehicles being again the Ford Mondeo, Renault Laguna and Toyota Avensis.
Back in Elbonia where I used to live, the Gendarmerie's main workhorse is the Renault Laguna SW, while their Police counterparts seem to prefer the Peugeot 306SW. Unmarked cars are mainly Peugeot 306 or Renault Megane.
My favorite resides in Italy (another place wher I used to live) whre the Carabinieri, Polizia and Guardia di Finanza have kick-ass Alfa 155 2.0 TS, now in the process of being replaced by Alfa 156 2.4 JTD's.
And in your area ?
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7719 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4905 times:
Ever since Chrysler and GM have stopped making RWD passenger sedans the Ford Crown Vic has ruled. Though if they keep blowing up when they get rear-ended many departments will choose something else. My local PD as well as the Virginia State Police have been making extensive use of the new Impalas. I have never particularly understood why police departments were so averse to going with a FWD car in the first place.
Though with the new big RWD Chryslers coming out soon, me thinks it would be foolish for there not to be a Dodge Police Car option... from what I have read the Mopars have almost always been the prefered squads for most police departments.
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L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4897 times:
Well the Ford Crown Victoria is definitely number one. Old Chevy Caprices and RWD Impala SSs (i mean 1994-96) still are around in big numbers, especially with the NYPD. The new FWD Chevy Impala is gaining a strong foothold, and some departments have the Dodge Interpid. I would imagine that the new Dodge Magnum will be a serious player.
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4891 times:
"I have never particularly understood why police departments were so averse to going with a FWD car in the first place."
Its easy. Drive a rear wheel drive car, go through some turns fast, accelerate hard and otherwise throw the car around a little and see how it performs. Now do the same with a FWD car. The RWD car is going to do a lot better. The RWD car will accelerate better without losing grip, it will be less likely to understeer in a tight fast turn. The physics and engineering nuts can explain rearward weight shift to you, something to do with Newtons third law I think. The tires will wear more evenly in a RWD car and in my experience the all around driving is just better with RWD.
The only real advantage to the FWD that I have seen is its pretty idiot proof in bad conditions. Meaning if some clueless fuckwad gets on some ice or a big puddle and starts to lose grip hes not going to do a huge donut if hes lacking the common sense to lift his foot up a bit.
I really wish American car makers would start making some rear wheel drive cars again. Along with the decline in workmanship the decline in fun of driving has really soured me on American cars. GM, Ford, and the 4th Reich need to learn that Americans are not buying Japanese cars like the Accord and Camry because they are great fun to drive but because they are better made.
EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2121 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4828 times:
In my area we are serviced by both the Ontario Provincial Police and the Waterloo Regional Police Department.
The O.P.P drive mainly Chevrolet Impalas and Ford Crown Victorias in my area. They also have an unmarked Ford Econoline that looks like a plumber's vehicle from far. Only by looking from up close can you see the lights and gadgets hidden behind the tinted glass. They also have unmarked Ford Crown Victorias and Chevy Impalas.
The Waterloo Regional Police Department drive the Ford Crown Victoria and the Chevrolet Impala. For a short while they were testing a few Luminas, however those didn't work out for them. As for unmarked cars I've seen everything from Ford Crown Victorias to Chevy Impalas to Ford Taureses.
Theiler From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 633 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4811 times:
Ford Police Interceptors (Crown Vic's), Chevy Impala's and Dodge Intrepids (for the 2003 model year only) were all offered as police packages.
I've spent time in all of them, and they all have different characteristics. I will tell you right now that CVPI is the biggest .. but they aren't always as nimble as their lighter counterparts, and the Intrepid will flat outrun it... Furthermore, they stink in a lot of snow. I can't get comfortable in the Imapla seats.
The big test will be when Daimler-Chrysler comes out with their new RWD police package in the next couple of years. It will quite likely leave Ford and GM in the dust, unless they have aggressive new design plans.
Fritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (9 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4765 times:
Here in Austria, they mostly use VW Golfs and Sharans, both of them equipt with Diesel engines. They are worthless if they are in a persuit of another vehicle! I think that the Sharans top off at 180 km/h!
It is funny to see when a VW Sharan is staning next to the highway when they check the speed of cars passing by. If a car would pass by at 200, there would be no chance in hell that they could catch up to it, let alone get the licence plate number...
Ive seen one Mercedes E Class though, think it was an E55 AMG.